Thursday, November 5, 2009

Subject Blocks

We are going to go with subject blocks which I mentioned in my last post. We will do skill work daily but about half of our day will be spent exploring a subject using a unit study or lapbooking approach. I've been going through my notes for what I want to cover for the year and my list of lapbooks that we have access to. So now I can give my children choices of what they want to do for weekly or multi-weekly units.

Some of what I wanted to cover this year includes:

Grammar/language arts--introduction to poetry, The Polar Express, verbs, punctuation and types of sentences. With the option to work on adverbs, pronouns, interjections and conjunctions.

Geography--choices of Antarctica, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Science--we have a huge selection of choices for them to pick from and too many to list. I want this to be child-led.

History/Biography--American Girl lapbooks on Rebecca, Kit, Molly and/or Julie. Also any sort of patriotic theme or choice of a person that they want to learn more about.

Art--Drawing, painting, clay or crafts.

4-H--they can choose from mini-4-H sewing or farm animals and regular 4-H caged critters, microwaving, freezing, gift wrapping, computers, aerospace, and scrapbooking.

My thoughts are that if we really delve into a subject matter for a week or more that they will get more out of it. Also, my plans are to have to work on penmanship and composition within these units.

This is also going to be fairly child-led. Sometimes, there will be a subject that I will pick like the grammar topics but mostly I want them to choose what they want to study either from the list or by coming up with their own idea for us to run with.

I think that this will take a lot of pressure off of all of us and give us a new start with school. I think that we have been trying to do too much.


Daisy said...

Sounds like fun! I imagine your children will enjoy the variety.

A week off sounds divine right now. I hope you enjoyed it. ;-)

Kel said...

Sounds like a great plan. We did that a few years ago when things like science and art just weren't getting done. I switched to a more unit study approach for it and it was a huge hit. Best Wishes on your new endeavor!

Julia said...

I can't wait to hear how it goes. Way back when I was first considering homeschooling, this is pretty much how I wanted to do it.

Anonymous said...

We tried subject blocks last year when I had my oldest at home (he's in college now). It works really great especially teaching multiples. Looks like you had a great week!


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