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Life skills are extremely important. All my boys learned to cook and have done so professionally, my girls learned how to change the oil in their cars and how to make small household repairs. I wasn't going to rear children who couldn't take care of themselves and their families. I also strongly believe that children should be taught how and why our government works at all levels, so when I was educating my grandchildren we visited the state legislature where they talked with the representatives about matters that concerned them.
We studied the history of the country, of our state and the natives who inhabited the area before white men came to the west coast. We were closely associated with the Samish tribe while they were working to be reinstated after someone left their tribe off the register. That was a most interesting fight and those children were directly involved.
We studied the geology of our area and of the United States/North America as a whole. We learned from people who were doing things such as living off the land. One of our friends lived off one acre of land for five years. He never planted a crop, but harvested the native plants and some animals, and lots of fish. He showed us many survival techniques. They may come in handy If Mount Rainier decides to erupt. We also studied meteorology, Plate tectonics, volcanology and myriad other subjects beyond the normal academic fare of math, reading and writing. Of course we studied those basics, but they were applied rather than theorized.
The boys learned how to figure the better price in the supermarket, and they did it in their heads. They gathered wheat from a square yard of land with permission. They then brought that home and went through the entire process to make the grain edible. They worked on community service projects of their own choosing. One boy worked in the local food bank. Another worked for a local veterinarian. The two little boys helped with making up the food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Those four children had a solid idea of how to apply their education. They understood their community and its resources. I would want that for all children, but they aren't going to get it as long as they are being taught to the test. All our children are being left behind. One state recently outlawed education in critical thinking. Can you imagine? Critical thinking is at the very core of education.
So, I am all in favor of parents, or grandparents homeschooling children. Education should be attractive and have its own rewards. Children should be free to ask questions and research the answers. Their minds should be cultivated in an atmosphere of curiosity. The teacher must be just as curious as the child and should never give the answers. Instead, the teacher must guide the child to find those answers and then move on to the next question. Curricula must be flexible, just as the child's mind is flexible. The teacher/parent needs to want to find the answers along with the child.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox for this evening.
oh and one more thing, every thing Judy said plus I want the kids to have life skills, seems it's all about tests now, what ever the gov deems needs to be tested on is what is focused on every thing else is not taught at all. Home Ec (cooking nor sewing!) is even taught in our public schools here where I live! However, they have tons of cheerleading....ok I am not against cheering, but exactly why does a school need like 6 cheer programs, and not one Home Ec class? I am wondering how Cheer is going to help later in life......
My niece is in 8th grade, and wants to learn to sew, I suggested she take home ec, my mom called the school and they said they don't have it and never did, my mom then informed she had went to their middle school and so did I (her daughter) and we both took home ec there, and then they said, well we haven't had it for a very long time then.....
After I got breakfast ready, we were all good to go. lol Feeling a bit better. And got all the school work done.
Oh I think it's well worth it. Plus todays kids have about the same amount of homework that we get done in school work any way. So I would rather be done early in the day then up all hours of the night finishing homework.
Thanks Judy, actually we are in a real neat district right now. Funny enough when I first got pregnant with Lela I started researching home school cirrs. And of the ones I found I was really wanting either calvert or pear blossom. They both have teacher assistant programs, that grade all the work, and keep all the records, etc. But, as time got closer it was looking like we may not be able to afford either one, so then I seen Kansas was offering K12, as much as I really wasn't wanting to be on their schedule the price was right. Then we moved here to Kansas and they started having commericials for MVPS (Maize Virtual Preparatory School). I called to see what it was about, and it's where the state pays for you to use Calvert, except for 75 dollars (parents pay 75 dollars a year), comes with a loaner pc, and every thing you need! Any child in the state of Kansas can sign up for it. BUT, we just so happen to actually live in the district that is hosting it for the whole state and live only blocks from the district office! This program also comes with the teacher assistant program for no extra charge! Where if we privately paid for Calvert depending on the grade of the child could cost us thousands of dollars instead of only 75. So it's pretty cool!
We also found out two other families in our congregation are doing the same program and love it. This is our first year and their 3rd years. One family has three kids and the other has 8! So we are looking forward to actually getting on with it.
I am so glad our state is doing this, cause it was the exact program I have wanted to do with Lela since I was pregnant with her!
Belle is almost three though and I think I am going to subscribe to humpty dumpty for her so that she can do things while Lela is...actually not Humpty Dumpty as it's for I think 5 and up, but their little kid one for 2 to 4 year olds, I can't think of it's name. I just know my grandma always bought me Humpty Dumpty. lol haha And when I googled it I found they had a younger kid one version too!
Had lunch at senior center
went to pick up cousin, but also needed to take someone to the store and then home, all on the way to see Mom.
While cousin and I were waiting for this friend to finish at the store, my ex's stepson came over and visited with cousin and myself. Remember that my ex married my cousin, so we are all entwined...lol
Her son would come over when we had the kids for the weekend, when you have 5 kids there, what is one more. He is a nice young man. Close to 40. He always has a nice smile for me, and nice conversation. We sure enjoyed having him visit every other weekend. The kids enjoyed it too, as well as all of us...oh my probably too much info for all of you...lol
ok, no knitting or crocheting today. My hands are giving me fits. I went into yarny work full bore, instead a bit at a time. I do have that baby sweater finished. Will get pics up eventually. I will let you know when.
So, I have been reading.
Heather, hope you ALL don't get sick.
Sarah, praying for the storm to die out.
If we don't hear from you for a while, we will know that you lost your power. Praying that you will be safe.
Now girls, just because I don't start the messages in the morning, (frankly, I just forgot) doesn't mean that you don't have to post your yes or no regarding those 3 healthy things...
yes to stick to diet
yes to water
no to moving
no to sleeping last night...tossing and turning, turning and tossing,tossing and turning all the night. now sing with me...
ok, now I am done.
taco salad without chips for supper. yum
and strawberries with splenda yum
Just a quick note, I homeschooled my four grandsons and it was well worth the effort. I wish I had done it sooner. My own children got good educations more because of the particular school district where we lived.
I am appalled at what is not being taught in today's schools. The children do not get enough history or civics. The arts are so minimally taught that children do not have the opportunity to truly explore the connections between art and mathematics, or between literature and music. Home schooling is the only way a parent without considerable expenditure can insure that their children get a well rounded education and not be exposed to the more negative aspects of our culture.
Good work Heather. If you ever need any ideas let me know.
Good Morning. It is getting close to noon time and the sun isn't out yet. Love the coolness.
Now what happened to the rest of what I just wrote. Darn.
A good day for some chowder. I have a vegetable corn chowder in the crock pot. DH can have a slice of left over pizza that is in the freezer with his chowder. I'm going to try reheating it in a frying pan. I read that somewhere. The chowder is not a H E recipe.
Heather, sorry you have sick kids and a DH. The kids will grow out of the germs one of these days. You sure have taken on a lot with the home schooling. Are you sure it is worth it? I know I could not have handled that with my three.
Sarah, the last time I asked #1DS if GD's bid was accepted on the second house she bid on he said no. What is with the banks these days. He said it was bank owned. Are they waiting for the housing market to pick up or waiting for the snow birds to arrive for the winter and get into bidding wars. The one that the bank would not accept her offer on when DS was here , he and I are glad she didn't get it. The back yard was small and no fence and she has two dogs. It was a two story that DS told her would cost more to keep air conditioning cool, and the child that lives in there had colored all over the walls that would need to be some how taken off. She would also have to redo paint and take out the carpeting. I think DS saw a lot of work for himself. lol
One nurse DH chatted with yesterday has family about 50 miles south of the house in Ma. I'm trying to sell. They have had a house on the market for 4 years. Good lord I hope mine is sold before that. We went to the Dr.. this morning and DH has his eye bandage off and won't see the Dr. for another 3 three weeks.
Had a note from Louise and she is having computer problems.
Ann in San Diego
yesterday I made a combo of one of Jo's tex mex loose meat sandwiches, and her sloppy joes from America. Very good. I have been using the bragg's apple cider vinegar when recipes call for vinegar, and wow it gives a real PUNCH to the recipes!
I am not sure what I will be making today.
I know right now I'm exhausted and just want to take a nap, but it's time for Lela to get working on her school work....I'm tempted to take the day off, and do work on Saturday to make up for it....I think we are all getting sick. The baby and Vince are for sure sick... UHG!
What's going on with everyone today? I'm on hurricane watch for the next few days. Right now they are saying the hurricane will head up into the Gulf and projected to come along our shores about Monday. These storms are so scary.
Ann I hope your DGD isn't in the path of the storm. Did she get her house?
No cooking here today. Wahoo! My landlady picked me up a couple of pears, a few plums and a melon. So I'm set for fruit. I just want to eat cold things for some reason. Maybe it is the heat. Do you like your fruit cold? For me the colder the better, even in the winter.
Congrats on your loss Judy. Great job!
Patty your hooks are smoking again!
Enjoy your day everyone!
Catch Ya Later