Archive for August, 2010
Dinosaurs never disappoint. Any day can be turned into a great day if you pick up a book on dinosaurs and begin to read. Suddenly, the drudgery of school becomes this fun adventure! What a great way to start off the year! This week, we’ve spent an hour or so every morning reading our dinosaur books and working in our community lapbook on dinosaurs. Puddles now wants to be a palentologist. We’ve discussed making a trip to a dinosaur site to see some fossils up close.
We do a few different types of lapbooks throughout the year. Sometimes everyone has their own lapbook and we work independantly to glue and paste and write. Occasionally, I’ll start a lapbook with one of my kids and we’ll learn about something one on one. These have been some of my favorite lapbooks. With our dinosaur study, I am doing one lapbook for all of us a family. I’m even writing the majority of the information down in the minute books. Technically, I could push them to write, but I find, especially with the boys, that if I let them narrate their thoughts to me, we get a lot more done in a much more positive atmosphere.
This new year, we are doing quite a few studies at one time. Dinosaurs (science), Colonial America (history), Geography notebooking and a weekly unit on World Religions. I’m finding it hard to get in the basics. English workbooks, spelling workbooks, math workbooks and the like are sitting on the shelf waiting to be taken out. I feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, we are emersing ourselves in living books and fascinating subjects. This is the heart of what I want to give my children as a homeschool mom. On the other hand, I know the importance of the basics. I don’t want to neglect the foundations of learning. I guess what I’ve decided is that I’d like to see a sparkle in my kid’s eyes when we take out the books. I’d like to hear, “Mom could you read one more chapter.” I’d like to have thought prevoking discussions and marvel at the world around us. We’ll get around to those basics soon enough!
Welcome to my blog! Reading and book collecting are some of my passions. This fall, we will begin our 5th year of home schooling. We are an eclectic bunch and I always start a subject or project with a basket full of books! I’ve got four bug-a-boos with various talents and passions. Our resident book worm and home school scholar, Bella, has begun the sixth grade. She’s chatty, big hearted, artistic in many forms and quite a drama queen passionate. Our computer geek and all things electronic genious, Puddles, has begun the third grade. He’s the silent type, with a sensitive side that would melt any mom’s heart. He’s about as bouncy as Tiger and as focused as Pooh. Angel boy, our first grader, loves to laugh and make you laugh! This makes for lots of fun but more times than not, it just get’s that sweet boy in trouble! Jellybean is our fun sized preschooler. She’s following in her sister’s footsteps. She’s a budding artist, book lover and drama queen passionate girl.