Thursday, December 31, 2009

If you could learn anything at all.....

In the next year...what would it be?

I love homeschooling the boys.  I really do.  I love that I know them so well because I am home with them.  I love that they are free to learn at their own pace and that they can follow their interests.  Every once in awhile we ask the boys (over breakfast) what they want to learn and we make a big list.  It helps me guide them in their interests and to be a little better about having the things (books, art materials, etc.) around that they may be needing.

Here are their lists. Scratchily written on a notepad with initials by each idea while they ate eggs and sausage in their pjs....

Badger said....
4H - interested in showing a chicken at the fair because he heard you can make money at this
How to make Candy 
Making a huge cardboard Castle/playhouse
Ice Skating
Hermit crabs (can we please get some?)

Cricket said...
Birds, especially Eagles
Horseback riding

Owl said...
Sharks, Dolphins, and Whales
and Crocodiles

Papa added...
Explorers and How to make Ice cream (is that what you want to learn about or what you want them to learn about?!)

And me?  I admit I have a voracious appetite for learning new things.  I'm going to try to keep it simple this year and focus on what I already have before me as I have a lot on my plate just now.  It will take a lot of effort I'm afraid to ignore this crazy need I have to learn how to spin and felt and mosaic and paint and learn how to make my own butter and cheese and kefir. Not to mention the grain mill in the kitchen just waiting to be tried.  Oh and there is also this little sweater pattern that I wanted to try knitting for Hen and the wool slippers and the Harry Potter scarves and......eeeekk! I better stop writing this and go DO something.

What would you like to learn this year?  Leave a comment. I'd like to know!


  1. Bread. I'd like to learn how to make GOOD, hearty bread that tastes delicious and makes my house smell all warm and welcoming.

  2. Hmm...bread sounds like a good one that's always recycled to the top of the list...gardening, harvesting herbs from our garden to use for home remedies...i know how much time just that alone will take, so i probably shouldn't put anything more on the list, but...drawing, embroidery, and Ohio wildlife/plants (another perennial). for starters.

  3. oh, and butter is not hard! if you make yogurt, which i know you do, you could easily get in the habit of making your own butter. and once you get that cow, well, the sky's the limit on that ice cream and butter!!!

  4. i want to learn german - eliza says she wants to learn this too! self-discipline and patience. sigh.