Well time has flown by and it has been a long time since we last posted. We have made some major life changes. We moved across the country to the Seattle area,We have experienced kindergarten in a public school and now are homeschooling for first grade and presumably for the rest of his academic years. We have speech therapy once a week with a one on one speech therapist(our son is autistic) and we attend a home school co op where he attends classes that he chose. We are very happy with the co-op and how he is learning.
We originally allowed him to attend public school at his request and stayed the year but our dislike of the public education system was only intensified by our first hand experience .
Don't get me wrong, I adored his teachers (class and resource room ) but the way things are handled and the lack of social skills that are taught furthered our desire to home school him.
We have been entertaining the idea of moving to a commune sometime in the near future and are currently on the hunt for the perfect fit.
Conan has recently discovered the awesomeness of "MineCraft" and we let him pay it offline . It is super awesome for home school learning and he enjoys it !
My current struggle is this game he has stumbled upon called "Roblox". He gets so frustrated and many a meltdown can be linked directly to him dying in the game. I am not sure if we will cutting this game out of our rotation of entertainment during freetime in our time.
Abc mouse has been a great help as well. We love Abc mouse and Pbs kids. My husband and I differ in some ways of parenting. He is more laid back and approaches things in an unschooling fashion. I am a follower of schedules and routines. We have discovered that our son is more of a schedule and routine person than not and so we schedule our day . I allow a good amount of freetime (he can do whatever , this includes video games and tv). We also have one day a week where he can "veg out".
Veg out day is just that , no schedule , just chill!
A sample schedule may look something like this (non co-op day)
900am -930 am :Breakfast
115-215:playtime with mommy
215-315: read /no electronics
800-900:bath,brush teeth ,read and bed
We attend co op three days a week and speech for an hour once a week so this is how we roll two and a half days a week (One of the co op days is just an hour long class and of course one day a week is chill out day)
I wanna hear from other parents. How does your day look? Am I the only one that breaks it up this much? Id love to see other examples of homeschooling and unschooling !
we will posting on the regular now . So welcome to our crazy.