Last night was the Homeschool Mom's Night Out and I met up with my friend who also homeschools. First of all, until last year when we moved here, I had never had a friend who homeschools. That alone is one of the best things in the world to me. So, we're there, we have some yummy food, hear words of advice from some great ladies, and watch a video of the keynote speaker at least year's NCHE conference. And I knew what was going to happen at the end of the night...and I was right. I came home renewed, refreshed, and ready to get to work.
I also have decided definitively that I'm going to this year's NCHE conference. In fact, I'd like for the five of us to go. Even if we don't all go to the conference, but I hope that my husband will join me for a few seminars. :) My mom is supposed to be visiting the weekend before so Adam and I can go celebrate our anniversary (10 years!!), so in a perfect world, she'd be able to stay for two weekends in a row. We'll see...
Anyway...I've been wanting to change things in our homeschool for awhile, I just lacked the commitment to do so. I'm hoping now, I can figure out how I want things to be, what I want to do, and do it. I owe it to my sons, my absolutely amazing sons, to do the best I can by them. So what's going to change??
To start with, we will not be changing our core curriculum, Time4Learning. I love it and I don't want to use something different. This is the first time in six years of homeschooling that I've stuck with the same curriculum for so long and that says something to me. It says that it works. So I'm not leaving it when it's been a saving grace for us!
What I am doing is being more purposeful in what we do in addition to Time4Learning. Adisson has some pretty big Cub Scout projects that we are going to incorporate into our school day. He's working on his STEM/NOVA project and that will take some time. We're also going to use some unit studies in addition to our regular day. We're starting one next week, and I know it will be a HUGE hit...because it's all about Legos! We've always enjoyed lapbooks and I don't know why I thought it had to be one or the other (online learning or lapbooks) because uh, hello....this is *our* school and it can be whatever we want it to be!! I was super excited to find two different Lego lapbooks, one for my bigger kid and one for my Kindergartener!
The boys also love two other things...art and science. So why don't we do art projects and more science experiments? Because I'm too busy. I'm too busy keeping up with the house, working on other projects, etc. Well, not anymore. That's what they love most, so it only makes sense to do it, often!
I'm just excited. Because I know I can be a super rad homeschool mom, I just need to give myself permission to do it. And now I have.