What's In The Basket?

On Sundays, as we prepare for another week, we each choose what we would like to learn about and place the list and materials in our baskets. It's a fun way for each of the boys to take charge of their own education.  During the week we learn things together for a few hours each day, but the rest of the day is usually devoted to individual studies or play.  That's when the baskets come in handy.

Here's what we have in our baskets this week:

what's in our baskets?/Mom


-a journal for writing my lists, working on my handwriting, and jotting down notes from my scripture studies

-fun pens

-an art journal

-materials for preparing my Sunday lessons

-Leadership Education, The Phases of Learning

-my notebooks for Algebra (I'm relearning along with my oldest son)

what's in our baskets/Dean

Biggest, 13 (he actually doesn't use a basket, but uses a planner and a shelf in his room):

-a planner

-notebooks and textbook for Algebra

-The Odyssey

-A notebook of drawings and game ideas

what's in our baskets?/Evan

Middle-est, 10

-a list of activities he wants to do (study the topography of Mexico, math perplexors with Mom, make raisin bread with Mom, play piano)

-Oregon Trail; Voyage of Discovery: The Story Behind the Scenery

-50 Great States

-The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts and Literature

-math perplexors

-Bread (a recipe book from Williams and Sonoma)

-instructions for tying knots

what's in our baskets?/Owen

Littlest, 7

-a list of activities he wants to do (study copper, read to Mom, play piano, coding on scratch)

-The Elements, A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

-The Good and the Beautiful Handwriting notebook

-Singapore Math books

-Tiger Scout handbook

Do we always do everything in our baskets? No. Sometimes we decide to do other things.  For example, this week my middle decided to look up every different monkey in our animal books while my little decided to make a game with little cups as the game pieces and make some animals from modeling clay. Our baskets are a good jumping off point. Having their learning materials all in one place helps the boys feel more independent and also lets me get my own study time in. Revisiting the baskets weekly and changing them up allows for variety and less burnout, and because they are the ones choosing what they put in them, they are more likely to get creative and really learn.