Science, Literature, Snow, Blogging….whew!
Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I can’t believe February is half over! I just wanted to share a
quick update. (Who am I kidding, I don’t usually write quick posts!)
(I recently took a personality quiz that said I was a reliable realist that was faithful, consistent, well-balanced and sensible but that had little time for extravagances and flightiness. It also said that I tend to show my closeness to people who are important to me by deeds, and that my partner “should rather not expect romantic declarations of love.” So, in light of that, I thought this Valentine was appropriate!)
Okay, back to school stuff: NDEW’s been working really hard with his school work. (Although he was super excited that I had scheduled a “day off” for today! I guess every kid likes a break from school every now and then!) In addition to math and grammar/writing (the two subjects that we take a more structured approach to), he’s been doing lots of cool science and literature work. We take an almost unschooling approach to these topics and NDEW really guides a lot of what we do by his interests. For literature he’s reading myths and legends from lots of different time periods and cultures and is really enjoying these rich stories. I’m not surprised that he likes these stories though with as much as he loves Star Wars (movies, books, games, TV shows, etc. etc. etc. etc.), the Warrior book series, and the Redwall book series. They definitely all have some similar themes.
In science NDEW is still learning lots about weather and meteorology. I had no idea that this would become such a science focus for this year! He just keeps finding more and more that he’s interested in learning about it. He’s currently going through the lessons included in the National Weather Service’s JetStream Online School for Weather and is getting a lot out of the content. It’s fun to watch him apply it to what he experiences in real life. I honestly think that part of why he likes learning about weather so much is that it gives him a sense of control. Even though he knows he can’t control the weather, if he understands more about it, severe weather isn’t quite so scary.
We’re also learning more about electronics by working through the experiments that came with the Snap Circuits Kit he received for Christmas. It is really, really fun (even for me and hubby!) and he’s learning lots of great principles through it. On the life sciences front, NDEW has been learning about cells and their structure and then is starting to learn some human anatomy, starting with the brain and nervous system. He said that he wants to learn about this body system first because he wants to know more about how his brain functions and how it relates to his prosopagnosia. NDEW has really struggled with anxiety at points and we have definitely found that gaining knowledge is a way that he deals with his anxiety. That’s why just learning about his prosopagnosia was such a big deal. Being diagnosed didn’t cure him or really change anything at all in terms of his experience, but just knowing and understanding what was going on made a huge difference in the anxiety that he was experiencing. I do think that some of his interests start with trying to cope with something that worries him, but then they blossom into a genuine interest as he learns about these subjects at deeper and deeper levels. Isn’t that just like God to take something that we fear or worry about and turn it into something positive!
In addition to these science and literature topics, NDEW’s still learning music and painting and you know there’s some history and social studies being thrown in there with hubby’s love for it! NDEW’s also continuing his theology/Bible lessons and it’s leading to some awesome conversations around some really deep topics. Love seeing him maturing and growing in his faith. So all in all, lots of great learning going on! Each day looks a little different but each day truly is awesome. We’re committed to continuing to find and take advantage of the incredible learning opportunities that everyday life presents us. If you were to walk into our house on any given day, you would definitely see something different than what you might see the day before or the day after. We never know what awesome things each day might bring us!
Take yesterday for example: We woke up to almost nine inches of snow-by far the most snow NDEW has ever seen. He was so excited. Luckily, it wasn’t terribly cold so we could get out and enjoy it a little. There was lots of sledding, visiting with neighbors, learning about snow structure and how it forms (There’s that weather thing again!), even saving a little mole we found on our walk around the neighborhood! Yes, we have set lessons and curriculum we work through, but the world is definitely our biggest and favorite classroom!
In addition to all this great learnin’ going on, we’ve also seen some wonderful strides in NDEW in “growing up” type stuff and we’re super proud of him. NDEW has always matured in spurts rather than in any continuous, smooth fashion. Just when we think he’ll never “get it” it’s like someone flips a switch and he grows up overnight. We’re so proud of him for taking the steps and facing the fears he has faced lately!
One last exciting update (I know, I know…this has been super long! Thanks for hanging in there with me!); I shared in my last post that I was going to start writing for a wonderful homeschooling site called So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler? Well, since then, this site has merged with another site, Managing Your Blessings. Both sites were founded and managed by an incredible woman, Carlie Kercheval, and she had the vision to combine the sites for a variety of reasons. I’m so excited to now be a part of the Managing Your Blessings writing team. What an amazing group of ladies, from a variety of backgrounds, coming together to share their hearts and their faith! My first post with MYB is up and I’d love for you to take a look at it. You can find it here: Managing Your Blessings: Yes, He is our only child.
That’s all from our world. I’d love to hear what everyone else is up to. Have you seen any big strides in your child’s development lately or come across a great resource? I’d love to celebrate those with you and hear all about them!