Our Topic for the Year: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia — We’re still working on finding our groove with this, and I’m trying to find ways to get James more interested and engaged. Although we agreed to this mom-made curriculum, as preparation for college, he seems to be participating reluctantly. Maybe since he is such a visual-spatial, hands-on kind of learner, this is just too bookish for him.
BTW, James has ADHD, and like many people with this “disorder,” he is blessed with high energy, a quick mind, a strong “right brained,” visual-spatial learning style, and great problem-solving skills. But keeping him interested in anything for more than 20 minutes is challenging.
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James is officially starting high school, and he plans to attend a college or university. His goal is to work in some aspect of video game design (e.g. programming, writing, artistic development). We agreed that we both need to become a lot more disciplined and structured. But neither of us is a “curriculum in a box” or a traditional “school at home” kind of person. We want to keep learning flexibly and creatively but with a lot more academic content and structure.
After a lot of floundering and a bit of planning, I’ve come up with a curriculum plan and organizational method that I think can work for us. I planned for a trimester (12 weeks). For each week I glued five pockets to a file folder. Each pocket is labeled by subject: Science, Math, English, History/Social Studies (includes Psychology, Sociology, etc.), and Art/Humanities/Film.
My son officially starts high school this fall, and I’ve been developing a curriculum plan of sorts. He and I agreed we will need a lot more structure since he plans to attend a university. Since we’re a family of nerds, For Freshman English I proposed overlapping units on Science Fiction and Fantasy and Dystopian Literature/Film, complemented by Ancient/Medieval History for a social studies credit. My tentative plan, which James has agreed to …