There are a lot of great things about homeschooling, but one of the great advantages is that we are able to choose our own curriculum. That means that we learn about the things that interest us.
And please notice that I used the phrase, “we learn” and not “my daughters learn.” I say that because I’m learning right alongside my girls. I don’t know where my brain was in Social Studies class from approximately 1980-1990, but it certainly wasn’t focused on whatever was being written on the chalkboard. Sorry, Mrs. Drager!
Apologies aside though, I am now quite interested in the history of our country and world, and am enthusiastically making up for time spent poorly. In regards to all the other subjects that I cover while homeschooling my girls, it’s no secret that I learn something new every day and it is so amazing because learning is such a powerful experience when it’s something that you actually want to do. Which it is in our house — most of the time.
I won’t lie and say there aren’t days when my girls don’t flop around and moan and say “I don’t wanna do school,” because those days do occur. In fact, those sorts of antics occur almost every day. Just before we begin math. For whatever reason, my children cannot yet grasp the beauty of mathematical concepts. Sure they know their math just fine, but they don’t appreciate it. I’m hoping that will come, so if anyone out there has any great insights on how to get kids to like math more, please let me know. Mine are not feeling the love!
However, I digress.
Back to choosing our own curriculum, we have begun our school year by reading “The Capture,” the first book of The Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky. The book (about a kingdom of Barn Owls) is far below the reading level of eldest BD, but it is such a GREAT book and a GREAT series that she doesn’t mind reading it again and I don’t mind either, because I know that I can tailor the curriculum so that everyone remains challenged.
We are especially excited with our book choice, because we’ve just discovered that on September 24th, there is a 3D movie release of the book which looks amazing and which we are very much looking forward to attending.
As the owl book is part of our chosen curriculum, we focus as much as we can (or want to) around it. Right now that includes everything literacy related (grammar, spelling, dictionary use, oral & silent reading, etc.), as well as science (everything you ever wanted to know about owls in general, and Barn Owls in particular).
So just in case you’re a little bit interested too, if you’d like to see Molly, a Barn Owl and her two owlets (hatched nearly a month ago) click here for a live web cam of their happy little home in California.
And if you’re interested in seeing the trailer for “The Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” click the play button up above.
See you at the movies?