I was reminded this week of the poem “Clouds and Waves” by Rabindranath Tagore who was the the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. His poem which uses symbolism speaks about a mother and her child in reference to nature versus nurture, it was something I could relate to these past few days with my children and our homeschooling.
Each year the boys do a study on clouds. It is a month long study of them as part of our nature studies. In addition each of my children create a cloud journal, observing clouds throughout the seasons.
Sometime back, I thought about a creative way to have on hand an easy portable method of having pictures of the different types of clouds for the kids do have for reference during their observations. What I came up was making our own Field Guide Cloud cards.
When we started using theme units in our homeschooling, it was a fun way of teaching our children on a variety of subjects. We learned about seasons, weather, holidays, places and modes of transportation as well as other areas the kids were interested in.
One thing we enjoyed from the very start was learning about science and how things work or how they are created. When we did a unit study on Clouds, we found a number of books the kids enjoyed.
Yesterday we conducted a experiment on clouds. The boys were interested in learning how a cloud forms (particularly fog). We had been reading a number of books on weather and clouds and this experiment was perfect.
We had a fairly short week as we took Labor day off to spend with family and friends. This week had its ups and downs.
We have an opportunity as a homeschooling family to explore our children’s interests in learning and gaining knowledge about the world as well as developing their character as individuals. It is our hope as parents, we are leaving our children an understanding of the importance of being as stewards of our world.
Continue reading “Our Choices in Curriulum”
This week marked our first week of our new home school year, taking time to settle into our new routine after a long summer.
We are still working on our curriculum picks after reviewing and giving careful consideration to each child’s interest. Over the summer, I thought I was done with our choices; however there were a few young voices heard and I could not help but take a second look.