The Flow

Homeschooling is a different flow.

Some things work as planned, some things do not. Sometimes there are no plans, and the world flows naturally.

Some days are busier than others.

Both of my kids are active in various sports and activities. On the farm we are 30 minutes from town so on busier days we are usually home later in the evening. Because of this I try to keep busy-ness down to a bare minimum those mornings.

I am finding as I meet and talk to more and more homeschoolers a lot of the longer term homeschoolers are like this. Each year they better get to know themselves, better get to know their children and contrary to belief, instead of pushing them to learn more, learn faster, cram everything in and finish early, they instead slow down.

They enjoy their time with their children. They allow them to play, to explore more. They travel, they read, they surf, they ski, they build. They take it as a great time to build on their relationships. They go with the flow. 

How much am I going with the flow?

Yesterday morning my daughter asked if she could watch a specific video and then play a game on Brainpopjr. One thing that I am fairly strict on is the amount of screen/TV time my children have. This is not something I would usually allow first thing in the morning. But that morning I said okay.

Why not?

There was something specific that she wanted to see. Isn’t that why we do this? When our kids have an interest or curiosity, we let them follow it.

I let her watch and play on the computer. My son and I played chess. Then my son took a turn on the computer. 

It was actually a math game on number concepts, fractions, decimal percentages. Treefrog Treasure. I sat with both of them and we talked through some of the problems that were presented.

Which is bigger? 3/4 or  1/2? 

If you think of the decimal .5 as 50% where on the percentage line would that go?

When I was making lunch my daughter and I drew some fractions out. I would draw the “pie” and she would colour and then write out the fraction. My son soon joined us. We took out a measuring cup and compared the fractions on paper to where the fractions are on the measuring cup. 

It was a fun, quick, hands on lesson.

Remembering to just go with the flow.

We started playing chess using the Chess For Dummies board. It is a great way for young learners to understand and remember their pieces and how they move.

We started playing chess using the Chess For Dummies board. It is a great way for young learners to understand and remember their pieces and how they move. Ronan has now become an avid player. It is getting hard for me to beat him!

Learning fractions. Zahra's doodle sheet. Plus some play on words we were having fun with.

Learning fractions. Zahra’s doodle sheet. Plus some play on words we were having fun with.

Ronan and Zahra's fraction doodle sheet.

Ronan and Zahra’s fraction doodle sheet.

 

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