Ideas and dreams are wonderful things. Like me, you may begin your home education journey with your mind and heart filled with wonderful and lofty ideas. Outdoor rambles. Family read alouds on a dark and stormy night by the fire. Sharing stories, music, art, science during sweltering summer days where the heat shimmers outside, but you are comfortable with air conditioning in a peaceful space inside. Nature drawings and artwork scattered about. Reading, narration, discussion, inspired projects filling your days. A question that may nag your conscience, however, might be a concern regarding how on earth you can pull all those wonderful and lofty ideas into a plan. How do you put a 4D, full colour, high definition lifestyle of learning into a 2D flat space in black and white? How do you box up and label a synthetically thought out interconnected living education?
These are good questions. The answer can look tricky at first, but it is not difficult to present your ideas of learning in a manner that can be digested and accepted by our education system.
Below is an example of a template I have used in previous years as part of my planning for the HEU in Queensland. This template works with the Charlotte Mason philosophy of teaching and learning. Charlotte Mason presented three areas of knowledge that children need to grow in during their schooling years. She listed Knowledge of God, Knowledge of the Universe, and Knowledge of Man as those three areas. Each main area covers a wide variety of subject areas and the learning experiences and resources for those subjects can be listed under each main area of knowledge. Once I have added in the details this template is 2-3 pages long and covers an overview of our plan for the year. If you prefer to plan by term or semester, you can create more of these templates and head them under Terms or Semesters for a closer view of your year.
Feel free to use this template, or contact me and I'll send you the template.