We have reached that point in the school year where everyone is aware that the holiday season is approaching and attention spans are growing shorter. Last year I pushed forward anyway with our regular schedule which resulted in lots of frustration.
This year I have a new plan. Instead of keeping with the regularly scheduled programming, I plan to try more of an unschooling approach. I will follow rabbit trails and let us take a break from formal schooling.
There is a part of me that feels stressed out about this, but I learned last year that the stress will be even worse if we don’t take the break. My plan is to let both girls make a list of things they are interested in doing for the rest of this year. We will pursue their interests (with some things I add in). This way school will still be happening but they will both have fun.
We will start this off with focusing on fun Thanksgiving related topics the week before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving week we will do planning and preparing for the big day. After this we will take each week to pursue one of their activities until we get closer to Christmas when we will start doing Christmas related activities.
After Christmas we will take an official break from school until the new year. Then we will get back to our normal routine. This may mean that we have to do a little longer school year or that we don’t get everything done that I wanted to do, but I think the experiment is worth it.
I will let you know how this turns out for us. Be praying!