I should have got around to saying what a lovely Sunday I had. The children plied me with cards and jelly babies and some lovely hair clips from Iona. I had coffee in bed and then Al made me breakfast.
At Mass Father wore rose vestments and Lent was lifted from the purple for a day. At the Offertory Iona Ronan and Avila took three baskets full of little bunches of flowers up and at the end of Mass Father blessed them before all the mums received some flowers.Many others took flowers to take to mother’s or to put on graves that day.
Iona cooked dinner and then I had a quiet and chilled afternoon.
Alex gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers which included yellow roses and lillies. Beautiful.
Then on Monday morning it was back to the home education. One of the things I thought about on Sunday is that I am a mum not a teacher. Certainly part of any mother’s role is to teach her children and to train them in what Charlotte Mason called ‘habits’. But how I teach my children habits in listening, good manners and so on is not the same as a teacher.
I think one of the things about home education that is little understood from those who don’t know it or do it is that most mums who educate our children don’t teach like a teacher. Some do-I’ve seen it; but most of us a mums helping our children to learn and learning alongside them.
I think this is why we don’t do a lot of worksheets here. I do get Roni to do some of them to help emphasise something he has learned but for most things there are either online activities that do this or we can make a lapbook which is a freer way to gather the information.
A lot of what the children have learned comes out when we are sitting around the dinner table and the children tell dad what they have done that day. The things they were particularly interested in they talk about the most.
Last night Iona shocked her dad (hehehe) when she told him she had been writing up her child care notes and had read up on Attachment Theory (Dad’s special knowledge area) and how she was applying it in her writing and her hands on work with a baby and her toddler sister. She went on to talk about some of her history research including information about a couple of men who chose sausages as their weapon of choice for a duel.
Her plan is to write a booklet; A Gentlemen’s Guide to Duelling as her finished piece of work for this history project.
I never really thought of us as Autonamous Educaters but having read Carlotta’s blog recently I’ve realised that although with Roni I am more structured-though not rigidly; Iona is more or less doing her own thing-and then telling me about it. When it comes to her portfolio there are things that I think need to be there so I have offered some guidance there, but most of it is of her own making.
There is even freedom in the way Ronan learns. He was looking at the engines of cars yesterday and today he asked about earthquakes so we spent some time with the little science books and pottering around websites looking at information. There were a few short videos to watch, after which Ronan informed me that he didn’t think watching videos was a good way to learn.
Now this surprised me because I thought there was lots to learn in those videos and I learned stuff-but he seems to take in the information better if he can be more interactive with it. Less watching, more doing for the boy then.
He stuck some photos into his Nature Diary and wrote a few sentences about Spring to go with them. Avila thinks this is great and wants to make one too. Well, why not?
We had another home ed family over this afternoon and began looking at the story of Rome. They got to hear the story of Romulus and Remus and look at a map of Italy and the Roman Empire. Then there was lots of lego and sword fighting to do.
We used THIS SITE for some Roman stuff.
I must do a website update soon. There’s a few we’ve found.