Until I became a homeschool teacher, I did not understand how time consuming the constant reevaluating is that a teacher must do when teaching a variety of ages and learning styles.
On top of the 20-30 hours a week that I spend homeschooling, I also spent several more hours prepping, researching, picking curricula, grading, and reading.
And then there are all the hours dedicated to listening to the children read or explaining what they have read, and all the extracurricular activities: soccer, gymnastics, P.E. educational field trips, and of course, Classical Conversations every Monday.
This week, I decided to change thing up a bit.
I had some very helpful advice from Ma F at Crafty in Coffeeland this week, and it coincided with my decision to buy some different curricula. I want to follow the Classical model, and I feel that doing so means we need to change things up around here.
Having been educated as a Secondary English teacher, I was not schooled in Classical methods. My default method really does not align well with how I want my children to learn and be taught. The Charlotte Mason approach goes very well with the Classical style, so I have adapted a few things to go along with the curricula that I purchased from Memoria Press.
We are continuing with Classical Conversations, just as we have been, but I am changing my approach a bit. I am going to begin the day with a Morning Basket (I’ll share more about that later) and use the CM memorization system to learn our scripture passage for Classical Conversations.
We are also beginning a more intensive Latin course.
While we do learn some Latin in CC, I really want a more comprehensive approach while the kids are young. Having taken Latin when I was younger, I know how much this helps with deciphering unknown words. And, since David is reading at a high level for his age, he really needs this ability.
We begin the new approach on Monday.
Now, back to the hours and hours of work I have ahead of me this weekend.
Thankfully, it is all for the benefit of the children and our homeschool, so I don’t do it begrudgingly. And… I’m a bit of a nerd and love lesson planning.