....On the school year, that is. I printed up some nifty certificates to present to the boys, officially graduating them to the next level. I'm sure they'll be thrilled. Thrilled to have a few weeks off, that is. I officially announced the end of school two weeks ago. We have been in vacation mode; playing with our chicks, touring the Children's Museum, playing outside, and doing a lot of park hopping. We will be starting back to school on Monday with our new, handy-dandy school year schedule. I've decided we're going to try a year round block schedule. We'll school for 8 weeks, then take 2 weeks off. Rinse and repeat. I need to check the calendar to make sure we'll get our 36 weeks completed. I think it'll be good. I'm coming to realize that a straight 36 weeks is a lot. For me and for the boys. Really, think of it like this--if you had a project at work, would you rather fumble through 36 weeks, or break it up into easier to manage 8 week chunks? It's a good theory, no? We'll see what happens. I love the fact that we have so much freedom to try whatever crazy idea pops into my head. If it doesn't work, we just readjust and keep going. <sigh>....I love homeschooling!
This is what the next 8 weeks will look like:
Spelling, Math, Bible, Latin for all, Greek for J-Straco
Oh, and daily reading of course.
Then, we will be rotating the other subjects every 8 weeks. Rotational subjects will include: History, Science, Music and Art.
Another change is that I have not scheduled a formal grammar program this year. We hit grammar pretty hard last year, and our new Latin curriculum includes a lot of grammar so I think we'll be covered. Who knows, I may throw in a couple sentences to diagram every now and again. I do like diagramming!
Well, that is the plan as it stands. Our first rotational subject is science as the boys both asked for a unit on Genetics. I haven't studied Genetics since my Advanced Biology class in high school, so I have a lot of planning to do this weekend! I forsee some Punnett Squares and DNA extraction.....