I just put up day 90, which means I’m halfway through the school year, and it’s still August! It feels good. It’s been so much easier this year. Last year there were a lot of starts and stops in the beginning as I was trying to figure out how to organize it. I wanted everyone learning the same things, but I knew everyone had to have their own English and math. I had always used history and science as my base for English, just pulling out writing assignments and grammar and vocabulary from whatever we were reading for those assignments. But it just wasn’t going to work in this structure. I needed more order and linear progression that would work for all kids, not just the ones in front of me at the moment. I’m thinking next year will be even easier because it’s a theme I’ve taught before, four years ago when my oldest was eight. I already have some materials made, etc.
And this week I made a mental note (let’s see if I can hang onto it while pregnant) to do more acting for vocabulary practice. My second level student had a great time acting out his vocabulary words from the book he’s reading. We played charades; he acted and we guessed. It’s not the first time I’ve done it, but I think it’s the first time I’ve put it in the curriculum. Yep, “Play charades,” it’s one of the assignments 🙂
Hope your school week went well.