Max and Luca on Max's first day of school.
At this time last year I was sitting down to write Max's scope & sequence - not quite knowing where to begin. "The best place to begin is at the end...in other words, what is your goal?" were the guiding words of Sonya Shafer in Planning Your CM Education. So, using Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series, I looked at specific goals per subject, compared them to Sonya's suggestions, then changed or added to them to reflect our family's desires for our children.
Now that our school year is finished and we are putting together Max's portfolio I have found these goals key in evaluating our year and in planning the upcoming one. A few examples from Max's portfolio:
Max handles all the design aspects of his portfolio. Parents provide documentation and help in printing and cutting. I am learning to relax and enjoy the process.
Goals for Math:
-Develop habits of insight, accuracy and readiness.
-Train reasoning powers.
-Apply math in everyday situations.
-Become a confident problem solver.
-Make wise financial transactions.
Samples of work are slipped into clear pages following each subject. The photo is of Max and his friend Amelia having a "meaningful handwriting experience" while working on their newspaper. The headline reads: "The Dads are Missing!" They were eventually found.
Goals for Penmanship:
-Effectively and accurately communicate.
-Learn a beautiful style of handwriting.
-Have meaningful handwriting experiences.
Although we enjoyed great living books and Max was learning from them, I noticed in a few subjects that -- were we to continue on the same path -- we would be in danger of not reaching our overall goals. We are now making changes specifically in Bible, History and Geography. That's another post...