Waaaay back in June, I talked about The Plan. In preparation for the coming school year, I want to sort through and declutter our book collection, to see how many resources we already actually own that will help us achieve our goals.
So far, I am happy to announce -- Ta Da! -- that I've gotten through Science, History, Art, and the Arts and Crafts categories. All the science related books are on one shelf (err, well, most of them. I could never actually pull all the books out of my kids' rooms just for the sake of organization. That would border on being abusive, wouldn't it?)
The same is true for the other "subjects", though I'm loathe to divide life into subjects. Life and learning are simply too integrated to break them down that way. But, generally, I have been able to group like-minded books together (do books have minds? Yeah, I think they do ....) and begin a little planning. Here's what has been decided.
Scientifically speaking, the girls want to learn more about:
Genetics, cells, and DNA
Food chains and Ecosystems
Plants and birds
We can cover all of this with books we own or can get from the library.
Historically speaking, they want to head back in time to:
World War I
World War II
(Ummm, yes, this is pretty broad, and more planning and narrowing is needed here. We have some resources that will cover this, but the library will also be heavily used. I may have to purchase a few books.)
They'd like to skip it. They won't be doing that.
I haven't reviewed this area yet, but it's one area I don't stress a lot about. I'll do some planning, but reading and writing happen fairly naturally around here.
I'll get back to you. The books are in one place, but plans haven't been discussed.
The Plan marches on.