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Homeschool Planning for 2012 – 2013 in the Morris Family

My sister in law made some lists for school planning etc. for the year . We have taught Gabriel how to read and are working on Joey. Contact me if you are interested in the book we used. It is real inexpensive and it is so good for teaching kids how to read and making it kind of fun. Although I see reading as a foundation for school and learning, I have felt like for sometime I needed to make a few lists that could help allow us to be intentional about the development of our 4 boys into independent Godly men.

For academics we will be starting Gabriel in the Kumon math work sheets . The key to the Kumon method is that the focus is on flow and intuitive understanding of math basics and then building on that. The flow is in keeping with the importance of the kid’s experiencing the joy of learning. The pages are always timed and the focus is on mastery. So when a child can get through a certain sheet in the time required then they can move on.

Also we will be starting Gabriel on the 5 in 1 books which are brilliant ways of taking common children’s books and then weaving in learning from art, science, math, culture etc. This way learning comes in a contextual way that is more meaningful and easier to remember.

I plan on reading classic fiction and biographies of cool people to the kids on a daily basis. This will allow me to work with them on voice acting/ voice prompting that I value so highly for segments of that time as well as reinforce character development and wisdom through the stories. I think it will also give me an opportunity to do some “tapping” with them to help deal with trauma and emotional blocks etc.

Biographies and books I want to read with them:

  1. All the Chronicles of Narnia
  2. Bio of Jim Eliot
  3. Bio of Amy Carmichael
  4. Bio of Robert Morris
  5. Bio of Gandi
  6. Bio of Tesla
  7. Bio of Edison
  8. Bio of Wright Brothers
  9. Bio of Alexander Graham Bell
  10. Bio of George Mueler
  11. Bio of Oswald Chambers
  12. Chariots of FIre
  13. Bio of MLK
  14. Bio of Samuel Morris
  15. Bio of Hudson Taylor
  16. Any other sugestions?
When considering what I would like my boys to be like as men I thought of the following list. Our plan is to judge all of our learning and training activities by if they assist in these categories.  Our plan is for Jenelle and I to schedule a meeting every month and evaluate how successful training in the previous month has been at moving each of our 4 children towards these 7 adult outcomes we have for them and then discuss what we can change or update to better continue training towards this. This is the list:
  1. Submission- He is a disciple of Christ, walking in the spirit by intentional daily devotional activities of bible reading / study, prayer, singing hymns and journaling.
    1. mom and dad will have to work on modeling this. we can set aside spiritual time and slowly deepen it. as they read have them read on their own. but before then maybe listen to the scriptures together. let them learn to sign by choosing from a selection of hymns at first.  then choosing on their own and listening.  easy into journaling by first talking about what they heard.  then when they can write write a sentence or phrase.  then build on that.
  2. Trust God- He has a sense of Joy and Peace in hard times (when things don’t go his way).
    1. this trust of God is opposit of rebellion, anxiety, a hard heart and disttrust.  We can help by teaching them about proper response to disapline.  Role playing future times where they are abused by brother or mom and dad make them do something they don’t want to do. DO they tantrum? or accept it with a joyful heart?  What about discipline… again a rageing heart? or accepting with a joyful heart.  Biographies will help with this because this is something that comes through personal growth over time and biographies allow a person to observe that in someone else life.
  3. Loving communication- The ability to listen to others with such empathy that it affirms others and makes them feel loved, respected and valued.
    1. This is so hard to do but with intention it is apposible to make a difference in other peoples lifes by listening.  Will require role play and practicing.  As well as modeling and exhibits in stories.
  4. Truth- He is willing to be transparent and vulnerable regarding personal failure or shortcoming (especially when it is shameful or there is much to lose). (Related to speaking the truth in love)
    1. This is a protective covering over my kids.  To help them overcome addictions and ferret out there own issues.  We are best able to deal with our own down falls and learn from them when we can talk about them openly.  How many moral failures could have been stopped if the Leader involved had been able to talk openly about his or her failures before they got out of hand.  This is very inkeeping with submission and humility.
  5. Passion- There is at least one thing in their life that they are really good at and passionately enjoy such that it noticeably bleeds into other parts of their life.
    1. Look at each child’s interest and encourage them to pursue it.  Make sure that concrete skill is involved in that pursuit (i.e. sport, or music). Passion is the emotion that mobilizes intelligence / talent and grows it.
  6. Learning- He will curiously and willingly research topics of interest or importance via internet, library, personal interviews and experimentation synthesize the information he learns for it’s best use.
    1. Dad will actively help with this. He will develope curriculam for mnemonics, encourage reading with finger, speed reading and encourage highlighting and mind mapping. For learning blocks dad will do EFT/ rocking sessions on saturday morning with the kids and work with the timeline etc and feelings.
  7. Communication- He communicates effectively with his audience clearly in mind. His voice has emotional resonance, clear enunciation, appropriate volume and dynamic rhythm. He uses emotional word pictures and succinct logic to clearly comunicate what is in his heart and mind.
    1. Dad will have a daily reading schedule with the kids.  He will read biogrophies and high level literature to them.  Sections of this time might include EFT, discussions on charactor and practice voice acting / voice prompting for a flexible voice and emotions.

Here are the academic goals we have:

  1. Is to have lower structure in learning through 6th grade and building of thinking and study skills
  2. GED prep 7th through 8th grade.
  3. attend college 9th through 12th.

Ultimately there needs to be unifying principles in what we do to help keep our sanity.  Here are some that came up for us.

  1. We must protect against a crazy schedule that puts kids going in every which direction and momma frazzled shoefering them all around.
  2. Seek to educate in more than one area at once to kids get context from learning.
  3. Lessons should be bathed in prayer. Start them all in prayer and possibly end them in prayer.
  4. In complementing kids we should always complement specific skills and they way that they do something. We should not make value judgements like “good boy” or “bad boy” because they have a habit of sticking to kids even if they change. We want kids to be able to attach pleasure to the skill with which they accomplish things instead of bringing their identity into the mix which causes all sorts of nasty distortions.

Skills lessons:

  1. Shoot a gun
  2. Start a fire
  3. Clean fish
  4. Clean dear
  5. Shoot a bow
  6. Repair a flat
  7. change oil
  8. Repair drywall
  9. Paint a house or room of a house
  10. Build shed or dog house
  11. Fix a pluming leak
  12. Be able to delay buying something and make wise buying choices based on actual cash money in pocket
  13. Balance a check book.
  14. Find bargains on stuff
Any comments or ideas about how I should do what I should add etc?

2 Responses to Homeschool Planning for 2012 – 2013 in the Morris Family

  1. Looks good!

    Is that the list of books to read this year? Have you read them a lot of biographies in the past? My boys heads would explode with a stream of biography only style books. Mixing them with other high interest (to the kids) books might help cement their love of books… but ya … that’s my thoughts without knowing if that list was meant for this year as the sole read alouds, or if it’s the books you want to cover between now and 8th grade.

    And, can you write your GED at 13/14? It’s a minimum of 16 down here.

  2. Regarding the book / subject list… ah… no… just a list of stuff to read at some point … they don’t always pay attention to the bible to well unless I break it down as I read and ask a bunch of questions… so I suspect biography might be slightly dry… The other day i did read gabriel some stuff on MLK. As long as I would discuss each little peice of it and download youtube videos to back it up… he could kind of stick with it. I think though for me althogh it is important for them to get it now, I really want them to get in a habit of daddy, reading with them. I am not above bribing their presence atleast with back rubs and rocking chair sessions and food. I think that in addition the benefit of a habit, that they also will git one thing here or there that benefits them. I do enjoy the challenge of trying to break down the obtuse things into things a little boy can understand.

    Regarding high interest books… agreed on the value of that and cementing the love of books. Any recomendations high interest books to go over? Like picture books?

    GED is 16 in ohio actually with a waiver. It may be able to be waivered further although I am not certain on that. Regardless I think the community college will still allow admittance based on probation. There are probably other ways to show some type of high school equivelancy. Once the kids have college credits under their belt I think it is easier to get in else where.

    I went to college full time at 16 and know I could handle it. I suspect I could have handled it with a little bit of tutoring earlier on. But expectations may have to be adjusted depending on how well our “good ideas” in education actually work 🙂

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