Sometimes Homeschool looks like playing chess, outside at the local nature preserve….with river rocks! Other times it looks like a 4 hour class on bird identification, bird calls and bird crafts. At least that’s what Homeschool looked like on March 27th.
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Last week I asked my son if he would like to go to the “Compassion Experience.” I told him it was a way for him to experience how children in other countries live in poverty. It is approved for all ages and he was very interested.
An overcast day is full of possibilities. When Papa comes home early, we abandon all other pursuits to go play with him.
Last week we went on a Ranger led Hike through the Johns Creek Enviromental Campus/Recreational Park with about 50 other homeschoolers in raining 42 degree weather. It was about an hour and a half long. We learned about Poison Ivy, the Water Filtration Cycle through the forest, Muscodine Vines, Beavers, Flood Planes, and Native Americans. It was a really great experience…even if we couldn’t feel our fingers and toes by the end. It was nothing a hot cup of homemade hot chocolate couldn’t cure! Gabriel said it was quite the Adventure!
Today is St. Patrick’s Day and as such I thought my son Gabriel might like to learn about Ireland. We are interest led homeschoolers. Some might even call us unschoolers, because I let my son choose what he wants to learn. I may make suggestions on something I think he will enjoy learning but most days it is completely up to Gabriel. On this particular day, I thought that with all of his friends celebrating St. Patrick’s day he might want to learn a little more about the holiday and the country from which it stems.
We are celebrating two birthdays in the month of March…my husbands birthday is the 16th and his moms birthday is the 13th. Because the birthdays are so close together, we try to get together on the weekend of the birthdays each year. There is nothing better than spending time with the ones you love. So, this year we took the hour drive down to his moms house or as the kids call her “Nana Charlie.” Gabriel gave her that name when he was only 3 years old. She had a shitzu named Charlie that Gabriel adored. Gabriel started calling her “Nana Charlie” one day instead of just “Nana” because he could always remember Charlie and it kinda stuck. Now he and Jade both call her “Nana Charlie.”
I chose this photo of my son as we were leaving the library this week. The library is such a magical place for us. The whole world is at our fingertips. I have a strict policy when I take my son to the library…..He chooses what he wants to read, always. I never make him pick a book. I may give him suggestions, but ultimately he makes the decision. He has a very eclectic taste in books too. So, we left the library with a book on dragonology, a book on mythical creatures, a book on climate change, several dinosaur species books, a book on cave bears, a book on whales, a book on gorillas, a book about a ship sailing on rough waves, a book about a little boy playing in the snow, and a silly children’s poem about a house that Dracula built. Like I said, eclectic!
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques. In Korean, tae means “to stomp” or “to break with the foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with fist”; and do means “way of life.” So, loosely translated, Taekwondo means “the way of the foot and hand.”
My husband and I started looking into martial arts for our son, Gabriel, back in September. We knew he needed an extracurricular activity that would focus on positive reinforcement, positive attitude, mental focus, strength, and help him with his leadership skills. You see, Gabriel lacked confidence and always dwelt on the negative. We found everything Gabriel needed in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Karate Atlanta.
Notice the Play-Doh pieces all over the table as Gabriel is coloring his Dire Wolf….
We wanted to go to the park today. Never mind that it was 48 degrees and raining off and on. We just layered up our clothing, put on our raincoats, grabbed the umbrella and headed out the door. We even managed to convince Papa to come out into the rain with us!
The first thing we noticed when we got to the park was the abundance of parking spaces. We had the place to ourselves! The second thing we noticed…everything was wet, go figure. But it didn’t stop us from having a fantastic outing. We played on the playground, we jumped in puddles, we played at the pond and we walked the trails. After we were fully exhausted, we headed home for warm baths, lunch and then topped it all off with naps. It’s been a good day!