Then I began jotting things down, focusing on what we missed this past year (or did too little of or things I just want to do more of) and what I see as growth areas for us.
Here is the list I made, with any notes in italics with further explanations:
-picture study We made it through exactly ONE artist this year, to my chagrin. This is due to poor planning on my part.
-classical music/composer study
-nature study/science I'm ordering some Apologia for next year.
-narration We do a lot of informal narrations, and Ella and I worked on written narrations once a week, but I want to continue to grow in this with all the kids. It's one of my goals to read up on this in our off-season and get re-inspired. *Any and all narration tips welcome. :)
-read-alouds (more reading with little girls); and be more purposeful in choosing books. I've found this year that a lot of the books in our book bin are our history-related picture books, which aren't of particular interest to the girls. We own many wonderful books and I just need to put them out.
-more directive time w/ our history read-alouds: discussion, projects
-memory work and retention Especially retention. I'm contemplating this system or something like this.
-prep ahead of time: any coloring pages for the kids to color during our reading time
-devotions- work on developing habits for the older kids to be reading the Bible on their own
-handiwork diligence (for Ella)- to see a project through to completion
-piano practice- (for Ella)- move to earlier in the day
-Ella- girlhood stuff I've been perusing this book and trying to figure out how to work some of that into Ella's schooling next year.
-compile a list of classics with Mark that we'd like the kids to read before they leave our home
-read inspiring books myself: good literature/classics and homeschooling encouragement. Right now I'm reading both A Thomas Jefferson Education and A Charlotte Mason Companion (both excellent!) and have been reminded again how important it is for me to read books that encourage and inspire me in the education of my children.
-compile assigned reading lists for Isaias
-schedule less read-alouds for me to get through with the kids- Now that we're nearing the end of our school year I'm realizing that I have way too many history read-alouds to get through. Better to schedule less and then add on as we go.
So that's the list. This list will surely be added onto and then eventually will morph into another list, than another... and eventually it will become a TO DO list that I'll start checking off. Mark and I already had a long conversation about the above list, me sharing with him what I see as our growth areas and asking him to think and pray about these things with me [and help me find solutions!]
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