If you strew it, they will come.
For a plethora of reasons (ok, mostly my own feelings of inadequacy and desperate need to feel like I’m doing something) I decided I’m going to make a greater effort to strew activities for the girls to do as it suits us. I’ve put together about 4-5 activities per week to offer them. If they choose to do all the activities, they’ll do 8 reading activities, 2 math, 2 science, 2 social studies, 2 language, 2 music, and 2 art activities in a month (these being very loose descriptions/guides/categories for this month- next month might look different). Some of the activities are combined- like there’s a science experiment/art project and a social studies/music activity.
The idea is to just offer them more opportunities to explore the things they’ve expressed an interest in. None of the activities should take more than 45 minutes at the absolute most (and that’s just if they really like it and choose to take their time enjoying it- most activities will only take about 15-20 minutes). It’s pretty equally split between things we’ll all do together and separate activities based on their individual interests/abilities. 4 weeks of planning took me maybe 4 hours total, the majority of which was spent brainstorming activities and making a supply/resource list. I’m sure most people could just throw things together weekly, or even daily but I am just NOT that person. Savannah also appreciates knowing what’s coming up so she has time to mentally prepare.
Like I said, this is really mostly for me. I’ve found that having a goal for the day helps me to get out of bed. On the flip side, anything too scheduley or intensive just turns into one giant pile of LOL NOPE for me. So I’ve gotta have a plan, but it’s gotta be flexible. I gotta be able to skip something if we just aren’t feeling it or if something else comes up without feeling like we’re ‘behind.’ I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ve struck a good balance with this plan.
I’m thinking of posting the plan on the unschooling blog I’m attempting to make a thing. I thought it would be cool if maybe other people wanted to do some of the activities? Maybe I’ll see how the month goes for us and decided after? Idk yet. We’ll see.