Public schools all over San Antonio let out for the summer last week. My Instagram feed is suddenly full of pool pictures and summer bucket lists.
Meanwhile, here at Casa Droegemueller, I’m hard at work getting Addie’s second grade curriculum organized for the year! We’ve decided to do a six week ON, one week OFF rotation, which means that our first day of school will fall on July 27th. Here’s our schedule for the first semester:
1st six weeks: July 27th-September 4th
OFF: September 7th-11th
2nd six weeks: September 14th-October 23rd
OFF: October 26th-30th
3rd six weeks: November 2nd-20th
OFF: November 23rd-27th (Thanksgiving)
(continued) November 30th-December 18th
OFF: December 21st-January 1st
In an effort to build more margin into our homeschooing routine, we have decided not to participate in our Classical Conversations community this coming year. It was challenging to have an all-day commitment on Mondays, followed by a morning at church on Tuesdays–we seemed to struggle with momentum every week. I feel like we have plenty of opportunities for socialization throughout the week, so we’re taking Mondays back as an at-home school day for second grade.
Now that we’ll have a little more time in our week, I’m looking forward to new opportunities for fun with science and social studies! Addie is a strong reader, so I know we’ll be borrowing a lot of books from the library and following her interests.
I also wanted to flesh out a scope and sequence for the year, in case we end up returning to CC (or entering school) for third grade. I downloaded Evernote on both our computer and iPad to get organized! (If you haven’t tried Evernote, oh my goodness–don’t delay! This is a great series to help you get started.)
I set up a 2015-2016 Planning Notebook and created individual notes for each subject I wanted to start planning: art, music, memory work, science, social studies, and geography. At the beginning of the planning process, the note is a “drop box” to catch all my ideas (no more random pieces of paper to track down!)–I can type in text (or paste from another source), add a picture of something I want to remember, or save a screenshot.
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Once I set up my notes in Evernote, I pulled out all my planning resources for science and social studies: our state’s second grade standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS), What Your Second Grader Needs to Know, science books by Janice VanCleave, and our Classical Conversations Foundations guide. I listed a year’s worth of topics from both of my main resources, then added in the corresponding CC memory work and science experiements.
A sneak peek at our History/Social Studies topic list for second grade!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be dividing the topics into our six-week sessions so I have a general plan for the year. I know some concepts may capture our interest and take more time, but I don’t want to run out of time at the end of the year, either!
Have you tried Evernote? Can you think of ways it can help your family get organized?
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