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Day 431: Well, that was a bust.

Plaster Bust of Hermes for sale at Pamono

(Nope, not that kind of bust.)

I was so excited when we started studying Ancient Greece. We were going to do so many related things: Greek roots, mythology, history, philosophy, science and math, cooking, pottery… so many things to learn and do!

In the end, I have to say that my kids learned the most about Ancient Greece from Percy Jackson books and YouTube videos from CrashCourse History and Extra Mythology. We tried to make Greek pottery and failed; we read some of Aesop’s Fables and I wasn’t sure what else to do with them; our Greek roots worked out okay, but it mustn’t be ignored that I used premade curriculum materials for that.

I think the bottom line is that I don’t have the time or bandwidth to put together a great curriculum, and cool ideas do not a curriculum make. I do much better using what homeschoolers call an “open and go” curriculum and then sprinkling in a few creative ideas here and there. Now that I know this about myself, I can wave goodbye to my dreams of teaching everything through unit studies. Just like integrated curricula (at one of the schools our kids have attended,) it sounded like a good idea but didn’t work in practice.

So this morning we went back to the solid curricula I started the year with. Brave Writer literature units (we just started Life of Pi,) Great Canadian Adventure, and Winning with Writing. For music I’m using the Prodigies materials but doing the lessons without the videos, because the kids think the videos are stupid. We’re working our way through Judaism’s Great Debates and using Hebrew reading practice books and primers. It’s wonderful not having to think about how or what to teach. It frees me up for other things, like getting everyone’s immunization records sorted out, or fixing the light situation in our bedroom. You know, the exciting stuff.

One thought on “Day 431: Well, that was a bust.

  1. Using a form or frame for curriculum makes good sense. Particularly for you because you do always add your own creativity. Hope the kids can be involved in creating/implementing the dark bedroom ideas, they learn so much from doing with their hands and thinking through problems and solutions.
    Be good to you please. I think the world is very tired right now and we all need to be kind to ourselves. Will you be doing home schooling for most of the summer when there is no camp?
    Cheers! And much caring.

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