Our Odd Week in Review: Paper vs. Computer

You should know that I wrote this post last Thursday with the intention of editing and posting on Friday. Life happened and I introduced the kids to scratch, so here we are! Bonus though, I get to add all of the fun from the weekend to share with you.

After homeschooling for six years, I have learned that the way my kids want to learn changes as often as the seasons. Sometimes they prefer the computer, sometimes they want workbooks and more hands on activities. The constant flip flop has helped ease me into allowing for more interest led learning over the years, because, let's face it, I can't afford a new curriculum every time they lose interest in a method.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't allow them to just give up on stuff when they get bored or frustrated. We stick a lot of stuff out; but if your kid has NO interest in the method or material you are using to educate them, what do you think you are really accomplishing? Not much, and that leads me to our week.

In Our Homeschool This Week

We started trying out Matholia and Essential Skills Advantage. Matt is doing great with the Singapore math of Matholia and Ali is loving the Kindergarten reading material on ESA. Ema....oh my sweet Ema....she is one of those transitional phases between methods right now and it just makes requesting her to complete any sort of work BLAH! She has decided she no longer likes any work on the computer, unless she is on Khan working on programming. She will curl up and enjoy history and literature on Audible and attack her cursive penmanship book like the perfectionist she is and then she wants nothing else to do with "learning."

Now comes the hard part as "teacher" to find what will motivate her and set her back out learning on her own. I'm learning towards printing up state notebooking pages and providing her with some cookbooks and craft books to explore the states. She loves anything crafty and cooking, so this could be the perfect way to get her going again.

In My Life This Week

I made an "Oh shit, Christmas is almost here!" list of things I need to take care of. Like the other half of the school room chaos I still haven't tackled, The pile of plastic ware lids I keep meaning to sort through and actually folding and putting away the clean laundry. Don't ask me how much I've actually accomplished, I won't admit that until next week.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I feel like a broken record, but seriously, follow your kids interest!!! I introduced Matt and Ema to programming on Scratch Friday. I provided Matt with links to the Wiki and other documentation and he immediately set out to make a game. Since Friday morning he has drawn his own computer graphics for the game, learned all of the programming he needed to make the game work, started a journal to track his ideas and to-do list for his game as he progresses and started to think about the story line for the game. Let's review; he has worked on programming, digital art, math (needed to calculate commands in the programs), technical writing and creative writing. All he because he LOVES it!!! Find something your kids love and use it to teach to to learn.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We went to our towns annual night time Christmas parade and it was wonderful. We stopped into the new little bakery/deli and grabbed some croissant sandwiches and gingerbread cookies to munch on and they were DELICIOUS! As soon as I can remember the name (Am I the only one that is horrible at names???) I will share.

My parents are set to arrive at the end of this week for a Christmas visit and the kids are beyond excited with a daily countdown of when they will get here. To top it off, Matt is doubly excited because he has a birthday this week. My sweet little first born is turning 12!!! I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that he won't stop growing up on me.

I’m grateful for…

The ability to have food in our home even when our budget is really tight. I've spoken before of hard times that we went through years ago in regards to food and seeing the woman on the news this week that was trying to steal five eggs to feed her family (who didn't have food for two days) just broke my heart. I will be sharing later today how you can help the hungry in our country.