Friday, August 21, 2009
School and Such
We've made it through two weeks of school, and I'm not gonna lie and say it's been easy! This is probably the hardest year we've ever had as far as the curriculum I've chosen. I think it was time to be challenged (well, for the girls - not necessarily me....), and I'm hoping it will get easier to deal with as time goes on. One of the reasons I chose this one was because I had read many reviews that said it was great for allowing your children to be independent learners. So far, that is not the case. I'm still having to "hold their hand" through some of the subjects, but had they used this in the past, it would probably be a different story. I guess they're playing catch-up in some areas, so hopefully it will all make sense in a few weeks and they'll be able to do more on their own. The Teaching Textbooks for math still gets two thumbs up around here, and Cari (who usually despises math and struggles a bit) is doing quite well. I wish Teaching Textbooks was developed for use with other subjects.
For the past two weeks, we've had to just get away from the house and the books, and the need has been hitting us around Wednesday. Last week, we ended up at Tanner Beach. We had it to ourselves for a little while and we met up with some friends later in the afternoon. This week we went to Cave Spring, Georgia. We toured the cave (it wasn't Carlsbad Caverns, but I was quite surprised at some of the similarities - just on a much smaller scale) and looked at the spring. We also took home a jug of water from the spring, which we had heard you were supposed to do. Evidently the locals take that seriously as we saw one man walking up with a hand truck full of empty plastic containers that he was going to fill with water. I guess there's plenty to go around, and there's no cost. The water was crystal clear and tasted just fine. It tasted like water, so that's what counts. We also fed the fish and ducks (don't worry, they weren't swimming where you get the water. That would just be gross).
I guess that's one of the things I love about homeschooling. We're on our own schedule and do what we want to when it comes to the education of our children. We have the opportunity to get out during the week and explore and avoid crowds while doing so - if we pick the right spot. I hope to be able to get out more this year. I told the girls that there is so much in Georgia that I've never seen, and I think we're going to take the opportunity (Lord willing) this year to see what's in our great state. That's one of the ideas that Charlotte Mason had for her way of education - to get out and enjoy nature as much as possible. While we obviously don't do a complete CM education, I do see advantages to many of the aspects of that type of learning, and I hope I can integrate a little bit of all the great teaching methods that I admire. There's also other landmarks and buildings around the state that I'd like to tour, so I'm hoping we can do some of those once the cold weather hits. Until then, I intend to fully enjoy fall and the great outdoors as it's my favorite time of year (I think I've mentioned that before, haven't I?). It does my mind and spirit so much good to view all the beautiful things that God has created. He is the Artist above all other artists, and I want to take in as much of His creation as He will allow my eyes to see.
My children (except for Matthew, and he's taking a nap right now) are with nana and granddaddy, so I'm enjoying some play time right now. I've been trying to make my blog look better, but I'm not having much luck. I think I'll go fiddle with that some more. Have a great weekend!
Here's some more pictures from our field trip this week.