Thursday, December 8, 2011

the boy REALLY likes astronomy

I couldnt be happier...tickle me PINK! He has become obsessed with the stars...he knows words that I have never heard. He is doing college based math on quasars....but get this...he hasnt even completed grade 7 math yet!! He kinda veered off of the Teaching Textbooks a while back an onward towards anything astronomy math related. I explained that a lot of this may be over his head and he will need to be patient etc. no problem...he has no problem spending HOURS figuring out a difficult problem to get the right answer to a equation about the distance between the earth and a particular star far, far away etc etc etc. LOVIN IT!! He has also taken to writing "essays" of star related things...go figure! It turns out you dont have to TEACH writing if the student actually wants to write!! I always knew this, but now I have PROOF!

And the branch from the 'essays' from the boy are that the girls are now wanting to write "essays" for themselves...or stories etc. I dont know how long this train will last but Im riding it to the station! All this, today anyway, happened while I wasnt even home...I LOVE unschooling!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Piano Day

the kids had piano today. we usually have a busier day on thursdays when there is piano. We had to run to the grocery store afterwards. the usual looks from unfamiiar faces wondering...who is this lady with all these kids and why arent they in school? no biggie. an older lady was pushing her cart and my oldest stopped what we was doing to offer a hand. she was grateful and was so suprised at the nice young man who helped her...that he was so polite! I was like oh yeah...its cuz we r homeschoolers! But I kept it to myself :) Then this afternoon J had his lego club meeting. Boys ranging from 5 to 13 were spread out over our large dining room table. The boy is a great leader and I am amazed at how all those ages work so well together, they all meshed into one legotastic body. Then it was chore time...the rooms were NASTY! all through it all there were some tuffles and a few harsh words....none too bad. I let them work it out amongst themselves. Now all are upstairs exited about tomorrows christmas parade downtown