The Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Sitting on the Edge

It has been a long time since I linked up to The Homeschool Mother’s Journal with The Homeschool Chick, though I have intended multiple times. I have just let everything else get in the way. Not this week though, I remembered and I’m excited to finally share again.

 

In my life this week…

I was slightly productive on the housekeeping front. I’ve been in the doldrums for a while now and can’t seem to snap out of it when it comes to keeping things in order. I was super excited though to officially become a member of the WB Word of Mouth team. I’m a sucker for TV and movies, so why not get paid for sharing my love for it!

 

A quote to share…

I am jumping the quote up in order on the list today because it plays a big role in my home school struggles right now.

"'Come to the edge,' He said. They said, 'We are afraid.' 'Come to the edge,' He said. They came. He pushed them...and they flew."  --  Guillaume Apollinaire

I’ve been tip toeing my way to the edge of fully embracing unschooling for far too long now. Not because I’m worried about how much the kids are learning, but because I can see how nervous it still makes the hubs. He like, most of society still envisions and large chunk of time spent hovered over workbooks and such as what learning must be. So when he ask about our day he has a hard time understanding when we have not had hours of structured instruction. Knowing how he feels, leads to the uncertainty of having to deal with “outsiders” that may ask what curriculum we are using or if my children have learned a certain standard yet.

Long story short, I am at the point where I need to get over the fear and just fly with kids. I need a shove over that edge and I think that shove will be finding a great way to document what the kids have learned, despite a fancy set of lesson plans and structured days.

 

In our homeschool this week…

The kids spent a good part of the week prepping, planting and caring for their own garden. They already have some sprouts showing and are so proud of themselves. In fact, much of the week was spent focused more on skills rather than information. They also learned how to can tomatoes, practiced cutting in the kitchen and had a lesson in anatomy yesterday as they watched as one of pigs was butchered and got to see the heart still beating. Of course, they still picked up books to read and grabbed the iPad for various games that test their knowledge of the states and math facts too.

 

I am inspired by…

Home school moms who have already gone over the edge and are happily flying comfortable with the educational choices they have made for their family. I’m even willing to admit that most days I find myself jealous of the fact that they seem to have it all together and under control with housework kept up, Pinterest inspired menus every month and even cutesy crafts to display.

 

My favorite thing this week was…

Having my 3yr old surprise me when she logged out her brother and logged herself into Dreambox Math on the computer because she wanted play. She is getting cleverer by the day when it comes to using the computer and the internet and at this point, I’m positive she could navigate it all better than my own dad could.

 

Things I’m working on…

I’ve been hard at work on getting brand partnerships set up for the Odd Mom Panel this past week and cannot wait until we get started.

 

I’m reading…

When I actually get a few moments of peace to dive into a book, I’m swapping between


‘Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting’ by Amy Lou Jenkins

'Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning' by Sara McGrath

The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes)’ by Jason Lethcoe (Booksneeze Review that I’ve had WAY too long)

Jake West - 'The Keeper Of The Stones' by M J Webb (LibraryThing Member Giveaway)

Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur’ by Ruth Nestvold ((LibraryThing Member Giveaway)

 

I’m grateful for…

The many opportunities the internet has brought me. Without it, I fear I would have completely lost my mind by now because I wouldn’t have the support of the online home school community and the ability to express myself creatively.

 

It is your turn now, head over to The Homeschool Chick, check out the guidelines for The Homeschool Mother’s Journal, and join in.