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Return of the Blog

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These past few months have been crazy hectic for us, so I have taken a break from blogging. We began homeschooling again at the beginning of this month and have been establishing our new routine. As the kids get older the workload and the extracurricular activities have increased considerably. The kids many extracurricular activities have also begun this month, which I feel is a great opportunity (and possibly a necessity) for the kids to let out steam. So our calendar is turning out to be pretty full this year.

The past three weeks, we have been experimenting and getting a feel for this new homeschooling year. It started with the kids full of optimism, enthusiasm and eager to learn. However, as we are continuing with Calvert homeschooling again this year, it seems that the teaching manuals and daily plans for the kids does not give much time to practice and get used to a specific topic or principle before it is already introducing the next one. It has slowly had a negative effect on the kids lowering their enjoyment of learning and making school feel more like a chore. So this week I have been rearranging the daily planner/manual. I have been busy attempting to synchronize the lessons so that we as a group are all learning the same topic but at different levels. This can allow us to go on great field trips relevant for everyone.

I have seen a few other homeschooling mothers worried about overbooking their family calendars. I am really hoping that is not the case for us and we can happily get through this very busy year. This calendar of ours is full of potential and opportunities but nothing is written in stone and we always make time for family and friends and any unforeseen circumstances. We can only take things one day at a time with much required patience, a positive attitude and always wearing a smile.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

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Homeschool – First Week of January Overview

We have been ill this week but managed to get better by the weekend. Once our sicknesses were over we did a very well needed spring clean of the house and managed to organize all the places I always put to the bottom of my list of priorities. Therefore, we got rid of the germs and have prepared for the next weeks homeschooling. I have received the ‘Writing With Skill’ books by Susan Wise Bauer and have been preparing the lessons I need to add in our schedule this week. My kids are looking forward to beginning their schooling again, I’m sure kids secretly or in this case openly crave structure. They have been quite difficult when there is no structure and they are all free to do their own thing. This is usually when we need to expect the fights, screaming and tears. I managed to do a little shopping and get a few items I’ve been wanting to get for the house during the January sales. Its better late than never, right?

My eldest has Saturday school which gives him a chance to get the social benefits of interacting with other kids his age as well as learning through a school environment. He was very excited about his first day back after the holidays and has enjoyed himself there.

January’s homeschooling theme for us will be about the Solar System. This will be our new unit in Science and therefore we will begin learning and crafting to decorate our classroom for this theme. The kids have enjoyed school a lot more now that we have more of a visual classroom than a living room and are all around happier with homeschooling. Therefore, I am more motivated about teaching them and being innovative and creative to keep up their enthusiasm. Nobody said parenting or homeschooling is easy but its such an amazing experience which I can not even put into words. So, I am looking forward to going on this January journey of learning and teaching. I am just hoping that they appreciate this as they grow into well rounded individuals and I successfully fulfil my duties towards them as a mother!

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 

Rumi

Our December Homeschool Theme!

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We have been working on this months WINTER theme. It’s been a whole bunch of origami, snowflakes, tinsel, pretty pictures and a whole lot of paper for our scraps pile. Regardless, the smiling faces all around made it all worth it.

 

 

 We have a certain display area on the wall for grammar rules which I aim to change every week. This week we have been learning about onomatopoeia. This idea of displaying the rules and work associated with it has had positive feedback from my children and helps the rules to really stick in their heads. I know from way back in my own school days that I have forgotten many rules and concepts of the actual school work but I can remember the words, pictures and layout of my classroom like I was there yesterday.

My style of teaching recently has been strict traditional school type, with textbooks and handouts from an already set out curriculum. My fifth grader is currently using the Calvert School Curriculum. I love this curriculum, because it is easily laid out for you, complete with a very detailed lesson plan. However, I’ve found this teaching approach doesn’t work too well with my son, who is a very hands on learner. Therefore, I have been forced to be inventive and incorporate the curriculum into an everyday fun experience! Therefore, I’ve decided the first step is to encourage his imagination and more pride in his abilities by better displaying his work around the ‘classroom’.

We have also began a Weather Lapbook for Science this week and I’m hoping to learn and work through it this month so I will blog the finished lapbook at the end of the month.

My sons weakness at the moment is his confidence in his imagination and creative writing. Which is what I have decided to work more on this month. He is an avid reader and finishes many books a week. However, when it comes to his writing, if I provide a blank page and ask him to write me a story, he does not have any inclination to accomplish this task. Even when adding prompts such as a topic sentence, he complains that it is too difficult. I know that he is capable of this because he is happy to orally tell me the story and answer questions or complete worksheets and forms his sentences well.

I have come to realise that perhaps it is not him that has the problem but myself in the way I teach him. Therefore, I’ve found that with a different teaching approach he is eager to display his work and needs less coaxing to complete it. On the other hand, my daughters love to write and can fill journals with their ideas and imaginations but simple questions and concepts seem to need a few extra lessons and techniques in order to learn them. Please let me know if any of you have experiences which has caused you to change your teaching techniques or have had similar problems. I find it truly amazing how unique we all are and I want my children to accept and be proud of that.

“Having a low opinion of yourself is not ‘modesty’. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism’. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success.”

Bobbe Sommer

 

WELCOME!

I’ve been wanting to create a blog in order to record my homeschooling experience for myself (instead of hoarding piles and piles of papers) and for anyone interested in homeschooling, either to see what its all about or to have some insight for their own homeschooling journey. Making the decision for educating your own children is difficult regardless who you are or where you come from. I myself am in an area where it is pretty foreign to homeschool. I have been actively searching for anyone in the area where we live so I can have some type of a support group or monthly get together for the kids but have come up empty handed.

Everyone, everywhere has their own individual reasons on why they do anything, from work to play and everything in between. We all accomplish tasks in our own unique ways. This is true also for our educating children. I believe its the protective gene in us Mothers that makes our opinions hold such a great weight, that it is sometimes difficult to change our minds when it comes to our children’s upbringing. However, regardless in the way we raise our children, we all do it the way we believe is right and best for us. One of my inspirations came by the reality TV show about the Duggar family’s journey through life. I find it amazing that they can raise children with innocence and morals in today’s day and age as well as in one of the most morally corrupted countries in the world. I believe that most of their success lies in the choice to homeschool their children.

I remember when I found out I was first pregnant, how excited I felt and how much I anticipated the birth of my baby. I was picturing days out at the park, pretty dresses, ice cream, rainbows, joy and laughter. Four children and 10 years later I have realized the enormous responsibility and weight of raising another human being dependent on you to learn the ins and outs of this world. There are times when I feel like my child is a fish amongst sharks and times when I feel like my child is a lion amongst lambs. Those days when I feel the former are so nerve racking that I can literally feel my hair receding. Yet, those days when I feel the latter I can’t even put into words the pride, love and gratitude I have at that moment, that I truly become blissfully amnesic of all the hardships that have brought me to that point in my life.

That is one of the beauties after all of being human. Isn’t it? That we are forgetful creatures. Which brings me to why I have decided to create this blog. God willing, I am hoping that perhaps I shall have some place to remember my trials, successes and errors as a parent, and join a community which I am looking forward to listening to their advice or positive criticism (I hope!). This is all in order for me to become the best parent or person I can be and to help others where I can as I go through the many techniques I am learning as a parent and homeschooler.

To acquire knowledge one must study. To acquire wisdom one must observe.’ 

Marilyn Vos Savant