Planning…..in progress

It is that time of year again.  While our school year won’t end until July it will take some time to get the next school year planned.  We’ll be implementing some changes this coming school year.  My boys are pretty much polar opposites in how they learn so I will be individualizing their education even more so than I have this school year. This school year was more tailored to my older son’s learning style because I hadn’t yet figured out the best way to teach my younger son.  I am also in search of new curriculum in several subject areas because what we were using didn’t work well or it was not liked.

Meanwhile I have 180 books on hold at the library and 38 checked out.  I’m putting together our own science,  history, geography, bible, and literature studies out of various resources.  Right now I am going through local resources and discovering what we will use next school year.

2 Comments:

  1. Thanks Tatiana! The freedom to tailor your child’s education is one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling. Pre-packaged curriculum can do that to a degree, but putting something together specifically suited for your child is better.

    My younger son hasn’t caught my older son yet although he may overtake him in math in a year or two. I think because they are so different competition won’t be an issue. They both have strengths and weaknesses. I know some families choose a different curriculum for each child so it is not so obvious that the younger child is more advanced than the older child.

  2. Wow. That’s pretty intense when you put it that way. I do that, too, but somehow it sounds worse hearing it (reading it) from someone else. My boys are also polar opposites, I also have tailored to the oldest, and I’m also redirecting my strategy going forward. I’ll be interested to hear what you end up putting together. I’m wondering if you ever run into problems with your younger catching up with your older in abilities (with us it’s math) and if so, does competition emerge? What do you do??!!

    I think the best thing about being an ‘eclectic’ homeschooler is the freedom you give yourself to combine what’s really going to work for you and your child. I struggle with it now and then, wondering if we’d all be better off with a little more pre-packaged curricula, but in the end, my children hate it and I (perhaps somewhat arrogantly) think I do the best job at determining what will fit my child’s needs.
    I wish you the best of luck (and inspiration!!) in your planning!

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