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2007 December 27 » Philoxenos

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Dads and homeschooling

27th December 2007

Dads and homeschooling

As I’ve already mentioned we’re  starting homeschool kindergarten in January with Precious. We’re starting out using Five in a Row   which is a literature based unit study curriculum. Our first unit is on Katy and the Big Snow, which is a story about a snow plow that helps save her town.

Part of the story includes the use of North, South, East, West . My husband loves using Google Earth, as well as maps in general. He’s keen to be involved in our homeschool so I’ve asked him to teach a lesson on using maps, introducing the idea of cardinal directions.

Last night he came home from a trip to Walgreens with the Orajel I requested but he also bought a compass! It’s a little handheld compass which only cost $3. He was so proud of himself because he knew our daughter would just love it.

And this is why it’s important for me (and other homeschool moms) to keep Dad informed about what’s going on. They have a lot to offer as teachers, too, if we just keep them aware of what the plans are.

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27th December 2007

26 December

Go have a look at your calendar. Look at the box marked 26 December. Most of you will see written “Boxing Day”. I remember, before I moved to NZ, I always wondered what Boxing Day was. I knew it was celebrated by some Commonwealth countries, so it had some British ties. I even asked a Canadian once what Boxing Day was and she gave me some vague information about giving away toys or boxing up things for the poor or something like that.

When I married and moved to New Zealand I discovered that Boxing Day is a public holiday! No work! Gotta like that. Although the origins of Boxing Day were a bit fuzzy, I’m always willing to do my patriotic duty and take a holiday.

Yesterday, Aussie Kim at Homeschool Savvy  did a great post on the meaning of Boxing Day. Hop over there and have a quick read so you’ll know the meaning behind Boxing Day, from an Australian’s perspective.

My resident Kiwi, Handsome, was pretty bummed on Christmas night because he knew he had to go to work on Boxing Day. All day long he just felt it was so weird to have to work on Boxing Day. It’s funny how something like that can really throw you off.

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