Homeschooling: It's not what we do, it's how we live.

Into the Thick of it!

When the kids were little, The Backyardigans was a big hit at our house. When I sat down to write up a re-cap of our week, the song ‘Into the Thick of It” popped into my head, and so you’re treated to a reminiscence of my children’s pre-school days.

We’re back into our ‘normal’ school routine – week 2. Week one went by with a few bumps in the road, but overall, fairly smooth sailing. It’s always rough getting back into school-ish habits, but this week things have settled down quite a bit. I have been getting progressively more strict with the kids and schoolwork as we’ve progressed – insisting that they perform the way I know they’re capable of. Handwriting must be neat and legible or it will have to be written over again. Mistakes, though expected and understandable, are to be corrected before that assignment is considered ‘complete’. We do still work together quite a bit, but much of their schoolwork at this point is considered ‘independent’.

I know that everyone doesn’t homeschool this way; this is just how we do it. My goal as we move into higher elementary is to continue helping them be self-sufficient and independent workers. As they master the basics of elementary education, we’ll move into a more interest-oriented education, tailoring their individual paths to their strengths and future career goals.

Some highlights from last week:

We took a field trip to Pleasure Island for some hiking and bird-watching. We saw a handful of birds, but mostly the kids spent the day working on cracking the big rocks that lined the shores looking for geodes and embedded crystals. They found quite a few and we talked about the difference in tone between rocks that were solid and rocks that were hollow. We didn’t get any pictures, but it was a really fun (if a little chilly) day.

The kids and Loverly Husband all started karate last week. LH was a tae kwon do guy when we were in school, and LBB took a year of TKD back in kindergarten, but this is PeaGreen’s first martial arts experience. They’re all enjoying it. Our lovely sensei keeps nudging me to come play with them, pointing out that I would wear a size 3 gi (uniform). Considering that I haven’t worn a size 3 in anything since I was 3, that’s not a bad motivating point! I did start the Couch to 5K training program today with a few friends, so maybe in a few weeks/months I’ll feel more confident at mastering kung fu with the fam. At this point though, sending the menfolk off for class three times a week means heavenly-home-sweet-silent-home for me – I’m not ready to give that up just yet!

This week, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’re reviewing our MLK Jr. lapbook and working on a  unit study on MLK Jr. from The Homeschool Mom.  We’re also visiting a nearby memorial park dedicated to Dr. King’s work and life.  and will be following that visit up with some notebooking about him.

Hope your year is starting off smoothly!


One response

  1. Ah, the backyardigans…still am humming “Into the Thick of it”. Giggled, because last night while reading about Yetis in some book, we all thought of the Yeti Stomp song from Backyardigans. Good to be back reading your words after moving and being offline. Looking forward to catching up!

    January 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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