If we were having coffee, or any other choice of beverage ..it’s the weekend after all, I would ask you how you are doing? How is your week?
Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!
I told you last week that there’s some changes in the air. One of them being that I am going back to my vision of homeschooling my daughter. (That vision got an unwanted interruption for a year, when circumstances out of my control took over.) My daughter wants me to be her teacher, and I am very happy that I am able to go back to homeschooling her.
I’d say that it is a choice I’ve made before having the perfect circumstances to do so. I will create the perfect circumstances. While thinking about how to do that, I realized that I’m not ready to develop my property in Arizona, at the same time that I am starting out on this journey. I’d rather take the time it takes to make it right, both the homeschooling process, and developing my property. One thing does not have to exclude the other, but the more I think about it, the less stressed I feel about starting my homestead right away. I actually feel more relaxed, and happy than I’ve felt in a long time. It probably have a lot to do with the fact that we’re back on track with the original plan. I love experiencing the world with my daughter. I changed my life completely when I found out that she was going to be a part of my life. To be able to spend time with her. I’m getting back to that!
I dedicated many hours this week to make a fun, exciting curriculum for the year, that far exceeds the minimum requirements for my daughter’s age group. (She’s 7 years old.)
We’re not trying to do school at home. We’re trying to do homeschool. These are two entirely different propositions. We’re not trying to replicate the time, style, or content of the classroom. Rather we’re trying to cultivate a style of learning in which learning takes place from morning, until bedtime 7-days a week.
– Steve & Jane Lambert
My daughter and I are going to have a project based school. It is very easy to motivate my daughter with projects that interests her. She’s always been like that. (Just like her mother..her mother is also going to need some projects of her own, to make a living, while we’re doing this..) My daughter gets fully absorbed in a project, while a regular classroom setting bores her to death. During the Fall semester, our project is going to be an in depth study of our State of Nevada. We have both experienced Nevada from North-South, visited all the major town/cities, hiked many mountain ranges, and driven hundreds of miles of backroads. This is going to be an even more in depth study, adding to our knowledge.
Our main text book is going to be; Uncovering Nevada’s Past – A primary source history of the silver state. A book written by two historians, native to Nevada. It’s a defined, and colorful book about the development of our state. Giving us a new, fresh angle. The book includes many stories about important Nevadan’s that we are going to dig deeper into (in the directions that capture my daughter’s interest the most.) This is going to be a big project, including two field trips a month. The field trips are going to important historical places in Nevada, museums, and State Parks.
We are going to learn as much as we possibly can about our landscape here in Nevada; both the physical landscape with plants, geology, and animals, and the political landscape of the past, present, and future.
Each field trip is going to start with research (library, interviews, films,) giving us the historical, geological, and political background. During the field trip we are going to use photography, and videography as a medium of documenting what we see (in places were that is allowed.) Many of the field trips will include hiking, and walking many miles, exploring different types of landscapes. After each field trip we’re going to analyze our experience, print some of our photos, write about what we learned, and express ourself with different types of art (clay, water colors, drawings. Etc etc.)
Daily journaling is a part of our way of learning. English reading, and writing is already a natural part of our daily life.
Math is going to be separate from our main project. We have two different math books, one that covers the national standards for 2nd grader, with a Star Wars theme! The second math book is more practical, and include real life examples; how to make a budget, and handle money. There will be practical math, and science in the kitchen as well! (Have you thought about how much chemistry there is in baking?)
Music is a part of our life, and include concerts, singing, and dancing. We will also have Swedish on our schedule, since that is my native language. Around the holidays we are going to do volunteer work for local charities.
During the Spring semester, our projects is going to be about our neighboring states. One state a month. With the same setup, but not as in depth studies as we are dedicating to our state. I am excited about the curriculum, and look forward to these experiences with my daughter.
What’s going on in your life this week? Need a refill on that coffee? I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂