Sunday, 3 January 2016

New year, new goals

Hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break.

It's that time of year when you reflect on the past and set goals for the year ahead.
DH had a wobble the past few months because Lilly is 13 and he was panicking about exams and tried to convince me she needed to go to school (thankfully he came to and realised home ed is the better path) but during his 'wobble' we did discuss what we could improve in our home ed journey so that the girls would get more out of it, we came up with some ideas/goals so I thought I'd share them with you do I can be held accountable (in other words I have to do it now)

1) institute more independent research
    I've tended to clump the girls together into two groups but realised that this makes some work too
    easy for the oldest in each group.

2) attend more home ed groups
    We've had car issues since Sept which means we've hardly been out, the girls missed the activities  
     so added attendance to our goals list this year.

3) assign non fictional reading books for each child to read in their free time
    Aiming to get them to read 2 or 3 books a month that will appeal to their interests and write a
    report/make a poster - this will let me cover more topics without having to teach them.

4) do yoga three afternoons a week
    Another the girls picked - could be fun or could be painful

5) do more read alouds
    Another request from the girls - seemed they missed their math stories over the holidays

6) include more music and art
    I panic sometimes trying to fit in enough math, science, geography etc that I often let the
    arts slide. Need to make more effort to include at least one specific art class a week (Lilly and
    Sunflower both do music practices but want additional lessons)

The girls enjoyed their time off but are ready to go (they've given me a massive list of questions and topics they want to study - roll on nonfiction reading).

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