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How To Tell When Your Child is Going to be a Chef. . .

Posted by on 29 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Gardening, General, HomeSchool, The Organic Life

While in the garden picking onions a few days ago, the 8 year old asks, “Can I sweat these onions??” Later, while making marinated tomatoes, he instructs you on proper knife techniques and how to defrost your duck. We are starting to think he watches too much of Alton Brown’s Good Eats shows. We’ve started calling him “Mason Brown”

3 Favorite Homeschool Things

Posted by on 17 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: General, HomeSchool

I got the idea for this post from my friend Karen in Colorado.  Here is her blog on homeschooling.

My 3 favorite things regarding homeschooling:

1. Game Time:  I am one of the biggest haters of the roll video games play in many children’s lives.  However, we did step over to the dark side last Xmas and get an Xbox 360.  Mason gets 20 min of time to play on weekdays and 1 hr on weekends.  This is his biggest motivator in getting schoolwork done.  The sooner it’s done, the sooner he gets “Game Time.”  Maybe it is allowing the games to have more “power” in his life than it should, but whatever gets our stubborn guy on the right track.

2. Buddhist Stories Book, by Anita Ganeri: Mason loves to read anyway, thankfully.  However, I brought out this book so that we could introduce him to Buddhism.  I have never seen him so fired up about a story before!  The book itself is beautifully illustrated (there are more on other religions) and the stories are meaningful without being too over your head spiritualism.

3. Freedom! :  The freedom to travel.  The freedom to not have to answer to a teacher or a principle every day.  The freedom to let my son learn what he is interested in.  The freedom to turn everyday events into learning opportunities.

Back to Homeschooling for Us

Posted by on 02 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: General, HomeSchool

We finally decided that it was more work to keep Mason in school and doing well than it was to just go back to homeschooling. Mason is a very smart kid, but one that requires constant monitoring on subjects that he doesn’t devour. Plus, with homeschool, Rich and I are the only ones “put out” when his behavior is less than stellar.

Several factors helped us come to this decision. First, Mason’s 2nd grade teacher, was amazing!! She knew Mason’s potential and was one of the few people that was really able to allow him to shine. His teachers in Omaha and Colorado were push overs. The only thing he learned there was how to get exactly what he wanted.

So, we are starting off with our K-12 curriculum like we had in Colorado. Only we actually had to PAY for it this time. In Colorado we were able to go through a charter school which meant more oversight than we would have liked, but we got the entire curriculum for free!