My old schedule was pretty strict. I could count on one hand how many free hours were in the week (on weekdays). [poor kids] It was burning us out. I think I talked about that some in my ‘why we’re starting Charlotte Mason’ post. So I’m doing a new thing this semester and the peace and weight lifted off my shoulders are making me realize that it has been a long time coming… and the RIGHT thing for us.
HOWEVER…. and this is the big stumbling block for me…. It is something NEW. After nearly 7 years of homeschooling, NEW is like starting over. Scary, hu? [Kind of like throwing a newborn in to the mix after 8 years out of diapers!] While we ‘detox’ from our strict schedule, I’m trying to get organized so we don’t fail at this new endeavor.
Yesterday’s planning task was to get all my educational subjects and activities down on paper so I could categorize them for a prospective schedule. Below is what I came up with (in no particular order). I’ve tried to put them into broader categories per Cindy Rushton’s “Charlotte Mason Primer”. Now that I have them all on paper, I have to figure out how often they can get done… and when they will fit in our new ‘laid back’ schedule. Realistically, progress will be slower on some subjects, but the joy will be HUGE – and after all, joy in your learning is what makes it all worthwhile. No drudgery here. We’re all about enjoying the journey!
Educational Activities and Subjects
Organization and Goals Review
Bible classes at church
Sermon notes weekly
Ministry and Hospitality
Character Clubs: Keepers/Contenders
Finish penmanship workbooks
Excellence in Writing
Nature Journals and Walks
Research and Projects
Tests and Speed Drills
Memorizing scripture and poetry
Narrating after we read
Reading living books and biographies/autobiographies
Timeline Box (index cards)
Movies and documentaries
Visualize World Geography
Co-Op Culture Fair (once a year)
Draw, Write Now!
Interior Decorating and Design Projects
Drawing and Painting
My problem has always been trying to figure out WHAT to cut out of the day… trying to cram everything I could in to 12 hours. You just can’t do it. Imagine trying to get even half of all that done in a single day!
I’m trying to circle my priorities and figure out an orderly progress schedule for the rest. So far we have been doing pretty well, but I know I’m going to start feeling like a flop if all our wonderful projects start falling by the wayside to make room for free time and a less stressful schedule.
Are you a Charlotte Mason mom? I’d love to see your daily routine and schedule… to read your advice on how to set up a routine that works. It is hard to teach an old list-fiend dog new tricks… to mellow her out and help her let go. I’d love your thoughts.
I’ll check back later after we visit the OBGYN and get back from Choir. We’re about to embark on our carschooling Tuesday. See you when we return!