It's an awesome book, and reminds me quite a bit of my Catholic school education, which isn't necessarily a good thing. But, it was definitely classical!
Monday, March 4, 2013
As I said in my last post, I started reading a new book called The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, and it discusses... well... a classical education curriculum.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Since we live in Florida, our unschooling has to have a bit of structure. The state requires that any homeschooling parent keep a record of the child's progress throughout the year. Although the records may never be checked, you have to be able to produce said records within a few days of being notified that the superintendent wants to see them.
I won't lie, I've been scared shitless that the superintendent is going to pound on my door and say with a menacing voice "SHOW ME YOUR RECORDS!"
So, instead of staying in a constant state of anxiety, I decided to create what I call a "Homeschooling Notebook."
Monday, January 14, 2013
I'm really not a rules person. I've never set rules for my family and I've never really had a problem.
hoarders clutterbugs, we've got a lot of cleaning to do. Unfortunately, my husband is still out of work due to his hernia, and I'm the only one bringing in any money, which means I don't have time to clean. But I have a list a mile long of things we need to do to get the house ready for the inspection.
But things are getting a bit out of control!
2013 hasn't started out the way I intended. We have an inspection of our home coming up and since we're
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Strict Curriculum vs. Unschooling
|Taking our puppy outside allows Sam plenty of |
opportunities to learn about nature and get
plenty of exercise.
Both my husband and I have ADHD, so we knew our daughter would have it without a doubt. I also knew a traditional school setting wouldn’t allow her to excel, and certainly wouldn’t foster a life-long love of learning. When I decided to homeschool her, I found there were quite a few ways to do it. Choosing a curriculum proved difficult because most of them were patterned after a traditional school curriculum.
I came across a book called The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith. After reading just a few pages, I knew this was the way to go. Since ADHD causes my daughter to jump from one thing to another, I knew trying to set up a strict curriculum would only aggravate both of us. But, when I read about how unschooling worked, I was ecstatic.
|The clutter was driving me nuts!|
The first few months of my SAHM life was completely chaotic. I’m a creature of habit and routine. Since I quit my job, I had no routine. I also had no reason to get up at 04:00 am to work out, and nowhere I had to be. It was almost as if I had lost my life’s purpose.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
When I got pregnant 6 years ago, I was on the fence about sending my daughter to formal school versus homeschooling her myself. I didn't have the greatest experience when I was in school. I didn't have any friends and I was routinely picked on by bullies. My mom told me it was because they were all jealous, and looking back, she was probably right. I had a high IQ, and I was told by adults that I was very pretty.