over the holidays, it is that we needed
a long homeschool break over the holidays.
I really love year round homeschooling,
but this fall was particularly difficult, and I knew that there would need to
be changes come January.
weekends during September and October, and it was wonderful to have him
home. But, because of that, we never
really seemed to get back into a good weekly school routine.
Dad is home from work – especially when the weather is beautiful and we all
just want to play.
of lessons in favor of being outside. I
have been stretching year one of two of U.S. History for 18 months because Emma
was on the younger end for the curriculum.
I felt behind, even though there is no measure of what behind actually
is since I am the one making the lessons plans.
break was a respite we all needed.
changing the calendar to the New Year for my personal goals, I also enjoy the
change of the calendar for homeschooling.
It gives me permission to revamp what it is we do all day.
look at what we have been doing with homeschooling the past several
months. I need that reflection in order
to make necessary changes.
reliable routine is the biggest takeaway that I had from last fall.
time. However, this schedule didn’t seem
to work last fall. We were out of the
house a lot more for activities, and when that happens, the entire week gets
thrown off. There was one day in
particular that we would spend first thing getting ready to get out of the house,
get to the activity, get home a little before lunch time, make lunch, get Lucy
down for a nap, and then it was time to start thinking about dinner just to go
to the evening activity as soon as Dad walks in the door.
activities the kids were involved in.
opposite. I think that activities are
great for kids, but it was seriously throwing off the rest of what we had to
accomplish in the week (because we had activities 3 other nights as well).
unfortunately was not getting any quiet at all.
And all of a sudden I noticed that the kids were a bit stressed
out. I have a feeling that was attributed
more to my attitude than to their own, but the busyness of it all started to
have an effect on everyone.
going to start our long homeschool break – perfect timing.
homeschool curriculum for quite a while, and so my plan is to back off from
that this winter term.
reading and math – and then I would like to start incorporating more projects
into our school.
before, but I have had a hard time implementing projects into our
homeschool. When I last tried more
projects, the kids were a couple years younger, and not so interested in
staying with something for any length of time.
construction paper and glue and glitter.
And there was nothing wrong with that, but it isn’t what I was thinking
about when I thought about projects!
book. She took it upon herself to find a
book of agents at the library, found one, and had Matt e-mail her first book
(all 14 pages of it) to the agent in order to get published. The agent declined, but wrote the most
heartfelt reply e-mail to not give up and to continue writing so that one day
she is able to publish a book.
realized that I had not supported her enough when she talked about publishing a
book. In my head I thought, 8 year old,
handwritten story, not going to work. I
encouraged her in her writing, but I wasn’t as supportive about trying to find
an agent to publish the book because I knew the end result would be not publishing the book. I didn’t consider that an agent would take
the time to write a nice reply and be so encouraging that Emma now has two
other “books” that she has written and countless other stories in her mind.
differently in that situation?
course. When she came out with her first
draft and there were misspelled words, she was not pleased when I suggested we
go through and write a second draft.
That first draft was THE draft that she wanted sent to the agent.
could have then handwritten the final draft rather than the first draft and run
out of steam. I also could have spent
more time talking about the process of writing a book, and what is involved, as
well as what happens when you get an agent, and then an editor, and eventually
that they choose and want to run with.
stop-motion. However, recently he has
decided that he wants to make real live-action movies. But, he reminded me that he has ideas for
costumes, and so he has been asking me to teach him to sew so that he can make
costumes for his movies.
And incredibly daunting considering he is six years old, and my own
sewing skills are not practiced enough to construct costumes for him and
whomever else he decides will be in the movie – especially without a pattern.
plan to work sewing back into our homeschool day (Emma also wants to sew, but
on a much smaller scale – making clothes for her dolls).
create a lifelong love of learning – then everything else should start falling
back into place.
off track, and start to revert back to a “school-at-home” model. I consider what the kids in our local public
school are doing, and I want to make sure that my kids keep up. They do, but I think I often spend more time
fretting about that, rather than taking advantage of the flexibility (more than
the scheduling) homeschooling provides.
was, and that the answer was almost always “we don’t do school.” How do you explain that the learning they are
doing in the everyday is school? How do
you explain that when your child picks up a book and reads for an hour that
that is school, even though she doesn’t think it is school because mom didn’t
pick out the book?
will have to give it a couple more weeks to see how things are shaping up in
our homeschool to give a better idea of what is to come.
love of lifelong learning in my children.
you get off track due to outside influences taking over?