Rach will be putting it up as part of her weekly series. She's such a sweet girl and lives in the fabulous Lone Star State, so please give her lots o' lovin', okey dokey?
But I should warn you, the following post is SUPREMELY ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE and you will wonder what everyone is talking about if you don't read it. Or possibly not. Either way, you're welcome!
My mind is spinning. There is just TOO MUCH information out there. So many great ideas. So much interesting stuff to read. So many smart parents with accomplished kids who are willing to give me the wonderful advice I so desperately need, but I am basically doing the brand-new-homeschooler-information equivalent of a keg stand, and that can be a lot to process. Not that I've ever done a keg stand...of course. I mean, I probably don't really even know what one is. Jeez, quit interrogating me. I was just there to pick up a friend! Gaw.
Because my counter tops and my brain are overflowing with information, we did what any clever girls would do: we baked a loaf of bread. And then we made a list. We brainstormed a huge list of interesting, enjoyable things that we can do together, and after meditating on the list I've decided that we are probably going to be doing some loony unit studies/ Charlotte Mason/ unschooling approach....if that even makes sense. And probably it doesn't. Remember the keg stand?
Here are some of the things we're most excited about finding a way to work into our (as yet non-existent) schedule:
-Artist of the Month-We'll choose a famous artist at the beginning of each month and spend that entire month learning about him or her during our art segment of the day or week. We'll cover the time period in which the bulk of their work (history), the city and country in which they were born and lived (geography), and of course we'll study their most famous pieces (art). Each child will have an art journal where they'll take notes about what they observe as common threads through every item of that particular artist, culminating in a painting or drawing that they do themselves in the style of that artist.
-Saint of the Day-
Almost every day on the calendar is set aside by the Church to honor and celebrate the life of one of our beloved saints. We are blessed to own a box of large saint cards that was given to me years ago before this whole adventure was even a twinkle behind an inkling of a shadow of an idea, and we have spent the afternoon sorting them by feast date.
During the school year we'll take time to research the life of each saint on his or her feast day, reading about their faith journey (religion), the time period in which they lived (history), and the country in which they were born (geography). We'll find out what music was being composed during their time and try and listen to a sample of it (music). If they are the patron saint of something pertinent to our schooling day, we'll do a project to celebrate their gift to the world (eg. the patron saint of science might inspire us to do a new elaborate experiment or the patron saint of cooking might inspire us to plan a special dinner making something we've never prepared before).
-Personal Blogs-Well, yeah...duh! I mean, what else can I really teach them? Besides that freaky shoulder trick and my ability to walk straight into stationary objects when fully awake, I have no real skills or talents. The idea is to allow each of them to create her own private by invitation only blog so that she can share her projects and writing with family and friends in other states. If one of them does a painting or a sculpture that she'd like grandma to see, we can photograph it and put it up on her blog. If she writes a story that she is particularly proud of, she can transcribe or copy/paste it (depending on the original media used) to the blog to share with her loved ones.
Doing this will allow both of the girls to practice their typing skills, become more comfortable navigating standard programs and applications, and share their work with others. Eventually I hope they'll learn to edit html and do slightly more complex procedures so that they become comfortably computer savvy and possibly learn to take and edit good photographs as well.
-Miscellaneous Other Items-
Because the list is new and we don't start "school" for over a month still (yee haw!), our planning is still in the very beginning stages, but here are some other things we'd like to work in:
- once weekly prepared informational speeches (ie. they plan and write a speech and then deliver it to the family)
- critical thinking puzzles
- piano (we'll plan a recital and they can design the programs, etc.)
- nature walks (with journals)
Oh, and while we're on the topic of ideas, please feel free to inundate me with yours. I mean, once you're drowning, you can't drown more, right? Good. That means yes, inundate away! And if you were going into 4th or 5th grade, what would you like to do more of and learn about? Maybe your idea will make it onto our super duper master list of brainstorming ideas. Which I like to call the SDMLBI, of course.
|Speaking of sewing, here's your gratuitous shot of the baby insisting upon sitting in my lap while I sew|