Keep Pedaling and Moving Forward!
When parents begin to homeschool, many look for a curriculum as a vehicle to help move their children towards being educated. Maybe the vehicle is not just a curriculum, but taking other things into account that impact children's character, work ethic, brain development, core body balance, executive function, socialization and more.
The Wheel Guides You
* Family Work and Basic Habits, because without this spoke, most children rarely develop the work ethic to do tough work of scholarly learning.
* The Gateway (about 1 hour). This is a Spiritual/Intellectual Devotional or cottage school approach. Power of an Hour: Gateway to a Classical Education:
1) Bible Study
2) Classic Read Aloud and Discussion
3) Focused Learning. This expands their horizons and gives them food for thought.
* Daily Walk, Fresh Air, and Play Hard! Walk, run, climb, spin, slide, swing, brachiate, balance, and crawl. This helps build brain tissue, right and left brain integration, and a healthy central core body strength. All of this builds health, attention span, and focus.
* Socialization, graciousness, and refinement begins in the home. Parents lead and teach by example. Comeliness, hospitality, table manners, inside voices, showing gratitude, civility, kindness, compassion, repentance, forgiveness, respect, and grace.
The Rear Wheel Rotations are the Power that Propels you Forward
Rotations are all happening at the same time. Each rotation session begins short and expands with attention span as they grow n attention. Begin with the youngest, giving attention and focus for whatever they need, and all the others are in independent learning for the first round. Then rotate to the next oldest and have the oldest child rotate to be with the youngest.
* Mentoring—This is one-on-one whatever they need, such as, coaching and encouragement, discussion, perhaps a lesson in personal learning skills, help with a math concept, help with goal setting, trouble shooting challenges, listening, singing, knitting, or whatever they needed.
* Recess- Once you had been available with the youngest, work your way up to the next oldest and rotated the oldest child to work with the youngest. This is recess, playing with the little ones, singing with them, building, playing, whatever they need.
* Independent Learning- While mentoring one child and another child is having recess with those in core phase (those not transitioning yet, generally under 6) and the rest are in independent learning time doing transcription, reading, memorizing, working on projects, etc.
Using these two wheels will get you a long way towards an education for a whole life!