Pre-amble: I’m a little shocked that I’m writing a GRADE SEVEN! Learning Plan. When the heck did that happen?
Cinder, on his 12th birthday. When did that happen?
LEARNING PLAN 2014/2015
Cinder, Grade 7
Flora, Grade 5
Ender, Kindergarten (unregistered)
Prepared for the Calgary Board of Education, August 31, 2014
Parents’ Goals and Objectives
We feel that because of the post-flood-related stress and trauma, last year was a bit of a coasting/get-through year for us, and so our key goal for this year is to be more present, conscious and aware of the all three children’s learning, social and other needs. As always, we are in search of the perfect—and thus ever-changing and fluid—routine. In terms of specific “check this box” goals for any of the children, we have none bar continue learning and loving learning, although Marzena plans to put more world history/history of science reading on the agenda, as well as documentary watching, and Sean wants to take the kids, in particular Cinder, to the mountains more.
Gratitude Wall, continued
Family Clay Class
November Trip to Mexico
Spring Camping Trip to Kelowna
- To finish 400 pages of math
- To really work on programming
- Handwriting/copy work. Primarily from Calvin & Hobbes and Farside.
- Daily contribution to Gratitude Wall.
- Math-U-See; goal is to cover two to three years worth of curriculum this year.
- Learning programming: Scratch and Code Academy.
- Fencing and pentathalon training, once a week.
- Rock-climbing, one to three times a week.
- Boardgame meet-ups with Fall-con.
- To start training to be a zoologist
- To continue working on my art
- Handwriting, journaling and introduction of dictation.
- Daily contribution to Gratitude Wall.
- Math-U-See, at least one year of curriculum.
- Tang Soo Do, twice a week.
- Art, self-directed, and classes
- Learn basic Spanish before Mexico trip
- Take Red Cross Babysitters’ Program (in 2015, after 10th birthday)
- Music: pondering starting playing guitar again, or participating in choir again
- To learn my letters
- To use my art kit
- Daily Gratitude Wall contribution, assisted.
- Learning his letters.
- Building Math.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
On the bookshelf right now:
Theodore Gray’s The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home But Probably Shouldn’t and Mad Science 2: More Experiments You Can Do At Home But Probably Shouldn’t
Marcus Chown’s Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun
Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science
An assortment of Ed Emberly drawing books
Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time graphic novels
Avi’s City of Light, City of Dark
The Amulet of Samarkand
Colin Melby’s The Wildwood Chronicles (for Cinder only)
Rick Riordan’s Guide to the Greek Gods, the graphic novel version of Rick Riordan’s Titan’s Curse… and anxiously waiting for The Blood of Olympus
Also, always: Calvin & Hobbes, Farside, and Larry Gonick’s The Cartoon History of the Universe
Dorling Kindersley/Smithsonian’s Natural History
Dorling Kindersley/Smithsonian’s Timelines of Science
Christopher Marx’s The Ultimate Timeline of World History
We’re currently drastically changing a number of things about our work situations right now, so any schedule we present now is unlikely to be in effect come October, let alone June. What we’re shooting for right now:
- Daily (morningish) handwriting practice
- Daily (after supper) contribution to Gratitude Wall
- Daily read-alouds with Marzena (Mom’s choice) (lunch-timish)
- Two-to-three times weekly math sessions
- Weekly family documentary viewing (negotiated choice)
- Weekly board game night; monthly Fall-con board game meet-up for Cinder
- Once-to-twice-monthly out-of-city excursions
- Once-to-twice-monthly, at the very minimum, family swim
- Once-monthly hosted games night/potluck
What it really means:
Daily = most days, weekends included, because life ensures that these activities can’t get done once or twice a week anyway without taking a fake weekend break
Weekly probably really means every other week. But we’ll try.
Once-to-twice-monthly will probably mean every other month. But it’s good to have “reach for” goals.
We look forward to a tranquil, routine year, with just enough detours to be exciting.