We just got back from vacation during which I started reading The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart. Our homeschool has always been at its best when I follow the boys’ lead and let them learn naturally from whatever they are interested in. I’ve heard this type of learning called interest-led learning and natural learning.
I’ve also been interested in the Brave Writer approach of Julie Bogart. Although I’ve not bought any of the curriculum, I listen to Julie’s podcast and have adopted some of her practices in our homeschool. I also love her seasonal books of encouragement for homeschoolers, A Gracious Space.
So when I got a ways into her new book, I was excited to see that “Brave Learning” is her name for natural learning. No wonder I like her books and what I’ve learned about her approach so much!!!
One of the practices she recommends is a monthly narrative of your homeschool day as a way to keep track of and look back at progress and struggles in your homeschool. So this is Day 1 of my monthly narrative.
We are officially on summer break, and the boys were up pretty early this morning, but played in their rooms for awhile before A came out to eat some cereal. I was working on booking a boarding appointment for our dog for an upcoming trip. A little while later, L came and asked me a question about our dog. I can’t remember the exact question, it was something about her being part Lab and where Labs came from.
My husband had actually looked this info up when we first got her because at the time we were also fostering her sister who had a strange habit of pulling up on her hind-legs and then pouncing on her front paws while also biting out a chunk of our grass. From his research, he found out that Labs originated in Newfoundland, and that her behavior was left over from pouncing on the ice to catch food…crazy dog LOL
When L asked me the question, I couldn’t remember the country, but I could remember it was somewhere cold. So we googled the origin of Labs and found that it was Newfoundland. I asked L if he wanted to know where that was, and he did so we headed to the hall where our maps are displayed. I pointed out Newfoundland and he identified that it was off the coast of Canada. Discussion about Iceland and Greenland followed based on something the boys remembered me telling them at some point about something I had learned in school.
I showed them that Iceland was actually just below the Arctic Circle and Greenland above it. Then A commented about the Antarctic Circle and Lucas noticed how Russia and Alaska were on both sides of the map. I showed them how our map was marked with a dotted line showing the overlap if it were round which was why both Russia & Alaska were shown on each side of the map.
Out of my own curiosity I asked them to find Alabama on the map and if they knew where Georgia was since we had just drove home from Florida through GA. Then they started talking about New Zealand and trying to find Codfish Island, tiny island where kakapos are that they learned about from a book we read.
Codfish wasn’t shown so I talked about size of the map and that we needed a bigger map of New Zealand. I asked them if they wanted to look at our atlas and explained that an atlas is a book of maps. They did and we checked the Contents for New Zealand. L found the page # (153) and we found New Zealand. But Codfish it so small it wasn’t labeled there either. L asked to look for another map and I said we would later, that I need to eat breakfast.
L and I ate some granola while A kept looking at the atlas. After awhile he told me the book was wrong because it said there were 9 planets. So I explained about publishing dates and that I knew it was an old atlas so all of the information might not be accurate. I got it for a dollar from a library sale a few years back. I showed him where the Copywrite date was and he read 1998. The boys figured out that the book was 21 years old.
Then they told me things they have learned from Tumble podcast (that there is possibly a new 9th planet called planet X and why scientist think it exists; that there is an asteroid belt at the edge of our solar system too. This was all news to me. L explained several reasons why Pluto is a dwarf planet one being that it shares its orbit with other matter, also new to me.
During the discussion I talked to the boys about listening to each other and not talking over each other. I also worked on looking A in the eye while he was talking to me since eye contact is something that doesn’t come naturally to him.
Then Michael got up to finish the yard work from yesterday, and I told the boys to get ready to help him. They picked up the clippings from the shrubs M shaped yesterday. I finished vacuuming and cleaning the camper while they were working. After the boys finished helping M, he gave them the new Lego Movie set he’s been keeping for them for awhile.
When I came in from the camper the boys were building the set together at the kitchen table. I got some water and started making phone calls. Scheduling A with an ortho since his arm is still bothering him from his fall at Legoland. Calling Flordia Urgent Care about releasing x-ray to ortho & calling our pharmacy about a prescription refill. At some point I asked the boys to move to the living room or their rooms because they were no longer building but playing and getting really loud.
They are back there now and A just came out to ask me to look at a Lego creation they made so I’ll do that when I finish writing. He also asked early today if I would work on rebuilding some Lego sets with him. Other than that, I have a physical therapy appointment later today and need to buy some groceries since we are running low on food from returning from vacation. Also need to remember and return some library books.
Not sure if I will write more later today about the rest of our day, but for 10:20 am that’s a lot already. A nap sometime sounds like a good plan 😉
345 pm- no nap, but made the grocery run, and had pt. Also read from Oak Meadow Just So Stories How the Leopard got his Spots to the boys. They are loving the stories in this book that we started last night. The boys have been playing Wii Batman 2 for most of the afternoon.