Getting Out of the Way

I was thinking a lot about this last week-getting out of Alex’s way. I had several examples in my head, but I have (naturally) forgotten them all except one.

We have not done much on our human body unit except read some books and watch the Magic School Bus (a huge thing though since up until this past week he refused to watch it. I do not know why- he loves the books, just would not watch that show. He has since become a tad obsessed…LOL) but we did make a brain hat which was a lot of fun. I had this idea of how and when we would complete it. Alex was very excited to make it and annoyed that my ideas were not matching up with his. I wanted him to color it different colors for each section and do it after we read about the brain…….he did not want anything to do with all that! I was talking to a friend who pointed out a lot of that is deschooling myself. It is true. I have been trying since then to back off. Here is our finished projectimg_6682 LOL I made my own the way I wanted and so did he 🙂

Ian had his 2nd birthday. I think it is so nice that Alex was able to spend it with his brother instead of being at school during the day. I decided to take the day completely “off” from school and was reminded of how much gets done when I am not even trying. We did some more egg crash tests, read lots of books, played a game that had him reading and using math skills. We went to Hop Skip and Jump in the afternoon and even had dinner out!
Here are his Kitty Cupcakes! Alex and I decorated them.
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And for his birthday party, 2 dinosaurs or “roars” as Ian calls them.
img_6701I can not recommend this cake AT ALL. EVER. It was a pain to decorate because you cut the cake and crumbs were everywhere. I felt like I was serving a little cake with the icing….LOL. A mess!)

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8 Responses to “Getting Out of the Way”

  1. Dad Says:

    I am sooooooo impressed with Alex’s reading. He is indeed on a High School level and still only 6 years old. This would not have happened in government schools. You are to be commended in spades for taking the time to love your children at this deep level.
    Your proud dad

  2. Dad Says:

    Keep up the Good Work

  3. Dad Says:

    This thing won’t let me get out of here!

  4. Amanda Says:

    Practicing comment, dad having problem

  5. Dad Says:

    I’m so impressed with Alex’s reading. He is indeed on a high school level and still only 6 years old. You are to be commended in spades for taking the time to love your children at this deep level.

    Your proud Dad

  6. k8gregory Says:

    Dad, that is so sweet what you said.

    Did you guys figure out whatever you were trying to? hehehe. It looks pretty funny all written up like it is.

  7. Cynthia Says:

    I have to agree with the comment about ‘mom’ deschooling – that’s what I had to do!!!

  8. Amanda Says:

    Okay! Now my “real” comment.

    First, Kate you can imagine Dad’s frustration trying to get his comment on here. It ended with him saying he’ll just call me each time—even though he was apparently successful the entire time 🙂

    I loved the brain hats and got to see them “in person”…as well as eat that delicious dinosaur cake. We had such a great time with you all.

    Regarding homeschooling and “getting out of the way.” I imagine that is really difficult to do, particularly when most adults in our society focus on teaching in a certain way instead of letting the child lead and trusting that he/she knows what to do if given the opportunity. I am so impressed with you ability to reflect on these things and remain flexible when I imagine you still feel pressure from outside forces. And one thing is for certain, Alex will let you know where he stands 🙂 LOL.

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