Here in the Deep South, many homeschoolers will be starting school again in a few weeks. I love this time of anticipation of fall, and am looking forward to heading back into some more rhythm. The children seem ready as well, so we will continue to enjoy nature and all her summertime glory (and fall glory too, with camping and trips to the beach in the fall), but I am feeling more ready to get going!
I wanted to share with you some of my favorite resources for planning:
Here is the Math By Hand blog – Marin’s blog series goes through first and second grade at this point pretty day by day. Lots of wonderful ideas for hands-on math and she also finds really wonderful links!
Chalkboard drawing: This link takes you to seventh grade, but use the menu to find the essence of each grade and see drawings: My favorite chalk (and it does say it is not chalkboard chalk, but I have used it for years that way without problems) is here /
This blog has Grade 1-7 and it is fun to look at for inspiration. I also like Sheila’s blog and Rachel’s blog and the blog by Rick Tan and his family over at Syrendell. There are also a couple of general homeschooling blogs I like to check on.
My “on paper” plans are fairly well done – but now we move into the “doing”. I am making props and backgrounds for stories for kindergarten; checking on supplies for seventh grade physics and geometry; working on active games for fourth grade math.
Most places in the United States and around the world start school at a different time than August, so many of you are probably still planning. I hope it is going well for you! I would love to hear about where you are.
Good Morning Carrie! Thank you for the link-love! We begin our new school year on August 25. I still feel like I have so much to do between now and then, including a trip to the beach. Yay! I hope the last few weeks of summer are lovely for you and your family. Love, Rachel
I have been following your planning posts as I work out the coming year for my 2 boys, kindy 6 and preschool. We are American/Austrian currently living in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere is creating a particular challenge for me as none of the festivals we celebrate fall in the “correct” season. I feel like I am beating my head against a wall trying to make our holidays– both seasonal and religious– fit with what we are experiencing physically? Do you have any advice for me?
Yes, check out the work of Eric Fairman and also Alan Whitehead, both from the Southern Hemisphere. I do believe as well, that most of the major curriculums on the market would address through consultations and even within the curriculum itself. There are also several blogs that are by Waldorf families in the Southern Hemisphere who have been there and done that and their words could be helpful. I will try to come back with some links for you later! Do not despair! Waldorf education is being used in China, Nepal, the Sioux nation here in the U.S. and all kinds of places where it must be adapted to the culture and religious beliefs of the people in these regions, so I think it is okay to think outside the box. 🙂