|Little Bean's drawings from 2 to 4. They are not very well sorted by dates, though.|
|Blue heart books with drawings from 2 or 3 to now, 6 yrs. I have those pictures scanned too.|
I plan to keep them better organized by dates from this month on.
I won't take much time to express my disappointment. All in all, I kept reading and I will still have a high concept of this book. I'll just say that just because we believe Darwin's theory to be false, it doesn't make us irrational or cultists. We ALL, including Mr. Berman, have believes, and actually many public schools in different states are heavily indoctrinating the students.
Secondly I'd like to say that I expected more depth from him than just alluding to the homeschooling outperforming grades. Actually, isn't he questioning the system and grades? Why does he then reduces homeschooling to a good option because it gets children better grades?
|A quarter of MEP finished and bound in a spiral|
Then I took this to God. I also talked about it with my husband. I woke up and I decided we can do this. We worked for a while before a productive morning in regard to the lots of errands we did. And I am back on the game. With my imperfections, and remembering that their learning and growing don't rest on my capacities alone. That they will be fine, even if there are X amount of things we have not started, that we are behind, that I haven't even read about let alone know how to make them happen, or the things they are not close to know... in time, with dedication and faith, things will fall into place.
She practiced handwriting, we sang Be Strong and Courageous, since we are now learning about Joshua and Caleb and Canaan. Then read the Japanese Twin Sisters, and she noticed the kindle says 79 percent, so she was asking if we will read a different twin story after. This is Take's birthday chapter, their ultimate favorite. It's a girls paradise, and beautifully written, with details and events that will make little girls swell. And I brought back to the schedule our abandoned Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans. This book has been rejected more than once. I did not let her oppose to it, since some of the biographies have been so lovely for them. I understand they are not into battle events, so I told them we will move forward and picked Daniel Boone which I had read before and knew they will like. Both of them got into the story... (I heard "it's a mother's intuition" song, the one Kanga sings in one of the Pooh movies, inside me). They remembered the big vines we saw in our vacation, and they were both intrigued about how he escaped the Indians chase.
There is a very fine line between pushing and just guiding or offering. Some in the unschooling movement (and please, I'm not trying to be confrontational, for I know not all unschooling is the same), see anything we propose as directed, pushed in other words, and they don't see value in anything that doesn't come from the child... I also agree that we can't spend our days coaxing them, bribing them, pushing them or lecturing, and the age of the child is key too... I know that's not learning. And some of those activities they propose you do with your children are to me bribes, not the ideas that ignite learning in them, because most are based on entertaining, and they are bells and whistles to me. Different from the intrinsic and genuine interest hidden in just a story like this of Daniel Boone.
music/ composer and art study. I like her plan for music appreciation in the early years, I'm working on it. I may still see what composer they are listening to at ambleside, but I found Lindafay's suggestions for music very doable and simple but very reasonable too. I realize I was still putting more emphasis on the books and leaving the rest of what makes Charlotte Mason relevant on the side. Instrument practice it's also very well explained by her. We will go back to the recorder. As for the art, we got this photo book, and I'm also working on printing some artist pictures, even if it's in a small size, to start our own album with prints and artists I know they'd love, and why not, with artists I LOVE TOO myself. So I'm filling the shopping cart and a paper with a few selected items, nothing impossible for our budget, I will post once I purchased what i bought and how much it was, and hopefully this coming August we'll have a meaningful but simple plan to follow that will include nature walks, drawing, recorder practice, art and music appreciation, hymns study, and the slow reading we are familiar with, and we'll keep our math, handwriting and reading short lessons.