I find myself dreaming of school! I know, it's weird. Nate and I went to a home school conference in KC this weekend and I came back, head spinning with ideas. In a good way. In a way that makes me feel very alive.
(Side note...when I was a kid, I helped my Mom get ready for VBS. One of my "dream" jobs as a kid was designing some sort of themed material or curriculum. I am just now realizing how God is allowing that part of me come to life in this whole home-schooling endeavor.)
I went with close to zero knowledge about curriculum (hello, overwhelming!) and came back very inspired! As far as curriculum goes, anyway.
As for the workshops, we had some mixed feelings. There were a few workshops where we really connected with the speakers and enjoyed them a lot. There were others in which the main goal seemed to be to "defend" the home school choice and/or poke fun of other options. Those weren't as helpful. I know that homeschooling has benefits (that's why we're doing it) but seriously, it can't be perfect, and it would have helped to talk about it in an unbiased manner to help newbies like me think about what to look for.
We also came back so thankful to be a part of a community that values God's Gospel being the central driving force/worldview in our lives. Godly character and Biblical education are very important, we totally agree, but our primary goal for our kids and for our lives is that His Redemption would be made known to people! That message seemed to be missing from the conference, which was sad, but led to some good conversations between Nate and I about what our vision is for this. I'm SO thankful for a husband who came with me and is willing to be in this together!
Overall....inspired! I have a better understanding of curriculum and which seem like they fit our family. We picked out a newer Math curriculum that is a totally different way of learning math that what I grew up with.
I learned Math just fine, but this idea is pretty exciting to me. It's all about learning Math conceptually, so we walk through Fred's life and help him solve the problems he's encountering in his daily life. It's in storybook form, which fits Malia well.
I've done some starting touches in our school area downstairs. My main issue is lack of natural light... :( However, I'm sure much school time will happen upstairs or even outside.
This little table/bench may get a paint makeover. :)
Lots of ideas simmering up there in my noggin.
Oh, and I have been doing school, not just dreaming about it.
Our most recent school project: Family Trees.
Number 3 couldn't seem to stay away from all the picture action. :)