Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Journaling for Kids

Wow, it's June already.  We did a combination of home education and public education this year, so we're more aware of the school year's close than we have been in the past.  It's a big deal around here: the kids have worked hard and accomplished some awesome goals.

But there's lots of work ahead of us through the summer, too.  My six and seven-year-olds will keep working on reading skills.  We'll be participating in the library's summer reading program.  And I have three kids who will be journaling over the summer.

My eleven-year-old and seven-year-old are journaling because they need more work on their writing skills.  For my six-year-old, though, we're focusing on labeling what he draws.  He draws very detailed pictures, but describing what he's done is a weak point.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

One Amazing Eleven-Year-Old

The other day, I saw this video of an eleven year old home schooled boy giving a TED talk about industrialized farming and GMO crops vs. Slow Food and organic farming.  Insightful stuff, with good ideas, and very impressive to me considering he's my daughter's age.  He's inspiring.

That evening, I had the kids watch.  My daughter was hooked from the first words.  The boys, not so much, but if they push for sparkly cereal just a little less, it'll be time well spent.  I'd love, too, for her to get ideas about how kids her age can help change the world.  A mum can dream, right?

Here's the video:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Two-Year-Old Attacked By Flying Monster

Dad sleeps through the whole thing.

(This story came to my mind again recently as I wrote about Animal Speak, and finding your totems, and I thought I'd share it here.)

It's pretty hot here, tonight.  Lacking other cooling, at the moment, I have the door cracked, but chained, slightly blocked open.  The chain is to keep the (almost) two-year-old from escaping, not because I fear the neighborhood.

A slight breeze blows in.  For background music we have the screaming and laughter of the kids playing across the street.  Ah, life in a small town.

My lifepartner had a dayshift today, after years of almost exclusively swing.  We're nightowls, perfect people for swing or graveyard, having to be alive in daylight is tough.  He fell asleep soon after getting off work.

So the children and I were basically alone when the attack happened.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Juicing and the Beautiful Truth

The kids were all off playing or sleeping and I set The Beautiful Truth on to watch a couple of evenings ago. I knew it had to do with Dr. Gerson's method but I'd forgotten much else, kept it in the Netflix streaming queue for a while, as I often have to do, waiting for a good time when the kids are busy, (not sure of what might pop up in the content and it's never easy to hear over them).

There were some haunting images, too raw for their age. After a while, after those passed, my daughter wandered in to watch, lured by the story of this homeschooled boy who went on an adventure to learn about our food supply, and eating healthier. She's eight and all about the healthy (until sweets show up). ~.- I was impressed with the dad's method, that was the ultimate field trip, and there's much to be said for letting them discover their own answers. I aspire to it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lovely YouTube, & Nim's Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of Nim's Island was a quick read. We talked about chasms and kittiwakes and how we can use words we know to help decode words we don't.

The kids are coming down with something again, so we kept it a lazy, easy day, watched videos about how cyclones work and others about frigate birds, and sea lions, and then wandered off into the ZooTVs of various zoos, with their little snapshots of animals exotic. It's amazing how many zoos have their own channels, and how very much else of educational use can be found there.

Later she wrote a story (with pictures for words she didn't know how to spell) and then made up a game.

Fun stuff. These are the moments I wouldn't trade for anything.

Surfing Sea Lions:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Starting Nim's Island Literature Unit

Nim's Island arrived today.  I've really been looking forward to reading this to the kids, and we started on it tonight.  My sporty little princess is very impressed with the independent, capable Nim and her creature friends.  And it's just too perfect that Nim is unschooled / homeschooled, too.

We used the suggestions from Laura O'Neill's Nim's Island Unit Study after reading Chapter 1, and it went great.  Short, quick, right on target.  Perfect because my three boys were participating, too, with their varying attention spans.

You find links to the free online resources I've collected to use as we read this book here: Nim's Island Unit Study, Lesson Plans, and Activities.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Getting Started

I'm hoping to host my literature based study unit resources and ideas here, perhaps show some pictures of what we create as we go along, and talk about our process.  The kids are 3 mos, nearly 3 years, four, and eight.  We homeschooled our daughter from the start.

I have Nim's Island coming in next week (Nim's Island free resource list here) and we plan to start it after we wrap up The Adventures of Paddy Beaver.  I'm inspired by what we found for Nim's Island and can't wait to get started, much as we love the Thornton Burgess world.  In truth, I just love books, and following this method in teaching the kids is pure bliss.