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#1 of 10 Old 08-03-2013, 04:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Practice your best Educationese on real-life, quite typical unschooling pursuits, including but not limited to, looking out the window, making mashed potato mountains, multiverses, or endless pots of mud soup (made by your 11yo in a rare moment away from Minecraft?).  

 

You might actually help a parent free her inner Education Specialist and charm the socks off her homeschool evaluator, or you could just have some fun because you don't really need to do that anyway, and secretly pity those who do.  

 

To start, I give you my own scenario to translate into acceptable Educationese.  You are welcome to throw in your own and keep the thread going, or this can die a lonely and ignoble death like so many other threads I have started when I was delirious with exhaustion and having far too much fun by myself thinking...... I will not take the silence personally, I promise you.  

 

So, here we go!

 

DD1's paper dolls.

 

About 3 years ago (when she was 5.5 about, I think), dd1 started cutting "paper dolls" out of clothing catalogs.  She collected them, started dividing them according to season, birthdate.  She gave all of them names and played/plays with them endlessly, sometimes by themselves, sometimes in conjunction with other toys.

 

OK, that's almost too easy.  So, here's the trickier part. 

 

She draws on them in what she used to call "monster faces."  She draws an arch above the eyebrows, circles both eyes, draws a line from that down the nose/midline to the mouth that she circles.  She usually cuts off hands and feet.  She uses a 4-color pen and color codes them as well.

 

How she organizes them changes.  Now, she keeps them on shelves according to season (but, season according to what color the doll is wearing?  Or season that she cut it from the catalog?  Dilemma.....)

 

And BTW, does anyone want a few thousand?  DD1 passes them on once a new catalog comes in, but she gives them to dd2 who hangs on to everything and remembers.  "MOM!  What happened to that wadded up girl with her head ripped off and her arm taped back on, wearing what used to be a candy-striped pinafore before I taped on a fishbowl picture and then ripped that off taking the candy stripe and pinafore with the scotch tape, and that dd1gaveme2yearsago-andIplayedwithitinthatcornerlastyearwithmyhorses..... youknowtheoneswiththelegsbrokenoffandtapedbackonand-whereisthatlegthatdroppedoff6000yearsago?  You threw that away?  WAAAAAAAAA!"

 

If I needed to (I don't, thankfully) how would I word this for the Educationally Judgmental?

 

Have fun!  Obviously, I have been....

 

Ugh.  I need to go to bed before they commit me.

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hahahaha

 

This is great...how to word this? hmm...I'm afraid my educational-ese is seriously lacking, but I'd love to see someone come up with the diagnosis. 

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hee hee

 

i am sure these are good skills for making catalogues. ... something business-y maybe?


no longer  or  or ... dd is going on 12 (!) how was I to know there was a homeschool going on?
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it's a social skill.... she has a future as a world leader, city planner, or humanitarian :)

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Cataloging, sorting, memory skills,

Art, design, color coding, cutting skills, coloring skills, 

Seasonal rotation, 

 

 

Just a few to get you started.


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I had also thought something along the lines of the study of the human face (not Educationese exactly, but along the right lines.)  Drawing over the dimensions of the face in various positions has to be a good lesson in anatomy!  I also forgot to mention that she figures out birthdays according to their assigned date, and how much older each one is than another.  So, arithmetic.

 

And she does want to make her own catalog.  From this project she designed a dress that I am trying to help her make.... soon..... we have a pattern (I'm not a skilled enough seamstress to create my own), we just need to look for fabric and get the sewing machine fired up.

 

Seasonal rotation....  good one.


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Art! Collage! Sounds like some modern artists I've seen featured in galleries or on PBS!

Art. Fashion design. Marketing perhaps. Graphic design.

Here's mine:
DD(4) is obsessed with the 12 Days of Christmas song. We sing it over and over in the car. She has asked about some of the odd bits of it (leaping lords? Maids? All the birds?) which led to discussion about when the song was written. She has also rewritten it:

Dani's 10 days of Christmas:

10 sparkly hats.
9 flow-er-ERS.
8 pairs of shoes.
7 craft projects.
6 rubber duckies.
5 CHOCOLATE BARS!
4 golden rings.
3 ballerinas.
2 Digimon.
And a pot of honey in a strawberry-grape tree!

lol Please education-ese it!
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Here's mine:
DD(4) is obsessed with the 12 Days of Christmas song. We sing it over and over in the car. She has asked about some of the odd bits of it (leaping lords? Maids? All the birds?) which led to discussion about when the song was written. She has also rewritten it:

Dani's 10 days of Christmas:

10 sparkly hats.
9 flow-er-ERS.
8 pairs of shoes.
7 craft projects.
6 rubber duckies.
5 CHOCOLATE BARS!
4 golden rings.
3 ballerinas.
2 Digimon.
And a pot of honey in a strawberry-grape tree!

lol Please education-ese it!

Like everyone else, I'm a bit short on the vocabulary, but I'm what I'm seeing is:

 

working with poetical meter (does that even make sense?  I need coffee!)

that, of course, requires an understanding of syllables

history

metaphor

counting (forward and backward!)

 

what else?


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The student will work on her fine motor skills and math skills through an inter-displinary approach to fine arts.  Math skills will include:  angles, non standard measurements, and estimation.

 

real world skill - dd draws a picture.  Hey - the angle of the roof is an angle, the door take up half the first floor and hey - the tree is twice the size of the building……I am sure she thinks of all this as she draws a picture Sheepish.gif  lol.gif


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You're right SweetSilver, that second part is challenging.  Let's see, I would probably describe it as some sort of practice of proper art techniques with emphasis in portraiture. Everybody else covered most of the topics you could rope in. 

 

I can do SpiderMum's though!

Student memorizes and recites from memory classical poetry.  As a creative exercise, student rewrites poems with similar themes and the same meter[h/t Sweetsilver], creating a recognizable derivative work and presents her creative writing orally to a wide audience. (Subjects covered: Literature, poetry, grammar, speech, vocabulary, logic and memory)

 

I use logic and memory as a category of math learning and sometimes refer to it as meta-cognition since we like to look at how people memorize and recall things and we play a lot of games and puzzles that build critical and lateral thinking skills and I can dump all of those games into that category. I was in a gifted math program in 7th and 8th grade, and part of the program covered "Introductory Logic" or "Propositional Calculus" so I figured it was reasonable to include memorization and logic activities as a subset of math work.

 

I play this game myself quite a bit. It's good to share.

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