Thursday, August 27, 2009

Goals for the year

I figured a blog would be as good as place as any to write out some goals for the year. 

*Fridays are art day: once a month we have an art coop with our friends using Meet the Masters; once a month we will also study another artist using Art in Story as our spine; and twice a month we will get out our supplies and just have some fun creating.

*Once a month field trips: I'm thinking if I aim for more than once a month, it will not only get overwhelming (and expensive), but will make it more ordinary than special. Some places we want to visit are the aquarium, zoo, art museum, science museum and observatory.

*Weekly PE class: This is not so much a goal as something that is already in the works. I guess the goal part comes in when I feel like not being committed every week to PE class even though it is nice to get out of the house, chat with friends, and watch the boys have fun playing with their friends.

*History: I would like to actually finish Medieval times this year considering I was hoping to finish it last year and never got around to it. That goes as well for things like science and foreign language. We tend to be really good about the "core" subjects - reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and math - but all the other stuff is pushed aside most of the time.

*Nature Study and Nature Walks: We decided to renew our pass to the local nature center. My goal is to get there once a month. I also plan on working our way through the first ten Outdoor Hour Challenges based on the Handbook of Nature Study

*Finally, my last goal, at least for now, is to not feel badly if I don't achieve 100% of my above posted goals. :)


  1. A wise homeschooler once told me that it is impossible to teach them everything. You do your best, expect "holes" and know that more than anything you are instilling a love of learning. This is one of my favorite quotes and I think it's quite fitting for a homeschooling mom:

    "The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. I love that quote! Thank you for sharing (I tend to love all your quotes - my current favorite of yours is C. S. Lewis's one about us being a soul and having a body :) ). Thank you for helping me keep my sanity!