For the first time in ten years of blogging…instalanche!
(Thanks, Glenn..who teaches at my alma mater, the University of Tennessee…)
A comment on the linked post wondered about the actual, er, education that is happening in this hive of Home Education.
Here’s where we are right now:
The players: J, who is 12 and M, who is 8 (9 in November).
Both are engaged, interested learners who were in traditional Catholic schools until last year. No learning disabilities or behavior issues.
Other player: Me. 53, single parent – a widow – my husband died in 2009, of a heart attack. I have been a classroom teacher myself – taught religion in Catholic high schools – and I have a BA in History from UT and an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt
In essence: some constants and “curriculum” type things: Math and Latin, mostly.
Almost everything else is centered on the teachable moment. It’s that INFP personality, writ strong, victimizing innocent children in the process.
So, a couple of weeks ago, we spent the weekend in Charleston. We spent the week leading up to that trip studying the history of South Carolina and the beginnings of the Civil War.
The week after, we answered some questions the trip had raised – read more about South Carolina and the American Revolution, for example – and their writing work all centered on the trip. They brainstormed and outlined one day, wrote a draft of some paragraphs the next, edited, and then wrote a final draft, and the older one both hand-wrote and typed his.
What did they write? I told them it could be anything as long as it included some factual material from the trip. And somehow, in one piece of writing, the USS Yorktown ended up attacking Fort Sumter. Go figure.
No aliens, though.
This week , our Huntsville trips started – once a week, we’ll be in Huntsville, where they will be taking some science-oriented homeschool classes and J will be in a First Lego League team. During his team time, M and I will go to local museums – mostly the Rocket Center, I imagine. So this week has involved studying and watching material about the history of space exploration.
You have questions about how a computer works? Well, yes, it’s 10pm, but we’ll take a minute and look up stuff about that, because, well, who knows? The binary system was discussed and a program we watched last spring - The Story of One - was remembered.
And so on….
So this morning, after I get off this computer?
*J will review the Bill of Rights material he’s been studying this week.
*J will review the names of the books of the New Testament, and some other vocab.
*A Visual Latin lesson.
*At various points, I will hear all about last night’s Broncos game and what’s going on in Harry Potter 4.
*Our latest stash of magazines from Cricket came this week, so there will be time for each of them to read a couple of articles from those magazines and narrate the material back to the rest of us.
*Friday Free Write (Brave Writer)
*Random Questions about Who Knows What.
Next week is heavy with classes: Classes on circuits and machines up in Huntsville, a Lego League meeting up in Huntsville, Zoo class on Biomes, Birmingham science museum class on cell theory….a scout merit badge workshop on something or other, can’t remember… week after that, J has a scout retreat/campout at a monastery north of here….
And so on….with hopefully a trip to either the Birmingham or Huntsville art museum tossed in.
No major out of town trips this month except to Atlanta – in a couple of weeks, we’ll go for an overnight, see Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Tavern, take in The Girl With the Pearl Earring at the High - all of which we’ll prepared for through various points of study (especially the Shakespeare).
Education! All! The! Freaking! Time!