2021 Homeschool Week 21 | May 25

We had a busy week! Myles has recently asked for lots of different classes, and several new ones started this week alongside the math fundamentals class I suggested and the one time webinars we’ve been enjoying. We finally got to spend some more time in the pool, and we even tried out one of our webinar classes while floating around in it.  

Despite all the information we learned and interacted with this week, I have a feeling this one isn’t going to be too long. I won’t be relaying all the information shared in class or reading the hours of books to you, after all. We may have used a half hour break between classes to clean up or catch up on something, but we didn’t have the same flow of open days that turn into interest-led adventure. While Myles is happy with the structure and information he asked to learn about, I’m not going to get in his way!

I can’t remember if he had asked for another session of Getting Bug-gy or if I had signed up for more than one, not knowing how our ability to show up might work out. Either way, he started a new session this week. With different instructors, a new session of the class may focus on completely different material, which often makes it rewarding to repeat classes of interest. 

Myles had asked for Jurassic Class: All About Dinosaurs, which I think he took some time late last summer or in the Fall. Repetition means getting a more solid grasp on the basics and building depth in understanding. This sets a foundation for learning how to learn, and those concepts will be grasped much easier with a topic of interest than one that’s a struggle to stay focused on. 

Usually Myles chooses his own classes, and I may suggest ones I think he would be interested in. Sometimes he agrees, sometimes he’s not in a mood to take any classes at all. For awhile, we didn’t, but lately he’s been asking for them. I asked him to take one class, Fun-damentals of Fractions, Multiplication, & Division, and he ended up with a fantastic teacher who explains so much visually and in easy to process ways. Myles loved the class, and I’m so glad he’s had an opportunity to have math presented to him in a way he can understand. This is often a struggle for neurodivergent kids, though when it comes to using math practically, we never seem to have problems – we just think it through and find the solution!

His Primates of the World Class only meets once a week, and continued this week for the second week in a row of three consecutive weeks. I enjoy hearing him share bits of information he has picked up with others as they converse. 

He continued his Coding Games: Computer Science for Elementary School class, but skipped the last session for a webinar that aired live at the same time. He had a great introduction to Scratch and how to start coding. He has played around with it some on his own, and I suspect he will take another class in the future for more direction again. For now, the sound effects and putting together odd characters is entertaining.  

Of the webinars we watched this week, Live from Omaha Children’s Museum: Bug Squad’s Mission Possible was an extremely fun and well-performed informational show. I’ve never seen one quite like this. It should be available on the Varsity Tutors YouTube page, if you’re looking for entertaining ways to learn about bugs!

We also joined Science and Spies from our pool floats to learn about how secret messages were sent during the Revolutionary War.  

Outside of classes, we spend some more time in the yard, preparing garden beds and taking care of seedlings. We’re behind when we could have started, but “behind” is a standard I don’t like to put too much pressure on. We’re tending to our garden slowly and in a manageable way for this particular season. 

We’ve continued listening to our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7* audiobook and our puzzle got a little more of our attention, but not enough to finish it off yet! I enjoy knowing it’s there when I do feel like searching for a piece or two. It can provide a nice transition between activities, the cool down from one task to another, staying focused without the demand of the next task colliding too intensely with the previous one. It adds no pressure, and lets the thoughts flow freely while occupying a different layer of my attention.  

In the past, I would have seen this as avoidance instead of a transition. Now I know how and why my brain processes and how I function best, I don’t add the same guilt or push myself past the things that actually help me move forward better. I’m also much less likely to avoid moving forward because I’m giving myself what I need to get there. Our kids may need transitions or routines that help them keep moving too. 

Myles started a new Minecraft audiobook on his own The Endermen Invasion*. This one is included with an Audible membership, and we’ve been so focused on books we’ve sought out, that we haven’t spend much time listening to others that we have access to while we’re subscribed. I think we may pause our membership for a bit to catch up on our intentional listens, like finishing Harry Potter and The Hobbit and moving through the Lord of the Rings series. We often don’t have time to listen to the extras while listening to what we’ve already chosen, and it makes access to the included catalogue feel like a waste.  We both chose books last week to listen to before our current membership is up.

He also read some books in his room – this time not all or even any of them by Mo Willems! (if you’ve been following along)

This week, he told me he had chosen to read:
Iggy Peck, Architect (The Questioneers)
Rosie Revere, Engineer (The Questioneers)
Lost and Found
Up and Down
The Day the Crayons Quit

We started the second book of Amulet The Stonekeeper’s Curse*, and I love that he is enthusiastic to suggest reading this to me when he sees we have free time.  

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Our friends got new kittens this week, and we got a chance to visit, chat, and play games with them. It was a much needed reunion and reminder of how important fulfilling relationships can be, even just for short visits

There were a few things I meant to get to that didn’t fit into our week, and looking back, I see how full and involved it was without much effort on my part beyond keeping it moving. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned setting intentions but also allowing flow, and I feel we’ve continued that nicely. We don’t always get to everything. Sometimes ideas get put off for weeks, but when they’re flexible, they’ll still be there waiting for us when we do need something to do again!

How do you handle changes in plans or expectations? Is it stressful when things don’t go how you’ve intended, or do you allow yourself to adjust with grace? (or both)

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