Thursday, June 28, 2012

Learning at home

This is officially our 2nd day of school for the new school year.  Yes, I am planning on getting a jump start.

That is truly one of the things that I like about learning at home - that we determine what days we do school. Since my husband has Mondays off, we may not have school on every Monday.

I had found a free Unit Study on the 4th of July and we did that.  We sat together on our little loveseat in our cool basement (on this day that is supposed to be over 100 degrees) and read about the history of the start to our country.  We even got out the dictionary to look at words we weren't sure what they meant.  I also go to stop along the way to make sure both of my kids understood what we were reading.  I love that my little girl will stop me and point at a word on the page if she is unsure what it means.  I doubt she would have felt confident to do that in school.

I saw Jared get really frustrated that I had him reviewing simple math skills.  I was able to talk to him one on one and discuss with him why sometimes we have to do that.  It was good to see him calm down and then start to enjoy our learning day.

I found the website Currclick  - this website is great!  I have found some very cool unit studies and other educational type of things there and saving it on my hard drive.  Many things are free or are priced inexpensively.  

Our conversion of our basement of a full play area to a family room in one area, play room in another area, and a learning area in another area is going well.  We go in spurts with it.  But I like the direction that it is headed and feels comfortable.

Maybe some one can help.  I don't want to call it "school" because what we/I will do is so different from the traditional school setting that they are used to.  Any suggestions?


  1. Love to hear its going well. We did day 8 today and it is so much better than I thought it would be. I had the exact same issue with my son tearing up over math facts that I truly thought he did or should already know. Im not so afraid of having gaps in his homeschool education since I'm finding so many in his public school education.
    We still call it school. I'm just redefining what school is and can be through our new adventure.
    Hope you have many many more successful days and God gives you strength and grace to tough out the difficult ones :). I'll be praying for your family.
    We still need to meet up...but probably on a day that isn't hotter than the surface of the sun :)

  2. How about just calling it "Learning Time"?


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