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Over the years I have found that there is a rhythm to our year – there are certain events and happenings that come around every year, these things flavour our routines.  I call these blocks of time ‘seasons’.  At the beginning of the year I like to plot out the seasons, as I see them, so that we can be realistic about what learning opportunities will be presented in the foreseeable future.  Of course, stuff always happens!  What actually happens may be totally different as we reflect back come December/January 2013 and that is okay.  This is simply an overview, a bit of a plan for what I see.

 

January – family time, holidays (vacation), I would like to finish off a science unit but I hold lightly to this idea!

February is set aside for family projects, spring cleaning, and planning academic studies (if we aren’t finished that science unit then I’d like that to be done by end Feb.)

March – study focus

April – Study focus (2 weeks study break)

May – study focus

June – study and creative focus

July – family project

August – family project

September – study focus

October –  study focus

November – ½ study focus – ½ creative focus

December – creative focus, family time

 

When you look at this from a monthly perspective, it is easy to get into a bit of a flap because there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of study time (about 20 weeks full study).  Even less when you think that we actually do focus-study only 3 days a week.  But this is when you need to see things from a whole life, whole child perspective.

 

During the year the kids will

  • Go to a youth camp or kids club
  • Jess will help produce 3 magazines for GFA – typesetting, graphics/design, and administration assistance
  • Jess will work in the office, doing general business office work as well as helping me with a few PowerPoint presentations
  • Nomi and Daniel have joined the drama club which will meet twice a week for term one as they work towards a Variety Show (Jess will likely play piano at the same show)
  • Piano lessons (Jess will also play at church a few times throughout the year)
  • Girls learn new creative skills:  knitting, paper crafts
  • We are hoping Daniel will learn some skills in the wood shop this year
  • Jess is will take a short course of using fonts (publishing/scrapbooking)
  • Everyone will help renovate the bathroom – painting, sewing and woodwork
  • Read lots of books – half the books they read will be handpicked by me with the intent that they will learn something from what they read (this includes reading journal assignments)
  • Nomi will do netball for one term, Daniel will do cricket
  • Swimming, walking and bike riding for personal fitness
  • Cooking meals and baking
  • Girls are involved in Mainly Music weekly, Jess is involved in monthly committee meetings
  • Veggie gardening (ever hopeful!)

These are just the learning/lifestyle opportunities that I see at this stage of our planning – life happens and this list may well look very different by the end of the year.

 

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