Thursday, March 24, 2011

When You're Too Busy to do "School"

Moving got us very far behind schedule in our curriculum, and this week hasn't helped us catch up.


We went on a field trip the the Capitol for Washington Online Learning Day at the Capitol.  Five hundred students, parents, and teachers showed up for the event.  The purpose was to make legislators aware of the importance of online schooling in Washington.  CVA arranged for tours of the Capitol; we showed up for the 9am tour.  After the tour, we visited our Senator's office and our Representatives' offices to provide them with some literature about online learning in Washington.  One of our representatives had a cancellation, and his aid was nice enough to offer us the time slot to meet with him.  While waiting for our meeting time, we completed a scavenger hunt that led us to the Secretary of State's office, the Governor's office, the galleries over both the House and Senate chambers, and the Temple of Justice.  We met a few other families; us moms talked while the kids played on the steps of the Temple of Justice.  A protest gathering had formed on the Capitol steps for Equality Day, making the kids nervous.  At 12:30pm, we met up with the group again for some awards presentations and group photo, but the kids and I slipped out early to meet our representative, which turned out to be rather unexpectedly interesting, to be vague.  After the meeting, we headed home to pick up the two littles and return to a nearby building for a pizza party and info session with CVA.  All-in-all, it turned out to be quite a day.


Wednesday is our we-rarely-get-much-done day because we have swimming lessons.  We leave at noon for our 1pm lessons.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive there, and we like to allow for ample time to change.  Then they have their half hour lesson before drying, changing, and driving home.  Soon after getting home, Sam leaves for taekwondo back the way we came from swimming.


The Pacific Science Center was having a free science on wheels program at the Capitol so we headed back there again today, this time with the littles in two.  They had to exhibits: Blood and Guts and Mathfinders.  The kids found the activities to be interesting, and we spent two and half hours there before heading to the library.  When we got home, we ate lunch before we accomplished a little bit of school.


After Sam's taekwondo class, we are planning on going to Point Defiance Zoo so the big kids can do an observation project for their science unit on fish. 

While I know they are still learning, and it is a lot of fun for them, I have trouble getting past the nagging feeling that we are getting further and further behind in our actual curriculum.  While I enjoy doing this stuff, too, I'm glad not every week is like this.

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carol said...

We were at the Capital on Tuesday as well! I wish I had planned to meet you!

Unknown said...

Hi there, I just found your blog a few days ago while searching for info on CVA. We too, are a homeschooling family with 4 kiddos in WA. state. I am in the process of trying to find out all I can about CVA. I've been homeschooling from the beginning, but now that we have 4, I am needing to find curriculum and a system of schooling that will keep up happily learning and ACCOUNTABLE to actually "doing school". I would love to ask you a few questions if you wouldn't mind. My email address is Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. Love it!!

Megan Spires