Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
Last night our little co-op had a great planning meeting. We have a solid plan for the summer term. I’m excited! I enjoyed talking with my friend until late in the night about homeschooling and motherhood. Meeting up face to face is so much better than on-line communication. I’ve fallen out of love with Facebook so I deleted my account this morning. I’ve done this before, but I think it will stay gone this time. I have most everyone who wants to keep in touch in my email or cell phone, or they have mine. I can be reached through this blog too.
I want to homeschool in a completely different way this year. I’m boxing up all our extra curriculum and resources. I’m keeping it simple. We are going to read to read, and write to write, etc. I’m going to seek purpose and opportunities for hard work. The boys need to feel a sense of purpose and use their muscles too. I’m working in the yard again, and feeling lighter after deciding what we are doing for school this year. I’m not going to blog about our plans, therefore there is no need to blog about what did not work.
We almost got a golden retriever puppy this week, but decided it won’t fit our lifestyle at this time. I will keep my eye out for a full-grown golden retriever that needs a new home. My aunt and uncle have the sweetest golden that they rescued a couple of years ago. With this conversation this week, it is a good opportunity to go to the library and check out books about puppies and dogs. I’m going to show the boys how to find the information they want to know.
I wish I had found this wonderful resource years ago. It would have simplified our homeschool from the beginning, or maybe I needed to see what doesn’t work before fulling appreciating this method. Learning with kids is easy. It is thinking about the public school timeline that complicates how parents feel about learning. I will quit anything that makes me feel like we need to be in that box. Anything on our shelves that is not a good living book is going into a box and into storage.
I feel lighter and more free.