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Snowy Walks and School Time

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Today I had a morning appointment to get to.  When you’re homeschooling, sometimes that means taking the little ones with you.  In this case, I had Luca and Nika along for the walk.  I’d expected it to be cold out, but it really wasn’t all that bad.

img_20170109_112422_388Luca, of course, had a blast.  Luca loves snow, perhaps the only one in the family that truly does.  The whole way we had mittens “eating” snow.  It took twice as long to get home for that same reason.  Luca kept falling in the snow, getting covered in the process.  Then there was throwing big clumps of snow down to see if it would break.  Even La-La (yeah, Luca still has that baby after all this time) got to come along for the ride, and quite snow covered in the process.  It was quite a lot of fun, though an admittedly exhausting trip.

img_20161228_124959_215When we got home it was time for some school.  We did some work with letters (and I have to confess, the picture I’m using here is a couple weeks old).  The workbook we’re using now does three letters at a time, then goes on to do some sight words.  So far we’ve covered “the” “to” “do” “if” “I” and “you”.  I left off the commas there because they just didn’t look right no matter what I did, so apologies for bad grammar.  This led to a nap, because playing in the snow and doing school work is definitely exhausting.

As if doing workbooks wasn’t enough, Luca woke up to do more Time 4 Learning lessons.  I used to do that curriculum with Corde when she was younger, but I stopped when her dad stopped paying for it.  Now I’m going to be starting all of the kids on it for homeschooling, as well as Starfall for Luca and Sander.  The kids really seem to enjoy it, so it works for us.  It seems pretty basic, so I may have to add other things in, but we’ll see when we get more into it for the kids in higher grades.  I’ve only worked through the Kindergarten level.

This has me thinking a lot about what we’re going to do for homeschooling.  Of course, we’re going to have all the major subjects.  I’m open to a lot of history and cultural stuff for social studies.  Let’s not forget about all the good stuff they can learn through the documentaries they love so much.  For language arts I plan on encouraging lots of reading, and to meet the requirements of keeping a school portfolio, we’re going to be doing one finished piece of writing each week and a couple major papers for the portfolio over the year.  Science can be done easily enough with looking up science experiments or picking up kits to work with.  That really leaves math, which I think might best be tackled through a curriculum in order for the kids to learn what the state requires them to know.

With one week left before my set day to withdraw Beekee and Sander, I’m starting to feel a little nervous about this whole thing.  I’ve really picked up on homeschooling one at home, but three?  And it’s not terribly much longer before that three becomes four.  It’s intimidating after spending so much time off.  What if they start fighting a lot more?  What if I can’t do it?  There’s so much to worry about.

Well, one way or another we’ll get through this.  The counter is ticking down.  On Thursday I intend to inform the schools we’re withdrawing the kids, that way they should be free to go by Monday, if all goes well.  Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!

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Author: Fox

With four kids in the house, who has time for much? Well, we're trying to make it work, trying to get as close to our unschooling roots as we can while state restrictions and family pressures try to stand in our way. Every day is a new adventure.

2 thoughts on “Snowy Walks and School Time

  1. Don’t forget that the kids will need time to deschool and figure out their routines too. Once you all find your rhythm, you’ll have fun with it. 😊

    • Deschooling will perhaps be my favorite part. I have a feeling there’s going to be LOTS of Minecraft and television watching, and I’m okay with that!

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