Focus on ONE thing for a month…
I read this somewhere a couple of weeks ago, just as I started to plan the last 6 weeks of lessons for my kids before we take our summer break.
For some reason,
this idea has crept into my head
& taken hold….
So, I’ve decided to set myself a Wild Waldorf Mama challenge.
As a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler, I’m completely onboard with the idea of teaching subjects in blocks. I always try to make sure that we’re working on a solid ACADEMIC block & then add complementary activities (art, handwork, games, poems, songs, movement) to “round” out my 10-year-old son’s lessons. My goal is to create lessons that ignite his mind, inspire his heart & move his hands (& body).
After years of immersing myself in the Waldorf method, I’m quite OK with teaching one topic for several weeks. What I’m NOT used to is purposefully focusing MY own research/studies on only a few things instead of everything all at once!!
To make things even MORE interesting –
I’ve toyed with creating a NON-ACADEMIC main lesson block for over a year. Finally, I’m going to dive in & really concentrate on one topic that doesn’t sit squarely in the academic realm!!
Yes, you may well draw a deep breath of shock or maybe – excitement?
OK, I must admit that it won’t be just one topic but three.(I know myself well enough to know that ONE would never work (baby steps, right ?)!)
Form Drawing – Knitted Lace – Unicorns
How’s that for a strange group!?
Let me explain…
I plan to weave these 3 wildly different topics together in fun & informative ways that’ll capture my son’s interest & carry my daughter along with us (she’s 6 so she hasn’t started her formal lessons yet).
How will this challenge work ?
Most people post their lesson plans after they’ve taught them (I always read them – don’t you ?) but it seems like it would be a bit more exciting to share tidbits as we go along so…
Over the next few weeks, drop in to see how & where I gather information, how I work unicorns (& a few other mythical beasts) into our lessons, what my planning outlines look like (for a late kindergartener & early grade 4) & some of the inspired ways that I’m hoping to teach my not-so-little boy more advanced knitting skills.
Since I’m a trained artist & seasoned knitter with a degree in Medieval studies (among other things) – there’s no telling how it will all come out in the end!
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Happy Making !