Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Ol' Switch-a-roo

The plan for Morgan's school year was to use Core F from Sonlight & add in bits & pieces from the Winter promise Children Around The World core that we also own. I wasn't entirely sure how that would unfold & ended up deciding in the end we'd just leave the WP core alone & use the Sonlight Core.

The main goal for Morgan this year is to move forward with his reading now that he has his glasses, & help him work towards independent learning. The problem we were having with Core F was that the workload was quite large & we don't have the time to slow down & spend extra time in this core. I know that probably sounds a bit silly, but honestly we don't. Morgan is in 6th grade & there are a few more important things he needs to get to & wrap up by Grade 10. Not that we plan to rush him into a public learning institution at that point, we don't, but we want the way clear should, at that time, they be able to offer him something he needs in regards to his future plans that we can't.

I really think that if one had the time to spend in this core for more then a year or with a much older student that it would be perfect for them. That's just not the case for us, which meant we needed to make major changes or pull the ol' switch-a-roo. We went with the later. We pulled out the Winter Promise core that we owned & decided to use it as our core. This wasn't a big deal because we were all ready using the spines called for, but it lacked literature for each week. Something we love & have grown accustomed to.

So, instead of becoming totally frustrated we decided to take the best parts of both curriculums, slam them together & get the best of both worlds! The upside to this is that the workload is much better suited to Morgan, we get to enjoy the lovely literature that Sonlight all ready scheduled & picked out for all these lovely countries, we get to visit a few more countries then we would have, & we get to use the awesome resources that Winter Promise offers.

The downside is that the schedule is a little different. Sonlight started us in Asia, Winter Promise starts in Europe. We were going to finish out Asia & then turn towards Europe, which is how we worked last week, but it also means that we were flipping back & forth in our IG like mad people trying to make sure we covered everything & used all our resources. Chaos. I don't like chaos, especially when it comes to school.

Chaos makes me stressed, which can set off a migraine, which can make me very cranky. No one likes to be cranky, stressed, or headachy. So, I decided the best thing to do was flip to the front of the WP core & start there. We can pick back up in Asia when we get there.

Just a slight itinerary change, but the boys are both really excited because this means we'll be starting The Hobbit next week. Yes, I said boys because Jayden has begged to be included in this read aloud & of course I said yes. Because Sonlight doesn't cover most of these countries in Europe we've added in our own literature if there wasn't something from our Sonlight core that would fit. For instance, Morgan will spend the next 11 weeks in Europe & during that time he'll be reading Shakespeare. He was a little freaked until I showed him the book & explained it was actually made for kids. We'll see how it goes.

I'm pretty excited to see how the rest of our year unfolds, & here's hoping it's a whole lot less stress for all of us!

1 comment:

Mel said...

Love this....doing what works for your children...THUMBS UP!!!!!!