A New Year means to me that it is time to look at the Unschool Curriculum and update it to make the last of your homeschool year the best it can be. If I was honest, I always start the school year with ideas about what we are going to learn and how we are going to learn it. The kids and I set up a game plan and write it down. For the first couple of months, we do exactly what we intended on doing and then we all get lazy and just quit doing it, or just don’t make the time. Every couple of months or when I feel we are in a rut and the girls are watching too much TV we sit down and figure out a new game plan for our education.
I told the girls to write down four things they want to improve, or something new they want to learn by the end of the year. After writing them down, I then had them add how they were going to carry out each goal. One way was to take some online classes with Craftsy. They offer classes like photography, paper crafts, cake baking, painting, and sewing classes and even offer some free classes.
Once finished we put them in the fridge so we can look at them every day. The interesting thing is they always seem to disappear after a couple of weeks (still looking into that). I thought it would be fun for you to follow along and set some new Goals also. Let us know in the comments what your kid’s goals are.
So to begin ask you to come up with four things they want to improve or get better at this Year. My kids usually roll their eyes, grumble and just go to their rooms and begin writing. This should only take about five minutes. Then after the grumbling is over we come up with several ways to carry out their goals. I added the fifth goal, to work on Math, and wrote down how e planned to carry out it. Easy Peasy…
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1. Learn one sentence of French a month
How: A. Listening to French tapes we already own
B. Found 3 apps on my iPhone that will help me learn French
Learn French Phrases – Free
C. Bought a workbook to learn French
D. Text/ talk to my french cousin
E. Rosetta Stone
2. Learn a new Activity
How: A.Google it on the internet
B. Try different things
3. Learn more about Fashion
How: A. Take a class with Craftsy: Learn to Sew: Pajama Pants
B. Buy a light table so I can draw better (fashion ideas)
C. Come up with 2 amazing ideas every night and keep them in my portfolio
D. Maybe find an online fashion class that I can take??
4. Improve my Archery
How: A. Shoot 2 times a week
5. Finish My Life Fred book (all middle school series)
How: A. Do one chapter every day – 5 days a week
Although I don’t homeschool my older kids I had them right down daily, monthly and weekly goals/objectives for the upcoming year.
Rose, I love that you have the older kids write down their goals. It is a great practice to get start at a young age so hopefully it will help them succeed later in life (which I know they will:).