Saturday, May 23, 2009
Weekly Report: May 18-23, 2009
A good, ordinary week. Finally.
I sat down with Bluebird at the beginning of the week and we made up a list of the "subjects" we're going to work on everyday, and we agreed on the following:
Space Race (Her reading books out loud to me)
Read Aloud time (Me reading books out loud to all of them)
She cut out scraps of paper to act as markers and when she completes a subject, she places a marker by it. When everything has a marker next to it, then we can add in an activity:
It's been a good idea, as Bluebird is keeping herself on track now. I love it when she's self-motivated. (And I'm fully expecting it to fade soon...she is five years old, after all.)
I've organized a neighborhood summer school for the children of my neighborhood; so, starting in June, the Brooke house will be super busy. I'll be teaching classes and transporting Bluebird to classes that other parents have volunteered to teach. I'm very excited about the whole ordeal.
We had an informational meeting Thursday night and I'm so happy with the willingness of others to volunteer their time and energy to the summer school. We'll have a play group for the 2 and under crowd (with field trips!), storytime for 3-4 year olds, art exploration for 3-4 year olds, martial arts for anyone 5 years and older, an introduction to family history for the slightly older crowd, and a beginning Japanese class for kids 12+. I'm going to teach an outer space class for the 5-7 year olds and open up our nature study hikes for any interested families to participate. I also want to teach an Ancient Egypt class for the 8-11 year olds and start a Great Books discussion group with the teens...but that might be venturing into the land of "TOO MUCH." But then again, you never know until you give it a shot, right? And it's all organized into four week sessions, so if it proves to be too much, then I can be done rather soon. And who knows--perhaps it will be awesome and I'll just keep up with it. ;)
I love learning. I am so unbelievably, luckily blessed to be able to homeschool AND share my enthusiasm for learning with my neighborhood! Life is AWESOME!