I was just looking through a sweet friends blog and her August Calendar Crazies, and it really got me thinking.
I think I know what my problem is. (Good luck with that, right?)
I need a new calendar. You see, every year this time I sit down and create a schedule for school. Just like a school teacher would. Start school at 8:00 a.m., Bible, an hour of Math, History, blah, blah, blah.
But this is not school. Ours isn't a classroom and I'm not a school teacher. I'm a spontaneous schedule-bucking kind of mom who is led by part "Ought-to-do" part intuition (this stuff is making my kids & I crazy today, we're going for a hike). I am not going to build a schedule and stick to it unless it's a loosey-goosey suggestion schedule.
Now mind you, I ought to do Math, Language Arts, Bible every school day and I do. But the rest, I'd like to be notebooking, building a Timeline book, memorizing our CC grammar, reading aloud a lot and exploring some of the major interests of ours. For me, that would be History. For the boys, Science.
Can I be an eclectic Classical, Charlotte Mason heart-lead schooling mama? I think so, friends.
I'm thinking a lot as I plan this year not just about the "what" but the "why." Isn't this the real question that matters? Why do I homeschool?
Individualized education, Bible-based World view, family relationships....and maybe the thing on the front of my mind; a love of learning. My goal is to help my boys love to learn. To love it, and to know how to learn anything they want to learn. I want learning to be rewarding and even fun.
How do I put that in my calendar? This is the very reason my calendar won't work.
So I need a new calendar, a calendar of suggestions, maybe. A place to be reminded where I'm going with this whole educating thing, why I'm doing it. A calendar that lets me change the schedule every few weeks if necessary. Anyone have a calendar like that?