Learning from the school of LIFE
I didn’t have much in terms of established resources and guidelines when I first embarked on this journey but I had the resolve to make it happen, so I researched options and created the right mindset, structure and curriculum plan for myself. Through the process I learned what worked and what didn’t; but most importantly how beneficial it is for my son, and how rewarding it is for me. As parents we do so much for our children: love, care, teach, inspire, encourage, listen, share, model, guide, accept, discipline, value, validate, and appreciate. Parent-Teachers have even more opportunity to do those things on a daily basis. I’m so grateful.
The way I approach this blog is similar to the way I learn and teach. I’m a natural researcher. I love to read and learn about a variety of topics. I enjoy building lessons where we can explore a theme from different points of view. I’m constantly challenging myself to go deep with a subject and see where it takes me. Of particular interest to me is the “why?” so I enjoy researching origins, traditions, history and exploring meanings and symbolism or real story behind something, so to speak. Over the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to build a wide range of lessons and review tons of material. Here I share some experiences and talk about themes, activities and resources I’ve found useful in our schooling efforts. Most of what I share is geared towards K-3 age group since that is my level of experience. My approach is also built on the mindset that every day can be an opportunity to learn and be inspired, so we maintain an all-year school. I’ve structured the blog by linking themes together to make it easier when searching for themes and ideas. I do go back and update posts when I come across new info or resources to keep things current. In addition, I’ll be linking new posts with older ones when related to keep things consolidated and organized. The categories are pretty standard but if you’d like to find out a bit more about the lesson themes we cover, I’ve listed a brief overview under the Curriculum header. As a side note: if you do click on a category make sure you scroll all the way down as the older posts button is at the bottom of the page. This will ensure you are accessing all the posts tagged with that category name which may not necessarily be showing in the few options listed by default. You may need to keep scrolling and clicking depending on how many posts that particular category has tagged.
If you’d like to learn more about our home school, check out this interview or spend some time browsing through my posts, as they’ll give you a good sense of my teaching style. I hope things shared through this blog offer some ideas, information, support and encouragement to others. You can post a comment or question on the blog or contact me via email.