Friday, September 11, 2009

Homeschool Planner

Creative thinking at work or what I do in my "spare" time. A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a planner book to use for our homeschool lessons. I searched high and low but couldn't find anything that really offered what I need to plan our weekly lessons. And I am getting tired of loose pages of notes all over the place. I really wanted something that would keep everything together in one place. Now I sometimes get free-lance work doing book design so I figured I could just make my own. I wanted it printed on a little heavier paper than regular copier paper, and with a sturdier cover, so I called our local office store to see what they would charge for printing and to make it coil bound so it would lay flat when opened. That was pretty pricey so I started looking online at the print-on-demand services. I found that Lulu could do exactly what I wanted at a much more resonable cost. I have received my copy and it is perfect. I am impressed with the quality of printing, it looks great.

Sometimes people question our decision to homeschool, or even the whole idea of homeschooling as an educational choice. Our common experience of having attended school makes it very difficult to imagine any other way of learning. Initially our decision was based on Kiddo's severe peanut allergy. Our local school system had no experience with kids that have food allergies and they still have only one nurse for an entire system of eight elementary schools and one high school covering an area of over 30 rural mountain miles. But now, our decision means so much more to us. It has become a way of life, a part of our day-to-day that has a natural rhythm and flow. As I sit here typing this Kiddo is working on another computer doing her math lesson, on her own for the most part, a big step towards self-directed learning. A skill that will take her far.

“I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.”
- Agatha Christie

For a while now I have been enjoying reading Zen Habits
, and was delighted with this article on the topic of education.

“Our culture lies. They say they want to encourage and reward individuality and creativity, but in practice they try to hammer down the pointy parts, and shame off the different parts.”
– Sandra Dodd


Diahn said...

What a great idea for a planner - I've looked at Lulu, but never even considered it for something like that! I'm looking forward to reading the links you've added here - and I LOVE that Sandra Dodd quote - it's so very true!

And just in case you've not checked your email yet...there's a snowy egret that wants to come live with you...

Alex said...

Excellent stuff there Ann. I agree with you with the printing technology and quality these days, they are marvelous!
I believe you're able to apply a lot of your work on merchandises, just to spice them up a little and making them a little more exciting with your colors :) Great job!

Teresa said...

Hooray for you on the homeschooling! It seems to me that these days kids learn too much of what they don't need, and not enough of what they do need. Not to mention the ever present peer pressure to be the coolest, the hippest, the best dressed, ad nauseum. My sister-in-law is a teacher ... and a very good one I believe, so I know that there are some really great teachers out there, but I think the system itself is in dire need of an overhaul.

Mary said...

Lots of people here homeschool and they even meet regularly at our church, many times with over 200 present for one event. The thing I've noticed is that homeschooling kids are polite, well behaved, and confident. Plus I've heard statistics that their education level is much higher than those coming our of a public school environment. I even thought of homeschooling my grandchildren. I like it that much.

freebird said...

Glad you got the "perfect" planner. My daughter is homeschooling her three daughters this year (their brother is going to the local high school being in the track and field program and special ed there). She finds herself very busy with it but liking it. She helps a lot with social studies and science she says but math and english/reading they do mostly on their own. She is adding crafts and housework to the schedule in exchange for the time she is spending teaching them rather than sending them to school and having time for her own schedule. The girls are liking it also.

Susan's Scribbles said...

I was able to homeschool my boys for their first few years of school and loved it. For various reasons, I reluctantly allowed them to enter regular school. . . I loved teaching them at home and still miss it terribly. I feel that homeschooling can provide a strong education in so many ways. Good for you for keeping your daughter home. Love the Homeschool planner too. It could prove quite useful to so many families.

Tammy said...

Thanks for the link. I'm so happy to see more discussions about education. I'm a homeschooling mom too.


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