Tuesday, 17 August 2010

What Hannah did today

Did not look much like unschooling, but she was happy and chose the things herself, so i guess i'd better call us Autonomous instead..................or i could just call us home educators and stop trying to fit into a label!! Does anyone else think it's just too hard to stick to one style when there is so much out there, and does it matter as long as your child is happy and learning?

Anyway, to get back to what Hannah actually did, she started off with a story and activity from her new Devotions book. She had the book for younger girls last year which she loved, but thought the stories were a bit too babyish for her now so we bought this one last week. Then we re-read the story of Blueberries For Sal ready to start our new lapbook.
We talked about the story, read all about the different types of bears in the world and then found out that the bears in the story were Black bears from the state of Maine.

So Hannah found Maine on our USA map and we read about the Maine landscape, industry, agriculture and people.

Then we started the lapbook.

and completed the first activity which was to make the life cycle of a blueberry bush.

Grandma arrived at lunchtime and so Hannah's afternoon consisted of a piano lesson, (grandma is teaching her to play as she is quite an acomplished pianist)

and a trip to the park with grandma on her scooter (Hannah that is - grandma walked!)
Tonight Hannah read her next reading book to me, and then went to sleep listening to James Herriot's 'Warm And Joyful Tales' on cd. A perfect end to her day!


Fiona said...

Sounds like a lovely day, and as far as education goes, I think the most important thing we can do is follow the lead of the individual child.

When Sofie was desperate to learn to read, I can't imagine not providing her with the support and resources to master a new skill that she deemed important. Looks like you are doing the same with Hannah, which is fantastic.

And for what it is worth I don't think the kids care about the 'label' or 'style' of education one jot. I think if they emerge with knowledge, self esteem, and joy, then whatever method you have chosen clearly worked.

Rae said...

Wow, what a busy day! You got through such a lot. I am hoping you feel more at ease with the 'labels' side of things. I feel confident this is something you will slip into really well and in a few months you'll be looking back wondering why you were worried. The key is to take one day at a time and work with yours and Hannah's needs - you're an awesome mum and Hannah is great :) She is so happy and fulfilled - you can see it in her photos.