To get in front of the ball, I am purposefully setting aside time to plan with realistic expectations and building in some wiggle room/grace each week.
It’s not necessary to do every activity in the curriculum!
Not every child needs to do a detailed geography lesson each week!
Not every child needs to do a fine arts project every week!
And so on…
And so on…
For my 10th grader, his focus will be on History/Literature with critical thinking and Socratic Discussion. He’s already strong in geography, so this won’t be a major component for him. In addition, I'll only require 1 hands-on project from him per unit.
For my 7th grader, his focus will be on History/Literature as well. We will introduce Socratic Discussion with some of the literature analysis sheets too. We will do Geography as needed with a sprinkling of hands-on projects per unit.
For my 4th/5th grader, her focus will primarily be on Reading/Literature and History will be secondary. We will forgo a good deal of the worksheets in favor of narration, spending more time on geography than her siblings. Hands-on projects will prevail throughout the unit!
In coming back to this curriculum, I gave myself the freedom to pick and choose activities/emphasis per child. I also gave myself freedom in evaluating the book selections for Rhetoric (high school) level, picking and choosing as needed, and stretching some weeks out over a longer time period. (Schooling year around affords us this luxury!)
Next time I'll talk about the actual scheduling of TOG.