B is for Bowman. Or Bohemian. Or Bird.

I’m going to share something that would shock and dismay most homeschoolers. I don’t have a grammar curriculum. Or a writing curriculum. I don’t make my kids copy-write things at predictable times of the day or week. I don’t force them to suffer through grammar worksheets.

Reading, writing, and grammar, are best learned in a casual environment.

My Six Year Old knows a great deal about punctuation, just from me pointing it out to him while I read. He knows what quotation marks are and what they mean. He knows about capitalizing the first letter of a sentence, and about periods, and about exclamation marks, etc. Even though I’ve never put a worksheet in front of him.  I’d rather my children’s learning have a more natural flow to it. I want them to associate learning with living, and for them to have a passion for both. And I’ve never found structured grammar curriculums to offer…either.

So what exactly do we do? Well, that’s a fair question.

This morning we picked up one of our library books.  Curious George learns the alphabet.  We got as far as page B.  We decided we all really like the letter B.  And the man in the yellow hat made it turn into a bird.

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So that was cool.

So we decided to write B stuff. I had some ole, classic, free, internet “B” pages printed off and stuffed in a folder somewhere already. So I gave those to Four Year Old and Two Year Old and let them trace or scribble them to their hearts content.

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Six Year Old was inspired by a Dollar Tree Puzzle. So he decided to write something about Bakugan Battle Brawlers.

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Nice, right?

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Then I decided I really liked that B bird.

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And Four Year Old decided he did, too.

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And Six Year Old decided he did, too.

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And Two Year Old decided he had a robot arm.

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And Dog decided he wasn’t getting enough attention.

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And Husband decided our birds were lame.

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How’s THAT for an English lesson?

I absolutely adore home learning.

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Comments

  1. I love your B "lesson". :) Though, to be accurate, those B pages are in fact worksheets. They aren't always awful, and sometimes they serve a purpose, at home or at a school.

  2. I knew someone was going to call me out on that one!

    Yes, technically, that is work on a sheet. Just applied with no regiment or expectations. :D

  3. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies says:

    Hey, look!! It's HeyThereHeather! Two friends on one blog post!! :D
    Jessica, I loved your B Bird. I may have to try that! We're pretty laid back when it comes to homeschooling, but we do have some workbooks and text books that we aim to get through in a year. I think if a 1 was a total unschooler and a 10 was a school-at-homer, we'd probably fall right in the middle at a 5. At any rate, I am thankful for the freedom to teach my kids at home. I have a young, homeschooled friend who went to Sweden for a weaving internship and she was shocked to hear that homeschooling is illegal in much if Europe. Illegal?! Yikes.

  4. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies says:

    As a side note, I was one of those weird kids who actually LIKED most worksheets….except for those darned timed math drills. Kaya is the same way. She's always generally liked doing worksheets… except those darn timed math drills.
    Apple. Tree.

  5. I was only talking about grammar worksheets being ick generally, but your right, math drills were the worst. Especially for my Nine Year Old.

    And it is crazy to me that homeschooling is illegal in europe, I hate when I see articles about kids dragged from their home by the police crying and being made to go to a traditional school. My kids weren't school age yet when we were in Germany, but luckily military families are allowed to homeschool if they're stationed overseas.

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