Sunday, July 21, 2013

His Love of Learning

Well, I have been hard at work the last several days.  As far as the home repairs go, we're still in limbo waiting on the insurance company to decide what the damage is going to cost us.  It's been nearly a month since the incident.  Hopefully, once the work starts happening, it is much quicker than waiting for the permission to get started!

I'm still hard at work on school planning.  In previous years, I didn't do enough to prepare in advance.  I've since learned the error of my ways.  The more prepared I can be now, the more I can hope they can accomplish day-to-day, week-to-week.  No, it's not just about checking the box and saying, "Yep, it's done now.  Let's forget this and move on."  It's about setting them up to know what they are going to be working on so we're not wasting time figuring out what's next.  That's my hope for the start of our school year.

With Adisson, I'd like to focus more on reading.  He used to LOVE to read.  He'd devour any book he could get his hands on.  Sadly, video games killed the desire to read.  Sure, he still reads some, but it's not the same.  I'm being very purposeful in my selection of books for him to read so hopefully they will pique his interest and he'll *want* to read.  I'd also like to use an online writing curriculum to help direct his writing.  He writes a lot about his "secret" club with his best friend.  Really, I don't mind if he wants to write about that, but if he's going to do that as a part of his school work, it needs to be done well.  As far as science and social studies go, he already loves those subjects so I hope we can continue that love with great projects and experiments.  And right now, I don't want to talk about math.  :)

Zander's focus this year will be on improving his reading skills.  He wasn't ready to read as early as his brother and that's ok with me.  When I pushed him to read, he would get frustrated and sad.  When I backed off and decided it will come to us as he's ready, he started doing much better.  He does really well with math and numbers, so we'll just continue practicing previously covered topics and introducing new ones.  His love of science, however, is still waiting to be discovered.  I hope that we can spend a lot of time this year exploring the universe to find what awesome science topics really excite him.  We've got a good start by investigating what's around us.  Here in our new neighborhood, we've "met" several new friends from big, fat toads to really pretty moths.

Jaxon's school work is really to let Jaxon know I didn't forget about him.  I have mixed emotions about homeschooling a 3 year old.  What I mean by that is, is it really homeschooling or am I just parenting?  He will have file folder games to play (with me or with my help), activities in literacy and math centers, busy bags, and occasionally, some online preschool games.  To me, however, that's just what you do when you have little kids.  No, I'm not saying every parent sets up a Math Center in a designated school room, but learning, playing, interacting, games...to me, those are just part of raising a kid.  I know, I know, that's not how everyone does it.  When I'm on facebook and I see yet another person ask what curriculum to buy for their 2 year old or 3 year old, I just want to yell...play with them, read to them, enjoy them!  It's not about worksheets or textbooks...it's about helping them find their love of learning.  Ok, mini-rant over.  I really do appreciate that people want what's best for their child, I totally get it, I just wish I could say to those brand-new homeschooling mom's "You're doing it right.  Reading to them, building a puzzle, playing with Legos....that's awesome and that's perfect.  It doesn't have to be about a workbook."  But again, my own personal belief.

Anyway, busy, busy, busy week in store.  The boys have physicals (which will mean shots for at least one of them), eye appointments, registration with youth services on post, and more that I'm sure I'm leaving out.  I feel like our time to be relaxed and easygoing are about to come to an end.  School, scouts, field trips, etc. are all running toward us at warp speed.  I wonder if I could work nap times into our school days....

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