Tuesday, May 01, 2007

4 Comments, 4 Opinions

LOL, I love that. Thank you all for telling me

  1. You feel the same way.
  2. You feel exactly the opposite.
  3. You feel that I'm wrong and I need to crack down.
  4. You feel that I'm wrong and need to lighten up.

ROFL! You guys are the best and you are all right. Homeschooling is truly what I make of it. Bad days don't need to be an ordeal. Thankfully I did realize that and let it go after the first torturous hour yesterday. Today, I just let it go right away. ;) It was laundry day and I just plain didn't feel like doing school too. If Cameron would have brought it up, I would've been all over it, but he didn't. He was content to play LEGOs, add some more to the space oddity out back, and play backgammon all day. So that would be math, art, science, and logic. Works for me.

I also remembered that even if I followed the Well-Trained Mind to the letter, we are way ahead. You're not really supposed to be doing any seatwork at all in Kindergarten. Duh. Why do I keep forgetting that? School on our terms. Live. Love. Learn. No need to keep up with the Jones. No need to keep up with the Wise-Bauer's either. ;)

Tomorrow is field trip day so we'll be gone pretty much all day. Maybe we'll do some research before we leave, so it feels more "schooly" to me. We will definitely listen to classical music on the way there. (BTW, those Themes to Remember cds are not as bad as I first thought. They've kind of grown on us.) It's a hiking trip at a national park so that will be science and physical education and history. I think we're covered for tomorrow.

Cheers. :)


G said...

That's exactly it... school on your own terms... after all, that's what homeschooling is for, right?

Our science today consisted of the kids finding a worm and then building a habitat for it in a bucket.

Pixilated Mum said...

Hm, which one was I? Was there an option:

1. I totally have days like that, so I feel for you, sister.



naturalmom said...

Oh dear, I didn't mean to imply that you were *wrong*! (Though I will 'fess up to being supportive of lightening up, lol!) Rather than right and wrong it *is* about homeschooling on your own terms, just like you said. I think only the most die-hard unschooler has avoided days like you describe, and I'm sure they have other frustrations that plague them.

I too love the idea of a classical education. We are following the model pretty loosely, but the framework is there. Can you blend elements of classical and unschooling? TWTM seems to view them as polar opposites, but I don't buy that. You're doing great. Just blow off the other day and chalk it up as a learning experience!


Jenny said...

LOL, no need to get defensive Maria & Stephanie. ;) Isn't there a literary term for oversimplifying something in order to make a point? That's what I was doing.

I thrive on hearing/finding differing opinions. It makes me think. And that is what I'm doing on my blog... thinking out loud. I'm not really as neurotic as I appear, lol. Or am I? Hmmmm...

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

I'm late chiming in here, but I think flexibility is the key. Bad days happen and I try to just let them go. We can drop the subject for a couple days or switch methods and that seems to help. But I also think there are things in life that need to be done whether we want to or not... so if taking a break or switching methods don't work, we just gotta plow through. ;)