A saunter is a more directed sort of ambulation than a meander, but still a relaxed, natural pace, so that’s my goal for late summer and fall in our home education endeavors.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to:
- World history survey, with particular attention to forms of government and how government can shape society and vice versa; we’ll explore human and natural geography as we go, using maps as an art tie-in, and make frequent stops to enjoy related literature, art, science, and food. Since I have a couple of myth-fans, I know we’re going to spend a bit of extra time in Egypt, Rome, Greece, Norway, the British Isles, and Australia, which will be fun!
- Continuing math concepts and consumer math/personal finance through free on-line classes through a regional university. The Eldest and The Boy will also look at the numbers side of entrepreneurial endeavors.
- More detailed biology and geology exploration here in our region, and while visiting relatives in the Coastal South… This also involves “physical education” to get outdoors and collect specimens. This winter, when it’s nasty and cold, we’re rehydrating and mounting a big box of moth, beetle, and butterfly specimens for a large shadowbox in the living room. We don’t decorate, we curate.
- Literature: gobs and tons and scads of personal reading and family read-aloud selections! We use the library almost exclusively for new reading, but I’m sure there will be some favorites we want to buy used and in hardcover for our permanent home collection. And since the Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal one is back in bookcase-building mode, that’ll be just fine!
- Music: we’re being blessed with voice lessons, bagpipe lessons, guitar lessons and drum lessons through our friend/family network, and our piano is now functional, so home-study in basic piano is part of the mix. It’s a small house, but its really not that bad when everyone gets going, unless we have the entire drum line for the pipe band in our living room.
- Life Skills: continuing development in Minion Studies! The Boy has decided he’s ready to start his “formal” cooking studies and assemble his own recipe binder for use in later life, for instance, and they’re all progressing in learning to manage a household, care for pet hens, keep the yard and gardens tidy, and build things for the home.
- Art, handwriting, essay skills, and other topics tend to sneak in the mix quite naturally, so that’s fun.
- Spicy is highly desirous of mastering reading, so we’re doing some work together to help her figure out The Code for reading English. Since that involves a lot of Snuggle With Mom, Dad, or Siblings time, she’s grinning her head off most of the day.
One thing you’ll notice: nowhere did I order a big curriculum box, or agonize over which publisher or program to use… and that’s because we *don’t* tend to use prepped curriculum items. The on-line math class is a new situation for us, but even it doesn’t involve a formal textbook or worksheet book. It *is* entirely possible to learn at home without such things, and we’ve found this “sauntering” approach, using the library and other real-world resources, just works best for our family. Though we’re skipping a traditional “back to school day” deadline (since we saunter year-round), I still get excited each September, as we update our study plans and take a look at the new resources we’re going to use. I can’t imagine it any other way!