Yes, I have been busy writing, but not blogging. I'm still writing, reading, and vetting, which put me behind in planning the school year. We postponed the first day of school until after labor day. After laboring all summer on projects, it seemed fitting.
Like-minded friends steeped in Mason gave me new ideas to help me tweak what we are doing. I cut down the amount of reading per day and increased the doing, especially for science. Since I'm a details person, reflecting what we do through pie charts allows me to visualize our day. Buried in them are the staples of a Mason program (developmentally sound language arts, living books, narration, notebooks--not adult-organized perfection, mind you--the arts, thoughtful things to do, fresh air). Hidden is the dilemma of how to categorize a living book: a narrative describing how an invention gets distributed on an international scale covers the science behind the invention, the geography and governments of the nations involved, scientists and politicians, etc. It's not just a science book, and I cannot neatly place it into a slice of a pie chart.
I have continued the system I had last year: the entire year broken up into three terms of eleven weeks and books divvied up into weekly readings, all organized in a spreadsheet. Being a numbers person, I think in spreadsheets. I have three book crates: the crate of the day, the crate of the week (we do not read the same books every day), and the crate of the next two terms (books we will hit later in the year). In the evenings, I set up the crate of the day.
Why is the post called "Two for Tuesday"? Not only do we have the joy of the first day of school, but we are also hosting our Charlotte Mason study group in my home after school. Getting together with friends and sharing our insights, trials, and triumphs always lifts my spirits.