Thursday, 30 August 2012

Every day lessons are the best.  Don't you agree?

When I was a trainer we were often instructed that people learn best when information is presented to them in a manner which they learn as well as when that information is relevant to them.  When we're out playing, what could be more relevant than the activity we are doing and my son and I both learn best by doing - aka playing.

This week we were out playing on a beach and R was having a blast making a castle.  It was amazing how his imagination took him away and he wanted to provide a water source for the citizens in his keep.  He dug a hole and poured water into it.  It overflowed so he built a dyke to keep it in.  He was convinced that the hole would not hold enough water for his people.  He continued to build the dyke, reinforcing the sides which would breach when he tested it.  He learned about how much dryer sand vs. wet sand he would need to construct the strongest dyke for his pond.

This seems like just a fun time but honestly, this experiment he conducted, he enjoyed and will remember through to adulthood.  Though he doesn't know the science terms behind it all and all the specifics to be a professional, providing him with the experience to do this experiment in a fun way created a lesson he won't soon forget and he can apply this experiment to his future eduction and experiences.

What everyday learning have you done lately?  I'm always looking for more everyday learning to expose my children to, any ideas?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Super-Duper, Epic-ly Awesome Summer School…wasn’t so much.  I had so many wonderful ideas and plans and, as those of you who know me may have predicted, life got in the way.

After the first week, I knew we would need to revise everything as R was not having fun with it and there was always some errand or activity going on that put our summer school on the back burner.  So after two weeks of accomplishing only a quarter of what we wanted to accomplish, I knew I had to re-think this.

I spoke to R and we agreed that reading, writing, and math everyday was important.  So each day we would read at bedtime – which is our normal bedtime routine.  R would find time to write in his journal most days – even if it was only a couple sentences.  Math was accomplished either through R’s in-school class account on Dreambox or Mathletics.  Math has been hit and miss.  We often are exploring the world around us through our day-to-day activities, which is good – but I’d love to be doing more.
I must admit; it’s me holding us back.  I always have some errand, chore, or some sort of computer work.  This exercise has reminded me why it is that I don’t homeschool… I just can’t juggle it.  How do you homeschooling moms do it?  I’d love to see what your schedules look like.  Any advice?

Take Care, D

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