Weekend Coffee Share; Project Based Homeschooling

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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.

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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 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

34 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share; Project Based Homeschooling

  1. Great :)) I did lots of homeschooling with my kids, and it all turned out great. I suggest doing math on the trampoline, using the kinesthetic bouncing and movement to memorize times tables, for example. My kids still remember all that :)) Best to you! Dawn

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  2. I loved having coffee with you and what a GREAT curriculum. I loved reading all the detail of what you will be teaching. It’s all so cool. What a pleasure it is to be able to do this with your beautiful daughter!! So EXCITING! 🤗♥️😁🥰♥️

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  3. Love it. A good suggestion… a Nature Journal… This is a great way to explore our natural world with art, writing, and teaches observation skills. There are many sites that offer free stuff for that. My favorite is John Muir Laws, here’s his main page. ( https://johnmuirlaws.com/ ) I’ve spent sometime with his group on facebook until fb went stupid. It’s great for kids! Annnd, it’s a fun way to learn! 🙂

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    • Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve never joined a group for nature journaling. I will look into it! John Muir is one of my favorite poets, if not THE favorite one. I hope you’re having a great week!

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      • His son is the nature journaling guru. He’s really nice. I only wish i lived in the west or Calif. so I could attend one of his workshops. That said, he has pointed me to some really cool tutorials for my graphite art that have really been great! I’ll have to look up some of his Father’s poetry.

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  4. I was wondering if a new home school curriculum was part of your plans when last week you talked about big changes in the future. Slowing down plans for the homesteading makes sense as well.

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  5. Although I had never subscribed to the homeschool movement, I understand the draw and admire the parents who put in sincere effort, time, and thought into educating their child. Enjoy the journey.

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    • Thank you Tessa! You know, you might just be perfect for it! I think that most kids don’t want to sit still. The main reason that I want to homeschool is to be able to teach my daughter in a non-formal school setting, where we can adjust the lessons to maximize her learning. We’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors.

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      • I don’t know about me as a teacher, but I am sure you know your daughter best so you should know her interests..

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  6. I’d say H. is one lucky girl to have you as her teacher. Sounds like a great curriculum with some engaging activities, appealing to both adult and child. Learning should be fun!

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  7. This sounds like a very interesting approach to education! I look forward to seeing more in your posts about the adventures of the projects.

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    • Thank you Anne! I am very excited! I worked at an outdoor school for years, and the kids in that school thrived immensely, by learning in a non-formal school setting. We didn’t have any problems keeping them motivated to work hard.

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  8. Hi Maria,
    I loved this post! We home schooled our kids and despite my poor wife having to talk me into it, I became a huge supporter. It was the best thing we did for them and none of us have ever regretted it. You have some great ideas already and you make me miss those days because our youngest is now starting his last year of his under graduate work.

    Your daughter is in great hands and you two are going to love this adventure. If you ever need an idea or have a question, my wife and I have a few answers you would be most welcome to tap into.

    Blessings.

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  9. Maria, you are so blessed to be able to homeschool! Your curriculum looks sound and will keep you both very interested! Glad you will be staying in Nevada for a while, the time will fly for sure!

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