Notes on School as I would Have It

4 quarters of the year, 10 weeks each
3 weeks off beginning of each season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)
Child begins Kindergarten the season after they turn 5 years

K thru 12 campuses include gardens, trails, sport arena, greenhouse, zoo and/or small farm
Breakfast, Lunch & afternoon snack (balanced, good nutrition) free

Fluent in ASL by 6th grade
Fluent in a foreign language by 12th grade
Latin K-12

Comprehensive Physical Education:
Line dance K-3, Contra dance 4-7, Square dance 8-12
Yoga, martial arts, Gymnatstics in Winter & Summer
Team Sports in Spring, Autumn
Missiles & targets: stones K-3, archery 4-6, pellet 7-8, BB 9-10, handguns 11-12
First aid K-6
CPR 7-12
Marching and queueing K-3
Hiking and Orienteering 4-12

Debate and public speaking taught from 2nd grade
Memorize the Preamble by 3rd grade
Memorize the Constitution by 6th grade
Memorize the Bill of Rights by 12th grade

Singing and drumming K – 3
Singing and keyboard or recorder 3 – 6
Singing and another instrument 7 – 12

Science
Astronomy K-12, beginning with Moon phases
Biology includes horticulture, animal husbandry
Physics includes hand missile sports

Reading includes reading for fun, recitation, writing, and book clubs

Home Economics taught in Mathematics class 1 – 12
Horticulture taught in Science class K – 12
History includes drama, art, and language
Geography includes culinary, horticulture
Sewing is taught in Geometry 6-10
Drafting is taught in Shop 11-12
Scorekeeping is taught in Mathematics

Failure is acceptable part of process
Strengths enhanced, weaknesses mitigated
Every person registered to vote when they turn 18
Every person serves 2 military or civil service upon graduating
2 years of College or Trade School is free

 

 

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Gardening, May 2017

Waxing Moon May 2017

Pulled a lot of poison ivy. Bought a 16 pack each of pink and white begonias are mostly in the ground as of Saturday the 6th. They are in shady, easily visible locations near the driveway to cheer the driver.

Sunday, pulled lots of weeds out of the spiral garden, cut the turf with the leaf-shaped cultivator which both cuts weeds and plows a furrow.

Bought tomato, pepper, and squash from Corinne at Twin Creeks Farm. Got tomatoes and peppers into the ground in the second north tier, put squash into the second east tier corners and planted beans on either side.

Under the Waning Moon:
Seeded sunflowers on the southern outer tier alongside giant marigold. Seeded lovage along the second east tier, between the beans and squash.

Then came rain, just as the Moon entered its fourth quarter. Hooray for rain on the garden!

I still have a few geraniums to put in; plan to put them around Mama Dori’s grave, which will take preparations against ticks and mosquitoes. Also have half a dozen moonflower seeds soaking. Should be able to put these in at the new Moon on Friday.