Planning Inertia

Usually, I love planning our educational years.  I actually get going in April and May, before we’re even finished with our current year!  But for some reason, this year, I can’t get motivated.  This will be Meg’s senior year, and I guess she’s all mapped out.  That girl knows what she wants.  (Also, she got a 30 on her ACT, which is really good.  Go, Meg!)  I just need to find her an online calculus course, because I can’t find a homeschool-friendly version.  (Teaching Textbooks?  Can you hear me?)  Jon, the dawdler who’d rather play legos, hasn’t finished ninth grade yet, but I guess I’ve got everything he needs for tenth, if he ever gets there.

Rosie is entering eighth grade.  My history course for this year is everybody’s favorite, and she’s been looking forward to it.  She wants to study astronomy.  I think I’d like to see that as one part of an Earth Science course for her: weather, astronomy, geology, and….  (I often use Apologia materials, but I don’t care for their offerings for this age.  I can do better, I think.)  She also wants to prep for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  I guess everything else she needs to study is available at home already.

Penelope is a fifth grader now.  I don’t think she requires any special materials, either.  She’ll start on our Ancient History cycle, and maybe Latin.  (I dislike pushing the little kids through Latin, though I can definitely see it’s a good-for-them thing to learn.  I wait until they’re responsible enough to study on their own.)  I better go check my First Form supplies and restock.

Tommy is a third grader, and he is not a responsible student.  He has to be dragged along every step of the way.  I think we’ll study history together, read mostly aloud.  We started a new ancient history series from TAN last year, and I really like it, but if we don’t study American history at some point, it never gets gotten to, and we can’t live entirely with the Ancients, can we? I’m not sure on Tommy.  Also, Evie is a voracious consumer of books, with an incredible aptitude for mischief if not engaged in some more productive activity.  She and Henry tend to egg each other on, too, so these two can not be overlooked, even though they aren’t school age yet.

Now that I’ve typed that all out, I can see that I really just need to pull the older kids’ books off the shelf, and only my wee ones need to be planned for.  Except for Tommy, that can probably be done on a month-by-month basis.

That was easier than I thought it would be.

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  1. I’m down to two students. It’s simpler planning, but not easier. Kind of like not knowing how to cook for fewer than 12. 🙂

    1. Two?! My goodness. I can’t even imagine. 🙂 We’re holding steady at six, but I’m hopeful that the graduation rate will be outpacing the birth rate here now!

  2. Would you be willing to post which books each kid is using for which subjects? I know you’re a great picker of books, so I’d love a peek at what you’ve chosen. I was just working on our plans a bit more last night. It’s so fun and exciting! I still don’t know when we’ll get to actually start back up because I’m thinking it would be wisest to wait until we’re actually move and settled.

    1. I’ll try to do that as I cement our plans. Some will be off-the-cuff interest led, particularly for the littles. Evie is an information sponge who loves books, so she’s pretty fun to work with, but we tend to be a bit spontaneous.

  3. Gary is teaching Xavier Calculus. Fortunately, we have Gary’s college textbooks, so it’s not an issue for us. However, there are quite a few online options available. Have you considered JCTC for Calculus?

  4. I am off of Facebook, and I missed you! 😀 I just read a comment from you on Pam Barnhill and it led me here. Yay! I am actually going to a homeschool planning retreat tomorrow at a friend’s house. I have my crate of books ready to go. I am hoping to totally redo how I plan. I went from a curriculum totally planned out, to just having resources and no plan. I am not hoping to have loop schedules and terms to rotate resources. Plans, but flexible plans! I think I have too many resources planned, though! Ha! Hope you’re well!

    1. Hi, Amber! I haven’t been blogging much lately, and haven’t even checked in here in a couple of weeks, but I’m hoping/planning to get back into it now. I miss the writing! And we’re going to be focusing on essays this fall with the teens, so that’s extra motivation. 🙂

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