what homeschooling looked like this week

February 6, 2009

Oh dear, I’m afraid I have bored the hand-knit socks off of you! My last post received exactly zero comments, a low that hasn’t happened since my first month of blogging.   (Correction: In the time it took for me to publish this draft, Lori left me a comment. Thanks, Lori!) My essayist project is a selfish one–I’m doing it for myself, not because I think anyone else will be interested. I appreciate you indulging me once a month. (But what will you do when I post about a 16th century essayist later this month? I can just see the Google Reader subscription cancellations now…)

Let me make it up to you with some pretty photos. I know you like pretty photos.

what homeschooling looked like this week

what homeschooling looked like this week

planning for an Indian dollhouse • drawing a banyan tree scene • using base 10 blocks to understand the difference between “402” and “four hundred plus two hundred” • starting a moon journal • plowing through the newest stack of library books • also: Shakespeare class for Lulu • shelter class for Mr. T • reading Indian tales over hot chocolate in a cafe • playing tetherball • algebra • watching animated tales of Hindu gods • Rosetta Stone French • overnight literary conference for Lulu • a rather wet Park Day • lots of ballet • Lulu’s book group • Zoombinis on the computer • written response to a Langston Hughes poem • a new journal of creatures for Mr.  T • a video about rovers on Mars • dictating the neverending story of Scritch and Scratch, two children-turned-wolves • starting a fictional journal of a 16th century girl for Lulu’s Shakespeare class • reading Farmer Boy to Mr. T • more Unfortunate Events in the car, driving from place to place

It always surprises me how much they do, when I write it down.

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melissa s. February 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

oh NO! I loved your last post, just didn’t have a free moment to comment. I did think about many of the passages and loved the author’s use of alliteration. I’m a total sucker for alliteration. Anyway, keep the essayist project coming…I appreciate being able to pop back into grown-up world after pouring through my list of homeschooling blogs. I LOVE this glimpse into your HS week, too. And of course, the pretty pictures! Keep it ALL coming!

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Laura February 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I have loved all your posts. I don’t comment much but I definitely read your blog and end up smiling. However, I do love the pretty pictures and hearing what’s happening in the homeschooling world.

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Carrie February 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

I too vote yes for your essayist posts. I don’t have anything to say about them yet, but I am intrigued and like to hear what you are reading, and what you are taking from the reading.

About this weeks post- can you tell us some more about Mr.T’s shelter class ?

Our family has started a nature journal- not a sketchbook per se, but a chance to jot down in the evening any encounter with/ observation of the natural world that we had in the day. So far, we have seen wild turkeys wandering down the road, found living sponges and red rock crabs in the rocks during a break in a bike ride, noticed that the flowering plums are blooming, seen some long awaited rain, and noticed that the moon is almost full.

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patricia February 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Thanks, friends. I wasn’t fishing for pity, honest! I just think it’s funny that I’ve taken on an obscure project that seems to render my readers speechless.

I was glad to see Melissa’s comment: “I appreciate being able to pop back into grown-up world after pouring through my list of homeschooling blogs.” That’s precisely what excites me about this project. I do so much facilitating of projects for my kids; it’s a thrill to have one of my own.

Laura, you know I love meeting up with you here. 🙂

And Carrie, thanks for sharing what you’re doing. The nature journal sounds fabulous. Regarding Mr. T’s shelter class: he’s taking it through our charter school. Quite honestly, he’s mostly taking it because it happens at the same time as Lulu’s Shakespeare class, which she loves. Mr. T could pretty much do without classes at this point–he just doesn’t seem to get much out of them. For the most part I’m keeping his schedule as unstructured as possible. (But he keeps asking me when the next Creature Club meeting will be! He has a new journal just for his creatures, and is excited to share it with your boys.)

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gina February 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

Looks wonderful. Sounds great too. I like to write it all down, because you are right when you write it down, it is surprising how much learning was done. I am hoping for the day I don’t feel the need to write it down, when I can just trust the process… baby steps.

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Lori February 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

hey, i’m there for ya, girl. ;^) also, once an lit major, always a lit major — i’m always up for discussing writers and books! :^D)

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