Saturday, 29 March 2008

Alone at last .....

Its very quiet here, everyone is out. The girls are at theatre group for 3 1/2 hours (well worth the money) and dh is working at my mum & dad's. Therefore I have allowed myself 1 hour computer time and 2 1/2 hours housework - I really need a day for housework! This afternoon I plan to have a little rearrange of bookshelves etc. Unusually for me I was awake with the lark today at 7am, discussing re-arranging bookshelves - dh unkindly said could I shut up and go back to my normal pattern of sleep! Think I was disturbing his quiet morning time!



We went to the theatre yesterday with some of the Home Ed group to see the Birmingham Stage Company's version of Roald Dahl's Danny Champion of the World. It was brilliant and we all enjoyed it. They also bring the Horrible Historys to the stage as well, which are also excellent. Worth checking out if they're in your area.

We (dh & I) have decided that Issy needs to finish her last term if possible, although she's finding it hard going at the moment. But her regular teacher will be back after the Spring break and there's lots of fun things this term, so it will be a shame if she misses all the best bits. That said I am busy working on a curriculum for her now just in case we have a change of plan! So tune out now if you're not interested in home ed curriculums.

I keep going back to look at Sonlight. My main concern is it looks like a huge amount of work and is fairly expensive if we're not going to end up using it. I'm also torn at not wanting to leave our lovely Waldorf behind. But Issy likes to work, probably late at night - at 11pm last night she told me she was 'inspired' to write a story. I need a plan to fit both girls in or I can see us getting no-where, so I've been making up my own which as you will see I've 'borrowed' heavily from others.

Each will have a folder with plans and activities. Issy will probably be able to do a lot of hers with less support than Hettie needs. So in theory she can get on with at least some of it, allowing me to carry on with Waldorf with Hettie. Hettie then will have her folder so when I'm with Issy she at least can pick something to be getting on with. Hettie doesn't need to do the history work if she doesn't want to as long as she does her normal main lesson work. I'm using Grade 2 Waldorf for Issy's main work (lets face it I have most of the curriculum already). Its a 3 day schedule with 1 day that's for Home Ed group activities, and can be used as a 'catch up' day if needed. Leaving me 1 day and the weekends to go to work.

Main idea is morning verse, maths, read alouds will be together, as will arts/crafts in the afternoon. I'll swop history for geography every few weeks or so when I get that far, and the plan is to have week blocks for various festivals throughout the year.

Ok so thats the theory. Will it work, who knows? but I'm thinking that if I say this is what we do they'll get on with it. Experience shows me if I say what do you want to do they amble about dithering, I dither and we get nothing done. Oh well I've had a nice time buying lovely folders, coloured stickers etc etc. Now for housework (groan) and C another new book just arrived throuh the door LOL

12 comments:

Bridget said...

Isn't it funny, mine work best first thing in the morning and then again in the evenings. Good luck with your cirric.

Shirl said...

Good Luck!

ruth said...

Looks great Lisa :)

Dawn said...

Sounds great! I've been busy rearranging bookshelves and cleaning last night and today also. I've used Sonlight and I do like it- just remember you don't really have to buy the entire package. I usually just buy the instructor guide. I've been able to find the books at the library/Amazon, even yard sales.

Linda @ The Briar Patch said...

That looks very impressive!

Did you use the new pdf writer/converter?

I so badly need to get organised like that again...

Lisa said...

I didn't think of buying just the instructor guide, thanks Dawn.

No Linda I just did them on word in the end but I'm going to see if I can put them into one document on pdf trial.

Lisa x

Mrs. Darling said...

I really think this sounds like it would work. I have file folder that I lay on Tinks desk with her work to be done in it. When shes done with it all she lays is back on myd esk with all the finished work inside.

I like the idea of sonlight but the very reason I like it is because of all the books. Thats the very reason it wont be a fit for Tink.She hates all those books!

Im sad.

Lisa said...

Hi Mrs D, I have cut down on the books considerably to Sonlight (I think) so we can leave bedtime stories for their choice. It's a problem here 'cos I have to do most of the reading!

Lisa x

Tammy said...

Your blog always inspires me. :)

Carol said...

Lisa it looks Fab- Its the questions/activities I always get stuck on.
Im glad I'm not the only one who cant resist books :D

CJ said...

Ooh... I do like your schedule Lisa :-)

Where did you get your 4 ring binders from?

CJ x

Poppy & Mei said...

So organised & alone time? Bliss...Xxx