I thought I'd update everyone on what we've been doing with our curriculum choices. I feel like everyone I know eventually hones their choices and makes adaptations as they go. The more experience you gather, the better you are making good choices. Isn't that true of everything though? At any rate here's what we're using and what we've learned.
This year I've deviated from Waldorf Essentials. I had plans of doing it when we started the year, however the year took a change when we got in the accident. I needed something much easier and required less thought on my part. Granted WE doesn't require a ton of work, it was just more than I could do in a brain fog. Instead we went with bits and pieces of different things with a focus on unschooling blended with a bit of structure. I did keep my rhythm though.
Our day typically starts at varied times because I let the kids get up when they want. I also let the older two go to sleep when they want, but we'll get to that in a minute. Personally I come downstairs, get my coffee started and get A settled with some breakfast. Generally R will come down within the next 20 minutes and get herself breakfast, followed by M shortly after. Once everyone is done having breakfast and doing their morning flitting around, we pull out school things. R is working on Math Seeds through the reading eggs program so she typically starts with that while I work on Life of Fred with M. His dyslexia makes it difficult to do the necessary reading without assistance. So I read it to him and does the your turn to play work.
Following math, M works on his Reading Eggspress. So far it seems like the completion of the Reading Eggs program has left a gap in M's abilities between it and the Eggspress program. I'm planning on purchasing a subscription to Nessy which is a more comprehensive online program designed for dyslexic children utilizing Orton Gillingham principles. R is working on her reading skills with All About Reading. At the moment she is mastering her initial sounds and letters of the alphabet while learning to blend short words. Next lesson she'll complete the alphabet and begin on more complicated phonics.
After that we delve into writing. R is working on her printing skills, while M is required to write a 5 sentence paragraph on a topic of his choosing. Once he's written it, we review it for spelling and grammar. He corrects it as we go through it. M has also begun to learn cursive at his request.
Toward the end of the school day we go toward a more unschool approach. My crew has become obsessed with Greek mythology and knowing more about Greek history and other ancient histories as a result of reading the Percy Jackson series. So following this interest I've been reading Vol 1 of Story of the World to them. They've been enthusiastically begging for multiple chapters in some sections, especially the Greek ones. I also found a series on Ancient Greeks on Amazon that we've been watching as a companion.
Science is still largely fueled by their interests. It's one thing that I don't feel the need for any curriculum as they love it and breath it. We've been watching Popular Mechanics kids also on Amazon and trying out some of the experiments they do. In addition, we also love Zobomafoo on Amazon, and Bill Nye and Magic School Bus on Netflix. Following that they're set free to do as they wish.
For R this means coloring and crafts. Her most recent things have been a car prototype made of cardboard and sewing a waldorf doll. M has been working on a minecraft recreation of the Parthenon. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I think we'll be scheduling a lot more outdoor time.