Hold on. Cecilia wants help doing the math book we haven't started yet.
Holy moly. Okay, I'm back.
So today on Instagram, I shared these two pics of a quicky project.....
Dagblamit all to heck. Called away again. THIS IS WHY I CAN'T BLOG YOU GUYS.
You know when this can't blog thing basically got started? When I hit six kids. It's like I'm maxed out. We have a LOT of fun, I love homeschooling, I love my house projects. But I can't manage to do all the things anymore, I guess. Especially in the not-housebound weather.
Welp, it's been 14 minutes since I wrote the above paragraph. Enormous bug-eyes emoji.
This is why we have to do checklists and not a schedule.
Back to the quicky project....
Here was the first pic with caption:
|I'm ridiculously pleased with this 20 minute/$4.99 bulletin board project. How did I not know that you could buy foam board with cork on one side??? #11daystilschoolstarts #almostready #yeehaw|
A closer-up of the quicky project for @mablemurple. Foam board with cork from Meijer-->drill a hole in each upper corner--->run some ribbon or fabric through as a hanger (I braided three strips of fabric together because...????). Ta da! These are the kids' weekly checklists. Instead of a schedule, it's "do these things at least this many times." Works so much better for us this way!
Firstly, let me tell you that I did not come up with this idea. The suggested scheduling on the Mater Amabilis site, which is a site created for Catholic Charlotte Mason homeschooling, says things like "once a week, three times a week" so it only follows that tons of people would be like CHECKLISTS YES PLZ. And we were. Or are. You get it.
Secondly, these checklists don't include household responsibilities (yet!) which they should. Or will. Or we'll have separate lists. I haven't gotten that far yet. I do write a daily chore list for the kids, but it's by hand and it goes on the fridge and maybe that's enough? We'll see, we'll see.
Okay, here is how it works. The things that need to be done once a week have one little box next to them. The things that need to be done three times a week get three boxes next to them. If my people want to do all three days or lessons in one afternoon- like they're really on a roll, then go right ahead. History your little butt off, check off all three boxes, and don't think about it for another 7 days. That's cool.
This also allows you to "count" the interesting and fun stereotypical homeschooling activities (cooking for fractions practice, seeing how big the den is for measurement practice, etc.) and not feel guilty at the end of the week that you didn't "do enough school." As if schooling, learning, only happens within the pages of a specific book published by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich or something. But I've been there. Maybe we've all been there. And we get anxious that we aren't doing enough while at the same time not seeing how there is any time to do more without crushing their enthusiasm for learning. Know what I'm saying?
Holy moly this is so ghetto. I'm sorry. Forgive me! I just can't with figuring out how to make a pdf into a jpeg so I can upload it like a normal human being. So....here's a screenshot? I'm seriously sorry you guys! I could open it in a photo editing program and crop it but the children and it's almost dinner time and all the things.
You hand this checklist to your 8th grader and you're like "have a nice day!" and walk away.
KIDDING. No. Of course she looks at the categories and has no idea what any of it means. Like, what does one square of Nat Geo even mean?
Never fear, friends, never fear. You write this out in advance as well. No lengthy discussion whilst he/she staring through you wondering if there are any m&m cookies left in that bowl next to the toaster, nope nope nope.
There is one of these sheets for each category for Term 1. Some of them have specific chapters (e.g. "You will read one chapter per week of this book for a total of 11 chapters by the end of the term." or "In order to finish by the end of the year, shoot for 7 chapters per term. Wanna finish sooner? Do more work each week!"). I am a firm believer in having a set amount of "work" that is sufficient so that if they complete it, they can have their free time. Piling more work on top of more work just encourages my kids (maybe not all kids!) to work as slowly as possible so they are assigned the least amount of work possible and that's not good for anyone's morale, nopety nope.
Okay, is that...helpful? Does that make sense? The younger kids have much simpler schedules, also roughly following the guidelines in Mater Amabilis. I like to do my own thing, as always, so there are lots of nips and tucks everywhere, but it's definitely a Catholic based Charlotte Mason style year we've got planned and we are stoked!
And here are horrible pics of the smaller people's things in case you've got super-human vision:
Pop your questions in the combox and I'll do my best to be helpful if I can be. NB: this is only going to be our 5th year of homeschooling (we'll have a 9th grader, 8th grader, 3rd grader, kindergartner, and two tag-alongs) so Lord knows I am no expert. But more ideas can sometimes send you down the trail that leads you to what works best for your family, yes?
Okay, to cook dinner! Chug all the coffee!