The other day my 9 year found small cards clipped together on the floor. He asked me what they were as I picked them up off the floor. I explained that they belong with a spelling program. Then I asked if he thought he would like to use it?
He laughed and said “I already. know how to spell. Why would I need that.”
He’s a dream come true.
What?! T.V. is not good. It’s bad. How many of you, besides myself, try desperately to keep the kids off the screens? I try to no avail but they manage to watch it, read it or play on some kind of screen. But then my kids tell me things that make me believe that T.V. is not always the evil villain that I think it is. Like the other day.
I was in the car driving somewhere with my 9 year old son. I can’t recall how we got on the topic but he asks me “Do you know how cows are branded?” I’m thinking that he must have read something from Farmer Boy. Ah ha! My methods are working! He proceeds to explain to me how branding is done (Science). I ask “How did you find that out?” He tells me he looked it up on YouTube (research skills). Then he shares with me that he was watching Malcom in the Middle and that’s what made him curious about cow branding. Hmmmm. . .
So maybe reading Farmer Boy and then watching Malcom in the Middle help to create this inquisitive behavior. I guess this could be called Share and Tell?
This is an adorable short video from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Chapter II Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a tight Place
After taking my older boys to classes they are taking I came home to my 9 year old playing with the T.V. on (rest assured, he was not home alone.) I said “It’s time to turn the T.V. off.” He turned it off and said he was going to read his book. My eyes widened I’m sure and asked if he was reading his Winnie the Pooh book “Yea” and he ran down the hallway and into his bedroom.
Shortly after he asked if he could read from the book to me. Now I’m thinking this is a great example of self initiated learning. After he reads a very funny moment from the story he said he was wondering about Poohs voice. I can hear Pooh in my head from when I was a little girl but just couldn’t get my own voice to sound like Edward Pooh. Thank goodness for Youtube. And right this moment he is writing something about Pooh. I can’t keep up with him this morning!
Can you find the lessons?
In my recent post about transferring credits from junior college to university it sounded like we had not prepared for these years. We had and well, life just became a 50 foot wave that we just had to ride. I didn’t think it would be fair if I didn’t share some of our first steps. To be honest I didn’t get these ideas on my own. I have a great book written by Cafi Cohen titled ”And What About College”.
When my son was 13 years old we talked about colleges and universities that he was interested in. At that time he had desired a future in entertainment. We made a list of those schools and started to look at the requirements.
One school that is of particular interest had this information for freshman admissions:
USC considers applications from home-schooled students. To better understand a student’s preparation, we require two extra items in addition to the general requirements found in the Common App and USC Supplement. Home-schooled students must submit: 1) results from three SAT Subject tests, including one in mathematics; and 2) a dossier outlining the home school program. The dossier should include detailed syllabi of all courses, names of textbooks, names and applicable credentials of instructors, details of any assistance you are receiving or curriculum you are following through any public or private agency, and any additional information that may be helpful.
(Link to above)
This is excellent information to know! ”Keep good records” that’s what that is saying to me. There are some great resources to help keep your records but a simple notebook with dividers has been the easiest for me.
We also saw that some of the universities we were looking at wanted college prep courses such as Speed Reading, SAT prep and any AP classes. Even if you don’t think your son or daughter is looking at going to college I would at least take look at what is going on out there and defiantly keep records. You know how it is, one day they don’t want to eat peas and when their grandma makes peas they love them and wonder why you never make them.
Last night my 16 year old son and I were watching a junior college orientation online about a program here in Washington state called Running Start. This program is for juniors and seniors. These students can receive free tuition for college classes and the classes give the student college and high school credits. Sounds like a great idea right. Well, my highly intelligent son, told me he had a concern. What?
He told me that some universities do not accept all of the credit you may have earned that you want transferred. Hmmm, how can my son know more then me. Shoot, I only graduated about 20 years ago. I head to the internet and start searching. Granted I only looked at NYU and UCLA but here’s what I found. NYU will only take 12 credits from another college and UCLA will take 70 units i.e. credits. This is important information.
Being that I am the high school counselor I better do some more research. The first thing that we had been planning on doing for a while is contact the colleges that offer his major. We did this when he was a freshman but that is a different post. Needless to say he has changed his mind about what he wants to do. The other thing I am wondering about is if he gets an A.A. and then applies to a college how do they work with that. You would think that it would be easy but nothing ever seems to be simple. Let’s pray it’s is cut and dry.
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1. Pray more
Every day I will make an effort to pray with my children before we move into a busy day.
2. Smile more
That means that when things are not going the way I believe they should go instead of putting on a grumpy face, yes a grumpy face, I am going to put on a smile. I am already seeing the results from this ( :
My oldest son says that I should really only commit to one resolution and I should see greater success. I agree. Besides my first resolution has been one of the hardest ones for me to keep since I started working full time.
Resolutions here I come!
Happy New Year!
Today my son gave me a surprise. A home school surprise. Your probably wondering what that could be. It’s simple, he spelled December. Your thinking “So what.” What surprised me is that I don’t how he learned that word. We do not use any spelling curriculum. None of my children have used any programs. Yet they spell, they write, they just know how to spell. I get these surprises all the time. And it always amazes me.
Just to think of all the time we, as children in public school, spent on weekly spelling test. All that time we could have been playing, pretending our creating a new universe. I should tell you that he is 9 years old. He also decided to write a story. He is learning how to spell by writing his story too. I must add that helping him spell words for his story is much more enjoyable then a spelling drill. For the both us.
I have not written in a long time because I am learning how to manage my full time job and homeschooling with out pulling out my hair. That brings me to the idea of creating a spiritual Christmas with out unpacking the seemingly endless boxes of decorations. Lets face it, decorations make things fun and Christmasy.
I first pulled out my nativity set and made the star path for Mary to walk across each day of Advent. That in itself was special. A lit candle some Christmas music made the moment. Hmmm. I am not sure what else I can do. I am thinking about just pulling all our Christmas lights out and hanging them everywhere. That’s my favorite part of decorating are the lights and how they twinkle.
Does anyone else have some ideas?
By necessity I had to find a fulltime job. The day that I took the offer I got in my car and I felt sad enough to cry. I should be happy because I have met so many people who have been unable to find any work.
I am concerned about how the planning process is going to work and how our days will work out. This will certainly be a challenge.
Life Cycle of a Frog Wooden Educational toy
There is something to be said about toys that are crafted by hand. They feel different, they have a great smell, and you know a little love was put into each one. This morning I ran across Little Woodlanders.
There is a great variety of wooden toys, from teethers (for baby), villages (my favorite), the Life Cycle of a Frog (another favorite) and her prices are affordable. Right now you can enter to win her Life of Cycle of a Frog toy. And if you choose you can receive 15% off your purchase.
All you need to do is visit Chocolate Eyes for full details on how you can enter to win.