Sunday, September 19, 2010

A peek into our week..

(Sometimes I want to box mano a mano with technology.  As much as it blows my mind away daily... I just erased a whole bunch of blog entries including this one I am re-posting, with just a push of a button on my phone and funny how it cannot be undone.... aughhhh time wastage.  So here I am posting this one again. Sorry if you have already read it! )

So this is just a small peek into the second week of our homeschooling journey.  This week finds us trying to find the rhythm of our days and trying to see where it leads us.  Honeypie has chosen the topics that she is interested in learning about and investigating and so far they include things like our solar system, volcanoes, ponies, unicorns, bugs that scare her and spanish.  This is all new to us but not really... a friend said to me once something that still resonates in my mind.  She said, "you are not "starting" homeschooling... you've been homeschooling her since she was born", and she is so right.  Honeypie and I have been involved in her world of curiosity and questioning, of reading and making art together, making the warmth of our home for now almost 6 years.  Its been a wonderful journey so far and this blog documents almost 2 years in the making.  When I tell people that we are homeschooling, some eyes roll but the majority are in awe.  How can you do that?  how do you do that?  aren't there laws about this? how do you find time for yourself? how do you know you are doing it right? ... on and on the questions.  That made me scared at first.  Made me doubt my decision, made me second guess myself.  I don't have a whole lotta answers BUT here we are and like most things I do in life ... i'm jumping right in.
Our challenges this week revolve around rhythm and routines.  What comes first, what comes next?  what is the goal of the day or week.  I would say we are operating at a 90% success, considering the major wads of lists I have been keeping and scratching things off as we go.   My main goal is keeping things fun, exciting and relaxed. Making things relevant to our everyday life.  Keeping a calm home life (and self) and being outdoors as much as we can, going to the library, to the park, museums and really soaking it all up.  
(I'm also sneaking in some gym and yoga for mama.)
We are keeping a creative writing journal, a nature journal, and a math journal and we are still making, baking, reading, seeing, loving what the day will bring.  I think that is plenty for this little kindergardener who also has choir, tap dance, ballet and swimming to add to her afternoons.  Busy, busy bee.  
We are looking forward to next week as we prepare for the autumn solstice and honeypie has lots of ideas on how to celebrate the beginning of fall.  So stay tuned.

Who is present today and ready to learn?

Looking at our week 

beginning Spanish lessons

Making a bracelet for a a dear friend who has moved far away

and a card too

Working on math with geometry tiles

Observing things in our discovery box using a magnifying glass

Enjoying the beautiful day and painting monarch butterflies that are still sipping nectar from our flowers

Reading... tons of reading

some new library picks

enjoying ballet class

and some foodie requests...
buckwheat crepes with nutella and bananas

Roasted veggie soup (aka. ITS JUST tomato soup!! ~_^ wink) 
eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato and red peppers with crispy onions

and her favorite lunch... cold sesame green tea soba noodles with dipping sauces!

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