Monday, September 06, 2010

School beginnings....

The Youngest Son and I have plunged into our home school studies for his final year.  I feel we have worked up a a good steam in our studies since beginning our third week of school today.  I say "our studies" because really, when it comes right down to it, a home school mom learns just as much as her students.   Maybe more.  I have always learned alongside my students, and the journey has been incredible.  Is there anything like reading a good book with someone and then discussing all the details with him as you read chapter after interesting chapter?  We share ideas and concepts that we had never thought about before.  Did you know that boron is used in making the heat resistant glass, Pyrex and that boron rods are used in nuclear reactors to prevent the chain reactions of uranium from running wild?  We discuss relationships between God and man.  Currently we are reading about the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis --fascinating!  Together, we examine the US Constitution and consider the issues of the day and how our Constitution applies to them.    The two of us learn, grow, and gain insight from each other and from the brilliant authors who teach, challenge, and entertain us daily.  Have you ever thought of an author as a personal tutor? 

I am excited for this year of learning with my son.  Who will we meet?  Where will we go discovering?  How will we complete Geometry?  What lessons will history teach us?  This may be my final year of home schooling, but my education and his will go on forever.  What are you learning about this year?

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but lighting a fire."
~William Butler Yeats

6 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to read a Paul Johnson book and even more so after I heard him interviewed on the radio not very long ago. You have a nice stack of interesting books!

    I'm currently learning about Benedict Arnold. Homeschooling has stretched my brain out of its reading comfort zone. :)

    Happy studies!

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  2. I loved O Pioneers by Willa Cather. You will have fun learning together. And you don't have to boss him around like I do my eighth graders.

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  3. Hey, maybe this won't be your last year? Maybe little HazelPeach and her new sibling will need a substitute teacher -- or a specialist in the years to come!

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  4. Well we school year around but fall always brings more focus and baking !!! xoxo Clarice

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  5. Though I doubt I'll ever homeschool (though who knows?), one of the things I think I'd like the most is the opportunity to learn along with my children. What a great way to be involved with their education. You make it sound like a lot of fun.

    frances

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  6. I am so impressed by your stack of books and the titles on them! Bless you! You make me want to go back to school this minute if I weren't in the middle of this chaotic house renovation. But I have always loved September because of school. We live just a few blocks north of The University of Texas at Austin, and you can just feel the energy in the air when the fall semester begins. Have a wonderful last of homeschooling, but, of course, it really will go on forever!! xo Kari

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