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Our school year will begin in just over a month.  A month!  I've been reading through the Enki Grade One materials with diligence, but there are so many pages to cover.  Many homeschooling families are beginning to plan and it has been fun to read what each one is envisioning for the year ahead.  I'm still in the research and skill-building phase.  And I'm feeling really thankful I have another month.

Enki Grade OneThe wonderful thing about Enki is that you can pick and choose what you would like to do through the year.  You can do three, four, or five day weeks.  We did three day weeks for kindergarten, though there were numerous times that I wondered if it wouldn't have been better to do five.  Well, the difficult thing about Enki is that you pick and choose what you would like to do through the year.  So, I'm getting stage fright about planning and wondering about other paths to take.

I can say that this Summer has been overwhelming, on the whole.  It's been my first Summer with Mike at his new job and it's a very busy season for them.  Winter doesn't see such long trips and he has really been logging the miles and hours.  The natural pull of the outdoors, children out of school nearby, and the general disorder of the season have left me frazzled.  The children, too, I think.  It's like having too many choices in a candy store.  I've had to go back to the start of some of our kindergarten rhythms.  Daily walks and quiet times are non-negotiable.  I've tried the alternative.

So, planning and first grade.  It's definitely going to be different from kindergarten--there is deliberate academic work now and I feel quite certain that Willow is ready to begin tackling it.  Consonants and vowels, word families, recorder (and oh, the quandary that has put me in), form drawing, tangrams, cuisenaire rods, the four math processes, knitting, modeling.  There are multiple stories for each week and artisitice output for it all.  It's a lot when I try to think about it at once, there is a whole year to fit it all together.  But, I am working hard to trust my instincts about this curriculum.  It's a lot like Waldorf education, which I believe does work.  I have seen the fruit of kindergarten and I know first grade will be even better once I find my footing.

For now, I'm exploring and reading as much as I can.  That is hard these days, especially reading from binders, which are not quite one-handed things (though much-preferred to a computer screen).  I'm participating in some Enki groups, too, and looking back over the posts to see what others have had to say about planning and schedules.  It will all fall into place.  I know this.  I am really, really looking forward to days that are more carefully planned, even though we keep things very simple.  A trip to the post office is a special occasion, for instance.  I'm quite excited about new movment circles and the games that Willow will learn to play in them.  I think late Summer is about strengthening patience, will and faith that the coming year will be good. 


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 30th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm excited to hear about what you end up doing! The planning stage is so overwhelming, isn't it? I'm trying to figure out how to structure our various subjects, how much to do and when. At least writing and math are pre-set for me now. But yes, it will all fall into place.

I'm also looking forward to fall and more structured days. And cool weather!
Aug. 1st, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
I bet you are. Fall in Georgia seems like a slow-coming, but long season.
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Aug. 1st, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
Getting it on paper will give me such relief. Lots of work ahead!
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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