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Archive for August 2009

A day in the life of our homeschool…
I am a full-time grad student who homeschools her 7 yr old son (M1) for over a year now. We love it; he told me he wants to be homeschooled forever. So as long as I’m able to I’ll do it. I also have an 18 mth old (M2) running around, wishing to be carried, or sitting in the same chair while his older brother is learning.

I’ve really enjoyed Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophies and hope to incorporate some picture and music study once things have progressed.
I had planned on hs-ing through the summer, just continuing with math, however, that didn’t pan out, and we’re just relaxing.

This is the plan for September:

M-Th: Phonics – Plaid phonics/Spelling – Natural Speller
M-Th: Grammar: First language lessons for the WTM 1&2
M/W: Narration includes vocabulary, copywork, and memory work and bits and pieces of Writing with Ease
M-F: Math-Saxon 3 (previously used MUS beta…too many tears)
T/Th: Science-Lapbooks: starting with dinosaurs
F: French

Geography (Canada) will get done later once Science is complete (Prehistoric mammals/mammals/human body) – I spend about 6 weeks on each topic. We’ll be trying lapbooks this year, they look fun. I like to focus on one topic as oppose to having several ongoing, M1 just concentrates better that way, and it’s easier for me to teach.
I’m still working on my book/poem list for the upcoming year, there’s so much I want to get through. My school day runs from about 9:30 to 11:30am, I have one active homeschooler who I don’t think could go more than that right now without 10 breaks in between.
I’m not very good at sticking to schedules, sometimes M1 won’t feel like writing so we’ll do everything orally. I want to be more flexible with him this year and hopefully develop a greater love of learning.
Once I get home from school, I have a den full of hungry monkeys so once they’re fed I try to get outside with them…good relaxation time, while the weather is nice.

So how do I homeschool with a toddler around?

Well since I’m at school during his naptime, we have to do school with the little monkey climbing all over the place. We have special “school time” toys and books that are only allowed out during school hours. He also likes to sit in his own chair scribbling since he thinks that he’s doing school work as well. That buys me about 15 min for some one on one math lesson time before he starts chewing on the pencil crayon. Since my M2 is food crazy, a snack will also hold him over. And I’m sad to say that the movie Happy Feet is the only thing that calms him down. We watch it daily, just the singing and dancing scenes. M1 can recite all the lines from memory since it’s on all the time. M2 also enjoys listening in on our story time, which is great.


The best resources that I’ve found are on my HS resources page, all free, which is my favorite kind of resource. I try to find things online first, my best friend is google book preview. Then I’ll look for used items through my local hs support group, then I head on over to ebay, and then if I can’t find it and I MUST have it, I’ll order it online. I’ve allocated $200 for this school year for curriculum; we’ll see how that goes.

So last year we spent it on insects and dinosaurs so I’m hoping to move on from that although M1 is still very much into dinosaurs, it’s just time to learn something new. He’s been reading about them all through the summer. He wants to be a paleontologist. He’s also asked me how he should try to get a job at a museum, I thought that was cute. There were a lot of issues with math last year so hopefully a change in curriculum will help. I find I have to hold myself back and allow him to have time to figure things out and not freak out if we’re off schedule with our lessons.
So this is the plan anyways, as for how this will work, I’m not sure. Just have to take it one day at a time. If all I can complete is one math lesson I know he will have learned more in that one lesson than he would have with an entire day of public school.

Dino Diarama
Dino Diarama

Salt Dough Fossils
Salt dough fossils
We are currently building a Museum will have a pic up as soon as we are finished.



So we went to the ROM last week or the week before and I wanted to post the pics up, however, due to my laziness that didn’t happen. So some pics will be up some time soon.

So I’m taking the next wk off and VS wants to go camping, which is fine with me, however, he says we won’t plan anything. ok? He says we’re just going to grab our stuff, buy food and go up to Algonquin park and find a site on that day. Do you see any problems here because I do. I need plans and structure this idea gives me a headache. What if we run out of food/diapers and god knows what else. anyways still in the “planning” phase, we’ll see how it goes. If I don’t return please send a search party out to somewhere in the wood. headline reads: Family of 4-without enough supplies, lost in the wilderness…poor planning.

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VS opened the door to go outside as VS was about to take the kids out with the dog, only to find to my horror, M1 was urinating on our patio. Did I also mention that our backyard is not fenced in and faces a parking lot. Anyways, this completely shocked us. When asked why he did this, he said that he had to go. Well why didn’t you come inside I said. Well, I thought going outside was ok. I guess I have to back up and tell you about our visit to the park. We were on our way back to the car when M1 really had to go, so with no public washrooms in site, we encouraged him to go behind some trees. From this then, he took it to mean that its ok to go anywhere outside? So I had to let him know that if there is a washroom close by, it is preferable to use that, lol. especially if it’s your own house. ugh, M2 can’t play in our backyard until it rains.
oh boys, their logic astounds me.