Creating Group Study & Individual Study Lists
The next step in the planning process is to make a list of what you can combine and study together as a family, and what needs to be worked on, individually.
If you have been following me on Instagram for a while, then you are aware that I try to combine as many subjects as possible. Even though my children are all at different levels, there are still things that we unite and study together to save time and also create a productive learning environment in our home.
Some of the best memories I have are of my kids sitting around the table, discussing the Bible story we read that day, doing the same picture study, working with chalk pastels for the first time, learning about different cultures and discussing them, or taking turns reciting poetry. There is something about the family group setting that makes these moments sweeter. Plus, I could never imagine sitting down with each student for every subject. I would be doing it all day.
Of course, some subjects/categories require guidance and need individual attention from me, and I’m sure it is the case in your home.
As I plan for the year, I am going to make a list of subjects that we usually study together in a group setting. I am also going to make a list of individual studies for each child, simply because they need my one-on-one help and attention.
Group Study Recommendations;
- music study
- picture study
- scripture memory
- hymn study
- physical education
- habits/character development
- some handicrafts
- read alouds
Individual Study Recommendations;
- reading lessons
- language arts (spelling, writing, copywork, dictation, transcription, etc.)
- Personal readings for history, etc.
- some handicrafts that may be too advanced for younger students
I encourage you to do the same as you plan your homeschool year. This will help you have a clear picture of what your goals are for the year. Here are two printables that I have created for you to download.
Create Your Own;
Creating a Resource List
Now that you have written down what subjects will be covered individually with each child, plus family (group) studies, you can start selecting and collecting the books and resources that you will be using this year.
When I first started homeschooling, I had no idea there were so many excellent resources for homeschool families. They are lovely, but it is easy to get carried away. I recommend praying about your choices and only writing down what you think you will really need and use. Then when you actually go to purchase your resources, you are less likely to pick up books and things that you will not need for that school year.
I am learning to be more intentional with what I bring into my home. This helps to avoid clutter and ensures that what I buy will get used by our family.
I made a column on the right side of the printable to write down any tools, resources, books, and guides you will be using for the year.
Here are some of my favorite places to get books and resource recommendations from;
- www.amblesideonline.org. – FREE This is probably my favorite choice. I used the resources from this website when I found out about Charlotte Mason 3 years ago. You can find everything from book lists, picture studies, art studies, you name it.
I also recommend talking amongst other moms in the homeschool community to see what their reviews and recommendations are. You’ll be happy to know that most moms are honest and open about their opinions on a particular curriculum and resources.
Lastly, feel free to download a resource list that will help you categorize what you need to buy, borrow, which library books you need to put on hold, etc. This will make it easier for you as you go to collect these resources and don’t have to carry around all the planning sheets you have so far.
That’s it for Part 4 of my planning series.
I hope that you have found this series helpful. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future on how we plan our months, our weeks, and our days.