A lot of little things have happened in our lives since I last posted (birth of a child, moving in with parents in Utah, finding a semi-decent school in the area), so it’s been a while, and it may be a while before the next one, but as things settle down we’ll start to make this more a routine thing.
Home school-relevant realizations the past couple of months:
- A good, well-stocked and funded local library is crucial for developing a culture of learning in your house. Whereas before I had to wait a week for Interlibrary Loan for every little book I saw at Barnes and Noble that looked interesting, now my local library is for all intents and purposes a Barnes and Noble. Instead of 1980s political memoirs of have-beens, the shelves are stocked with the latest and greatest of every subject. This is becoming increasingly crucial since the art of making an appealing popular nonfiction book has developed exponentially over the past couple of years.
- To live the vagabonding/homeschool life we (well, I, still need to convince Rachel) we’ll eventually get a truck trailer. Normal RVs are limited to RV camps and big roads. If we ever, say, wanted to camp in NYC or SF to give our kids the urban experience, we’ll need a vehicle that can park in a single stall. Wal-Mart and some other places allow for overnight parking.
- It’s harder to get kids interested in homeschool when they have so many other fun options (namely, cousins and grandparents).
- If kids are stuck at a certain point on Kahn Academy, sometimes you can get past the roadblock by approaching the problem throughout the day verbally; eventually they get it.