Life has gotten in the way of my blog the last few weeks, but it wasn’t until this morning that I realized I missed the two-year anniversary of starting this lovely blog. Since the moment has passed, I’m not going to dwell on it. Instead, I’ll just share what I’ve been up too that had me busy enough to neglect the blog and my online life in general.
Planning…planning…planning! This past weekend was the worst and had my head feeling as if it was about to explode. Here is the thing; I have not purchased any prepared curriculum of any kind for this year. Not even a workbook. We are working solely from free materials and books, so I have to plan every detail out and it has become very daunting. Like, “What in the bloody hell was I thinking!” daunting.
I honestly don’t know why I’m trying so hard when we I try to just go with the flow, mostly unschooling with a small amount of structured time. I think it is the fact that even though I know we will read the books and learn, I’m a list maker. I like to see details on a list and I like to check them off. It also wouldn’t help if I jumped on the over achieving mom train for a while and did a few more organized projects with the kids. Sure, they do plenty on their own, but I’ve had a case mommy guilt going on lately.
The Pig Whisperer
If you have read some of my previous post this summer, you know that we have baby pigs. These baby pigs have quickly become pets and my 7-year-old daughter, Ema, the pig whisperer. Each morning they are waiting at the bottom of the front steps to pet and loved like little dogs. Naturally, her love for the pigs, has had us all spending more time outdoors (even in this wretched Florida heat) taking in the cuteness.
In addition to the baby pigs, the hubs set up the incubator with the kids and on or around this Sunday we are expecting 15 new baby chicks. The big kids have been keeping a log of the temperature in the incubator every day and I would say that at least 15 minutes of every day is devoted to Ema reminding us how many days we have left until they hatch. To say she is excited would be a massive understatement.
Random Family History
I had an ADD moment two weeks ago while doing something and decided to go to ancestry.com and look up a family member while in the middle of something else. Before I knew it, I had renewed my membership, devoted four full days to my mission and traced our family back to the Visigoths. While I felt COMPLETELY guilty that I had ignored all household duties four days, immersed in what I was doing, the fact that Matt, my 9 year old, stayed glued to my side the whole side asking questions made it worthwhile. The best part was when he suddenly realized he was learning.
Matt (with a puzzled look and a smirk): Have I been learning?
Me (grinning from ear to ear): Why yes you have. You’ve been learning a lot.
Matt: Well, I’m not doing it with you anymore than!
Matt: Because I’m learning.
Me: But you were having fun, right?
Matt: Yeah, but I’m learning!
Me: But I didn’t ask you to sit down and do a worksheet, or read a boring book, you learned because you were interested in what I was doing and had fun.
Matt: Yeah, but I’m learning!
Me: You, know, I think you learned more about history in the past few days then you did all year. You know why, because you enjoyed doing it.
At this point, he says nothing else, happily follows me back to the computer, and starts asking questions again as we dig further into the family history. Ha, ha ha…..fun history-learning wins after all!