Friday, September 17, 2010

Why This Blog?

So, we're on homeschool year #4.  I might be the only one who finds that amazing.  Still, it represents a lot of little revolutions in our homeschool paradigm.  This blog is the latest shift.  Here's why:

I always plan our homeschool year during the summer, print the plan, and keep it in my binder, organized  smartly week-by-week.  In the past, I would check off lessons or activities as we did them.  This filled my desire for checklists, but it sometimes left me disappointed.  Any activities we didn't have time for sat unchecked on the page, forlorn reminders of missed learning opportunities.  (Sigh!)

In the meantime, we were at the library, baking, on field trips, visiting teaching, or taking care of Noah.  We were learning about something that my printed schedule didn't give us permission to learn.   This blog is going to change that, by reminding us about what we do, not what we've left undone

At some point, I realized that a blog would also be a happy way of sharing with our family and regularly-schooled friends what exactly we're doing all day around here.  Hope you'll like some of our ideas.

Have I kept the written plan?  Yes.  I like the planning.  And how much do you think I can keep in my head all at one time, anyway?


  1. Awesome, Angela! Nice seeing you and your wonderful crew at the Science Center yesterday! Your planning puts me to shame...I'm gonna go tear my kids off the soccer field and the RenFest and make them homeschool now. :-)

  2. I love to read your writing, and hear your insights!
    Maybe you can incorporate blogging into your school plan...Paige could help load photos and do artsy things with color and layout...
    It could even be a part of writing work!
    Love you lots!! Mom

  3. I love the comparison of check lists (love them too) and showing what you've REALLY been learning and doing, outside of that list.

  4. Thank you, Angela. I really like your ideas and you have already helped me to rethink my plans and structure for the day. I love lists too and I have been disappointed by all the things we don't get to do. What a great idea!