Friday, August 28, 2009

Homeschooling

So we started school a couple of weeks ago. I haven't had the umph to take pictures, even if the camera was here. But it isn't because Daddy has to use to bring home the bacon. So the pictures will have to wait. I guess you all will live. BUT if you can't let me know and will take some pictures STAT with my handy-dandy phone.

Anywho, things have been going okay. I am not at all organized as far as planning our time within the day. I wonder if I should have an overall plan. At this point we hit the books and stop when we've hit all the subjects. We haven't started science yet, but I am going to incorporate that next week. So it will be history on Monday and Wednesday, then science on Tuesday and Thursday. With Friday afternoon off field trips, or playing. Right now the kids are playing, no field trip this week.

Yesterday we went to the library because the kids WANTED to go. Isn't that wonderful? I was happy enough with the request to go on a whim. I was more than a little disappointed with the selection again, but I need to keep in mind that we have lived in college towns until now. So in short, I done got over it. Hello interslice will you take my money? Okay, then we can have copies of kids versions of Gilgamesh, the Odyssey and the Iliad. I will have to use them for Esther anyway. But Abraham found other "fun" reading books. Micah found some books on foxes. We couldn't find any on polar bears. We were trying to find out what regions polar bears live in. Is it only North America? We may go see if B&N has any good polar bear books. And Samuel discovered Wishbone. And Esther cried because she can't read.

Next week I will try to think about having a schedule, but I am not going to have my mouth make promises my brain can't deliver.

3 comments:

Anna said...

That's so awesome you're homeschooling! I think it ends up giving a much, much better education in not only academics, but values, and the all-important lesson of How to Think, which so many public schools seem to ignore these days!

Of course, I'm somewhat biased as a homeschooler :)

Megan said...

How cool that they wanted to go to the library! Yay for free books to read, even if they don't have everything. Is there an interlibrary loan system you could request books through? I use that option a lot here, even though Pullman's library is pretty decent.

Sorry that Esther didn't enjoy it as much! She needs to come spend some time with Aurelia, who loves books so much she won't go to sleep without one to hold...lol.

Nan said...

Congratulations Ruth! I'm excited for you. I'm bummed as this fall I have just been too sick and we decided to put the two middle guys in school until I am better. :^( B is still schooling at home because he is pretty easy and quite the self-starter. I'm trying to not be too annoyed at hearing what the boys are and aren't learning. (Any reason you can think of that the teacher would tell my first grader about Columbine?!)