It occurred to me on Friday that I need to submit my annual homeschooling plans this week.
Then it occurred to me that to do that I need to come up with some plans. I might even need to order some books.
I knew there was something I didn't like about August.
In truth, homeschool planning has been on my back burner for a while. But you know how life is: sometimes those back burners stretch out to the horizon, and pots bubble away into infinity.It takes a deadline to pull something to the front. It's one reason I like deadlines; they keep my life moving.
This year I need to prepare Dancer for the more rigorous work of high school. So after I resolved to front-burner the homeschooling plans, I retrieved a syllabus I'd lent out to someone years ago. That looked good, so for 8th grade Dancer will be doing Greek literature and history: Herodotus and Homer and Sophocles and Plato. In translation, of course. The younger two will do a survey of ancient history. We can overlap with art history.
The drawback to this brilliant idea is that I have to get organized in order to do it. And I'll have to stay organized to stay on top of it.
Now isn't that a bummer!
I am not a micromanager. Detailed schedules and complex lesson plans give me the willies. I believe kids should be self-taught learners, so in my dreams I hand them their books and say, "Get through this stuff by June. Come to me with questions or if you need field trips or art supplies."
Alas, I can't do that. So I take a scheduling approach that I suspect has some vague connection to the farming approach of my Swedish forebears, who plowed around the immovable rocks in their fields. I plunk the time boulders into our calendar -- co-op on Wednesdays, construction class on Thursday, art on Friday, and soccer on the weekend -- and then focus on how to make the academics work.
The school work follows the same approach: Big stuff first, smaller stuff second, little stuff last.The only real question is what falls in which category.
But that's always the real question, isn't it?