Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A New Year in Schooling

Fourth grade. What an exciting time in life! Young enough to enjoy and old enough to try more things.  Delayed learning can be hard when you are waiting for you little one to catch on, but oh the joy to see those sparks!

This year, as always when I ask Joe what does he want to learn about, he rattled of WW1, WWll, weapons of this age, civil war, revolution war, and stars.  This is not surprising as my boys are gun lovin, bad guy, alien, and zombie killing kind of boys and their father is always watching Morgan Freeman's Though the Worm Hole or other such space shows.

So we started our adventure. We have already taken a field trip to the FL Holocaust Muse am, which I could not take pictures. However, after that sad place we went to a tea house which we had lots of laughs with our friends trying on different hats.


We also started our co-op classes and we are doing a mini unit on animals which what young-ling doesn't love? Our friend has been kind enough to host it at her house where there are chickens, goats, horses, cats and dogs. A dream for my son.
We visited Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Center. The whole family came for that.
There's Winter! What a hot day, but it was good to have Grandma, Eddie & Sean with us.  Time is fleeting. I missed my dad that day as he loved to do things like this with us.

No back to school kick off would be complete without a trip to MOSI, our local science and industry museum.


Joseph also started piano this year. All I can say it's about time the piano Ed got from Miss Cheryl is finally being used the right way.
Lastly to this post all is not just fun and games, there are chores. If a man doesn't work he doesn't eat the bible says. Joe has taken on a few more this year and is becoming a helpful lil guy.  I need all the help I can get!

You may be thinking but come on where is the real school?  This is life, it is learning as we go.  It may not be what you think it should be or how you think it should get done, but every child is different and brings different challenges. Joe is no exception.  He is full of questions and full of laughter.
Here he is doing his math program, Teaching Textbooks. Mom loves this.  He is for the first time motivated to take charge of his day. He reads his daily bible first, then gets right to his math.


Next journey this year is for Sean.  He is officially a 2L.  That's a second year law student. It was heaven for me to have him home this summer, but as always way too short for the Mama.
This is the morning he left before the tears came rolling.  I am praying my daughter in love who ever she is can deal with me loving him so much and doesn't take him out of state! Not my will though Lord, whatever you choose.
It is really hard to take a good picture of yourself with a cell phone. Just sayin.