Last night while shopping, Missy told me she she wants to go back to public school. This pained me, but I didn’t want to discredit her feelings or opinion. I always want what is best for my children, however, I know that I am in a battle for their souls; I must proceed with caution. I told her we would pray about it and talk it over the next day.
Today after my doctor’s appointment, I sat the kids down to find out just what they wanted. At first they answered, “I don’t know.” When they realized that I was serious and wanted to know what they thought, then the discussion began. It’s amazing how honest they were about what bugs them when given a safe environment.
The conclusion is that they need and want more structure. Ok, that I can do. They need to be able to predict what is going to happen. Silly creatures, they love routines. Tough for a momma who does not, but I can do it for my babies!
They want MORE hands-on activities, (especially science), reading and math; less writing and grammar. All three LOVE it when I read aloud (even the 13 year old!). They love being able to read what they want and write what they want. They enjoy being able to study things that they find fascinating. They like their math curriculum (SCORE 1 for mom!). Simple enough! I’m doing good.
Next critique was that mom is too easy manipulated. OUCH! They want specific rules and want them enforced. The girls hate it when the Boy is just allowed to get up an leave, usually to get food, without asking. Manners are a must.
Most importantly, all three children want interaction with other kids. It’s been difficult while mom has been sick. The reason given for returning to public school was missing interaction with friends. We agreed to find a homeschool co-op or support group in our area.
We made a plan for a daily schedule, decided upon some fun activities and planned for finding a local group of homeschoolers. We have a pet hamster now. Free-time is clarified. The last thing we did was create rules for our “classroom” or learning environment. I am excited to see how the changes make a difference.
We have been studying ancient history beginning with Creation. Before I became sick, we had been reading Genesis. We had read the biblical account of Noah’s flood as well as some picture book stories. I found this model online and thought it would be a really fun project. Boy, was I ever wrong!
First of all, there are a billion (not really but seems like it) little cage pieces that have to be clued to the deck of the ship. Then the glue gets everywhere and I can’t get the little pieces from my fingers. It took me a half hour to finish the first section above. As you can tell, it’s not straight. I think I’ll work on this a little bit at a time over the next few weeks. I’m beginning to question whether we will be doing the replica of the Temple or not!
One fun thing about giving the kids a sense of control about their learning is that they choose fun activities for free-time. The Boy is busy reading the Percy Jackson series. He hasn’t quit reading since we picked up the books! The girls found this human body interactive flip-chart and began to play with it. We have begun our biology study for science (using Christian Kids Explore Biology) and this has spurred the girls to activities around biology. Of course, I think these 2 little creatures are helping…
It’s Cookies & Milk!
On the home front, my doctor says the stone has passed. I am feeling better. I hope to never repeat that again. Thank you to all those who said a prayer for me. I believe that God dissolved the stone as I never saw it pass through!
Enjoy your week!