Stuff has been crazy.
I can’t even remember the last time I posted, but suffice it to say, I got a substantially time consuming part time job in legal blogging, which I LOVED, but it took all my free time and blogging juices.
While we have been homeschooling all the time, a lot has changed, including that we are expecting another little one next month! Additionally, as things have gone on, I have seen how my kids like to learn, and what works best with our routine.
Thus, while I still aspire to follow the Charlotte Mason method to a T, and we try to spend as much time as we can outdoors, this has become physically challenging, as my youngest is still in the runaway crazy phase, and let’s face it I am big and slow, lol! Also, since my oldest is only now 6, which CM recommends for the starting age, the attempt to do more textbook/living book based has been challenging because while she can read, and well for her age, she certainly cannot read her lessons.
Thus, we do a blended approach of short but sweet lessons that my oldest can do for herself. I used to disdain at the thought of worksheets, but she actually enjoys them immensely, and takes them to her desk and gets to work. Hallelujah!
We also continue to take regular trips to the library for books to read together, my two littles are wonderful at sitting and listening together.
And most importantly, we get out and do things, and see people, and engage in hands on learning.
Additionally, we have started to integrate Latin, and will be focusing more on service in the coming year– in particular childhood hunger. Following the cut to food stamps funding and benefits, I have read far too many articles about families struggling just to eat, and I realized what better way to teach my children than to engage them in service.
Also, my younger daughter has started doing school work more regularly. She certainly has the capacity, and needs the direction. Right now we are focusing on fun things like cutting and pasting, tracing letters, and her favorite “computer preschool” lessons from Easy Peasy (allinonehomeschool.com)– she particularly likes the starfall letter lessons 🙂
I think that about sums it up. Things are still very see what works and go with it, and I am constantly trying to integrate interesting projects and fieldtrips, and we have joined several different homeschool groups, with a regular circle of friends. We love meeting new people and going on new adventures, and I look forward to our future!
Oh, and Happy New Year!