Winter Term is built around winter holiday breaks and knowing it’ll be a bit on and off a again. On the other hand, I’m hoping we will have hit a rhythm by then and be settled into homeschooling.
Winter Term (December, January, February) Continue reading
If you missed the Year 1.5 Summer Term post, check it out for some background on how we homeschool.
Fall will be the beginning of our academic subjects. I decided to keep a slower pace this first year, and wait for a foreign language or any other additional subjects until next year. History, Geography, Math and English will be the only subjects we do every day. Everything else in on a weekly or ad hoc looping basis.
A lot of these resources are available online for free. I linked to hard copies because I dislike digital books, especially when reading Charlotte Mason style.
Fall Term (September, October, November)
We’ve got a whole lot of things going on, and some big changes on the way. During this time, it’s especially important to keep on rhythm with Kai. She doesn’t understand exactly what is happening or why and she doesn’t have enough words to express her discontent at all this change. I hate change, too, kiddo, so I know how you feel (even if I don’t hate this change. I’m challenged by it, and maybe even overwhelmed a bit, but I’m also looking forward to having Kit with us for the year).
I’m also trying to expand our outside time. I recently started reading Charlotte Mason’s own works, instead of what others have written about her method and even with all the encouragement Waldorf has given us to go outside, CM has inspired me to do more. Right now we spend 2-3 hours outside a day, and apparently everyone is getting into the outside game, even WHO declared kids should be outside for at least 3 hours a day this week. Continue reading
We have officially named our little educational endeavor. You are now looking at the director, teacher and janitor of the Rowan Forge Forest School.
The Arts and Crafts philosophy does not lay out a coherent educational policy, for all that it talks about both children and how people learn. From this philosophy I draw a few important themes: Nature and the environment as teacher, cooperative learning, the freedom to explore and develop individual learning goals and that education must include hands, heart and head as John Ruskin would put it.