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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Africentrically eclectic with a relaxed unschooling bent!

I apologize for my slackness. I have been really busy and learning quite a lot. I have finally decided on the type of homeschoolers we are. We are Africentrically eclectic with a relaxed unschooling bent. I like it. It's ours and ours alone. LOL Anyway, I had to come up with something since we live in a world of labels.

I have thrown in the towel finding a history curriculum that is accurate so I have teaching from all the facts that I already have floating in my head and the ones that I am learning. I have also thrown out my third or fourth attempt at a curriculum. Now, I just write a plan so that it we come upon a brainfart moment we will have something to draw upon. I spent yesterday afternoon learning about their learning styles and multiple intelligences. It was interesting and showed me why some stuff just wasn't working and wasn't going to work. Reading, writing, and math are required.

I have gotten on the dreaded Face book and I have a true love/hate relationship with it. It takes up a lot of time, which used to be spent blogging. I have, however, learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and knowledgeable people. Catch 22.

We have also begun really using and focusing on Swahili. We ordered it from Rosetta Stone. It is expensive, but if you want to learn a language and learn it fast this is an excellent program.

I have also made a vow to buy as much second hand/consignment and handmade as possible. Except shoes. Second hand shoes gross me out. We are also using our old jeans to make different things. It's been really fun so far.

7 comments:

  1. Glad to know you all are doing well. I've missed hearing from you. I'm also glad to read that you're finding your niche and things are flowing!!! See, I told you it would come. ;-) Enjoy the ride! Happy Holidays!!

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  2. LOL.The joys of being your child's teacher.Finding out what works best for each individual.Good on you!

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  3. Thanks Thandi. My life has been really full lately to say the least. I'm hanging in there and so are the kids. LOL We still love each other.

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  4. hey, that is us too--we are afrocentrically eclectic (i prefer the "o" over the "i") i know how you feel about curriculum. i went to exel and started a worksheet of all that i want to teach over the next 10 years, when i find something that fits the list i add it to the worksheet. blessed heritage has a history curriculum...

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  5. Leslie, idk how I forgot to respond to you. Sorry. I will try to be more diligent in keeping my blog up. It doesn't help that I go into hibernation in winter. I HATE COLD!!!

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  6. Anonymous, that's a good idea and it might keep me from forgetting my great ideas that are often fleeting. I chose the "i" over the "o" after watching Dr. John Henrik Clark and realizing that "afro" is a hairstyle and in no way indicative of a place. LOL

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  7. FB is a catch22 for me as well, hence my rant today. This post echos exactly how I believe our unschooling adventure will go. I look forward to reading your blog!

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