Brison Little School is back in business as of today, and we all truly had a blast. To my surprise, the Littles woke up early. (I’m telling myself they were excited about school starting. No, I did not ask. It is easier to lie to myself that way!)
The good news is they didn’t forget how to write cursive, multiply, or read. So that was awesome. The really wonderful thing is, they snapped right back into school mode without a hitch, both of them diving into the science question of the day and the ensuing discussion. As you know, we are doing an Asia unit study for these first four weeks. Today we did an overview of the continent, along with some geographical facts, then we read about the three major religions that spawned in Asia–Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The Littles were fascinated to learn that both Christianity and Islam were derived from Judaism.
Next, we read Little Red Riding Hood and the Asian version, Lon Po Po. We made comparison charts, including types of characters, setting, and plot, then we did a Venn diagram to compare and contrast. That led to a couple of really great discussions. We can’t wait to discover what about Asian culture is the basis for the differences. You can find a freebie of the Venn diagram here or on my freebies page. It should download automatically when you click the link.
Even with the air conditioning on, it was Sweltering in our little classroom this morning, because as awesome as August was this year, September has been hotter than I ever remember it being. Or I’m just getting old. So we put a box fan in the room and I let the Littles school without shirts. And I reminded them they would never be able to do that in public school. Which is another notch in my Greatest Mom Ever belt, and I will take them where I can get them.
Here’s the thing. Today what I love about homeschool is that I get to homeschool. There is nothing more amazing than knowing I have 4 or 5 uninterrupted hours each day to be with my sweet boys, to talk to them, to learn with them, to witness their greatness. I’ve been so stressed about doing it right this year that I was forgetting all the great fun we have just by walking through that classroom door. I am immersed in my little DaVincis, Picassos, Mozarts, Jobses, Bonds, Dickenses, Whatever My Littles Want To Be–and I have never known happier moments than these.
So welcome back to school, my lovelies. May the year bring a million surprises, thousands of rabbit trails, and tons of “I didn’t know that, did you?” May it bring you smiles and laughter and joy in the knowledge you are garnering together. May it keep you complete and leave you wanting more. May it all work out in the end. Because it always does, doesn’t it? Remember, my friends, when you enter that classroom
Love Wins (and Wins and Wins),