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Simple tips to keep you really focused this year

Since executive function is the major goal for my students this year, it seems only right that I practice what I’m preaching.  I’m usually pretty good but I found a new tool to incorporate into MY year to help make it even better and be sure I don’t let something major fall off my radar…

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A year to focus on executive function

It’s the hot phrase these days, isn’t it?  “Executive function”.  What does that even MEAN, right?  Literally it means “all of the skills needed to execute tasks to meet goals in life”.  And guess what?  My BigGuy doesn’t have any.  Seriously…

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An eye-opening look at the finances of homeschooling

People always talk about how much it costs to homeschool.  To be honest, it costs about as much as you want it to and/or can afford for it to.  What you don’t pay in dollars you might pay in effort.  The internet and library make for an extraordinarily rich education for the parents willing to exert a few ounces of effort.


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The truth about deschooling that will blow your mind

It’s the word that no new homeschooler wants to hear: “deschooling”.  Sometimes confused with “unschooling” and regarded with the same disdain and disgust to the newly transitioning… but this little word can change the trajectory of your homeschool experience.  Continue reading The truth about deschooling that will blow your mind

Parenting level: Master

Today, my husband showed me how he used the Roku remote app on his iPhone to interrupt the kids playing Pandora with a video of him telling BigGuy to stop and go unload and reload the dishwasher–at which point he could have Pandora put back on.  Husbeau is new to Apple products & has had the phone MAYBE a month.

Parenting level: Master.

Mama is off to install the app on her phone…

The schedule is coming together…

So today, BigGuy went to his first Young Philosophers gathering and he really loved it.  And dude… I REALLY love that he loved it because THAT is what is going to make him THINK.  This week they read “Siddhartha and the Swan” and some other version of the same story.  Some of the questions included “What does it mean to be wise?” and then a list of challenges to their potential answers.  Holy moly–I’m thrilled.

Since the group meets 11:30am-1pm each Friday, last year the parents gathered on Friday afternoons to do local field trips since pretty much, the day is otherwise shot.  WOOT!  Love that!

I’m also really kind of looking forward to having this chunk of time available to take Girly to the library and just read with her.  ❤

I’m thinking that Fridays will go like this:

Mornings will start with usual routine of reading our “Character Building Day by Day”, getting dressed, eating, etc. and then BigGuy and I will discuss his review questions for Tapestry of Grace.  I think we’re breaking these up a bit over the course of the week so it’s not going to leave a ton to do on Friday.  I’m also going to go over and make sure all his other assigned work will be done.

Midday: Young Philosophers for BigGuy while Girly and I either explore nature or go to the library to read together and snuggle.

Afternoon: If there’s a field trip with the group–great.  If not, we’ll come home and do our weekly housecleaning since that will have to be done no matter what.

Evening: picking up our farm share.  We moved it to Fridays because Tuesdays were too insane.

I can’t lie that on one hand, I hate that this is the end of Papa’s vacation and I feel like it wasn’t a great one for him.  On the other hand, I’m really chomping at the bit to get into a routine already.  Especially since I feel like Girly is being “neglected” on the engagement front.

OH!  And I’m trying to dig out my Root’s & Shoots manual and PRAYING that it didn’t get thrown out (although I think it did).  😦  Doesn’t look like they produce a manual anymore.  (double 😦  )  I’d love Girly to be involved in something, but I’m not sure Girl Scouts is going to be “it”.   *sigh*

Day 1: A whole new world…?

Oy… the first day of each “new school year” (read: the day my kids can say they’re in the next “grade”) is usually a party.  They wake up to balloons and streamers and possibly some cool pencils and/or school-ish supplies.  We take a first-day-of-school type of picture.

This year, I kind of dreaded this day.  I felt like suddenly, we had to really SCHOOL our oldest.  On one hand, I felt like it was a LOT of work to school-at-home.  In fact, schooling-at-home is what a LOT of parents envision when they think of homeschooling; and they use this to determine that it’s not for them.  But we haven’t really done that and I didn’t really WANT to do that.  I’ve spent the last month really looking at how to feed his desire for higher level learning in greater quantity without it being a school-at-home situation.  I’m not sure I’ve fully “got it”, but I have the first 2-3 weeks figured out.

This was BoyChild’s firm desire.  I feel like: okay, so we just full-on hit it hard per his request and if he pushes back–we just stop!  We do our annual family vacation in 3 weeks and surely by then, we’ll either be on this train or off.  Given that this is pretty far-fetched from how we operate, I figured day one would be rough going.  Except that it wasn’t.  And the stuff I planned took more of our day than expected.  Still, no complaints.  *dumbstruck*

We are starting the year with a foundation in “worldview”.  I landed on a curriculum that is faith-based and although our family is Bible-based, Jesus-following and often identify as Christians, we are not Christians–we are Quakers.  So I felt strongly that we needed to have an understanding of how worldview affects some of the works we use.  To that end, we are spending this first week on “A Young Historian’s Introduction to Worldview“–a four-lesson curricula by Brimwood Press.  BoyChild is doing that and then we are going through the first few pages of Usborne’s “People of the World” followed by the first few pages of Usborne’s “Encyclopedia of World Religions” and “A Faith Like Mine” by Laura Buller.  I feel very strongly about my children understanding and experiencing multiple cultures and seeing commonalities among them–not just differences.  This is a really big deal to us.  My husband and I have also been looking for opportunities to travel more and even be places long term, but BigPuppy makes a lot of that hard to figure out.

Oh, and BoyChild decided he wanted to return to calculus…after putting it down 18 months ago.  He wanted to do it for a year and finally got to a level of math prerequisite to the program I found for kids… but then (after a few months) decided it was boring.  Honestly, he was right: the content was monotonous and dry.  And dude, he was a 3rd grader.  He didn’t need calc.  But he suddenly decided to tackle it again, so I spent a lot of the morning erasing pages of “Calculus Without Tears” so that he could start from the beginning all over again.  We’ll see how THAT goes.

I’m tired.  A friend is having a Usborne book party tonight and I’m almost afraid to go because truly–we’re totally broke and I don’t really NEED anything.  And I’m starved.  And my husband just pulled up from a doctor’s appointment.  Probably a good time to sign off…