|I want more of this..........|
I really want our homeschool to be lots of reading (it often is), bible/character training, note booking, writing, science projects, history projects, games, memorizing, art/music and films. I want to take advantage of holidays and special days like, "Pi Day," "National Skateboarding Day," and "Winnie the Pooh Day" so we can do fun activities that are out of the norm. I get tired of the workbook pages, the next grammar lesson, and having to"squeeze in" the "fun" stuff. I know, I know, my philosophy has often been, "it doesn't have to be fun it just needs to get done." I am tired of following "what's next." I want to explore different topics and go less by the book. I say that, but then I start to mentally back track. I freak out or get scared or something. I have a crazy fear that I am really going to screw something up if I become less structured.
I think I have a happy medium right now - we read a lot, do the occasional fun project, but we don't do as much note booking or writing that I would like to. We definitely don't do the artist and composer studies that I want to do, and we don't listen to as much music as I'd like to either. That is one thing I would like to change - add in more are and music - but in order to add those in something else has to go because there just aren't enough hours in the day.
I decided for January I am just going to let go of the heavy language arts and focus more on science, history and fine arts. Noodle reads really well, and he aces all his Rod and Staff grammar assignments. Therefore, I am thinking it is okay to put those items on the back burner temporarily and focus more on fine arts, history and science. I think we can successfully tackle writing within those subjects.
What about you? Are you changing things up this semester? Do you have a vision for your homeschool that you struggle implementing?