Monday, April 30, 2012

Homeschooling: Still trying to find my way.

So, I thought at some point I was just going to know what I was doing with this whole homeschooling thing. 3+ years in, I still flounder and constantly change styles and ways of doing things. Today was a more structured day that was triggered by a change. My niece and nephew have returned, which is pretty cool, because I think I secretly missed having them around. lol

So today, we got started later than I wanted. I went for a walk this morning before my bonus babies arrived without my children. I realized during the walk that it is much more fun WITH my son and daughter than without. I got back home and the children were still in bed. I waited for them to get up and for my bonus babies to arrive. We started our family workout at 8:30ish. Everybody did some work before having an early lunch. DD did math, because she is working toward getting 2 grades ahead, DS was doing math because he needs to get "caught up" although I am don't really buy into the whole thing of them being on a particular level. I had BB1 working on writing her name and BB2 working on numbers using cards and beads. They both did VERY well. After that we read Masai & I, ZZZNG ZZZNG, and Leola and The Honey Bears. Now, it's nap time.

I like having a schedule, but it never goes the way it should. I think my failure at being able to keep a schedule makes it kind of easy to just throw the whole idea out of the window and unschool. I guess that's why I consider myself an eclectic homeschooler, because I do whatever I feel like, they feel like, or we need to do.

What will we do tomorrow? I'm thinking another structured day to try to keep everything moving, keep everyone off each other's nerves, and to see if it can be done. I guess this was just an update/vent. Either way, I'm glad to have my BB1 & BB2 back.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Short Story of My Life

So, the other day I was in my local Walgreens which is a drugstore. I walked down the aisles looking for toothpaste, which is like a treasure hunt. They found it necessary to change the store around and now it's just illogical, but that's another story.

As usual I went down the clearance aisle and then the children's aisle. You know the one you try to avoid when you are actually with your children? I saw the game Monopoly and thought, "Now that would be fun!" I don't know why we didn't own it already. What can I teach with this game? I need to have an excuse to play during school because my husband is more of the school-at-home type while I'm more the do-your-reading-and-math-and-let's-play type. CAPITALISM!!! I can teach them about capitalism. That's the whole basis for Monopoly! I never even thought of it!

I picked up the game. I'm was all kinds of excited. When I got to the register, the cashier said, "Oh, you getting Monopoly huh? We have that game." I told her that I couldn't believe that I was just now, buying it. To that she says, "I know that's right. You gotta get something for your kids to do so they will leave you ALONE chile." I look at her kind of confused. It took me a second to remember that I used to feel the same way. My children used to seem like two little burdens to me too, but not now. Nope. I actually LIKE my children. I looked at her and said, "No. I want to play this game with them to teach them about capitalism." She looked a little confused and told me to have a good day. I thanked her and I thanked God for my growth in the area of loving AND liking my children.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What kind of homeschoolers are we?

There are all types of homeschooling families. From people who school at home with desks and strict curriculum to unschoolers (child-led learning). I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to homeschool and what type of homeschoolers we would be. I have always loved the concept of unschooling, but I have trust issues as far trusting my children to learn the "important" stuff on there own. Not to mention, my husband would be elated if I had desks set up in a little school room with set hours and assignments. My daughter enjoys more structure, while my son is more of a free spirit. Both are VERY smart, but they just learn in two different ways.

After much struggle I now understand that we are and eclectic family. What does that mean? It means that I don't fit neatly into any box or unbox. We do what we want, need, or feel. What do our days look like? Well they are never the same, but here is what we did today.

  • Everybody got up whenever they wanted, but it happened to be around the 7:00 hour. 
  • The children grabbed some fruit and water for breakfast.
  • We waited on a friend of mine to come over so we could exercise together. 
  • She was going to be late so we decided to walk a mile before she got here. 
  • We all worked out to the tabata timer while listening to Common's old CD.
  • Everybody showered.
  • Sunshine suggested pizza for lunch and we all agreed.
  • I did my prayers while my sun practiced with his flashcards.
  • When I finished my prayers, we went to the store to get stuff for the pizzas.
  • Came back home and made pizzas
  • Watching about 3 episodes of Electric Company right now
  • After that, the plan is to play a survival game, but we'll it goes because they have class tonight and I'm really sleepy