April 8, 2010

Secular Thursday: Homeschool Days 4/8/10

"Tell me, I may listen. Teach me, I may remember. Involve me, I will do it."
 – Chinese Proverb

I have a pretty big homeschooling announcement.  I recently asked Robotson if he would be interested in a more structured, planned out type of system, and he said he was willing to give it a try.  I mentioned the possibility of curriculum, but we both agreed that spending money first wasn't the best idea.  So instead, we are going to come up with some study units, of our own design, to work on for the next few months.  We'll be working together on it for the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, we'll probably do what we've been doing (or really what we've NOT been doing.)  He's had a bit of an attitude lately so I've just been catching up on housework.  Then he gets upset when there are no privileges.  Gotta learn the hard way I guess.

I am also proud to announce that I fulfilled my commitment to myself, and kept up with the exercising for the last few weeks.  Sometimes I did gardening or yardwork, sometimes extra housework or the Wii Fit Plus.   I was going to join the Y on Tuesday, but it wasn't such a great day.  I thought about it a little more and I decided to wait another week or so.  I can register for swimming lessons in a couple of weeks and I'll probably just do it then.  The kids really want to go swimming, but the pool isn't even open yet.  No sense spending the money just yet.  Plus, I spent all of our extra cash on rocks and mulch.  I'll just keep up my free routine here until we can all go and enjoy it.

Conflict Resolutions

I don't always write about the changes we resolve in conflict resolution.  I keep a notebook where I track each conversation so we can see how our decisions progress over time.  Sometimes what we come up with borders on ridiculous, but it's worth giving a try for a few weeks just to see how it goes.  That's where we were with Robotson's bedtimes.  He was staying up until midnight several times a week.  Well we tried it, but it didn't work.  The good part is that it wasn't working for any of us.  B and I never had any time to ourselves, and Robotson was crabby most days.  Plus, he was sleeping in way too late.  So we sat down and tried again.  He is now going to bed at 9:45 every night.  This resolution was a little different because B was part of the discussion.  We also talked about Robotson taking a more proactive role in getting to bed himself.  The nighttime part has been a little bumpy so far, but he's been going to sleep sooner and it's had a noticeable affect on his daytime behavior.  I wonder what it will be like to have all the kids in bed before 10pm?


Robotson hasn't read any more of A Wrinkle in Time.  I'm quite irritated about it.  We have also not finished The Lightning Thief.  Grrrr.  We will be finishing both of them next week.  I'm done messing around.

If You Give a Moose a MuffinThe girls are back in their room at night (thank you warm temperatures!)  So that means we are back to reading and Storynory.  B and I haven't had our room to ourselves in over nine years.  Very much looking forward to sleeping in the middle of my own bed for a change.  I've taken Everyday Blessings down to their room.   When I start to feel irritated while waiting for them to fall asleep; I'll read about mindful parenting.

Since the girls always pick their favorite books to read at night, I have been adding one new story each evening.  So while they stick with Mars Needs Moms and How To Be a Princess, I picked The Three Pigs and If You Give a Moose a Muffin.  We'd never read any of the Laura Numeroff books before.  It was cute, but I could see it becoming an annoying read after a while.  The girls didn't offer up any opinions either way.

The Three Pigs was unique though.  The story of the three little pigs has been told for generations, but no one ever asks the pigs how they feel about it.  This time they interrupt the story to go check out some other books after the wolf blows them right off of their pages.  I enjoyed the deviation, but I think it was over the girls' heads.

That's about all the school-type stuff we did last week.  Robotson slept over at a friend's house last Friday.  I was so proud to hear that he and his friend did a conflict resolution all on their own!  They were playing with the Wii and taking turns battling against the computer.  As time went on, it was harder to take turns and they started to get upset.  My friend suggested they do two player and battle each other instead.  They gave that a try, but then someone had to lose and they didn't like that at all.  So they decided they would rather take turns and play the computer and went back to doing that with no more issues.   When he got home Saturday, I was doing some spring cleaning and it was one of those days where doing sit down work seemed impossible.

I already wrote about our Easter fun on Sunday.  Monday was when we were getting our new shrubs.  The same friend that Robotson spent the night with on Friday, and that we had a great time with at the AIR picnic on Sunday, broke his arm after the picnic.  So we kept his little sister Monday afternoon while he got a cool red cast.  I was hoping to get caught up on Tuesday by skipping the playdate, but attitudes reigned supreme.  That's when we decided bedtimes needed to be adjusted.  During our days off this week, I've been thinking about what our schoolwork might consist of in the coming months, and putting some ideas down on paper.  This weekend, after reading, Robotson and I will sit down and hash out some ideas together.

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  1. Good luck with your new plans. We like Laura Numeroff's books here, but I am curious on How To Be a Princess - the title sounds intriguing.

  2. It's nice to take a look at new ideas and try different styles out, isn't it? We roll between methods every couple of years, as the need arises. I've noticed that as PL ages, he wants and needs different things as far as education goes - and so do I!

    Best wishes on this new path.

  3. RaHC- I really like How To Be a Princess. It has all the rules of etiquette and social graces, as well as the fun stuff like tests for picking a prince and how many petticoats you need :) We read a couple of pages a night because it's really a guide and not good for keeping the attention of a fidgety 2yo.

    Obi-Mom- Thanks for commenting! I think being able to change is one of the best parts of homeschooling. It's exciting to try new things!