9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool in the Forest
Daddy lets me sleep in until 8 and when I come out to the kitchen I witness the 10yo preparing hot, turkey leftover lunches for himself and his siblings. He puts all food, including freshly made hot cocoa, into vacuum-sealed containers for them to take into the forest. I must remember these beautiful moments of independence and reflect back to them when I can't get him to clean his room or fold his laundry. The kid is ten and has it in his heart to prepare meals for the tiniest members of our family. (Sniffle-sniffle)
It's dumping down rain today but the kids still spend it outside. Dropping them off, all bundled in their waterproof gear, just feels right. I'm so grateful we have this program for them to grow with.
On the way out of the park I chuckle at a newt crossing (see the rainbow?) and marvel at young bucks with tiny horns.
Today's report from the leader of both big kid's groups:
I was lucky to get to spend time with both the Fox Lizards and the Redwood Squirrels last week as Spencer was gone. We had a lovely on and off rainy day.
*write down and draw the edible plants we learned last week"
While waiting to pick-up the kids at 3pm, I head to the library and stock up on Playaways and books for our up-coming trip to Boston. I often find myself at the library counter, checking-out our typical *pile* of books and audio, reaching for my credit card, only to catch myself. Our public libraries are such a treasure!
TUESDAY We have taken a big leap and decided to bring math and language arts tutors to the house. The driving around all day long was getting to me and suddenly the added cost of bringing someone to us didn't seem so painful. I could do it myself, but it's not easy. None of us are at our best in that arrangement and it would take twice the woman that I am to do it well, with her own kids.
8:30 - 10:30 Math tutor works one hour with 10yo, 45 minutes with 7yo and 15 minutes with 5yo.
10:30 - 12:00 Language arts tutor at the house. Ignore Beanie's head on the table and the fact that this picture makes it look like she's teaching the alphabet to big kids. V is great with the kids and gets the big ones writing creatively.
12:30 - 2:30 Open studio art class for homeschoolers. Beanie is big into building cardboard doll houses and the 10yo paints.
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns does PreK
2:45 - 3:45 Music class for the 10yo while Beanie and I walk to a cafe and continue reading the classic, Heidi.
8:30 - 9:30 Family tennis class canceled due to rain
10:00 - 11:00 Family Spanish class canceled due to massive tree falling and blocking our long driveway. I post pictures on FB and friends suggest I do a homeschooling project of making furniture with my kids. Ha! In reality their day consisted of *an independent study of the history of animation*. (In other words, three hours of Looney Tunes while I direct tree trimmers.)
1:00 - 4:00 No PreK for tiny buns, tree still blocking our driveway, lower county flooding and traffic around town is horrific!
1:00 - 2:00 No Poetry - see above
9:00 - 10:30 Beanie's art instruction with M. She loves the alone time with her teacher and I love what she comes home with at the end of the morning.
9:15 - 10:15 Electricity class for Tiny Buns. This kid is mechanically inclined, curious and super focused. When he spent 6+ hours one weekend, building snap circuit sets all by himself, I decided to see if I couldn't get D to give him a little one-on-one on the subject. We will do about three sessions of this to wet his whistle and then hopefully I can get creative with ways to feed his hunger. The video I took towards the end of his class made my heart explode (see below).
9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool 4-wheel drive - the 10yo's second day a week in nature. Run by the same organization as Monday's class, this group happens have only boys enrolled at this time, which I love. It's great to see them just go off a wild adventure with a great male leader. This week the boys were taken out to a state park where they volunteered to hand-pull an invasive species/weed. Report this week n/a.
1:00 - 4:00 PreK for Tiny Buns
1:15 - 2:15 French immersion for Beanie. Her teacher is so sweet and easy. Kids show up and they make gingerbread house, only in French. :)
9:00 Mis-communication with Spanish tutor leads to no Spanish class today. Instead kids want to paint and make art while listening to Spanish audio discs. We use Living Language Spanish. A fellow homeschool mom recently told me that they study their language via Skype, with a lovely teacher in Nicaragua who charges $8/hr. It gets me thinking that I might just have to re-think this!
12:00 - 2:00 The Nutcracker!