Anyways, I am the editor of the newsletter for my Homeschool group. As such I see everything that comes through and one thing I am aware of is how few field trips we do, and how often folks assume that everyone knows something because "we've been doing it for years". That attitude of course does little for the new members of the group. So I find myself emailing and asking for additional information. I can get away with this since I'm the editor and therefore just NEED that information. :) Communication is vital.
As I find the job of being an editor a fine tuning type of job, I find that homeschooling requires that same level of commitment. I need to fine tune as we go along in our days. I need to check in with myself about how we are doing and what I might be able to do better. I need to ask myself the questions of: Am I covering what needs to be covered? What do I want to do with this subject? How can I teach this is more than one format? How can I.... and so forth. I need to check myself sometimes to.. I can get so caught up in the subject that I forget the long term view. Do I want to teach about pioneers all year OR is my focus on the broader scope of what it means to be Canadian? So I have to do my checks and reining in of myself. So much I could cover, but I need to keep my focus on where it needs to be. :)
One of my intentional check ins, is that I need to make a point providing my singleton son with friends and opportunities to play and learn together.
To that end, I am trying to pull together events that the children of my homeschool group can do together.
We had our very first event last week. We had a pumpkin day. The children had a hoot.
While we waited for everyone to arrive and settle, the children played on the Wii for a while. Trying to beat some level on a game.
Everyone brought their own pumpkins and carving instruments. Since this one the first event we had three families involved, and we met at one of the homes. Some pics below.
Our hostess made us a lovely snack of macaroons and then this apple dip that was just yummy. :)
after carving the children went out and play outside, they had a hoot running around, catching frogs, and just being children. It was good.