Join Date: Jul 2003
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Count me as someone else who is unfamiliar with the co-op format you're describing. Am I correct that "folder time" is basically like Study Hall for Homeschoolers? In that each child shows up with bookwork, and does it on their own with a supervising adult? And the remaining portion of the day is spent on parent-directed learning in various subjects? How much time are you looking at each day for this independent directed learning? My kids' high school has been using a similar model and for teens it works well for about two thirds the students. The rest don't have the motivation or the necessary skills of self-direction and they just don't stay on task. At younger ages I think the independent time would need to be very short to work well: 20 minutes twice a day at most, with some sort of significant physical activity preceding it, and even that might be a stretch.
Anyway I would look at the big picture of the rest of your dd's education and use that to fill in any gaps you see, work on skills at her particular level, or provide enrichment for things she's keen on. For instance, if you think she could use some encouragement reading, or would benefit from learning about a particular period in history, have her take a suitable book to read during that time. If she wants to learn cursive, use that time for a handwriting workbook or copy-work. If you feel her math skills are shaky, find a math workbook program to use then. Or maybe she has an interest that she'd like to pursue (drawing mandalas using geometry skills, music theory learning, learning world geography, calligraphy, eg.) during folder time.
You don't have to come up with a comprehensive year-long plan that will provide for all her academic needs, just some ideas to try for now. Adjust, set aside, replace, toss in the garbage, try something new -- it will all be easy to change as time goes along, and that's one of the big benefits of homeschooling. Once you identify particular areas you'd like to use that time to focus on, there are probably people here who would have good suggestions for appropriate materials. It would help to know how much time is devoted to "folder time," and what the format of those sessions is like. "Academic work for a 7-year-old" is really too open-ended for me to offer any meaningful suggestions.
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