I am trying to decide how to set up our workboxes for next year. I am thinking of using a folder system, or a drawer system. I have also seen discussions on The Homeschool Lounge about a weekly system. So many choices, so many things to decide! But it’s just details. I am trying to keep my eyes on the bigger picture and the goal of all this. I want the children to love learning, be independent thinkers, and most importantly, put God first in all they do.
Speaking of independent thinkers, I gave Grace a summer assignment recently. She had 2 weeks to read a book about the American Revolution. Well the deadline is Monday and she finally started today. So that gives her just 5 days, when she had 14. She is just like me, as that is how I was too as a kid. Still can be…always work better under pressure! 🙂 She told me the book is boring because she knows everything in it already. I told her in life you will get assignments to do things that you do not like. I want to see how she handles the independent assignment. I plan on really working on that with her next year as well.
I am also trying to set up a schedule for next year. I loved hearing Teri Maxwell speak at ENOCH’s Homeschool Convention a few weeks ago about Managers of Their Homes. I love the idea of having a schedule in place so that when days get overwhelming, there is nothing to think about. I would really love to get everything planned out a few months ahead so I can just use the schedule and not have too think to much once we get started!
I also want to focus on various goals for each child this year. I need to make a list for each child. I love Simply Charlotte Mason for this. That is a GREAT source and resource to have.
I do want to enjoy summer though and not think too hard just yet about next year. I think once we return from vacation I will really focus on September. But for now, I will just enjoy the moments of summer. And live in the moment…afterall, September will be here before we know it!
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