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starting the week off

By Tara Zandra | February 11, 2008

We were supposed to go back to Kindermusik this morning, but Miss Daisy has decided she no longer wishes to attend. At first I thought she might just not want to get dressed so I made her get dressed anyway. Then I talked to her again after she was dressed and she told me no, that she has done enough of Kindermusik and isn’t interested in doing more. I’m a little sad, but I think I’m sad that she never really and truly enjoyed it and it most definitely did not turn into the supply of friends I expected. It was clique-y and really just through off our whole day. I really don’t mind an activity being dropped and she is going to start a dance class in a few weeks. That being said, I will ask her in the summer or fall if she wants to go back to Kindermusik- though it would then be the non-parent participation class.

So we stayed home and dove right into lessons. After Tabitha practiced violin and typing, she chose to do poetry. Today’s spark was about a curtal sonnet. It’s 10 full lines and then one line with only 2 syllables. After reading an example, she was to write her own curtal sonnet. I loved it and thought I’d share it here. This is exactly as she wrote it.

Her name means flower
but she is sweeter
than any one out there
she can be quite crazy
and somtimes absured
but I love her very mutch
her little face is so charming
when I’m sad or gloomy
she’ll give me a hug
you know her name

When I read it aloud after Tabitha wrote it, Daisy started jumping up and down and was thrilled to have a poem of her own :)

Daisy always insists on doing lessons at the table so we have a few workbooks for her. Today she chose to do 9 pages in one book before declaring herself done. Now she’s watching The Little Mermaid (and hiding during any part that has Ursula) while Tabitha is having fun creating fact cards on Ice Age Mammals from North America.

We started a US History book today, which is where this project came from. We do Story of the World for our main history, but we’re in chapter 13 and still only at 5000BC so we’ve got a ways to go before hitting America. So I decided to also do US History so Tabitha can at least have a basic knowledge of the US beyond what she knows of the Presidents. I’ll be supplementing this with biographies of notables (quick bios written for children) and also the American Girl books. I’m sure with all that it will take more than a year but I never focus on the start or end of our homeschool journey. We don’t do grades of any kind and don’t take any breaks that are related to the tradtional school year. Frankly we don’t even observe weekends that much since we’ve been doing some lessons on weekends as well. It works for us and we never worry about days that we don’t do any table lessons.

Topics: Life, Delightful D, Teriffic T, The Kiddies, Homeschooling |

3 Responses to “starting the week off”

  1. Valerie Says:
    February 11th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    That poem is a wonderful tribute to Daisy.

  2. Mel Says:
    February 11th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    We have that same US history book. I’ve referred to it a few times but will refer to it more next year when we delve into things in more detail instead of just overviews of basic people and events.
    I love her poem!!!

  3. Stephanie Says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I love the poem! Happy belated birthday to both girls.