Hello, I am The Park Wife and I am a Facebook addict (let me hear you say "hello Park Wife). Since joining Facebook, I have been back in touch with many high school friends, it is so much fun. The majority of them are amazed from growing up with me that I live on a state park where I have crazy animals, a garden and spend my days homeschooling. I am amazed most of the time I am here too! I have found that many people do not understand the homeschool thing, but it is what is right for our family.
In an effort to educate on how we homeschool (not all homeschool families do it the same way), I decided to share my lesson plan for tomorrow, well, it just popped in my head, so "lesson plan" is a bit of an exaggeration. We are relaxed homeschoolers (hey, Little Buckaroo is in Kindergarten, can read, do math better than me at times, and knows things like all the Presidents, and the dynamics of the Titanic sinking - so don't call the authorities, haha).
We are going to study Switzerland tomorrow by making Swiss fondue. Little Buckaroo will use his interactive globe to find it, and as we eat the fondue, we will discuss the lakes, valleys and mountainous Alps region. Then, for math I will teach him about the watchmakers of Geneva and about the 24-hour clock. For Language Arts and Reading, we will practice saying hello in French, Italian, and German (Switzerland's neighbors whose languages they speak). Then, we will learn about the famous Swiss scientist and explorer Bertrand Piccar, the first balloonists to circumnavigate the globe with a non-stop, non-refuelled flight. Now, that will open me up to a zillion questions and some kind of building of a hot-air balloon. Um, maybe I will just read Heidi or Swiss Family Robinson and call it good. That is why I am not a rigid, 30 minute block homeschooler, it would never work for us.
I know this is outside of the regimen and routine of a school classroom, but it is how my Little Buckaroo learns best and what works best for me. Little Buckaroo is socialized (I know, I know, that is one thing that people think instantly about homeschoolers), he can relate well with kids and can have a conversation with adults while looking them in their eyes. Plus, I enjoy my children (most of the time) so it is nice to have them around all the time. Not to say, a spa weekend would not be welcomed. This is beyond a shadow of a doubt what I am supposed to be doing and what is right for our family.
I am blessed to have a husband that supports me as a homeschool mom. Maybe I will let him reap the benefits of our Switzerland study and get him some Swiss chocolate (since he will probably have to work on the hot air balloon construction).
Ciao! or Au revoir! or Uf widerlüge!
The Park Wife