We're having a fab week with science activities - stories w/simple experiments & games for 1st grade, very focused Global Warming studies in sixth.
I wanted to respond to NoCal's question about homeschooling and relationship.
|Has holistic homeschooling changed the interaction between your children for the better?
I can't speak about changes because mine have never been in school beyond 3-day kindergarten, but I can reflect on just how close they are, and how often they are surprised when other siblings are not. Scouts are the main age-segregated activity they do and they're both in groups where they are the only homeschooled boys.
Mine play together through the day. My eldest is in sixth grade and yes, he does get tired of playing with his 1st grade bro sometimes, then he just hangs out in his room. They're opposites in so many ways - yet they balance out.
I don't often encounter schooled children who are 4 years apart and have a tight relationship - there they would be completely separated all day. Yet life isn't full of age-segregated activities. When I worked, my closest friends were all much older than I, yet we had a friend in our circle who was younger. Now in my homeschool group, I am much older than most of the moms, yet we get along, even if they have never heard of my favorite bands!Segregation by age is unnatural.
The kids need friends about their age to share their play sometimes, but they also can learn from people from all ages because they haven't developed an adversarial relationship with adults or kids of different ages.
Not all schooled kids do, but many do have attitudes about kids even 1 or 2 years younger- it amazes me when I mee a kid who won't speak more than a word to an adult, but who then turns around and chats away to kids...kinda scary to me.
Originally Posted by mamainmotion
It can difficult to keep his energy focused with out getting totally burnt out.
I also don't like to playing in his room for hours acting out our imaginations. I can handle it for awhile but he always seems to want me there.
MamainMotion, just follow your instincts! You are the grownup that he needs to imitate. He needs to experience much time when you are busily doing life's simple work and he's on the periphery. Then he can learn to imitate
you. Jean Leidloff has researched and written extensively on this. Playing with mom should be a special time - maybe an hour in the morning and another in the afternoon. Then family time in the evening...or whatever works for you.I'm not saying to shut him out
at other times, just that you could be knitting, paying bills, doing dishes, or whatever...while he is playing in the same room. You interact a bit, but your focus is on your work and his is on his play.
Does that make sense?
Wishing all a great day!
P.S. I just felt the need to clarify that we are a total AP family. When I say an hour, I mean of on-the-floor playtime. That wouldn't include reading together, eating, walks, etc...and flexible days where you just want to play more!