goodbye, farm school
we really found our groove a while back with a little routine of horseback riding, ballet class, and farm school, each once a week. Wednesdays since September she spent the hours from 9am-1pm running around the farm and in the woods (and the creek) learning all matter of things related to animal science and the natural world. what an amazing program to have so close by, one we had hoped she'd attend for years. in fact, I'd already had her signed up for a botany class starting in September when we heard the news that the fine folks who run farm school are moving to Georgia this summer. and while they may return in the summers to host farm camp, it seems the farm school chapter ends here.
and so. here we are, left to figure out a new homeschoolish routine for this little miss. honestly though, I find myself leaning more and more (and more) towards the 'unschooling' end of homeschooling. and so it's possible that the search for a new routine ended before it was ever earnestly begun. for now, anyway, I can't help but feel like her main job is one of playing and exploring, asking those (endless and often, I'll admit it, rather annoying) questions, figuring out which things interest her and which do not, and testing her own (um, and often our) limits. there is a lot of reading that goes on around here, a lot of education that creeps in in unexpected places, plenty of counting and adding in our daily living, and a good bit of 'homework' (wherein we grownups of the household attempt to create 'homework' sheets for her to complete because she watches the kids at art do homework and is ever so intrigued). and of course, all the while, no doubt she is soaking in so much more than we think she is.
and to me..... for us..... that is more than enough. besides, it's summer!