Attawapiskat has been in the news while we have been learning about Shannen's Dream. What started out as an education in politics, finance, the state if education and pollution had grown. Ko-Ko is learning about the very tough realities of our people, even here in the province we live in. It's a lot for a child to learn, however is is a lot harder on the children living this reality. Our lesson lengths vary, dependent on what she cam handle in a day. Could I be following a curriculum with easy topics and realities removed by the passing of hundreds of years? Sure. But what is the more relevant education? That once long ago Canada did not treat Native people in a good way? Or that here, today, nothing had changed?
Attiwapiskat has made the news again. And again it is not good. Again the government is failing in it's financial duties. Attiwapiskat is in such dire circumstances that they are begging for evacuation. Read the news article here.
So as our exploration into the book Shannen's Dream for a school continues we spent a lot if time discussing different educational options and how those vary place to place. We talked about how lucky we are to live somewhere with many options. We also talked about how not everyone had those options, even here in Ontario. She was surprised that in some countries not everyone can go to school and that those same people may not have the option even to homeschool. I think this will be a good lead into our next book where educational options will be an underlying them to another issue.
On Friday we joined our roommate and her family at a Remembrance Day service where their family was invited to lay wreaths for the soldiers in their family who have passed on (both from WWI and WWII). Today we followed up by watching a program about Vimy Ridge and the art the soldiers left behind. She finished up with some art. It was a good and very full day. I should have broken it up more though I think she was intellectually tired about half way through the Vimy Ridge program.
*With pic So after some regular school work Ko-Ko and I went out. While on the bus we planned the weeks meals together and then created the grocery list from the plan. While out she practiced using the bank card and we used the calculator on my phone to see if we were keeping the grocery list in budget ($6 over). To finish off out trip we went for sushi. She read the menu and tried to teach me how to use chopsticks. I failed again. A good day and I believe ad much learning out of the house as in the house.
Yesterday while Ko-Ko worked on her math I created some school work for today. The work was all based on the boom we have been reading "Shannen's Dream For A School". We covered spelling, vocab, and some pages dealing with both geography and whats going on in the story. With no computer I had to handwrite it all. I do miss my computer and printer.
Today we were heading to the Native centre to pick up a support letter and make copies of my court papers. I brought the school work with us.
Ko-Ko worked away with great dedication and zero issues. With and ADD child this is not always the case and required patience and creativity on my part, sleep on hers ;) Maybe (I thought) we should work here everyday. LOL Ok in reality I know that is not the real solution. There are simply good days and difficult days in real life. It's just nice when the good days happen when you have an audience :)
Also I think the return to our old style is a good thing.
When I started homeschooling in December 2008 I went with school at home. I didn't realize there were other methods. In less then a year I was looking for other methods and became a unit study, lab book, educational games, projects and experiments, living book junkie type :)
Well old lessons need to be re-learned sometimes. I went with a curriculum this fall out of fear (custody case).
It wasn't great. For Ko-Ko it just doesn't sink in doing worksheets.
So we are back to our old ways (still using curriculum for math).
Right now we are reading "Shannen's dream for a school". A true story about the kids in Attawapiskat (northern Ontario). We are doing vocabulary and spelling from words in the book. Chosen when she asks what they mean. Geography and geology based on the book. Plus the book is about currant history and politics. What more could you ask for? Art, well she has made some lovely protest signs just like the kids in the book.
So glad to be back at it our way. And I totally recommend this book.
Soy blog suddenly died. And if you were following my blog you probably chalked it up to summer and expected me to get back at it come September.
The thing is life changed over the summer. I am now a single Mom, staying at a friends apartment while I try to find an apartment of my own that I can afford. the details of the end of my relationship will not be posted but I will say that there are circumstances under which a Woman should leave and this summer I lived through some of them.
A week after leaving my (now) ex and sending kids back and forth he didn't send the kids back and filed for custody. Ko-Ko snuck out of his house and came to me. SW wanted to stay since he no longer had rules and restrictions. Unfortunately that has the same effect it would on most 13 year olds and is not a good story. Poor little Runner and Indy have no choice due to their age and I have barely seen them. Hopefully that changes when custody is felt with. Sunny Not (different dad) still goes back and forth between my place and her Dad's. The only one I am still homeschooling is Ko-Ko. And I will continue here with our homeschool journey.