so, school…

how to be a pirate book plus drawing of the coverI’m not sure how to write all of this out without sounding like I’ve gone off the deep end, but here goes.  Last week was hard, so hard in all the ways, but it was so good in lots of ways too.  Courben proposed on Tuesday that he’d like to start choosing what he’s learning.  To think that he’s gone along with whatever I’ve had on the schedule for all these years, I guess, is pretty amazing.  So, we sat and talked and negotiated and talked some more.
drawing of a man named BratnySo, we’re trying something new.  We’re going to keep with our six weeks on, one week off rhythm, but we’re going to do some alternating between what they boys want to learn and what Nate and I think they need to learn (you know, math and reading and writing, the big ones).  Our first week of all of this was hard because I gave them not only options on what they wanted to learn, but also let them choose when they were working.  What a change from what we’ve been doing!
drawing of a man named BruiseThe boys each chose three areas of study and they had to work on all three areas each day.  They also had to plan out what they were going to do and then document (prove to me!) what they did.  If I keep the big picture in mind, that we want them to enjoy learning and to be proactive in going after what they want to learn, then I’m okay with the change.  If I get caught up in the little things like how each day feels real tiring, or question whether they are learning what they need to learn, then I’m lost.  This is definitely a grand experiment and it’s going to require more tweaking and adjusting as we go, but I think it will end up being successful!

Oh, and the pictures above were created by Judah.  Drawing was one of his areas of focus last week.

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  1. After all this time and being faithful to reading ALL your post your “ole” auntie finally saw how to respond to you!!!!!!!!!!!! I so enjoy them. I think you are a brave and exceptional teacher!!! What a challenge you have chosen to do. But I am impressed that Courben was ready to request this. How wonderful. And you made the decision to believe he was ready to attempt this. Believing that HE believes in his ability. I will sure be praying for you (and the boys). Love your dedication. One of the best home school teachers I know. Congratulations on your beautiful new niece. God bless and love to each of you.

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