My daughter, who is in grade 2, has to learn earth, air and soil this year as part of her science. Since the fall I have had her become more aware of clouds, wind, rain and the snow by taking photo’s and asking her lots of questions.
I also had her build a terrarium and monitor it.
First we took a very quick (3 hours) shopping trip to the garden center with a budget of $20.00 (we end up spending about $50.00) with the plan of getting just a few plants (we got 13 including a venus fly trap).
Home learning is really fun but at times gets a little difficult.
This week I used the big threat.
No, the big threat.
It’s actually bigger than that, I used
Are you like me?
Do you buy a ton of books for your children too?
I buy my children books all the time. They finish the book in a day and then it just sits there on the shelf itself becoming a book end.
So this past week was the first week of back to partial home learning. We woke up late on Tuesday and then again on Thursday which are the days the kids go to their actual school. I dragged my butt the each of those mornings which made for a doing nothing day but not meaning to. (there is still piles of clean laundry on my couch and scraps of paper in every corner and the kids room floor is made up of pet shops and halo figures) Normally when the kids actually go to school I do some errands and/or cleaning and calling of friends and what not. It totally was not my intention to stay curled up with my favorite blanket and watch the Dusk channel all day.
I had bad dreams last night.
Report Card Demon
Meet my report card demon.
His name is ‘donotwanttothinkaboutit’. It means ‘bad thing’ in some obscure hidden mountain dialect that was passed down to me by my mother.
On Thursday, December 16TH I, a home learning mom, woke up with the piercing knowledge of what that day is. I pulled and dragged myself out of the safety of my blankets and tiptoed out of my room. Out. A very unfriendly word to me that day because I knew that there will me another ‘out’. An ‘out’ that will actually be ‘out’ in the elements. In the world. To be seen. To hear. To see. To hear. And most frightfully….to read.
When I say the ‘mm’ in ‘math’ my 10 year old begins his frown and by the time I hit the ‘th’ his head is low and his his lip is pouting so much it’s practically touching his neck. He hates math. Although very good at it. So good that if I was not the one who gave birth to him, I would wonder if he was mine at all.
I sucked at math. I still suck at it even with the calculator. I also do not trust my math and redo every question 3 times just to make sure that I get the same answer every time. But my son is not this way. He always gets it right every time. He is simply one of those people who understands the simple logic of math. None the less he hates it.
Who am I kidding, on the threat of snow I become a shut in.
Last Thursday, I woke up to a blanket of snow covering every piece of ground God gave us. That day my grade 5er and I were going to go on a field trip to the Orchestra. An exertion he was not looking forward to already. He has gone in years past and we can always go again in the spring, but he would have to go with his sister then. I scanned the sky looking for hope that it may let up so we can go. The sky resembled the ground, pure white except with little twinkles dancing around it.
when we home learn our children?
My children are enrolled in a school with a home learners program that has an optional 2 day a week program. With that they get the same notices as all the kids at the school, including the Pro D notices. My children see and read these notices before I get a glimpse at them. With a ‘YAY Pro D Friday’ they dance around crazy. The thing is they do not go to the school in Fridays; they go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
My son took that pic, he nearly drowned while doing so.
HAH! Just kidding. This photo was taken at the Capalano Fish Hatchery where they have large glass windows to view of salmon going upstream to lay their eggs. A truly amazing sight. When we took our kids there, my husband while reading something or rather on the wall fell behind us. When he caught up he was met with me going ‘OMG OMG you gotta take a look at this!’ and running back and forth from him to the windows. I have to say, watching fish jump upstream takes all adult out of us. My children were running back and forth from each window trying to fallow a the fish up. We must of spent a half an hour watching these salmon jump. I am so glad we went during a weekday when the place well mostly empty. We were able to explore each very cool part taking our sweet time at each place.
Never mind the ‘Big One’ that I have been preparing for since I was a child. Never mind hurricane force November winds. Never mind a pipe bursting in my unit before Christmas (never happened yet). These disasters can’t hold a candle to a renovation while home schooling my children. Imagine dust, nails on the windowsill, brooms lying in wait across the floor and music blaring throughout the barren rooms, now try teaching math in the middle of all of this.
I was told by my neighbour that I could use our community hall to teach the kids while we do the renovations, I said ‘oh it really shouldn’t a problem’. Doh! Was I ever naive! Or stupid! Whichever you prefer.