Peanut was excited as this week we started the second term of Year 4. Right out of the gate, Abigail Adams is the new favorite with George Washington’s World as a close second. I’m reading A.A. aloud, which is both fun for Peanut and myself (and educational as well).
We’re working on a timeline together (Moose is also keeping one this term), which is something I wanted to add in and finally was able to do so. I found a wonderful template for one on the AO Forums, printed off a couple copies, and put it in the kids’ binders for easy reference.
I’ve been thinking about whether or not to use AO For Groups with the kids and discussed it on the forums. I’ve decided that it probably wouldn’t work, simply because the kids coming and going in the forms and that there would be not a lot of kids in one form at a time (they’re pretty well spread out, even if they are all two years apart). I’m going to keep on trucking and combining what we can and working through the readings for each kid. Right now it’s not too big of a deal, but it should be very interesting as more and more kids are added into the mix.
I did finally have another paradigm shift, in that it doesn’t really matter if it takes 42, 46, or 52 weeks to do the 36-weeks of AO work. It won’t be the end of the world if things need to slow down, if readings need to be even more spread out than just a 4-5 day week. I feel like a lot of pressure is off of me now and I won’t be forcing the kids through their work. I want them to want to learn vs have to learn.
Moose is getting into The Wind in the Willows well (it helps that our copy has a great map in the front, so we plot the travels of the book on it). Other books are also getting really interesting, and the connections are popping up left and right. It’s really, really cool to watch them make their connections and see what is going on in their minds.