The chore redo has been going well. People are still learning how to do a few new things, and we're having to establish that, yes, the jobs need to be done well and before anything fun. "Does that look clean?" has been a frequent phrase I've been repeating this week. We're reinforcing that a job isn't "wipe down the table" where if a single wipe has been administered the job is done. No, the job is "clean the table" which means the duty is to administer as many wipes as it takes until the goal is reached. Somehow, this concept seems to put some of the children out. Consistency in my follow-through is clearly important at this stage of the game.
Fun Food & Fellowship
I hosted a homeschool social night last night. I highly recommend such events! Nine homeschool moms troubleshot problems together, shared encouragement to relax, and reminded one another that this is a big but worth-it job. Life is harder without friends, without community. It's worth the effort and energy to coordinate doing life with other people, whether that's park days, swapping lessons, co-ops, or moms' nights - we are all better off for sharing life with other women.
Don't miss it! Today is the Homeschool Audit and we're going to have an amazing time troubleshooting and sharing together! Register now so you don't miss it! Even if you register after the event is over, you'll immediately receive the replay link. And everyone who is registered will also receive the replay, which will remain available indefinitely.
Fast FAQI received this question in regards to my "7th Grade Real Life Report" post. I wrote her reply and then the next day read a confirmation of my opinion in Teaching Science So Students Learn Science. One of his principles is that the history of scientific inquiry is a significant area of study - because what are commonly presented as facts are relatively recent discoveries that are still subject to amendment. When you know the history of science, you know "knowledge" expands and changes with further discoveries all the time.
I have been trying to decide what to do about science. I would love to do The Story of Science, but science textbook publishers make me feel like we need their books in order to give our children a good foundation before high school science. Do you feel The Story of Science has accomplished that? You seem happy with it, so I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!