All term we have struggled to be enthused in our learning endeavours; perhaps it is the change in Season, perhaps it is simply time for a change. Our weekly expectations sheets were taking on a feeling of confinement. Whilst the tick boxes are rather beneficial in clarity of direction they had developed an unwanted factor. The children were working to complete ‘tick boxes’ and were doing the bare minimum. Their motivation for working was stifling and disappointing.
Giving it some reflection we have come to a few conclusions. We, the children as well as PC and I, feel convicted as to the benefits of daily application in spelling, dictation/editing and of course maths. We see these as essential but are questioning all else; what is purposeful and what constitutes busy work. Our desire is for the children to engage in meaningful work.
In an effort to break the tick box mentality and to encourage the children to engage more fully in their work we sought new approaches. I redesigned the ‘expectations sheets’; the subject content is essentially what we had before minus the tick boxes, but they are laid out differently with different subject headings, the children have to fill in the blanks themselves. PC calls it a Marketing Ploy;)
Child- Term 2-Week 8-2009
Reading (By Mum)
The following two sheets are also on the wall to help with clarity.
I don’t think we have managed to stick to time yet but that’s fine.
*Each Session is 40-45 minutes.
9.50- Writing Mechanics
10.30- Morning Tea
11.00- Writing Fun
* Assigned Reading List
2.15 Creative Arts
The children choose what approach to take, freedom within guidelines.
The 5Rs Ideas and Suggestions
St Stories, Bible, Virtues, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd/ Covenant Theology, Catechism, Church History, Plays, Skits, Bible Memorisation, Apologetics, Bible Game, St Card Game.
Workbook, Picture Books, Fun sheets, Times Tables, Manipulatives, Gnomes and Gnumbers, Board Games, Computer Games
Spelling – Must do daily
Choose at least two of the following:
Copywork, Dictation, Lively Languages/Grammar, Editing, Board Games, Computer Games
You must pick at least one per day:
Blog, poem, creative story, essays, oral presentations, poetry recitation.
*Some notebooking or narrations per week on reading topics is expected.
Picture books, chapter books, poetry, reference books, read alouds, audio books. And:
• You must read one title per week from each of the following subject areas.
• 1- Science (For olders this is textbook, youngers experiement and document it)
• 2- History
• 3- Literature
• 4- Faith
• 5- Geography
Same content really, different wrapping;)