I am sure there thousands of you out there in the internet simply dying to know what works for our homeschol. Well, your wait is over! What better way to spend a Friday night than to read a slightly verbose description of my homeschooling week!
The four and six year old are not in a really structured format for school, yet. They love to have a worksheet or two each day to do to feel like “big kids.”
Worksheet Works has been a great resource for everything from pre-writing skills to memorizing multiplication tables. I especially like the worksheets on visualizing multiplication.
I really like the website because it has no ads. It isn’t overloaded, either. I don’t need three million choices–it wastes my time to have to sift through all of it. I can just go to what I need and click and be done.
The other children like to create their own crossword puzzles using our vocabulary words from Robinson Curriculum. I like that I don’t have to worry about them clicking on some sleazy advertisement.
I also like that it is free. That helps.
This week in homeschool, yours truly reminded herself for millionth time that she really needed to relax. This is not a race, and we would not be winning if it were one. It’s more like…we fell into the rabbit hole and the world is our wonderland.
If I try to make it a race, it’s more like the jolly caucus race than anything else.
It’s better if I realize that increasing knowledge is something we will do for an eternity, and if I take out the stressor of weeryone expects my children to know RIGHT NOW! because everyone else is RACING TO THE TOP!! (the top of what, I wonder?), then I am a lot less worried.
This week, we are focusing on consistency in the basics (reading, writing, and math), and exploring everything else in our “free time.” The basics don’t take very long and afterward, oh! the fun they are having learning and exploring and gazing into the eternity of knowledge that lies before them.
(But we are still crying about improper fractions over here. It was inevitable, I suppose.)
It can’t be helped. In an attempt to make it educational, we watched “Let It Go” in 25 languages. My children were enthralled and now have it memorized.
Does it sound impressive or weird if I tell you that they then looked up and learned the other songs from the movie in Norwegian, because that is the language that they would have spoken in real life?
We spent a lot of time on that this week.
My 15 year old has always wanted to swim with a dolphin. She did just that on Monday.
She was a Trainer for a Day at Discovery Cove where she fed sharks, otters and the dolphins, as well as an anteater and a marmoset. She saw the backstage areas of the park and absolutely fell in love with the dolphin trainer who showed her around.
Oh, and she learned.
Here she is getting a belly ride on a dolphin and racing with Gracie, one of the other people in her group (Gracie’s mom declared it a tie):
She got to do a foot push, where two dolphins push your feet so that you come up out of the water and you go all the way across the lagoon.
We got to watch a baby dolphin being trained. It was AMAZING.
Obviously, it’s not every day a person gets to swim with dolphins, but I think the point is that homeschooling opens up doors for us to learn in ways that are very hands on and real–and very personal, every single day. No one else dictates how or where we learn.
It’s all up to us.
Gotta’ love it when it works!