I'm pretty eclectic. For the first block this year, I mainly referred to my notes from last spring and reflected on where my son is right now. Also used Alan Whitehead's Syllabus, Arthur Auer's Modeling and Making Math Meaningful by York. My younger son has an affinity with animals and is soothed by nature so we always start the school year with a special extra morning lesson--an ecosystem study. This year we're going to do nature study to start for the whole year.
We should help each other adjust by sharing rhythms. Here's where we're headed this Sept. I'm giving us a full two weeks to get to this. We started the nature walks this week and are adding something each day.
Morning Walk with Poem
(about 9am) Nature Study: Desert Ecosystem (Activities include building a diorama starting with a zen garden/cactii and adding animal/plant models in origami, clay and felt, Onto the Desert game, and a copper etching) This is a short, 30-minutes-ish opening unit that is pretty much just based on the game and a Deserts book I picked up used. The modeling of animals is based in Auer plus some good desert stories from Bruchac and a Southwest lit book I picked up
Main Lesson: Inventions (our central books are The New Way Things Work and Janice VanCleave's 101 Science Experiments; daily experiments to finish up the Simple Machines we didn't finish last year, to studying/building some major inventions that changed the course of history to building a small motor from a kit)
Afternoon Lesson: Wonderful World of Math (Our books for this are Making Math Meaningful and G is for Googol) This block is hands-on and involves loads of movement
Since we're in Jr Hi now, he has a couple worksheets in english and math to do each day as well
Edited by wonderactivist - 8/26/11 at 5:27am