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Our Dream Life that others are living :)

Some of these websites I’ve visited quite a bit.  If you take bits and pieces of each of them, you’ll find families that are living my “Dream Life”.

This was the first blog I found… ever… that matched what we want to do almost perfectly. 🙂

Here’s another great family living life on the road.  What I really like about this one is that she pulls no punches.  She tells you just how tough life on the road can be.  My hubby’s not a pipeliner, but if we actually did this, he’d be doing shut-downs (he’s an electrician), and so our life would be very very similar, I’m sure.  Road Mommy:  Adventures of a mom on the road.

Here’s a really neat site.  She’s gone tons of photos, and it’s beautiful!  Walk Slowly… Live Wildly.

Another is Poor Pitiful Pearl.  I found her button, so I’m including it:

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I’ve included this family at another blog in my sidebar, but wanted to post their new blog here.  It’s just getting started, but it’s another great blog!  We Live Creatively.

That’s it for today.  I know our “DREAM LIFE” is still years away… today it seems farther away than other days.  Until our finances get back up to speed, and we’ve leveled out some…   But it’s so cool to see others who are living the way I want to live.  That it can be done, that it’s not for everyone, but it might just be for us…

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Homeschool schedule today

Prince of Persia Film still

Prince of Persia film still

So, we were all planned out… Science, Math, and Bible Study in the morning (Switched on Schoolhouse), then history, Vocabulary test, and Grammar this afternoon.  We chucked it all to watch Prince of Persia, complete with discussions.  🙂  So I figure we’re covering History (we’ve learned about the Achaemenid Empire, better known as the Persian Empire), Geography (as we’ve located the Persian Empire (historically) and the current Iran on maps, Western Civilization, religion (they reference both Paganism and Christianity throughout the movie), and legends… how they have been passed down orally for years.  The discussion about legends has sparked a weekend-long discussion about other legends and predictions, 2012, and all sorts of other things.

We’ve all agreed that we’d love to see more movies like this, and on our next library trip, we’d like to look into the writings of Nostradamus and how his writings have been interpreted so that people say they have “come true”.  If we’d been home, we would have used the internet to discover more, but as we were in the car, we could only discuss things in general terms.

We would have gotten to more today, but today, Tom & Chris are learning to make Disciples Crosses (another one of my business venture ideas years ago).  😀  A Dad/Son business venture (and something that is a ministry of their faith)!!!  I LOVE it!  😀  I’ll post a few as soon as they have some made.

Can I just say again that I LOVE homeschooling?  Even when we’re not “in school”, we’re learning!!!!  As a caveat, we did this even when the kids were in public school… the learning.  It’s the passion for it that I see in him that I really love!!!  Now that he’s not “burned out” in school, he doesn’t close down his mind on the weekends, saying he doesn’t want to learn!

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Deschooling the first week

I initially planned on one week of de-schooling, then waffled to two, then backed way up to a few days (as Chris seemed eager to start).  He’s now lived with us for a full week.  We haven’t done anything formally, other than to go to the library and pick up a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows.  He only had five chapters left, and he’s read two since he’s been here.  I haven’t been pushing hard, because I did want to give him some time to adjust to our family life, as well as decompress a bit.  We’ve had a few short lessons, mostly instigated by a question Chris asked.  After which I pointedly remarked upon the lessons afterward, partially for his benefit (so he’ll understand that even on days without structure, we are always learning), and partially for Tom’s benefit (so he can see the learning taking place).

One instance was a civics lesson while we discussed homeschooling laws, and Tom and I talked about daytime curfews, etc.  Chris began asking questions, and we talked about the importance of voting, of letting our voices be heard, and participating in the community and elections.  We talked a little about his interests for future career possibilities, and volunteering as a way to further those interests, as well as help out in the community.  Viola, there was our good citizenship lesson… 😀

It helps each day to remind myself of our mindset, of taking the time to answer questions fully and mindfully.

In other news… today we decided to purchase an AMAZING play set from the Re-Store here in Victoria!!  We’re getting it for “a steal”, and it’s HUGE!  Just what the boys need to keep them active and playing outside!  I’ll take pictures during construction, and once it’s finished.  Chris and Dad will do most of the building, I’m sure, with Mom & the twins lending a hand here and there.  So here’s an engineering lesson for the weekend.  😀  Then hopefully we can put our shed up (another engineering & assembly lesson) so we can finish up this stage in the home construction…

Hope to be going to the park in the morning to meet some other homeschoolers here in Victoria.  I never did hear back on the list whether they were still going or not, so we’ll see how it looks in the morning.  They meet at 10:00, though, so I really need to be getting to bed… it’s already 1:30!!!  Good night all!

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ReThinking Everything Conference – Are you going?

I’m researching conferences in Texas, with my purpose in mind… basically an eclectic homeschooler and/or unschooler.  This conference looks like it’s exactly what I’m looking for… but even with the early bird discount, it would cost too much for this currently unemployed/underemployed family of five.  I am looking into volunteer opportunities to help reduce the fees, and see what I could possibly re-arrange to afford to attend the conference, but wanted to hear from people who have been or are planning to go this year.

For those of you who have gone before, is this a “MUST DO” event for your family?  I’ve read and re-read the pages many times, so I feel like I know what is going to be happening.  My sister lives in Dallas, so I could potentially save on the cost of a hotel, but the registration alone is what’s making it really tough.  We have 2 five-year-olds, and a thirteen year old, plus hubby & I.  Hubby and I can volunteer, but that still leaves three full registration prices.

I haven’t completely decided against going… I’m still running numbers, trying to see if I can make it work, but I wondered what other homeschoolers on a budget are thinking?

Thanks in advance for the input!  🙂

Oh, and if this conference is not on your radar of things you must do this year… what is?

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Everyday learning Saturday & Sunday

I was sitting here thinking about the learning that takes place every day in our household with our mindset.  Sometimes it’s not so noticeable, sometimes it is.

A couple of examples that hit me today.  Yesterday, I was telling Chris that football sign-ups are this month.  He asked when football starts, so I answered in August.  He asked how far away was that.  Rather than rattling off the answer, I asked what month is it now?  He answered May.  I asked how long is it from May to August?  He stopped for a moment, and said 3 months.  I nodded my head, confirmed that he was right, and he headed out the back door to play on the trampoline, pleased at having arrived at the answer himself.  Chris is 13, well old enough to figure it out for himself, but again, it reminds me that if I just rattle off an answer, he’s not learning to how to learn.  Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we have to take a moment to learn for ourselves.  That’s my goal, is to teach these children that nothing is out of reach… anything they want to know, they can figure out.  I’m happy to help facilitate that learning wherever and whenever possible, and if I can’t help lead them to the answer, I can lead them in the direction that will find the answer.  This was a small, 2-minute conversation.  But it’s an example of a homeschooling/unschooling mindset.

A couple of hours later, when he asked me when we were going to start homeschooling, and I responded that we would start on Monday, I had to smile.  He doesn’t even realize that we’re ALWAYS homeschooling in our house.  🙂   He asked what we were going to do for PE, after he’d been jumping on the trampoline for nearly an hour straight.  🙂

Our more formal schooling will start Monday, when we head to the library for a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows (what he was working on in English class, and he wants to finish the book, because he said it’s really really good), and the movie, which we will watch AFTER we each read the book.  But I’m sure the discussions that we have about it afterward will be another one of those moments where he doesn’t recognize that we’re “homeschooling” again.  Learning comes so much more naturally when you discuss what you’ve read, talk about the differences between the book and the movie, discuss how certain parts make you feel (I already know I WILL cry, that book always made me cry), talk about the subject matter and all the other questions that he would have been tested over or filling out on a worksheet.  Of course, I’ll post our discussions here, and he’ll have an entry to make in his portfolio (which I consistently refer to as a scrapbook) to document it.

Today he’ll help us figure out how much we’ll spend at the movies this afternoon (we’re going to see Iron Man 2 – matinee), and how much we’ll save by going to the matinee over the later movie.  We’ll talk about a budget for concessions, and have a couple of math lessons on a Sunday.  🙂

And I’m sure tomorrow, he’ll be excited about “starting” homeschooling!  🙂

And, as I was about to sign off, all three of the boys came out here wanting to look at a tornado.  So we spent a moment pulling up  pictures of tornadoes, while Chris gave a very good abbreviated version of how tornadoes happen, and we spent a few minutes having a short lesson on how tornadoes develop, as well as the difference between a hurricane and tornado.  We also discussed which was more dangerous and destructive, and they went back to watch their movie (The Day After Tomorrow) with a promise to find out more about it soon.  Here we are, on Sunday, on Mother’s Day, with plans to watch Iron Man 2 this evening, but the kids got a 20 minute lesson on tornadoes and hurricanes at 1:40 in the afternoon.  I’ll add that to our lesson plan this week, for all three boys.  Anyone want to tell me that child-led learning doesn’t work?  😛

Chris just walked out here to tell me that Kody (one of the 5-year-olds) remarked when the tornadoes were done (on the movie), Kody said, “They should have called 9-1-1.”  Too cute!!!  🙂

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Two more defenses of Unschooling

This one is just a quick post to bring you 2 other websites. I just can’t help it, I guess. There’s a reason why I want to unschool, and these are two more sites that explain why almost effortlessly. 😀

Freedom to Learn and Education from the Free Eye.

Hope you enjoy!  😀

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This is the home of our family Making Our Dream Life Happen.

Dream Life = unschooling our youngest children, traveling in an RV full-timing it, living life to it’s fullest.

We’ll update you along the way!

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