One of the things I love about our Tapestry of Grace curriculum this year (and there are many!) is the emphasis on teaching your kids to be more independent in their planning and learning.
So, I’ve taken up that challenge!
Both my girls have their own planners now and on Sunday nights (usually–I think there was a Monday morning in there somewhere) I sit down with each of them and we work through the week. For my youngest, I either tell her exactly what to write in for each day, or write parts of it in for her.
For my high schooler, however…
We use this!
It’s a wonderful invention that I actually did a review for a while back. Anyway, after I have done my planning for the week and written certain assignments in my teacher’s planner (also a Well-Planned Day one!) my oldest can start putting in her things for the week. (I also have a weekly plan given to me in the teacher’s guide for our TOG core.) Now, this situation has been good for me because if Mama doesn’t get her stuff done…you get the picture.
Hannah sits down with my teacher’s plan books and fits assignments, readings, and projects into her week’s schedule. There are certain subjects and assignments that need to be done on a daily basis, or on specific days (Biology, the Joseph Study, Geometry). Other things like History, Literature, and Bible Survey readings and assignments, I’ve given her the freedom to decide what to do when. As long as everything is done by Friday when we have our discussions, quizzes, etc. she can choose when and how much she gets done each day.
Both of my girls have enjoyed this system so far! They like checking things off each day as they get them done and seeing their progress for the week.
I had my doubts at first as to how this would actually work for us, but we’re at the end of week 5 already and I think all three of us would say it’s working quite well. There have been a few glitches here and there–assignments that got put off and then the scrambling on Friday morning to get them done, me forgetting to add science to my youngest’s weekly plan–things like that. But overall, I think it has given them some confidence, autonomy, independence, and planning skills.
Do your high schoolers have their own planners?
I’m linking up with Connie this week for Homeschool High School.