I ordered the set and they just left GA today. I will join this conversation soon. ~ April
Sounds wonderful April!Sara B.Participant
You all are making me want to buy these… 🙂 And I have no money for it as of yet, especially since I haven’t finished buying the stuff I need for next school year yet. <sigh> Thanks a lot! 😛Katrina in AKParticipant
@Tristan, yes, Ray’s is on Google books.
I am pitching buying the DVD set to my husband as my “teacher in-service” for the year. We shall see…
Topic for today: Using Different Parts of the Brain, Rotating Subjects
If you’ve not seen the dvds Sonya has a great article about this on the SCM blog called Keeping Your Balance: Switch Things Around. Read it and share your thoughts!
So here’s where I want to begin –
- Do you do this already? Is it planned into the day that you rotate through subjects in an order that uses different parts of the brain instead of doing all one type of activity, then another, and so on?
- Do you make use of this idea when you see a child dawdling or struggling with a subject?
- Any other thoughts?
At my house we do not do this because my children choose the order to do their subjects each day. I think a chat about varying the parts of the brain we use is in order with my oldest, and paying more attention to the order my younger learners are using to make suggestions for change or even setting the order for them in the future.
I think it is a great idea and for some reason I have just never used it. I know I’ve read and heard it before. I suppose I forget what it is like to sit for a morning doing ‘lessons’, and how changing the activity could be as refreshing as taking a break.
What do you all think?RobinPParticipant
I do vary the order. I have boys and if we sit for too long to do anything, they’re gone. 🙂 There are times I find myself getting into a rut with the order and I can see their attention waning much sooner. So not only do I try to vary the order within the day, but from day to day as well.TailorMadeParticipant
Our order is scheduled out, but varies from day to day, and varies by parts of the brain. I started this last year and it’s been great for keeping us all engaged!
Got my DVDs yday! Excited! Was caught off guard by the size of the notebook, but I really think I like it better than the size size that accompanied the other seminars. It’s compact and easy to take with me anywhere. It will take up a lot less room on my desk.
From the notebook, it doesn’t seem like there’s a huge amount of new material that I haven’t read in the other seminar notebooks, the SCM blog, and other resources/forum discussions. However, I think there is amazing value in discs 7 & 8 and a few others (I’m not at my desk at the moment.)
I am pleased with the gentle reminders throughout the notebook, the mention of blog posts, and quotes are so helpful.
I will post more later in the week after watching the discs that stand out to me as most necessary for our family right now.
Keep this thread going! It’s great!my3boysParticipant
Yes, I vary the subjects purposely for my younger two and always remind my oldest to do the same. He is independent with his school work and chooses what to do each day but he understands the value of rotating his subjects and going outside for a bit.
Love these discussions, by the way., even if I don’t contribute much.missceegeeParticipant
I purposely vary subjects for my younger ones and when they grow into independence, they see the value of continuing.
All right, I’m going to start a new thread with a discussion topic so we can keep these a bit more organized and easy to find when someone is looking for ideas on a topic later on. Now which topic should I ask about next? Hmmm….BenitaParticipant
I vary the subjects. However, I have one child who always wants to get all of her readings knocked out at once. I have an ongoing battle/discussion with her regarding this. She says she likes to do it that way. But, what I see is that it slows her down and she is tired when she is done and the next things suffer because she is dragging. I just don’t seem to be able to get her to agree that this is the case. Her dad has told her to stick to my order and so she is now, but she doesn’t want to. Oh well, she doesn’t want to do lots of things that are good for her. Some day, like maybe in 50 years, she will see that her mom was not so wrong about everything!!!crazy4boysParticipant
So….just to make sure….if you already own a few of the earlier SCM dvds, you would still consider this a necessary/great purchase? My husband is pretty sure I don’t really need these, but I am sure I do!!! Trying to justify it to him.
That would be a yes from me crazy4boys! I would lovingly sell or pass on the earlier dvds and invest in this set whenever it can fit in the budget. Some of my favorite ‘new’ material so far:
Disc 7 and 8 have you go through the morning as a CM student. You get to really see and feel what the ‘ideal’ is, which gave me not only sympathy and greater understanding of my children but inspiration for the reasons behind some key CM principles like short lessons with full attention, varying the lessons to use different parts of the brain to keep fresh attention. Disc 12 is high school in a CM way. As we’re headed there all to soon I needed this one! Disc 9 helped me reflect on what I had learned and put it in perspective in the morning of CM studies. Disc 2 gave me new insights on narration and ways to graduate the narration difficulty level for each child, along with ideas for narration possibilities using speaking, writing, drawing, drama, and even building.RobinPParticipant
I’ve almost finished watching the set. By all means, it is worth it even if you have the other two. I don’t plan to sell my other sets. They are in my library and stay checked out all…the…time. But this set is so wonderful. I agree with Tristan. It’s like sitting over coffee with a dear friend sharing ideas and gleaning wisdom. So much more fleshed out, I think, than the other sets. And very practical. You get a solid handle on, not only Charlotte’s philosophy, but HOW that is played out.
Thank you, Christie, for hosting it and the SCM team for doing such a tremendous favor for the CM community.TanyaParticipant
“It’s like sitting over coffee with a dear friend sharing ideas and gleaning wisdom.”
What a nice phrase.
I do have a question, though. I have read some of CM’s writings, read others’ writings, I have homeschooled this way for a while now, I am by no means an expert but I am not new to it either. So, do you feel like this is something that would still be helpful to watch? Certain dvds look interesting to me (discs 7 and 8, and the high school one), but not sure about the rest. Feedback?
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