Thursday, August 12, 2010

Homeschool, Day 4

First things first....can I please see a show of hands for those of you who are absolutely in love with Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman)?

*raises both hands and waves them wildly in the air*

She makes me laugh. She makes me cry. She makes me wish I lived in the middle of nowhere and raised cattle for a living.

Wait, scratch that. I prefer the city. But I do love Ree. And today she happened to post a fabulous article on homeschooling that I just love. (Am I using the word 'love' too much?) I found her post both refreshing and helpful on the ever common topics of PATIENCE and SOCIALIZATION.

If you're a homeschooling parent, know a homeschooling parent, think homeschooling parents are weird, think homeschooling parents are awesome, used to be homeschooled, hope to homeschool some day, or never ever EVER want to homeschool your kids....I really recommend checking out that post.

But obviously, it's not for everyone.

Heh heh.

And now, back to us.

School has been going okay, although I definitely feel like I'm just making it up as I go. (Someone please tell me this is normal.) Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day creating a unit study on the days of creation. I finished, wrote down the call numbers for the dozens of library books I planned to borrow, and hauled the entire family (minus the hubby, who was working hard) to our local library.

Because I'm a terrible mom who constantly feels overrun by her four small children out in public, I've never taken my entire clan to the library before. (Please hold your gasps for the end of the blog post. Thank you very much.) They were thrilled to find a large play tractor, puzzles, a puppet show area, and computers among other things which I found to be highly distracting to grabbing the books we needed and leaving. I'm one of those evil mothers who would rather her children stand by her for eight tiny minutes so I can get the books I need than allow my children to run around screaming like banshees with the other goblins kids.

I think it took me about 45 minutes of chaperoning, running to grab a few books, chaperoning, instructing my kids to lower their voices, running to grab a few more books, chaperoning, deciding it just wasn't worth it to look for every single book on my list, insisting that my children lower their voices right this second, and finally allowing them to grab a few books that weren't school related to get myself in line. Then came the real fun.

Why on earth do they have almost exclusive self-check lines everywhere you go these days?! They are highly non-conducive to a woman shopping/borrowing/purchasing with three toddlers and a baby on board. And then, for the love of all things yellow, WHY is it so crucial that I put a completely blank card in the back of each book?????

Have I mentioned that my husband has been working 16-hr days 6 days a week for about 2 weeks now and I'm lacking just a little bit of adult social interaction? You can probably tell.

Anyway, we finally made it home with all 24 school books, 3 books about Barbie, and a book about a pirate-eating monster who lives in the sea.

Today we started our unit study (the days of creation one) and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. I have seven days left in that unit, so I guess it's time to get started on another one already. It seems mildly daunting and certainly never-ending, but it's actually.....kind!

I'm enjoying spending so much time devoted to teaching my kids and (I think) they are enjoying it too.

And now, if you'll excuse me....I need to go read to my kids....

Monday, August 9, 2010

Homeschool, Day 1

Day 1

My oldest child is 5 1/2 (Keaton). My next child is 4 1/2 (Sienna). And then we have a (nearly) 3yo (Reagan) and a 10 month old (Savannah). I decided to start both the older kids in Kindergarten together. So we'll see how that goes.

I planned to start school around 9 this morning. We started closer to 11. I remembered that my first day of school was rarely learning anything but was mostly social interaction with classmates and a lot of details - you know, covering books, prepping for classes, getting an overview of what we'd be learning, and the like. So I decided to make today similar for my kids. I handed out school supplies, discussed what we would use each thing for, and then - the best part - I let each of the kids pick out two pencils.

These pencils have been accumulating (although not so much as of late) since I was a small child and I've finally come around to the fact that they are completely useless if not...well....used. So use them we will!

Then we did a little bit of actual school. We talked about the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters, reviewed how to spell their names, and discussed today's date and how it falls in the calendar.

Then we made personal pizzas.

Please note the educational part of this: round bread, red sauce, stringy cheese. Oh yes. Highly educational.

Then we ate our pizzas. I think you know where I'm going with this.

And that was pretty much the end of the first day of school. To my amazement, Reagan actually sat at the table the entire time we were doing school, making our pizzas, etc. I told her more than once that she was free to get down and play if she wanted to. But I think she must have thought she was going to be left out of something really awesome, so she stayed.

We'll see how tomorrow goes.

Hey, Guys! Remember Me?

Since this blog is still around, I figured I might as well update it. I was considering starting a homeschool blog or even some sort of personal journal, but this just seems easier to me.

Oddly enough, in the months since I've been gone this blog still reels in an average of 100 or more hits per day and continues to warrant the occasional comment to my inbox, which I find extremely strange. Must have a lot of good info in here that I had forgotten about! Anyway, seems kind of lame to delete something that is apparently so useful.

That being said, stick around and visit if you'd like to hear about our new adventure called HOMESCHOOL. I may update occasionally, I may update every day, I may never update. We'll see how it goes.