Recently we outlined our yearly rhythm which looked at the festivals that our family celebrates throughout the year. I also introduced the block model and a brief outline of how we use blocks in our part-time home school rhythm or Afterschooling.
Our Afterschooling Block Plan
From September to December 2015
- Language Block – August 31 to September 23 (4 weeks) Preparation for reading and writing activities
- Project-based learning block – September 28 – October 12 (2 weeks)
- Mathematics Block – October 13 – October 28 (3 weeks) 1:1 Correspondence and Counting.
- Language Block – November 2 – November 25 (4 weeks) Phonics & Learning to write letters and numerals
- Mathematics Block – November 30 – December 23 (4 weeks) Amounts and Numerals
- Project-based learning (17 weeks) – Every afternoon Monday to Friday; Every Saturday.
We break for a few weeks from the 28th December 2015 to January 17th 2016.
We don’t home school on Thursday, Friday or Sunday.
Our planning has gone from a big picture of the year ahead, to a picture of the months with a little more detail on the actual blocks we will be implementing. After this our weekly rhythm comes into play and planning out some more of the detail, followed by a detailed daily plan.
The key to my planning, is that activities will go at each child’s pace and is based on following the child’s interests. The Afterschooling Block Plan outlines what I would like to be doing but it is possible that our November Language Block may continue with preparation activities or one child continues with preparation activities whilst another child is ready to move into phonics and writing letters. My children guide the curriculum not the curriculum guide my children.
Having a prepared environment is the key to success on a weekly and daily basis. Weekly and daily planning in Language and Mathematics is taken from Montessori at Home by John Bowman and my Montessori albums. My observations of each child is what will direct me to what is presented next. So, I have a planning sheet for each child that includes activities in each area they are currently working at…then, beside these activities I list what activity each child can have a new lesson on. This is how I track what each child has done and how I know what they are ready for next.
As you can see our waldorf-inspired Afterschool is also Montessori and Reggio influenced!