Planning

It is that time of year; planning for next year’s learning time. This is the time that I put so much of myself into researching, reading, scheduling and researching some more and then have it all fall apart by the middle of the year. But the first three months go so well.

I keep trying, though. I keep hoping that the upcoming year will be different.

This year is going according to plan. I am full of hope and have high expectations that this year will be the best year ever. Here’s to hoping

I will be teaching Grades 9, 7 and 5. This is my third time in teaching Grade 5. You would think that by this time I would have it all together and wouldn’t have to plan anything. Not a chance. I feel as if this is my first time through.

This is my first time in teaching high school subjects. I admit it: I am scared. The reason for my fear is that I don’t have a clue as to what I am doing. The book lists (and there are many of them) look very pretty and interesting but I don’t know what to do with those booklists. Yes, I know. Read the books that are on the booklists but what do you do after that? You can’t just read it and then move on to the next book. This is the part that scares me. After you read the book, you should either discuss the book or write about it…or do both. I have said before that I am not a discusser. This is painful for me. And my children are not writers. It is painful for them. See my dilemma?

There will be some stretching taking place this year…on both sides. This is another thing that scares me. That stretching thing is just plain nasty and messy. I know it has to be done but I don’t like it.

As I am knee-deep in planning and researching, you may be rest assured that most of my posts for the next few (several) months will be homeschooling, high school, books and schedules (not necessarily in that order.)

So be prepared.

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3 Responses to Planning

  1. Valerie says:

    Have you thought about doing online extentions with the high school books? Sparknotes is a great website, with summaries, quizzes, essay ideas, etc! Here’s an example (To Kill a Mockingbird): http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking/ If you scroll down, you’ll see the “Study Tools”. HTH! πŸ˜€ I am teaching 4th and 8th this year, and the coming month will be my planning month. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks for your comment, Valerie. Yes, I plan on using Sparknotes for our studies. I am relying heavily on the internet for our learning. πŸ™‚ I hope your planning goes well. I find the planning to be the fun part. The implementing? well, not so much.

      • Valerie says:

        Oh yes, I LOVE the planning! Haha about the implementing…I know what you mean! πŸ˜‰

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