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Okay, so it was a rocky start for the first few days. I came to the realization that I was attempting to mimic public school (albeit on the sofa). Understandable perhaps as that’s all I really know. Everything I’ve heard has said that your homeschooling routine will evolve and then keep on evolving. Truer words have never been spoken!
Where We’re At – 3 Weeks Into Homeschooling
We’ve been keeping up with splitting our time between traditional textbooks and what I’m calling “free choice”. I start the morning by allowing her to choose which textbooks she’d like to start with. We seem to move through these books so fast that we are then left with a lot of time for free choice, which I think is simply fantastic.
But now listen, I’m still getting a lot of attitude about how boring textbooks are and I’ll admit, it still feels like when we’re doing our textbooks we’re in a very relaxed public school environment. I’m pretty adamant that she needs to learn these things. We won’t be doing free choice all the time (which would essentially be unschooling). But I’ve yet to come up with a way to make the textbook part of our days more fun. Any suggestions are very welcomed!
Documentaries: from things about Ancient Egypt, to cats, and since she’s very interested in Titanic lately we watched the Titanic movie together. She was highly interested in how the Titanic sank and I thought this would give a fantastic visual while maintaining the fun factor.
Entrepreneurship: I will note that we’ve tried to get started on her having a YouTube channel and it hasn’t gone as well as I thought it would considering how passionate she has been about it. I fear that I’ve taken the task and made it less fun for the sake of her learning the process. I wanted her to start out by creating a list of the things we’ll need. For example: screen capture software, video editing software, etc. I had started this by having her write these things down but she became very disinterested. After having thought about it I’m perhaps introducing a bit too much for a 7 year old and am going to switch tactics and just create the list myself. Then we’ll briefly talk about why each one is needed as well as why thinking about what you’ll need to start a business (or even a hobby) before you dive in is important… and then move forward.
And I will sign off for the day by saying that my morning coffee has run out and my cute little homeschooler is wide awake and ready for another awesome day of school! Wish me luck! 😉