I'm still trying to slog through my Rome pictures... but meanwhile, I'm feeling the pressure to start getting things ready. It's August, after all. Local kids are back to school here NEXT WEEK. I can't deny any longer that a new year is upon me.
This year I've decided to try a different way to plan things out. That big sheet of divided paper that lots of people use just doesn't work for me, so this year I made my own template on normal-sized paper. It gives me the entire year at a glance. Plus I like to list my goals for each child-- emotional, physical, whatever I need to remember to focus on.
We still have a few things to finish up from last year. For Sunburst, that's Greece. Usually Greece has to be carried over to Grade 6 anyway, so I'm not worried at all. Actually I'm excited-- as of this morning we're planning a field trip to Athens this fall. Yay!!
It's still a work in progress, and I've probably left something out... but here's what I've got lined up for Sunburst this coming year:
And Moonshine... she's just not emotionally ready for the Old Testament stories yet, so we'll continue with stories from second grade-- there are way more than you can cover in second grade. We'll bridge the gap with Farming and LOTS of Math blocks, and then we'll hit the Old Testament in the early spring when Moonshine turns nine. With her birth date falling where it does we're always bridging the gap between years, waiting for the emotional/physical markers-- always-- before we jump in with both feet. It works for us.
Here's the plan for Moonshine:
Anyway, here's a blank of the template I made to use this year. It's not fancy or anything, but I thought I'd throw it out there if anyone was interested. Maybe it will work for you, too. When you click on the image it should open up into a larger format that you can save and print from.
Now I'm onto the micro planning of the first blocks... fun!!
How is your planning going? Is anyone else getting excited to start a new year??