Happy 11.11.11 This is such a cool day.† Kei and I started off talking about how unique it is.† Hope yours is amazing!
In my life this weekÖcalmer, slower, less frantic.† Our new schedule is amazing.† We are both so much happier without a huge amount of check lists to get through each day.† We are exploring things in greater detail.† I have wanted to do this basically ëone subject a dayí for years.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to shareÖfound so many wonderful sites.† How did people do this before the internet?† The resources are incredible.† A few of our new favs:
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new Many simulations with free lesson plans to go along with them.† We did one Wednesday on Physics and we both loved it.
http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/k-6.html Great science resources.† You do have to register but it is completely FREE!
I am inspired byÖJessica at Teachable Moments.† Thank you Jess for talking me through our new schedule.
What made me smile… While searching for a video to show the difference between potential and kinetic energy I found this.† What better example than that crazy Wile E. Coyote and RoadRunner!!
Places weíre going and people weíre seeingÖWe mainly hung out at home this week.† Kei did go to her Space and Rocket class and learned to build a fire and construct shelter from a parachute. Because of course every one carries one of those suckers around!
My favorite thing this week wasÖCurling up on the couch and Kei and I taking turns reading aloud from ìKing Arthur and the Knights of the Round Tableî. Also we are watching ìMerlinî on Netflix streaming and loving it.
Questions/thoughts I haveÖ why is bullying acceptable behavior?† Who make that something that just happens.† Feeling blessed that Kei doesn’t HAVE to live with these kinds of people and can walk away from anyone who doesnít treat her with respect.
Things Iím working onÖbeing fine with Kei not wanted to jump out of bed and start ëworkí.† It is ok to do other things first Mom! Really it is.
We are readingÖ
I am reading ìLove Walked Inî by Marisa de los Santos [thank you Theresa] and really enjoying it.†
We are reading ìKing Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtableî together.†
Kei is reading ìCelia and the Fairiesî †
We are both reading poetry to each other.† Rereading Shel Silverstein ìWhere the Sidewalk Endsî.†
Iím cookingÖchili and chicken tortillas and baked chicken and homemade bread!
Iím grateful forÖmy silly dog, who taught me it is possible to love a furry canine who chews up everything in sight, licks my mouth and nose, whines if he isn’t petted, gets dog hair EVERYWHERE, breathes his stinky breath all over me and is the highest maintenance thing in our house!
†What’s working for us...We have cut out TV by 80%.† Let me clarify….we still watch shows and movies but not regular TV.† We are watching things that we feel enrich our lives instead of waste time.† We are also sitting on the couch together talking, knitting, reading, doing crosswords, etc at night instead of just mindlessly watching television.† So far neither one of us have gone insane. 😉
Iím thankful forÖa job that is steady enough to splurge on beautiful yarn for my girl and not have to worry about it.
A photo, video, link, or quote to shareÖ Kei took this picture of herself with her iPhone and I loved the way it turned out.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.“† ~Hans Hofmann