Thursday, February 14, 2008

Now What?

This is going to sound very odd to those of you who think you know me, but I'm not sure what to do with myself.
The flurry of beginning school again is now behind us and the daily slog is really getting to me--actually it's our whako schedule and the feeling that we're never "done" that's getting to me--plus the kid's resistence to "school"--it's wearing me down.

We didn't do much of school today at all--the weather is actually somewhat decent and the snow is the Spring snow--heavy and packable--perfect for snowmen and forts. It isn't going to be here forever, so I've been letting the kids spend an hour or more outside for the last couple of days.

But, I don't know what to do with myself. Oh, there's always housework--blech. I've been playing with my blog settings over at Sacred Cows. I've lost my enthusiasm for the Canadian curriculum course--I've got about as far as we're going to get before May.

I feel like I need a good history series to watch or something.


zooza said...

Maybe now is the perfect time for a bit of "I fell pretty" indulgence? I hope you enjoy this quiet period, though - I'm sure it will get hectic again soon!

scb said...

There is a reason why so many Canadian cities have winter festivals at this time of year. It's a time of doldrums for a lot of people. (as you probably know, the meaning of doldrums in sailing is a period of no wind which stops the boat's progression... ) Playing outside sounds like a good idea -- are you able to get out in the fresh air and sunshine with the kids? Maybe you could do a mini-unit about snow and its properties, how snowflakes are constructed, why some snow packs and some doesn't...I know it's not part of the curriculum, but it might be a chanca to mix fun with leaning, and to demonstrate that all kinds of things in life provide opportunities to learn.

It's likely not much consolation to know that those of us who slog out to an office everyday find it hard to keep slogging sometimes, too, and kids complain about school whether it's in a school building or in a home. There's always things that are more fun to do...

You can do this! Keep thinking about the positives! Teach us out here in cyber-land something about Canadian history! Have the kids teach us something about Canadian history -- if they could draw me some pictures and post them with explanations, I'd love it!

And here's a pat on the back for all you do -- pat pat pat.

Now find something funny to laugh at! how bout this? I'm gonna put the link over on my blog, in case it doesn't turn out here. It was the first picture I came to on the I Can Has Cheezburger website, and it seemed perfect!!!!

scb said...

um... when I type with my left hand while eating rice cakes with my right, I don't always type correctly... In the first paragraph, that would be "Mix fun with learning", not leaning... Although leaning has its place, too. ;)

drwende said...

Do what SCB says...!

Surely much of the point of home schooling is that you can adapt to your individual children's needs... and if you're only five minutes ahead of them on understanding the physics of snow, this teaches them an important lesson about the value of being active in figuring things out.

(If your previous career was in the sciences, I've just insulted you, but I can't remember!)

Alana in Canada said...

No, you haven't insulted me!

Thanks everyone.

It is finally sunny today.
That helps.

scb said...

P.S. I really like the drawing at the top of your blog -- that depiction of chair and table is excellent!

scb said...

Me... again!

Is this timely, or what? When I picked up the book I'm reading about homeschooling, "How to Home School: a practical approach" by Gayle Graham, I read these words...

" 'Did God really say for me to homeschool?' That's a question I've asked myself more than one bleak February morning over the course of the last fifteen years. " Interesting that it should be *February* mornings that make her ask that question! Anyway, to that question, her husband said

" 'You just need to see all that has and will continue to be accomplished! You need God's loving perspective!' "

Very apropos, don't you think?

Now I gotta go think up something to write about Acts 2:22-4something...

Alana in Canada said...

Crikey, yes. I need a meaty Bible study to sink my teeth into and knash over it instead of the family.

That'd be the ticket--or take up latin.

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