Homeschooling in Real Life, Minnesota Style! Part 1
16/02/2007 § 3 Comments
Can I just say, I LOVE Homeschooling?!
We co-op with my IRL friend Ali 2 days out of the week. Our main source for most subjects is TOG’s Year 2: From Ancient to Modern. We are still in the Middle Ages. There are sooooo many great things to cover in this time frame and with this curriculum (not to mention our own plagues of weather and sickness!) that we are having to just keep going or we’ll never get to Colonial America!
Another subject we are doing together is Botany. We are using Apologia’s ‘Exploring Creation with Botany’ book. Of course if you get to know us at all, you’ll discover we are not bound to only using one book (get the pun?) we use MANY resources for our teaching times and are always on the lookout for new stuff!
In conjunction with this we are also making our own Science/Nature notebooks. So, what a better place to start than at the beginning with a cover sheet? Here’s Love’s freehand drawing of a sunflower and the definition of the word botany:
We are also doing a type of Oral Communications/Speech class. This brought us to TOG’s Literature section. The highlight is the Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales. (listen online here-very cool site) The older kids are going to take notes and study the text of a tale. Next week they will present their version to the younger kids by standing up and being animated in voice and gesture–classic storytelling. It will be a good exercise for them to get more acquainted with giving speeches.
Now for a little disclaimer: Let me just say that we aren’t delving into this blindly and we have explained that these are made up stories and contain things that we do not partake in as Christians such as magic and monsters. The real tales are actually more graphic than any ‘cute’ rendition/movie/book they may have seen or heard about. Have you ever read the original ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or ‘Hansel and Gretel’? They are very gory, creepy and scary. So, we are touching briefly upon this in a literary sense and moving on.
Now onto the FUN STUFF!!!!
After our long endeavors inside we decided we all could use a little break. The sun was out (a rarity) and it was at least 6 degrees above. We should take advantage of the ‘heatwave’. (yes, we really think like that here! If yer nostrils ain’t a freezin’ together…it ain’t cold out yet!)
So the kids decided to do some sledding and not wanting to be left out in the cold…
the mommies got in on the action:
Ready? (ok, I can do this…) Set…?
Here I go! What was I thinking you may ask…AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and I think I was yelling a prayer to the Lord here…something with the word HELP I’m sure…
look out for that HILL!!!!
TOO LATE!!! Mom down…I repeat…there’s a mom down!
And finally, the piece de resistance…my beautiful, sweet, gentle, loving, daughter…
looking like she just stepped off the set of The Red Green Show!!!! Where’s my duct tape?!
Don’tcha wish you were here with us? What fun we had doing school! That counts as Phy Ed don’tcha know! Oh ya fer sure, you betcha!