Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I have spent so much time agonizing this year over what history to teach the boys. Now, they're just in first grade, so it's not like they're going to remember a whole lot, but I also believe that it's not that they remember the details per se, but that they have an overall picture of the way things work, and where they are in history, even if it's not a conscious thing. My basic overall educational philosophy is of a classical bent and I get most of my instruction in homeschooling from "The Well-Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer. They recommend teaching history in four year cycles, beginning with ancient history in first grade. I bought "The Story of the World I" which is written by Susan Wise-Bauer, but I decided not to go with it because I wanted to give the boys a really good foundation in US History. So, I bought another curriculum that began with the Vikings and continued through the colonial period. We started out the year with that. and it was ok. I tried to include a lot of interesting things, we did a long, hands-on unit on the Native Americans, but finally by Christmas I had to admit that we were all rather bored. But, I was going to plug on. So, one day we're reading the whole two paragraphs this curriculum had on Sir Walter Raleigh and I got out "The Story of the World II" which had more on the guy and read that and the boys were fascinated. Of course they were. Talked about the time Sir Walter Raleigh's servant dumped a bucket of water on his head because he'd never seen his master smoking and thought he was on fire. Of course, smoking was unheard of in Europe until that time because tobacco was only grown in the New World. The boys also thought it was pretty cool that Sir Walt was beheaded for treason. All of these little details our curriculum failed to mention.
So, it was then and there that I decided to switch gears. I don't think it's healthy to switch curriculum in the middle of the year like that, but in this case, it was either kill us with boredom, in which case the boys wouldn't learn anything anyhow, or do something else that would interest them and hopefully they'll remember some of it. So, a couple weeks ago we started "Story of the World I" and have really enjoyed it. It is written in narrative form and the boys like that. It includes details that are interesting, not just the basic facts. Today I read them a book on being a kid in ancient Egypt and the kids were fascinated. We went into a whole discourse on the mummifying process. There were some great, albeit creepy, pictures in these library books. So, I'm glad we switched. We won't finish the book this year, but that's ok. I'll probably continue on with it throughout the summer and then pick up book 2 when the boys are in second grade, as recommended. So, we are leaving the boring behind and heading with joy into Ancient Egypt.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Mommy: Uh... uh... well, I don't know. (really, how do you explain that one to a three-year-old?)
Missy Lou: Mommy, was Jesus ever a dad?
Mommy: No honey, he never got married. (thank goodness my children still believe that you have to be married to have children)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Once again, I apologize if anyone saw that trash.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
So, I'm afraid I haven't made any resolutions this New Year. I made one several years ago and have managed to keep it, so I'm not going to tempt fate. But, I will try to blog a little more! I guess that's a pretty good resolution.