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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Home School Year Planner

In my usual whole of bench and floor space filing system, I have run out of space for visual reminders of what we are doing, why we are doing it and what the doing looks like. Plus, I need my white board back for other activities.

While attempting to sort and create space in my overused filing cabinet, I realised that I hadn't formally recorded our years home school plan. Just in case I lose it (anything is possible in this phase of wedding preparation mayhem) I am posting it here as well.

Term 1 Spelling
Term 2 Writing
Term 3 Making posters
Term 4 Comprehension

Term 1 Long and Short division
Term 2 Algebra
Term 3 Scientific calculators and Spreadsheets
Term 4 Budgeting

Term 1 Know your community
Term 2 The Geography and cultural melting pot of Australia
Term 3 Indigenous history
Term 4 Cultural and religious celebrations

Term 1 Environmental factors
Term 2 Chemical reactions
Term 3 Geology
Term 4 Chemistry

Term 1 Human Body, Swimming
Term 2 Laser Tag, Survival skills
Term 3 Cardiovascular system
Term 4 Swimming, Anger Management, Tennis, Self esteem

Term 1 World of Warcraft (WoW) reach Level 40, Excel
Term 2 World of Warcraft (WoW) reach Level 50, Keyboard skills
Term 3 World of Warcraft (WoW) reach Level 60, Set up simple website
Term 4 World of Warcraft (WoW) reach Level 70, Graphics packages

Term 1 Home made gifts : Sculpting.
Term 2 Water colours, Aboriginal art
Term 3 Artists: famous painters and their styles
Term 4 Christmas presents (difference between making and purchasing)

Term 1 Japanese
Term 2 French, Japanese
Term 3 French, Japanese
Term 4 French

The above areas act as a guide so we know what we need to concentrate on. Each subject area has rich tasks attached to it that Boy is required to meet by the end of the term.

Our major concentrations are on establishing a calmness in Boy so that he is able to sleep and enjoy learning.

Excursions and socialisation are built into most of the core subjects, for example, SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment) will encompass overnight learning trips to Cooktown, Charters Towers and Laura.

Monday's are dedicated Health and Physical Education day, Tuesday's are movie review days for English, and Friday's are reserved for step father to teach Math. The other core subjects are woven into the remainder of the days, including weekends. Because we are following natural learning tenets we seize every teachable moment that we can. Although Boy has a structured home school time table that is supposed to run from 9am to 1 pm (SUPPOSED TO are the operative words here!!!!) he is of the view that anything outside those hours is his time. He has no idea that we have arranged our lives to capitalise upon the most fantastic learning opportunities that we can manipulate for him.

I love home schooling but I now need a personal assistant to do all of the administrative functions! Any takers???

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