It’s been a week, y’all. Hehe. But our home is *nearly* all set up for the new semester and this reset has got everyone excited to start school. Yesterday, I talked about the first two steps in the planning process I use (Backwards Design) and today, I’m focusing on the third step in this process: planning learning activities.
Remember that in steps one and two, I used my son’s test results to choose our goals and determined how I would know when each goal has been met. I put this all in an excel document.* So, now that I know what our goals are for this month and what it looks like for them to be met, today I’m sitting with the curriculum books. I’m going through our resources, which are now nicely laid out in my resources binder (oh, hayyyy), and selecting which ones to use over the next few weeks.
The point of this is to make sure the activities and lessons I choose are aligned with our learning goals. For example, one of our goals has to do with identifying which number is greater. So I am looking through my resources to pull out (and create) activities that will teach and reinforce this skill. I’m keeping in mind that he has to “prove” he has mastered this at the end with whatever evidence I chose in step two. Therefore for every activity I choose, I’m asking myself, “How will this activity help him reach this goal?”This keeps me from choosing random, fun activities that don’t actually accomplish our goals.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the fun and so my aim is to have fun while making intentional progress. This is why Backwards Design calls us to start with the goals, and not the activities. When we do it this way we can make sure whatever we are doing is aligned with our goals-because we’ve written out that vision. So this is what I’m doing for the last day of my reset- planning our learning activities for the month in light our vision and goals for the month.
Okay sister-friend, before I go I want to thank you so much for letting me share a peek inside our homeschool this week. To be real, ya gurl tired but writing to you has motivated me to show up and get it done. So thank, sis.