HOMESCHOOL PLANS FOR 2018-2019

Is it too early to plan for the upcoming year? Never!! In fact, planning is constant and for me mostly a mental exercise I don’t put down on paper for a while. Right now I finalizing the preliminary ideas for the upcoming year. As always, it takes a lot of planning if I want to attempt two main lesson blocks simultaneously. But Grade One is one I dedicate focused time to and have for all four of my children. It means that during this time, my 11-year-old is going to need more independent work or the more laborious parts of the lessons to be done using illustrations from other sources rather than me drawing everything. Not that I do!! I just don’t have that kind of time. I also rarely get myself prepared enough to deliver lessons orally. More often than not, I’m reading lessons out of living books or our Waldorf curriculum.

So what’s the plan for 2018-2019? We’re doing the Grade One and Grade Six curriculum from Live Education. Here are the main lesson blocks we have scheduled:
Grade One:
Letters (using Learning to see the World Through Drawing to supplement)
Previous Prophets
Math
Watercoloring (using Colour Dynamics to supplement)
Form Drawing (using Creative Form Drawing Workbook 1 to supplement)

Grade Six
Grammar (my curriculum)
Grammar (Live-Education)
Physics
Astronomy
Middle Ages
Silk Road
European Geography
Middle East and Asia Geography

We also want to do our Spring Nature units. With everything we naturally do daily, we tend to over plan and never get to everything. This will be a packed, yet exciting year. I can’t wait!!

I’m sure you’re planning, too. I’d love to know what you’ve got going on. Are you changing up your curriculum or sticking to an old favorite?

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16 thoughts on “HOMESCHOOL PLANS FOR 2018-2019

  1. Assalamualaikum, I am considering to buy a curriculum for the first time. My kids are 7, 11 and 13. How would you compare earthschooling and Live education? Thank you!

    1. Wa’Alaykum Asalam Nur, I would love to compare the two, but I only have Live Education. I’ll see if EarthSchooling is willing to let me see or have access to the curriculum for a review.

  2. Hello Hanna again,
    I be just watched the video. Thank you very much for telling about your plans in detail. From some other videos I understand that you re familiar with Oak Meadow. Why do you choose Live Education over Oak Meadow? I would be grateful if you could give some hints about curriculum choice. Does Live Education provide weekly/daily plans for the main lesson blocks? Thank you!

    1. Salam Nur Fatma! Oak Meadow is easier to use and they do have more direction. Live Education gives general directions on for each unit. Some units have more direction and instructions than others. I prefer Live Education over Oak Meadow because it’s more authentic to Waldorf, but Oak Meadow is more user friendly.

  3. Salaam,

    Thank you for sharing this! As a family we are also making a similar move, for us Oak Meadows appears to be a good fit. I don’t have a good sense of Grades 9 to 12. Do you have any feedback about those older grades?

    Many Thanks!

    1. Wa’alaykum Asalam Umm Ahmed, I’m glad you found and settled on a curriculum that will work for your family. I don’t know anything about the high school program. In fact, I didn’t know they had one! But as the Live Education curriculum only goes to 8th grade, it’s possible I could use it in the future.

  4. Hana, thank you for sharing all of your wonderful lesson ideas! You are a natural and I so enjoy your enthusiasm!
    We are long time homeschoolers. My own children homeschooled through graduation and are both in their 30s now. I have homeschooled my grandson since infancy. (I say this because life is made up of many learning moments.)
    When I homeschooled my children we started with pre-packaged curriculum but quickly developed our own unit studies as that was the approach that came naturally for us. We did a similar approach with my grandson but discovered Waldorf a few years ago and fell in love with the naturalness of it. I wasn’t sure how to put it together so used Oak Meadow last year for 5th grade. We will be embarking on our 6th grade journey for the 2018-2019 school year and I am trying to plan our main lesson blocks so this vlog was most definitely a welcome one, lol!
    I haven’t been able to find Live Ed 6th grade used curriculum so I am perusing all of the Waldorf books and sites for ideas and to glean wisdom. Thats how I found Pepper and Pine and I am so thankful for your videos!
    Thank you again and know that you are truly a blessing!

    1. Ah Judy, you’ve had a long homeschooling journey! The chances of finding a used grade 6 curriculum by Live Education is slim as we are not technically permitted to resale them. Oak Meadow is a great choice, but I found that by 5th grade (and maybe even sooner) the curriculum isn’t really Waldorf inspired anymore.

  5. Hello. I am new to homeschooling with an Autistic 10yo, 8yo, 6yo, and 2yo, currently 2 are still in school while my oldest adjusts. 8 years ago I had planned to send my children to a Waldorf School but we moved and fell into the modern world. We live near another Waldorf School but my children need to get used to it. I will be purchasing LiveEducation in October but have already been purchasing other books and items. I am wondering if you know of any people, reviews, or videos on people using it with a special needs child? He is currently about a 2-3 grade level but he is showing more interest in learning since he’s been home.

    1. Hi Piper, welcome to homeschooling! I wish I could be of more help regarding using a Waldorf curriculum with a special needs child, but I don’t know. I do know that it can be used with a special needs child, but I don’t know how you need to or even if you need to modify the curriculum.

      1. I am finding that my son responds to certain personality types and learns better. I have made many adjustments to myself to try and be more sweet, calm, and nonjudgmental (problems from my mother). In just 6mths using a special reading program Barton he has improved a full year. I have changed is slightly to make sure it stays fun and he does enjoy it. My biggest challenge is math because he has trouble remembering but several of the picture books you shared have helped beyond years of public school.

        Also recently we learned our 8yo is extremely gifted (IQ rest). This explains so much about him. He is very advanced in reading, spelling and math. He gets in trouble at school for drawing after he finishes his work in under 5mins. The school will not allow me to provide a drawing journal. They also will not accommodate his giftedness because they feel the schools curriculum is geared towards gifted learners. I hate this and will be taking him out of school during the winter break.

        My 6yo is also autistic and has high sensory issues. His class is so structured I’m surprised when they take away the 1 short recess they have.

  6. Have you ever seen christopherus Curriculum? Does the Live Education guide which units you are choosing or do you chooses those based on interest?

    1. Hi Ashley, I’ve only browsed the Christopherus curriculum so I can’t say much of anything about it except that I hear good things about it, that it’s written by a Waldorf teacher and that the Live Education team knows the Christopherus team. While I do use the curriculum as a guide, I also depart from it often to create my own unit studies.

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