Curriculum, food, gifted children, and picker uppers (an ADHD post)

I give thanks to God for having created our brains and minds to be in constant ebullition Even though having so much information can hinder us, if you put some energy into keeping a balance, it's fascinating to be able to read (from the net, books), watch documentaries, talk with friends, and learn, decide about curriculum, get ideas for cooking, inspiration for the home, you name it. It's a never ending learning process we go through with our children and ourselves.

This past week the girls asked me to go for a walk with them, and BLUE HEART said she wanted to bring the picker upper to collect the trash around the neighborhood. This is because there is a video at starfall called earth day, where they clean. They did it with a pleasure and passion, and they still had a chance to stop at a part of the grass that had lots of dandelions to make many wishes and blow them in the air.

There is a prototype of the homeschool student as a child who plays several instruments, speaks different languages, a child who reads earlier and better than anyone, who is a brain for math, who goes to Harvard at 14, or who is a master at something hard to do at an early age. I just want to claim the right to be 'normal' and everything over, under, and in between. Many countries where homeschooling is not very extended yet, portray this SUPER KID image to advocate for the advantages that this method of education has. And while I can't deny there are advantages and that the kids develop at their full potential, not every excelling and happy kid is taught at home, and not every child taught at home 'has to' succeed or be what we consider GIFTED. Families that homeschool deal with the same situations than the rest, ADHD, dyslexia, learning 'disabilities', all those labels that perhaps we who homeschool have learned to live without having to mention them all the time. For us our kids are our kids, and we keep trying to make them the best they can be like many more mothers, parents, teachers, family and friends.

Friday we worked on this I Spy puzzle. it's simple but not as much as it looks. For LITTLE BEAN it's fascinating to look for the hidden pictures. BLUE HEART has the challenge of reading the sentences of the things to spy. I love the present. We got it for BLUE HEART's birthday two years ago, from a friend who now goes to school and we don't see anymore. We have made new friends at the HS group this year, that's how life goes.

Library shelf finding, "It's always breakfast time somewhere". Lovely read about culinary and school customs in different places around the world.
What the world eats. A book that will shock you. It's a picture document of what others eat, how much they spend in food, etc. Natalia looks at the pictures with fascination. Some time ago I saw THIS IN AN EMAIL, and it's part of a book that has images and facts that will make you reflect about what you eat and how much we have.

Freeby from our friend Michelle. A game called "I never forget a face". You have to match the faces and we also placed them in a big and bright map of the world. The girls both loved it. I was challenged too Geography and orientation are two of my weak areas.

This brings me to the topic of CURRICULUM. At the Beechick yahoo group there has been a very interesting discussion about the curriculum beast. A mother expressed her concerns about not following a particular program for history and science, and the feeling of leaving many gaps. Others more experienced have told her they did the same, learning science and history through living books, some videos, discussions, and that you don't need to buy flashy or expensive programs that, after all, they have things more worked out for you and the security of being a PROGRAM, which makes you feel more solid at the time of choosing and doing. But if you are consistent in your studies of these subjects, who needs to buy? Some buy because if they don't have the support of a good spine, as they call it, they will wander and end up not doing something in that area. Journal keeping was also a very welcome concept and practice for science and history.

Out in the sun, back to our Texan weather, 90 degrees or more. But we took off with the bikes, and they posed for me at the yellow flower field by the road I so badly wanted to photograph. I keep telling them not to pick flowers, to leave them there, but she insists in giving me some...

A year ago or longer I photograph one of these weeds
that was shaped as the letter "pi". I guess this one is
Epsilon, upper case.

I hope these pictures and words have been a bit of a picker upper for you. Knowing that there are many others out there learning, reflecting about our issues, commenting, encouraging others, answering questions, helping with recommendations, ideas, posts, etc. that's such a picker upper to me. Thanks to all of you, blogger friends.

She was making a wish. Wishing that she could ride
her bike for the longest time ever.

For the first time I did not choose their clothes before
I'm going to take their pictures. They wanted to
wear what you see. She doesn'tlike to wear anything
but her green polka dot dress.

6 opinion(s):

wonderinthewoods said...

Love this post too Silvia. Beautiful!! Yes, all that matters is they are the best that they can be, in their own time, and with lots of love and fun along the way. We must shed the idea of a child prodigy. The standard idea of Success is so far off my list. If my children are God-loving, people-loving, purpose-loving, independent and feel content with their lives, I will be so happy. American schools should be helping children to be the best they can be instead of creating competition with academics. Everyone has unique gifts that enrich our society. Not everyone needs top scores in math and science...

Ellen said...

Beautiful photos, Silvia! They made my heart happy. I, too, claim NORMAL for my homeschooled children. And what's wrong with that? :-)

Silvia said...

Thank you friends (wonderinthewoods and Ellen), I'm enjoying your friendship and company and I'm glad you can get to meet my family a bit through the pictures and posts.

Wonderindewoods (Cori): I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about competitiveness, priorities...there are other priorities to focus on, and the image of success that the world has is not in our list.

Kim said...

Sweet pictures Silvia!

No Ordinary Me said...

First I have to say those pictures are so adorable.

Second, I need to look into some of those games and that book about what the world eats.

Silvia said...

Thanks, "No Ordinary Me", it's nice to look at games for your Friday nights, right, it can be movie and pizza or games and pizza. I'm sure you have games that never make it out of the closet. That's what happens to us, so I try sometimes to look at what we have, pull some of those games out and PLAY THEM, LOL.


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