Monday, June 25, 2007

Fish Tank


Fish Tank
Originally uploaded by dancinjules

So, found a plastic "bug keeper" thing at the dollar store, and thought it would be perfect for something I'd been wanting to try for a while: a Polyclay aquarium scene! Making the fish and the plants was all very fun, putting it together was a bit tricky.

The glass marbles on top are to hide the knotted fishing line I used to hold the fish in place.

KEMPO!

Bannanarama and I have been practicing Kempo with a friend of mine. We both really enjoy it, and Bannanarama is getting ready to take her yellow belt test in July. (It will be a bit longer before I can test for my brown belt)

In Kempo, one of the characteristics is "Unity of mind and body," so in addition to doing a practical test with the sensai, she will also have to write an essay. She's a little freaked out about this, because she's not very confident about her writing/spelling skills, but I think she's determined enough that she'll do just fine.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I am so glad..

I am so glad, that on those days when I have had to deal with people who just don't "get" homeschooling, I can come home, type the word "homeschooling" into Google, and read the thoughts and experiences of many different families who may be, on the surface, quite different from us, but who understand this crazy adventure we're all on.

Is it time to stop learning?

I only ask because it's summer.

The answer, is, OF COURSE NOT! But some of us are sort of trained, after twelve years, to think that when summer comes, it's time to turn off our brains.

People will occasionally ask if we're "done with school" for the year, to which I often reply, tongue firmly planted in cheek, that we're either never in school, or we always are. The truth is that we're not after "schooling" so much as "education" and "learning," and those two things are happening all the time, not confined to certain special days, or hours, or seasons.

Okay, okay, I will admit to there perhaps being few less worksheets floating around here in summer time, and I'm less likely to go into "paperwork panic mode" during the summer. I blame it on my own twelve years of indoctrination schooling.

We've been busy, busy, busy, and have lots of projects going on - The "Flats" have headed to North Carolina with my folks to visit aunties, uncles, and cousins. Zorro has been fascinated by insects, and has a colony of potato bugs under investigation. Both the kids have been having a ball playing in the dirt and helping their grandparents with the gardening.