I am finding it tough to sit and plan for long periods of time this summer, thus the plan is coming along slowly. I found out late this summer (like last week) that all three of my kids do not feel “as smart as their friends who go to school.” This statement quite shocked me-not that I want them to be comparing themselves to others, but I do want them to feel confident in themselves. This new knowledge is making me change my plan a bit.
I am also trying to figure out how to develop a transcript for high school that truly shows who my kids are. We have never done formal testing or grades. We go over information and apply it. If the information is not understood, I find that the kids cannot apply it correctly, and we go over it again until it makes sense. I would call this a mastery approach. I have heard some people say that the kids should get an A after that, but I do not feel that a letter grade truly describes the knowledge. I am looking into proficiency-based and mastery transcripts as a model for high school.
Sims Grade 10
- Self-confidence in uncomfortable situations-academic and personal
- Increased ease with note-taking and written communication
- Demonstrate accountability to an outside teacher
- Demonstrate leadership within his community
- Challenge himself to use the knowledge he has to gain deeper knowledge in a subject
During Sims’s tenth grade year, he will be working through US history, writing and US literature, geometry, Latin and Chemistry. I am sure that he will have more that he works on, but this is the plan for now.
Sawyer Grade 8
Theme: Personal Achievement
- Self-confidence in personal and academic knowledge
- Learn to set personal goals and to develop a plan to work towards the goals
- Design, implement and complete an eight grade project.
Sawyer’s eighth grade year has a lot of classes per her request. She will be taking a high school level physical science course, pre-algebra, writing, and latin. She will also have blocks in civics, US history, business math/economics, geometry and woodworking.
Parks Grade 6
- Independence with beginning daily work
- Self-confidence in academic knowledge
- Feeling a part of a community beyond the family
Parks is entering middle school this year! No more elementary children-how did that happen? Parks will continue with math and spelling/copy work. He will also be taking a science class and a writing class outside of the home this year. He will have blocks on Ancient Rome, business math, geometry and woodworking.
We are also starting a 4H group this year that will meet on Wednesdays. We have planned many classes including-geology, PE, geography, Spanish, leadership, entrepreneurship, horsemanship, environmental science, cooking and coding.