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15
Jul
07

There Be Pirates

Georgie is interested in Pirates.  Daddy obliged…

My personal favorite…

15
Jul
07

Not a Fit

 

Yesterday we ended up missing the library… it closes at 4 p.m. on a Saturday – huh?  I really do live in a small town.  I haven’t had any new information to help me make any additional decisions.  Perhaps I’ll be able to go Monday.

I have come to an important conclusion about me.  As an adult certain styles of learning appeal to me.  This does not mean they’re best for Georgie.  Case in point, I love the Montessori principles.  I attended a public school that used the materials and applied the principles of Maria Montessori.  It was only after the school closed, due to low enrollment, that parents realized how fantastic our education had been there.  A very sad memory for me.  I hold a certain fondness for the materials I worked with during that time.

I believe I was using that personal experience and fond memory to sway me a bit.  But while I was at a playgroup this past Friday, a very good friend pointed out to me the reasons she didn’t like Montessori.  And Bingo – I realized they’re all the reasons I shouldn’t be using the Montessori principles for Georgie.  Some of the teaching materials will work and I’ll introduce some of them to him but overall it’s just not the right fit for him — the style is too strict too structured.  The more I look at different teaching styles the more I believe we’ll definitely be using an ecelectic approach and quite possibly move into unschooling.

13
Jul
07

Overwhelmed (Bad & Good)

I’m not sure what I want to do now.  Hahaha.  It’s amazing how one piece of information can lead to another piece of information and five hours later I’m even more undecided about Georgie’s curriculum.  I think we’ll be stopping by the library tomorrow to find out more.  I’ve also joined several different support groups through yahoo.com and I’m hoping that I will find the support I’ll be needing there as well.

Even so I have been pleasantly surprised by George, my husband.  The loudest protestor of homeschooling I’ve ever known.  I kept offering him more and more resources to look at over the past year and had decided that he was just not interested in hearing any other view.  He was one of those people that believed homeschooled children do not receive proper socialization skills.  Yes, one of those.  Now… well, now he’s all for homeschooling.  Friday night he told me that if homeschooling this Fall works out for us that he will back me up 100% to continue educating our son this way.  I nearly fainted.  Hahaha. 🙂

Research List (for the library):

  • Homeschooling Methods particularly Ecelectic and Unschooling
  • Kinetic Learning / Kinesthetic Learners
  • Preschool Activities
  • Playful Learning
  • Unit Studies
  • Preschool Curriculums
  • Early Education
  • Nature Studies
  • Creative Living
12
Jul
07

Homeschooling

We decided to start this Fall.  That way we’ll have a pretty good idea if it is right for our family.  I’m working on building a curriculum for Georgie that will allow for his kinetic learning style.  It is amazing what I’m finding online — lapbooks are awesome!  I also realized that almost all the books I picked-up during local thrifting this past year are on many recommended curriculums for language/art/math/science/social studies/health & safety units.  How did I catch that break?  Of course there are many books I’m still interested in procuring for him.

I’m hoping to have put the curriculum together before the end of July.  That way I can go over it with George and find out if there is anything he wants to include or exclude.  I’m excited!

10
Jul
07

Ohio Trip

Our trip down to Ohio was long… George’s flight was delayed last Tuesday and so he ended up laying over in Milwaukee.  So instead of leaving Michigan at 5 a.m. on Wednesday to get to Ohio we ended up leaving straight from the airport in Flint at 8:30 a.m.   We didn’t make it down to Columbus until almost 2 p.m. because I was so stressed that my body decided I needed an hour pit-stop in Vanlu, Ohio… NOT FUN.  At least there was a park and Georgie had a great time while I became acquainted with a teetering toilet.

When we did finally make it to our favorite family’s home we were just in time for a large home cooked lunch… then we hung around playing games with the kiddos until it was time to leave for the fireworks display at the local high-school in Dublin.  We had the best seats in the house!

George insisted on letting Georgie use a sparkler.  I’m not even going to get into how very pissed I was about it, so instead here is a photo of Georgie trying to blow out the sparkler while George helps him wave it around.  The whole time I had visions of him melting his face off with it.  I guess this is partly because of experiences I’ve had with them in my past and horror stories in the news about them.  Either way it was very hard for me to not argue about it in front of our favorite family.  Instead I chose to let it go and hoped that my husband’s restraining hand would keep Georgie from getting hurt.  Can you tell I hate sparklers?

The following day we ended up taking the kids to a splash-pad/park in Powell after a terrific home cooked breakfast.  It was so much fun.  Georgie really loved it… he’s into water big time.

The trip was rushed and very short but it was all worth it to see our favorite family.  We love them bunches and don’t get to see them enough.  We’re hoping they’ll be able to visit us in August for Georgie’s 3rd birthday.  Which I’m hoping won’t be rushed and short but that’s how it goes these days.

The rest of the week was spent at home in Michigan going on short trips here and there.  Since Georgie really enjoyed the splash-pad in Ohio we took him to a local one here.  It was bigger, had a lot more kids, wasn’t free and the surface was very slippery.  I know that Georgie liked it a lot but he fell hard a couple of times – enough to leave some nasty bruises.  I’m going to try taking him during the week to see if it’s calmer and invest in some aqua socks for him.

We also ended up trying a movie one more time — we should have known better.  We have a very active child.  Watching a movie at home is easy because if he loses interest it isn’t a big deal.  It is when you’ve paid for one in a public setting.  We tried Ratatouille and he seemed pretty content for a while.  But then he had to use the restroom and after I brought him back all hell broke loose.  I think I’m going to take him to see free movies our theatre offers on Wednesdays during the summer.  I’m hoping this will build up his exposure to the proper way to watch a movie in public with people you don’t know and it doesn’t hurt as much to walk out on it in case the lesson isn’t learned.

09
Jul
07

Monday, Monday

Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
A-you can find me cryin’ all of the time
  ~ The Mamas & The Papas

Life here is very much like Monday, Monday.  Our extended week together was very pleasant and carefree.  It made it even more difficult to part on Sunday evening.  I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually forgotten how nice it is to have my spouse around on a regular basis.  I believe I’ve fooled myself so well, by going through the motions every day, that when we have some semblance of our old life back I’m shocked back to reality.  Not fun.

I’ll work on posting more of what we did this past week tomorrow.

03
Jul
07

BRB

We’ll be spending some time with our favorite family in Columbus, Ohio this Wednesday and Thursday while my folks hold down the fort.  When we get back Geo has some vacation time, so I’ll be taking a short break.  Have a terrific holiday and I’ll see you on Monday.




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