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Spring Fever

27 May

I’m still trying to figure the direction in which this blog is moving. I just can’t bring myself to do weekly round up-type posts. Although I enjoy reading them at other blogs, I find them boring to write. I already do something similar for my records, albeit in a very abbreviated format, and cannot get myself to do another, more detailed version here. I prefer to have something interesting and stimulating to write about; witty if I can manage it. But lately our homeschooling just isn’t providing adequate material for posts. We have a routine, and to be honest our homeschooling is a bit like an old married couple: comfortable, unexciting (usually), and a little dull. You might even say we’re in a little bit of a rut.

We’re really enjoying spelling (cause it’s new) and science, but everything else is just a little stale. Even history isn’t thrilling us anymore. Esa’s disappointed with the colouring pages in the Story of the World Volume 2 activity book, and I have to agree that they’re not that great. (The ones in activity book 3 are even worse; the drawing is terrible.) Math is going well, but we’re not doing much supplementing with stories or activities. We’ve not done art or poetry in weeks. He really dislikes Writing with Ease, in particular dictation. I think it’s a fantastic curriculum, but it can be a little dull. Okay, very dull. He enjoys the narration, and the reading selections have provided us with introductions to books that we otherwise might not have discovered, which is great. Handwriting is a boring but necessary evil. We’ll be starting cursive writing soon, which will liven things up a bit.

I think the real problem is that we’re feeling a little burnt out. If I made a little more effort to supplement, or take him on educational visit somewhere, we might be able to inject some life into our homeschool. But I just don’t have the “umph” for it right now. Spring is here, the garden is blooming, we’re planning to go to the US in a few days, and my mind is just elsewhere. Maybe what we need is to just unschool for a while. Lots of read alouds (also lacking right now), lots of time in the garden (if only it would stop RAINING!), read about herbs using A Kid’s Herb Book, maybe do some nature journaling, and just have an overall relaxed approach for now.

In other news, I have started yet another blog. :) My interest in veganism is providing me with a lot of material to write about, and since I don’t want to bore my readers, who mainly come here to read about homeschooling, I thought a separate blog was a good idea. If you’re interested, here’s the link: http://spillinthebeans.wordpress.com/

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5 responses to “Spring Fever

  1. Neo

    May 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Feeling burnt out is cue to take things slowly. It’s ok to take time out to just relax and do things differently. We have noticeably slowed down too, but who can blame us, with summer coming soon? Weather here isn’t great too. :-(

     
  2. Elsie Hickey Wilson

    May 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hi, Michelle and Esa,
    It is that time of the year, not just for you and Esa. As the school year winds down, things that looked fun in the beginning are just “more of the same” by June and things that were not that good in the beginning really fizzle!
    On the handwriting….cut loose from stuff that “looks like handwriting” and instead
    approach it from an artistic angle: then it is NOT handwriting, that thing you have to slave through, but Calligraphy! Try out some fun pens, markers, exciting technical mechanical pencils etc. Also, try writing on some interesting paper or on regular paper that gets collaged into a neat art or into an “Artist’s Journal”.
    In the other areas, give them a rest as a “class” and instead delve into trade books on the topics.
    Language/English/Composition/Grammar: Try having Esa making his own handbook of grammar and language structure etc.
    Hugs to you both!
    Elsie

     
    • Michelle

      May 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks for the great suggestions, Elsie; we may try some of those. :)

       
  3. Michelle B

    May 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    That is where we are in our homeschooling, too. Comfortable, but not very exciting. I am definitely ready for a break. Not because I am overwhelmed or burnt out, just kind of bored. I am excited for our trip on which we are visiting Washington D.C. and NYC in addition to family. Then I plan to take a few weeks when we get back for to refuel and get some household projects done. I think by the beginning of August I will be ready (and excited) to start school again. We finished SOTW this year and are going to start A History of US, so that will be new and interesting.

     
    • Michelle

      May 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, bored probably describes how we feel, too. Your trip sounds really exciting. I’d love to use A History of US later on; it looks so great.

       

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