January 7, 2012

Homeschool Days 1/7/12

Been a while since I've talked about our days.  This might look like a fine start to a New Year's resolution, but I'm not thinking about it in that way.  I always want to keep a record of the things we are doing; it IS required by law after all.  I'd just fallen out of the habit and now I hope to fall back into it.

I think I can honestly say we are unschooling now.  I might have felt a twinge of guilt before with that claim, but we've gone a good amount of time now with complete child-led learning.  Each of the kids has something they are really focused on right now and we do a little of that each day together.  Dimples is very interested in cooking and usually helps me with at least one meal.  She is especially fond of baking.  Funny Girl still loves to write.  She often asks me to help her spell out words for her stories and poems.  Robotson is mixing, remixing, mashing, and composing as usual.  He's working on a little online presence on YouTube.  It's exciting and scary all at once.

Lately we've jumped back into nightly reading as well as me sitting with the kids one-on-one with a book.  I want to get us back to the book club meetings so the girls can get a chance to talk about their books.  Right now Robotson and I are reading Little Town on the Prairie.  Funny Girl is interested in poetry so we are choosing selections from Classic Poetry:  An Illustrated Collection.  Dimples was struck by the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. so we read a few about him together:  Happy Birthday Martin Luther KingI've Seen the Promised Land:  The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa.  Rosa is not about MLK, in particular, but Rosa Parks is mentioned in both of the other books so she understood the relevance.  We are attending a trip to the MLK Center next week as well.

A few other titles we read this week are:

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Prince Brat pulls all kinds of stunts while his whipping boy takes the heat.   When the prince decides to run away, taking the whipping boy with him, he learns a few things about friendship and loyalty.

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
This is mostly an opposite book, but it's a little more fun and interesting for an early reader.

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
Lots of little things to look at in the pages of this book as you get a first-hand description of a roller coaster ride.

The Legend of the Lady Slipper by Lise Lunge-Larsen and Margi Preus
A young girl makes a dangerous journey to get medicine for her village.  On the way back her moccasins are lost and her feet are injured so she leaves bloody footprints in the snow.  When they go out to find her moccasins later they find a new flower, the lady slipper orchid, where her footprints had been.  The story is similar to Brave Irene.

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Funny Girl says there is a t.v. show based on this book about Harry who finds a box of dinosaurs in the attic.  He cleans them up and carries them around in a bucket everywhere he goes.  It's a cool book for learning dinosaur names.

The kids are bombarding me with books right now.  I guess they were missing our reading time.  We've got a lot of good reading coming up in the next several weeks.

There is a lot more stuff going on, but it will have to wait because I want to get some reading in for myself.

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