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That is EXACTLY what our foray into Charlotte Mason was like for us, too. My boys wanted nothing to do with nature journaling, or bird watching, or identifying plants. They thought the hawks nesting in the tree across the road were cool, because sometimes they'get to see them catch a rabbit and carry it off. Otherwise, the outdoors were for playing tag, bike riding, and target shooting cardboard boxes with beebee guns. Reading books were another sore point. "When are we going to be done?" is all I ever heard. UGH. And I SO love Charlotte Mason!
Re-reading my reply from two years ago and howling with laughter at the memories. The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence, Lee :-)
I thought maybe it was just me. I try and try with extra activities and projects to support the subject my kids are learning, but every time I bring something up they both protest loudly. Mine are also more interested in reading and physical activities. They just want to read about a given subject and then play in the treehouse, or have a water fight.
Maybe I need to start working on my husband...
Thanks for the great post!
You're definitely not alone, Kirsten! As homeschool moms, we are always trying to make sure we cover everything! We have a tendency to do too much. Now, you probably are doing exactly what you need to, but just in case, here's a link to a post Lee wrote, that asks the question, "Are You Doing Too Much in Your Homeschool?" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/homeschool/
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Oh, and just so's you don't get to feeling too sorry for yourself that you didn't get to do nature studies... Here's the flip side of nature studies, LOL!
No, you can't take it home. I mean it! NO!!! Put it BACK!!! NOW!!!
Wild animals are NOT DISNEY ANIMALS!
Just because it's cute doesn't mean it won't bite (thank God we didn't have to go to the emergency room and explain that little adventure).
Just because it's cute doesn't mean some predator won't come along and kill and eat it while you're watching.
Just because it was cute at one time doesn't mean it won't stink and look absolutely pukeiferous if it's been dead awhile.
If your child doesn't have the heart to dump the microscopic zoo down the toilet, bring clothes pins to hold your nose while she dumps the nasty water back into the pond from whence it came.
Hmm... Maybe you won't want to borrow my kids after all...
Anytime you want to borrow my students, let me know - we don't have access to that private park. I used to sneak in when I was a teenager, so I know all about it, but nowadays it's harder. I have a car to park now - not a bike or my own two feet, and people don't bother a lone teen - but they do ask questions of a matron with two teens in tow!
Scheduling....one thing many of us struggle with as homeschoolers! We find ourselves so busy many times, that we forget that scheduling can help! (A crazy busy life can be avoided!