Category: Homeschooling

Reading. 0

Reading.

Rosie read me a Henry and Mudge book tonight. She reads very slowly and has trouble sounding out some words still, but SHE CAN READ. Oh my gosh. She is so proud of herself, she was about to burst.  I had no idea she could read words like “winter” or “sparkle”.  We’ve been working on sight words from the Dolch list as a part of homeschooling and doing some random phonics work sheets she likes from the Comprehensive Curriculum book for 1st...

Thoughts on Education. 10

Thoughts on Education.

Today was the first day of school for our district.  Yeah, they start early.  I don’t really know why.  When I was a kid I remember we went back to school at the very end of August, around the 30th.  Once I got to high school they started a week earlier every year it seems.   Anyway, today the bus came up and to the corner and Rosie didn’t get on it.  She didn’t go to Kindergarten.  I didn’t register her.  All of her...

Photos of Our Typical Day. 6

Photos of Our Typical Day.

Do you realize the summer is nearly half over now? Soon it’s going to be time for Rosie to start Kindergarten.  We’re homeschooling, so she’s not really going anywhere, but we have to keep an attendance record for the state. I have to send a letter to the board of education stating our intent to homeschool this August!  For real, it will be official.  I will have accepted the responsibility. What a huge responsibility it is!  We’ve been doing schoolish things already–we’re...

Spring Cleaning: The Expedit Shelving! 5

Spring Cleaning: The Expedit Shelving!

Since we saved up enough money to buy the Expedit shelves from Ikea, we decided to just keep on going and clean out the entire house. Well. That is a lot of work!  Still on-going…I’m hoping we can have it all finished by Saturday, when we’re having Ada’s birthday party. OMG did I just say that?  Ada’s first birthday party! Her actual birthday is this Thursday, the 21st of April.  We’re having family over for doggy cake on Saturday.  Can’t believe my squishy...

Our Day. 1

Our Day.

In order to fit homeschooling into our routine I’ve had to tweak things a bit.  It’s working out well, I think.  In the morning we get up and eat breakfast, do an activity together (like Math) and then we have a short break while I prep lunch.  We eat a big meal for lunch because Tyler works nights, then for supper we have something light.  Kind of reversed from the norm, but whatever.   After our short break we read a story from...

Finalizing Homeschooling Plans. (Lots of links!) 9

Finalizing Homeschooling Plans. (Lots of links!)

I have to share…indescribably adorable little fluffballs! See their brand new wing feathers growing in?  I love watching chicks feather out more and more each day.  Their heads are the last part to get fully feathered. Over the past few days I’ve been thinking more about homeschooling and what path we’ll follow. The vast unknown causes me a bit of anxiety, so I decided I needed to write out a concrete plan.  I read all of Maria Montessori’s books, and I wrote down important things...

Not School Homeschool. 6

Not School Homeschool.

Since we have officially not enrolled Rosie in Kindergarten for this coming fall I figured it’s time to start practicing our homeschooling routine. I’m realizing now that this will take a lot of organization and dedication on my part.  We can’t just float through our days and wait for knowledge to magically appear.  Unschooling kind of sounds like this is how it works, but I don’t think that’s quite true.  Unschooling parents spend time facilitating activities for their kids to do that will...

Salamander Search. 1

Salamander Search.

Reason number 4,589 parenting is difficult:  Figuring out how to manage a personality you don’t understand. Poor cautious Rosie. Today we went on a salamander search.  The park guide led us on a hike upstream–we actually hiked in the creek.  In some spots it was deep, other areas were shallow.  I had so much fun!  I wore Ada in the mei tai carrier on my chest and I had a backpack with water and snacks on my back.  I was a little worried about...

Sugar Camp and Type A Personalities. 4

Sugar Camp and Type A Personalities.

Yesterday (Friday) we went to Sugar Camp. Since all the snow is melted, and the sap is now flowing through the trees, working to push nutrients out to the tips of branches for the growth of leaves, it’s time to make maple syrup.  A couple hours north of where we live there’s a parks and rec department that hosts a sugar camp in their maple grove. Rosie got to taste tree water, which is the sap flowing from the tree. There...

Revolutionary Ideas. 4

Revolutionary Ideas.

We went to the library recently for preschool story time.  They have signs and info everywhere, and the children’s librarian made a special announcement: It’s time to enroll your child for kindergarten!  Attend the library’s special getting ready for kindergarten events!  Here’s a list of books to read to your child to get them used to the idea of going off to school! So I’m really doing it.  I am not enrolling Rosie for school. It’s one thing to talk about...