It’s January, the beginning of a new year, and for us the mid year break in our Classical Conversations curriculum. Last year at this time I was so overwhelmed and feeling very behind. Not only was it our first year of CC, but we were in the beginning of Jada’s reunification process with her mom, and S was getting ready for his third surgery. I felt that we would never catch up, and had all but decided NOT to return to Classical Conversations in the fall of 2014.
What a difference a year makes! This January I am in a totally difference place and it’s clear that starting CC again in the fall was the right decision for our family. Cycle 3 is such a fun cycle (American History) and I was familiar with the ebb and flow of how CC lessons are structured. Admittedly I can’t wait to dive right back in, but we will be easing in this week with some fun lessons and then hitting Week 13 starting Thursday.
I took some time during our break and was able to get our next 6 weeks of lessons planned out – so I’m kind of feeling like a rock start right now! I even requested all the books from the library that we will be using in the next 4 weeks. I mentioned my planning marathon on IG and twitter and I got a TON of people asking me how I can possibly plan that far ahead. I wanted to share how I plan, and perhaps it might be helpful to you!
The first thing I do is open the Foundations guide and look ahead 6 weeks. I’ll admit that we personally work on the material a week ahead of our campus so that when the girls are in class it’s review for them and not all new information. While this is not standard CC teaching, this is what works for us and the girls are thriving in class this year instead of being in tears. BUT – even if you don’t WORK ahead you can still PLAN ahead.
Next I decided what I really want to concentrate on. The girls are loving the US History, so I’m working our English and Copy Work into our History studies. I use a lot of lapbooks from Currclick and we love them!
Once I know what topics we are covering, I go online to my local library system and request books that we might need. Since I have a non reader and a beginning reader I usually look for books that are geared for their ages. It’s awesome to get the email that my stack of books is ready, and I love that the library is a free resource!
Now it’s time to plan in 1 or 2 field trips, whether they are CC related with our campus, or just on our own. I try to make the trips relevant to what we are studying, but it’s also fun to get out of the house and visit a place that isn’t busy because kids are in school!
Lastly I check our family calendar (we use google!) to note any doctor appointments, foster appointments, etc.
Now I’m ready to plan!
I use a paper planner from Home Educating and I love it! It’s simple, pretty and if I have to erase anything I can do it without ripping the paper! Here is my plan for our next few weeks:
Week 13: Math (workbooks for both, Math U See for Sophie), Reading (Meet Samantha, Bk1 w/lapbook), Science (Lungs lapbook), History (Teddy Roosevelt – books from library), English (review grammar from CC), Copy work (John 1 worksheets), Spelling (#1-5 of Top 1000 words)
Week 14: Math (workbooks for both, Math U See for Sophie), Reading (Meet Samantha, Bk1 w/lapbook), Science (Intestines lapbook), History (MLK lapbook), English (review grammar from CC), Copy work (John 1 worksheets), Spelling (6-10 of Top 1000 words)
Week 15: Math (workbooks for both, Math U See for Sophie), Reading (Meet Samantha, Bk2 w/lapbook), Science (Looking for Atom lapbook), History (MLK lapbook), English (review grammar from CC), Copy work (John 1 worksheets), Spelling (11-15 of Top 1000 words)
Week 16: Math (workbooks for both, Math U See for Sophie), Reading (Meet Samantha, Bk2 w/lapbook), Science (periodic table elements from CC), History (Valentine’s Day lapbook), English (review grammar from CC), Copy work (John 1 worksheets), Spelling (16-20 of Top 1000 words)
You get the idea. It’s pretty basic and give me some wiggle room if we need to move school around a day here and there because something comes up.
For field trips in January we are planning a trip to the Crayola Experience (with our CC group),a morning at our local Children’s Museum, 2 library days, 2 play dates with friends and possibly a trip to Adventure Aquarium, although might get moved back to February. I love being home with the kids and the flexibility that homeschool offers!
What about you – how do you plan?