It's cold and snowy out and the public school across the street has the day off for President's Day. Despite all of the this, The Monk and I are inside the classroom, doing lessons. Why? Well, mostly because we take Fridays off. What?!? Yes. We take every Friday off from lessons. We do this because The Hubs works a flex schedule and has every other Friday off to be at home AND I need a day to wrap up the housework and run errands for the week. Plus, it allows both The Monk and I a day to just relax and let our brains turn to mush. Oh, don't get me wrong, I really would rather be sitting on the couch reading a trashy romance novel while the boy watches TV on a day like today, but there are things that need to be done, and lessons and learning are some of those things. Besides, if we take a Monday off, both he and I tend to get into lazy mode for the rest of the week and then not nearly enough gets done, which leads me into a panic and, therefore, stress. It's just better if we do what needs to be done on Mondays and take Fridays off.
It has taken us some time, but we are slowly making our way through Greek Mythology. We have studied most of the Olympians and have even drawn our own maps of the Underworld. We are making our way towards heroes and monsters, where we will even create our own mythical monsters. It's been a lot of fun, but it is certainly taking longer than I had anticipated. Granted, some of it is my own fault seeing that both The Monk and I have been answering the siren calls of warmer weather and sunshine, so we've been spending a lot more time outside than we probably should. But we need to get back on track and try NOT to get distracted by the blue skies and singing birds...at least for now. Soon, we'll just pack our stuff up and head for the park and do our reading, writing, and math while laying on the grass. However, right now, like it or not, days are still a bit cool. Plus, we need to wrap this up so that we can continue to examine Hero's Journey through one of The Monk's favorite characters of all time...Luke Skywalker.
Once upon at time, I used to hang art on my walls. Now, it's anchor charts. Even though we have a room in our house dedicated to be a classroom work area, The Monk and I always seems to gravitate to the dining room table, where we can spread ourselves out and have a little bit more elbow room (there isn't really a table in the classroom. I have a desk and he has a desk, but he prefers to work where I am sitting next to him and we are hanging out together). So, that is where my anchor charts get hung...on the dining room walls...as though they were prized pieces of art, with a calling to be displaced.
However, I have come to terms with the learning charts being hung where every guest and visitor can see them, proudly on display. The reason being is that my son sees them...all the time. We talk about them and use them - just as I used the anchor charts in my public school classroom, and it does give visitors evidence that we are doing exactly as we set out to do...homeschooling our son.
Granted, this part of math is easy, so it's nothing for me to whip up some anchor charts that are cute, with little characters and symbols. But, in a few years, we're going to get to the more difficult stuff...things I either failed in high school or never even took (algebra, calculus, trig). I can probably get through long division and maybe some VERY basic fractions...after that...well...we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
How it all started...
I was a public school teacher for 6 years in a very urban middle school for both 7th and 8th grade. As the red-tape got thicker and teaching became more of a business rather than a place to prepare young minds to enter into the world, I decided that if I was going to work that hard to give an education to someone, it should be my own son. So, my adventures in homeschooling has begun.
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