Monday, 14 February 2011

Homeschool generosity

For me, homeschooling was quite a lonely path initially, but over time I have been blessed with kind friends whom I may never have met in those few minutes at the school gate twice a day.  Yahoo groups have become my once or twice daily contact with other adults with similar outlooks on education to me - much like those school gate encounters I guess - and that is where I have found many of these friends, some of whom I meet up with regularly.
One friend recently moved to the UK from Germany with her son and English husband and before we had even met in person very kindly asked if there was anything she could bring back for me on her next trip to Germany. Much to my surprise there was something! We had recently taken a look at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart using My First Classical Music Book and it mentioned Mozart Kugeln, so I asked my friend to bring some back for us, and here they are, and very delicious they were too! Thank you!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Friday? Tuesday? Who cares? We homeschool!

Normally Nature Study (going out and observing and then drawing something and checking what it is etc) is on a Friday for us, but as we are walking every day with the dog we take opportunities as they come for observation, awe and wonder.  Today was a Tuesday but was such a warm and gloriously brilliant day that we made the most of that fantastic quality of homeschooling - flexibility!
We've had some high winds here since Friday so the poor puppy has had some fairly miserable and short walks across the recreation ground (so we didn't get hit by falling branches in the woods) but today we were back in the woods.  We tried to spot fresh branches that had fallen over the last few days - this is hard for us as we do not have the tracking gene in our family (!), but we spotted these fallen twigs with buds:

I don't know how long they had been on the ground so whether they will grow at all is anyone's guess! We also saw snowdrops and croci in the churchyard and grass shoots and maybe bluebell shoots (I haven't seen the wood in the spring so am not sure if it has bluebells yet!) coming up through the blanket of dead brown leaf which still covers the floor of the wood. The girls were so thrilled at these signs of spring that they needed no encouragement to draw the pictures below when we got back.  While they were drawing I printed off the signs of spring check sheets from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website which is a real favourite of mine.


Monday, 7 February 2011

Homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit

Homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit by Terri Maxwell has been on my reading list for at least half a year and I have recently finished it.  Wow, what a book!  The title alone is piercingly challenging for someone like me! 
I ordered it from Rainbow Books and also ordered the study guide to go with it - so glad I did!  God willing I will be re-reading this book in the not too distant future, and repeatedly after that I expect!  It's an absolute mine of advice and wisdom from someone who has 'been there, done that' and is refreshingly honest about her failings as well as successes.
There is also lots of brilliant scripture (especially in the study guide) which I will be using for memory verses both for myself and the girls (they are blessed to be much better than me at memory verses!).

Thursday, 3 February 2011

If you go down to the woods today ...

you're sure of a big surprise ... because if you look carefully you will find graphemes/letters! 
Something we have been meaning to do for quite some time is photograph the graphemes/letters the girls spot on our dog walks.  The delay came because I realised I was going to struggle to control a crazy puppy on a 10 metre lead and help the girls with cameras, letter spotting and not falling into streams, but the Lord gave me an opportunity this week when dh had a day off work in lieu of doing a first aid course in his own time and I could therefore have an extra pair of hands on the dog walk!
I wonder if you can see the graphemes/letterswe saw!