Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Here we are in Jefferson City and it's looking a wee bit glum out there. but inside the hotel we are going to have fun. We plan on playing in the pool and hitting the exercise room today while Ryan is at class and (probably) taking a nap since we had to get up at the UNGODLY hour of 0600.
I mentioned that we homeschool, but we do a lot of "unschooling" which doesn't use many books but a lot of discussion and hands-on activities. Occasionally, we will do a worksheet to hone a skill that we've discussed and practice handwriting, but a most of what we do is real-life practical skills. Counting money at the store, saving money, mileage between stops, discussing what the state capital is and why it's important and who works there, etc. Sam's fascination with police cars and the COPS song has started discussions about rule and laws, speeding and safety, music, cars, and even science as he wants to know how the switches turn the sirens and lights off and on -- time for an introduction to electrical circuits :-) Savannah fell in love with butterflies while we were at the Butterfly Palace in Branson and has been looking into the different types, the migration of Monarchs, and evolved into planning a butterfly garden for the yard this summer.
But how to document all this. Most lesson planners include spaces for specific subjects, I prefer to journal. I finally found an app for my tablet that allows me to journal, add photos, draw or write ON the photos, show a calendar, makes graphs as well as adding the location and weather of where we are when I make the entries. Yes, Yes, YES!!!! Best of all I can download it to Dropbox and print off the entries to put into a notebook to satisfy not only their father, but anyone who questions whether we are actually educating or not. LOL