Since the timing of our history schedule has
Well, in science, I had planned a two lesson study on Earthquakes to go along with our San Francisco Earthquake studies. I dropped it in the middle of the Flight Unit Study. I already owned one simple book and thought a Bill Nye video would do the trick along with some simple notebooking. Since I have some extra time, I decided to beef up the earthquake study with a quick insert on the parts of the earth. I have owned, Look Inside the Earth, since my eldest (the 10th grader) was in first grade. This made for a great opportunity to throw in some geography/science/history all in one. We drew a diagram of the earth and some dictation from the text to appropriately summarize what we had learned about the layers of the earth, their functions, and components. This is a wonderful visual aid. Check out the book! Christian users may want to skip the first page, especially Young Earth Creationists. It talks about the earth's origin in a way that may be inconsistent with your faith. I have censored the book and since I read it aloud, it poses no problem. (I also find such things easy to explain away).
Now, I want to add, I could not have handled an "on the fly" kind of day many years ago. This was possible because of my extensive personal library and from years of experience. There are some who are born with the ability, confidence, even guts to grab and go daily -- not me. It's taken some real work to get here! I am so glad I'm here, though, because it was a great lesson. The other thing that I have now is confidence to let flexibility operate. Sometimes, we classical home schoolers pack our years with so much work that we lose the ability to be flexible so we can stay on schedule. STAAAAY on Schedule! That's me yelling at myself! We'll be fine with our additions. They made this week exciting, new, enjoyable and just plain educational.
Have you made adjustments in your new year already? Remember, home schoolers, be flexible. It's great advice!