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Posted by on 30 May 2008

It has been rather quiet around the house with Miss K gone.  She’s been at my parents house since Monday.  She’s having a blast and keeping up with her Journals.  I have her doing a nature, bird watching and a garden journal while she’s there.  You couldn’t find a better place to keep track of all God’s creation.  Birds are there all day….every day.  Yesterday there was a turtle crossing the driveway and already today, there was a fox in the tree line.  So far, no deer, but she’d have to be up at the crack of dawn for that rare sighting.  She’s been on the hunt for the bear or signs he’s there, but no luck and she’s not allowed in the woods alone.  Ah yes, now that’s learning at it’s finest!!

Since she wasn’t here to disrupt me, I’ve gotten quite a bit of the “formal” items prepared for our homeschool.  I typed up class rules, important information and the handbook.  I also created our letterhead, now I just need to take it down for printing.  Now I know, that seems formal and strict to most of you.  You think we’re homeschooling and it’s all laid back and relaxed.  Well, it is relaxed, but it’s also formal.  At least it is with us.  We’re not homeschooling K to hurt her, we’re doing it to benefit her and increase everything that she can be.  However, K likes rules and always has.  She loves structure!!  She’s not really a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type kid…..once again, never has been.  She likes schedules and knowing exactly what’s going on and she learns best in a “classroom” situation.  Also, some of it is to protect us.

Oklahoma may be one of the easiest states to homeschool in, but we want to make sure we’re “doing it right”.  It’s my complete understanding that the more records you have, the better off you’ll be.  We’re also expecting the possibility of issues with neighbors, possibly turning us in to DHS and then needing those records to keep them off our backs.  Since the neighbor blames us for every issue they’ve ever had and all the times just about everyone on this street has turned them in, we expect them to seek revenge.  Nevermind, their life style, drugs and choices have put them where they are.  But, enough of that….I wander off topic.  This is just the way we feel we at least need to begin our homeschool adventure.  It’s better off to start on the right foot than to trip later down the road.

I went to our local school supply store yesterday in search of a U.S. and world map to either hang on the wall or keep handy in the Schoolhouse.  I haven’t had any luck at all in that department.  I think we’re just going to have to stick with the large rolled up ones that K has viewed 100 times over.  Thus, her nicknames by her teacher last year of “Miss Social Studies” or “Mapster”.  Have I told you how the teacher gave them a blank map of the U.S. and told them to label as many states as they could in the time he game them??  Well, Mapster labeled 48 out of the 50 states.  The teacher was quite impressed and she didn’t have to retake that quiz later in the week when the rest of the class did.  She also had to help many of them learn them.  One of her “friends” also tricked her during recess by asking her questions and then saying “oh goody, I just got an A on my paper”.  It seems most of them didn’t finish and were going to have to go back in after recess to complete it.  This one thought she’d go to the source for the answers.  It grated at K for some time and I just kept telling her that I knew she’d do the right thing.  Eventually, K told the teacher and he wasn’t happy, so when the girl was asked, she denied it but couldn’t give answers to the questions.  I don’t know the final result, but I knew that K would find a way.  Once again, I wander off topic though.

So, back to maps.  I haven’t been able to find the size we need for the Schoolhouse, but I did find a great deal on other posters.  They had huge laminated posters for 99 cents!!  I got more than you can imagine for science and math.  They had parts of a flower, germination, how to classify, circles, triangles, stems, leaves, parts of an earthworm, parts of a locust and many many more.  These are a good size poster that’s very colorful and has good explanations.  There’s also “activities” on the back to go along with the poster.  I just couldn’t pass them up.  Much of it’s stuff that we’ll be doing this year and in the future.

Alright, I’m off!!  Ya’ll have a good one!!

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