Monday, August 19, 2013

Unschooling This Week

I'm officially starting homeschooling again next Monday, after about a month of vacation. Local schools start after Labor Day, but our first unit will be the beach, so I want to do it while Peter's memories of our recent trip to the ocean are still fresh. I've got lessons outlined through December with a different theme for each week.

This week, though, we're still on vacation, so we are learning nothing.

Yesterday, we attended the Gateway Music Festival and heard two orchestral pieces performed at the Eastman Theater (music, art). We whispered about skin colors, where Africa and Europe are, and how God designed people to look different (social studies). Peter's favorite instrument was the timpani, although he likes the word bassoon.

When he got home, he asked to read Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, a book that uses rhyme to teach about instruments and counting (reading, music, math). He got that one for his birthday recently; having read it before the concert helped him understand what was happening. Today, his grandparents came to visit. He and I told them about the concert (pre-writing) and later he played his instruments with Grandpa.

It's a shame we waste so much time on vacation, not learning. I'd better make more lesson plans.

Learning properties of matter, mainly taste


  1. Homeschooling the pre-schooler at its best!!

    1. Yep! I'm glad we decided early to homeschool; I can just ease into it, adding a little more structure each year as he approaches school age.