body’s asking me for help, you see, and that’s the key point. My kids have no problem demanding assistance as needed, so the lack of communication actually means that they’re wanting space to explore – that’s how I take it.
Short week, due to illness. We celebrated a stuffy-headed Rosetta’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, inviting only the same people who got us sick and limiting the activity portion of the party to trampoline balloons and a hamster ball. Plus an aunt brought colorful wigs!
When my kids are super into things like this, I try to roll along, and adjust quickly. As soon as they’d tried it once, they wanted to do it “2-3 times a week, and possibly for lunch and a breakfast.” Ooookay, then.
The “school” portion of our learning year is over, but the photo taking never ends! This week we had a visit from the grandparents, plus lots of butterfly-watching time as they hatched (all but one, sadly). Plus, park days are back!
Those kids can be respawned – newly set into the world – each time we camp. I think of camping now as making space for that, setting up the world of play, and I try doubly hard to find places with points of interest, with wild life, with water, with plenty of tree cover, all the advantages of a decent Minecraft world.
More than two years ago, I’d read The Brave Learner, a how-to homeschool book by Julie Bogart. It expanded my ideas of the ways people learn. For example, Bogart suggests that a child learning to ride a bicycle counts equally toward their development as a more traditional “school” task. I knew this on a deeperContinue reading “Your New Skills are Worth the Effort, Mama”
Fun week of new experiences: trying out archery with a new 4H group in person, geocaching on bicycles in our neighborhood, a self-imposed sibling Chopped Challenge, speed burning with Wilder’s handcarved fire sticks, and spore printing mushrooms that grew in our front yard to try and identify them.
And the “official” school year is over for us, and with it the end of my weekly tracking posts. I do this each week throughout the year, just for myself. These posts will see you next fall! Adios!