Revival to Revolution:
I am just feeling incredibly thankful for the ease of use of HOD this season. I don't know about all of you, but I am one tired mama this Christmas season!
I just turned 40, maybe that has something to do with it. From running here and there for this or that in my nonhomeschooling life, HOD is my calm, happy part of my day.
I look forward to counting on that one part of my day being a stabilizing constant this busy season. My hubby is gone 10 out of 14 days and nights, and that brings me to another thing I am so thankful for - our countrymen serving in our military - and you many homeschooling moms who are on the home front on your own many days and nights. I have a tiny glimpse of what that must be like, and I just am so incredibly impressed by each of you homeschooling military wives!!! May God bless you and your families richly this Christmas and coming New Year.
We are just to the point of having one great day after another with RevtoRev now. My role is shifting as the overseer of learning at this point, with some focused teaching segments interspersed. Wyatt is more in charge now, and believe me when I say he LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES that!
He's growing up, just a week shy of being 12 years old. He's 5 foot 2 inches tall already, and very much the man of the house the multiple times my dh is gone. I am so thankful that it is delineated which parts of the guide are his to do, which parts are ours to do together, and which parts we share that responsibility for. It makes things so much less stressful. There is no conversation like, "I don't need your help on this", or "You should do this part for me", or "Maybe this is optional". It's just so well laid-out, and as my ds is growing up before my eyes and longing for more independence, it is helping me manage that quite effortlessly.
Science is a perfect example of this. Wyatt gets up at 6 AM to do his physical science independently. It has difficult concepts, an extensive vocabulary, a lot of building of contraptions, a ton of experiments, and still - he is doing it independently with great success. His logbook makes it easy for me to stay on top of, and he loves it.
History projects, with a bunch of steps, not a problem...
Maps that match the history we are learning are teaching great mapping and reference skills, and yet, he is doing them all with ease...
"Drawn into the Heart of Reading" projects have been such fun and taught a variety of skills. This week, Wyatt and Riley finished up their fantasy books, and Wyatt did a Lit Kit of his book's setting (a castle), a backdrop (the story's events), and 5 objects that represented the events in the story (placed in the castle). Last, he retold his story using the things he'd made and his objects he'd chosen. There are so many skills in this one project, I'm not even going to try to name them.
And, we had so much fun with it! Here are some pics from it...
The kickoff for our next DITHOR genre (mystery) was such fun everybody got involved - even the little guy! I read "Piggins" a picture book mystery, and they had to add actions and sounds that fit with the mystery as I read it. This took them a bit to figure out. First, they just played the instruments, but then they started getting into it more and falling down, screaming (for when the necklace was stolen), flipped off the lights when the lights went out in the story, tripped the thief, etc. What fun!
What a super week! I hope you had a good one too!