Wednesday, July 6, 2011

man...sometimes my kids are COOL :)

Ok, so, I was gone ALL day today at meetings with our area homeschool convention board....I know I know right?? an "UNSCHOOLER" on a Christian Homeschool Convention Staff?? ssshhhh.....dont tell em and I wont OK?? lol!

I get home, all hot and sweaty I might add, to find that my kids or at least the girls had been diligently working on making homemade storybooks. M has a 20 page story that she is illustrating page by page and T was working on a 10 page book. ( now remember T is th one who is REALLY struggling with learning issues right now so YEA for her!!) and little H was trying her best to remember her whole alphabet from heart with NO helps from sissies. All This was for ice cream. I think I created a monster!! I promised T some Baskin if she read a book all by herself yesterday because I had a free scooop coupon for her anyway. This created a vortex of language "stuff" where each kid was asking what they could do to earn Baskin as well. Well of course I had to come up with something!! And there was the Book making and alphabet learnin' and all the rest. I cant wait to see what a dinner date with dad will get me!! thats right, Im not ashamed to bribe my kids!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I think I am going to STRANGLE as child.......

thats IT!!!! the WHINING must stop!!! I believe I am the only one who is allowed to whine around here!!

I think that dogs are probably the only things who hear can you now... you have gone into the stratosphere child!!

Where in the world do you get this attitude from?? oh yeah...probably from me :)

what exactly IS unschooling anyway??

You know I think I like the title more for its shock value that anything....I am not really a fan of the word "unschool" it just sounds like "uncool" or something :) You know the "official" ramirez title for the way we live our life and learn should be something like "every day is a learning day and life is our classroom" but we use curriculum when it suits our needs? I dont think our family reallly fits well into any preformed idea of natural learning. but I DO think "natural learning" is the best way to describe unschoolers in general...and it sounds nicer too! I have been working through a charter school for years now...its becoming harder and harder to continue using them while educating our children in a way that suits our family without outright lying to them about what we are doing. So far I havent had to start lying, but I fear that with every passing year we may have to dissenroll. Now dont get me wrong, its not the end of the world for us to private school affidavit our kids, its just the end of funding for fun stuff like piano and karate and endless trips to rainbow resource and nasco for crafts and cool games etc.

J is going into 7th grade in our charter, a whole new world for us. They are saying that nothing will change and I hope that is true. I am very spoiled by the funding that we have recieved each semester and it has afforded us a cushy homeschool library etc. And this fall my sandwich girl will be able to get formal testging for a learning disability, which would be extremely difficult to get if we private schooled. So there is definate pluses to using a public charter. Still my heart is a bit torn, I think I would feel a bit more free and relaxed in what I know is right for my family if we had no one else to answer to. I wonder if I am REALLY as OK with it as I think I am?? It sounds wierd huh....to not really be sure houw you actually feel about something as important as your choice in home education, but Im not. Some days I am 100% and some days (like today) I'm feeling more like 40%. I think sometimes I would not require things of my children that I now ask if we private schooled. There probably wouldnt be any LA workbooks or programs after they learned to read if they didnt want them. but becuase I have to show my ES something each month, I have them use workbooks because its easier. Am I ompromising?? Yeah, probably....it it over the the line?? not today I guess. I think its probably still worth it. but I may change my mind tomorrow :0)

first day of school in July

we did "school" today, first time in a few weeks because of all the house stuff going on. I felt bad for Jonah because he had just started some hard new stuff in math before our unscheduled break and he had to start from scratch today because he had forgotten most of it :(
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Leah Lambert Ramirez on the flip side both micah and jonah decided to do some writing on their won. I tolf Micah that I would take her for a scoop of ice cream if she finished her 20 page book she wanted to write, with correct punctuation I might add. We will see how far she gets this week :) and Jonah grabbed a thesaurus and picked about 20 "hard" words to spell and define. I told him he should make a comic strip using those words ....that should be interesting!! and Tami finished reading a REAL BOOK ...star wars jar jar makes a mistake. a level 1 reader. So she got to go for ice cream at BR (its her birthday scoop for free) but she need not know that. All in all a very good start to a very HOT day!!