I’ve been absent for a while. I’ve been absent because I have been pondering.
I have made a very good friend through my blog. Amazingly enough, she has my mind, in a body I have never met, living somewhere in Florida. She has become a wonderful friend, a great sounding board, and also a reminder. A reminder of who I am. She wrote this post for me. It is called “Ode to My Twin“. If you don’t have time to read it. Well that’s OK, although her blog is fantastic and I would take the time. However if you don’t have time, here’s the skinny “Be You”.
So, that’s what I’ve been pondering. How to “be me”. Not at home, not with my family, with you, my readers. So here’s the thing. I jumped the Waldorf ship. I jumped the ship for more than a few reasons. The curriculum was moving too slowly for my inquisitive son, I wasn’t fostering his development, I was holding him back. Daily life was not a beautiful rhythm it was stressful, and painful. My son was not enjoying the slow pace he was learning at, he would start to get so upset if he even saw a main lesson book. He was constantly asking questions that I wasn’t “supposed” to encourage. Well forget that. We jumped. We jumped into my own version of the right curriculum for my son. We are doing math. We are still learning about the qualities of numbers, but we are learning them in a broader context. I am so happy that my twin at You Know What Mama turned me on to Math-U-See. My little monster wanted to read so badly, I did tons of research to figure out the most painless way to make that happen. I discovered Explode the code. Then researching even further, I found Explode the Code online. Well, that was a goldmine! Let me tell you, my boy, he loves computers. I know, another Waldorf no-no. And I’ve done my best, I tell you. But the world of technology, it is calling to him. He loves to entertain, to make movies, to watch the movies he makes. What am I going to do? Hold him back? He has been using the Explode the Code online program for two weeks, and he’s reading! Yup. This is coming from the same chickie who wrote “No he’s not reading yet, and he’s not knitting either“. We have also discovered Unit Studies for history, geography and social studies. We create lapbooks, and he loves them! Who wouldn’t? This is creativity while learning, and not in a way he can’t comprehend. I found a great website with FREE unit studies, FREE! You can also search YouTube to see how to make LabBooks, it’s pretty cool.
Ok, so. That’s the beginning. I have created the right curriculum for my son. I am fostering his love for American history, his desire to read, and to take electrical things apart. I am letting him be him. Alas, that is not the only reason I jumped the ship, so stay-tuned. My battery is going to die in 11 minutes. So I will continue this conversation. I would love to hear what you are doing in your homeschooling or learning journey. What is working for you?