Like I said a few days ago that our cupcake study was my trial run for this year’s school plan and I think it will work out really well! I have made a list of badges that she can earn during the year as she chooses. I found the basis of this idea on The Crafting Chicks. There are some in all different subject areas, math, language, science, art, geography, history, and other random subjects that we might feel we need to hit! 😉 I have a ton of badges that can be earned, some will take a few days like the cupcake one, and some may take alot longer. Bunny is really excited, I am really excited, and this this will give us the freedom to study what we have a fancy to while still being able to show a little of everything for records! I know that this idea is not completely Montessori since she didn’t believe that children needed or wanted rewards, but this is where following the child become more important. Bunny is very goal oriented. She love a finish line and to earn things. This just a part of her personality. So I am going to tap into this talent she has to stay focused on her goal. Once she finishes I have a bulletin board in the main hallway of our house for her to display the ones she has earned (the calender was there, but that has moved down to the school room).
Here is our “Learning Badges” board!
Here is the” cupcake badge” and her “swimming with swimmies badge”!
So far my plan for badges are this:
Golden Bead Addition
Golden Bead Subtraction
Golden Bead Multiplication
Golden Bead Division
Bead Stair Addition
Bead Stair Subtraction
And any other math works she gets to
Letter Sounds (more of a review. She knows them, but I want to be sure)
Double Letter Sounds
Reading short words
Reading a book
And any other
Universe and Stars
Layers of the Earth
Plants or flowers
Care of the Earth
Time Periods (she can choose something we are reading about)
Any other ideas she comes up with!
So this is my plan. I really hope that she will choose a few from each category. I know that we wont even get to half of this and I am sure that Bunny will come up with a million ideas of her own! 🙂 This I hope will really make a good year for us! Next year we will for sure be hitting the Great Lessons and I cant wait! But this will be a ton of fun too!
For Pup I am keeping it really simple. I will make trays for and Bunny as usual, but I don’t know that they will have a definite theme! She will do those and work with more sensorial material. I also will be starting more beginning reading work (eye spy, letters, etc) and I will do a sound a week. I want to make her a sound basket for each week. This is my plan. She may LOVE it or she may not be interested at all! 🙂 We’ll see!
So this is my great plan for our 2011-2012 year. I don’t think I will be starting for a few weeks still. I really wanted to get to the zoo again and some other things before the summer is over. But I think that we will be starting sooner rather then later!
What is your school plan for this year?