I tend to just dive into work, but with one more visit from relatives and other things going on, it didn’t seem like a good idea to start in on regular math and writing and so forth last week. Then again, I hate when we have our “Box Day” and then we don’t actually use anything for a couple of weeks because, you know, life.
I decided instead to break out some of the fun stuff and take a few field trips. It worked out well and I think it got all of us into a better frame of mind for school. Is it possible that homeschooled kids need some deschool learning now and then? We’re constantly doing stuff that’s out of the box and our daily school looks so different from kids in most brick and mortar schools. Yet I still found we needed a week of doing something different every day to break that sense of learning as sitting down at the table. Routines are good, but so is breaking away from a routine.
We also had a chance to see our co-op friends, we went to the Museum of Natural History to play with the fossils, Miles played in a marimba concert, we cuddled to books on the sofa and raided the library for a tall stack of dinosaur books, and tried our hands at math problems with no numbers (more about those in a future post). Overall, a very good week.
I saved up all the various things I bought for the kids so they could all come out at the same time in one box-curricula-esque extravaganza. Of course, the first thing BalletBoy and Mushroom did was accidentally dump out their entire rock set, so we spent the first morning reorganizing it.
Most of our week was spent out and about with our co-op. We did a trip with them every single day. Here we are on the first day, in our traditional first day in the tree pose. We have new members, which is exciting but also an adjustment for everyone.
Playing around on the boardwalk during our hike.
Appreciating the lotuses at the aquatic gardens.
The best part of the county fair was riding the school bus to get there!
Or possibly swimming in soybeans.
Here’s Great Falls, scampering over the rocks along the towpath.
And now… whew, I’m tired. But it was so good to be out and about all week, mostly outside, where the weather was hot, but not oppressive, and the rain held off for us.
So, the first week of school has somehow zapped my creativity and ability to do anything else. Which sort of sucks. I didn’t feel that way last year and it’s not like I sit around making lesson plans or anything like that. I like to think ahead of time then have everything ready to go so we can pajama school in the morning for a couple hours.
I think it’s just getting back into a routine that’s getting to me. This is not to say I’m not glad. I was ready and Mushroom was even more ready than me. That boy loves him some routine. BalletBoy, who lives in some magical BalletBoyLand, couldn’t care less what we do as long as we give him a ticket and pull him along.
It’s also might be the fact that I socialized with people every single day last week. Mushroom was less keen on that part and BalletBoy was more excited. Poor BalletBoy who has to be an extrovert in a family of introverts. It was great to be back together with our friends, and that includes my favorite homeschool moms!
So far, I’ve learned that Mushroom was apparently dying for a formal math program. We did a lot of informal math last year, but no formal program. He looks like he’s ready to do cartwheels every time I pull out the notebook with the MEP stuff or the Miquon books. You’ve never seen a child so giddy for math.