Virginia Bound

Tomorrow we’re heading up to Charlottesville, VA with Sean. He’s got to go up for business and we’re just going along to keep him company. I’m taking my camera and my computer so hopefully I’ll have something interesting to post while we’re there!

Other things going on here…Marin loaned me Sandra Dodd’s book, Moving A Puddle and I’ve been reading that for a couple of days. It’s been interesting to read what was going on with Sandra (like I know her!) from her early homeschooling days. I have always felt that she just hatched with all her unschooling wisdom and oh, how enjoyable it’s been to see the metamorphosis in her thought process and approach to parenting. I definitely feel that if one has this book and Rue Kream’s book it’s a wonderful pairing and makes for a great set of unschooling literature. Marin, thanks so much for letting me borrow it!

Ryan has been reading like a madman and I’m trying hard not to go too crazy when he does it but find it difficult to contain my amazement. He’s not had one lick of school but he reads like nobody’s business. He has a genuine curiosity about words, too that is utterly charming. He’s been watching some documentaries with me that I’d recorded of some of the HD channels. I’ll watch almost anything in HD, it’s breathtaking. Today, he asked to watch a recorded program on Hawaii’s volcanos while I was baking Sean’s cake and I just about fell over.

Iain is back on a video game kick after going through a period where he wasn’t really that into them for a while. He bought himself a new game for the Wii, “Spider-Man Friend or Foe” and he’s beaten it at least 4 times. For a whiile he really didn’t like the Wii and was concentrating on Gamecube games. Another game he loves is Tony Hawk. He REALLY wanted to meet Tony Hawk and be like him, too. He got out his skateboard yesterday and was trying some moves and fell and scraped up his elbow. At that point he wanted to quit. Tony Hawk never falls down, you see. I tried to tell him that Tony Hawk still falls down but he wasn’t hearing it. He put away the board and I don’t know how long it’ll be before he gets it out again but at least he tried!

It’s so much fun to watch their interests come and go. You never know what’s going to get their attention next.

Stephanie - October 25, 2007 - 2:23 pm

How fun. All of it! (well, maybe not the getting hurt part.)
Have a great time in Virginia, too!

kalurah - October 25, 2007 - 5:49 pm

how old is Ryan? my six year old is in K and still struggles with reading. she has improved though!
Iain sounds like my four year old boy, he loves to draw and if he draws something “incorrectly” in his eyes, he rips the paper and walks off. I just hope this attitude doesn’t carry into the school days when homework comes into play.
Oh. I know something you can post about while you’re away.
I just tagged you! and mine was quite lengthy, so HOLD ON!

Silvia - October 26, 2007 - 2:17 am

Hey–we’re really, really close to Charlottesville! Found your blog through Laura’s, btw. Did you come for a day trip or are you still here?

whimsigal - October 27, 2007 - 12:23 am


Ryan is 5 and Iain is 8. Iain still struggles with reading too but is really coming into his own. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that we don’t have to keep us with the joneses so to speak. When Iain was in school there was so much pressure and he hated it. When we brought him home, he came to reading naturally…when he was ready for it…with no pressure from us.

Ryan just does it. Don’t know how because I haven’t purposely sat down to teach it to him, he just does it.

Iain and your son do seem to have a need for perfection in common. He gets so frustrated when he doesn’t do something right straight out of the gate. It’s hard but I just let him get upset and later he will usually try again with results that he’s happier with, too.

Rinnyboo - October 28, 2007 - 2:06 am

I’m glad you like the book!

It is fun to read like you said. I like the layout since it is all essays so you can read one at a sitting or read the whole thing. Since she has included stuff from the 90s to 2005 you can see how she has changed over the years.

whimsigal - October 28, 2007 - 4:22 am

Marin, I think that’s my favorite thing, seeing her thought process over time. It makes me feel better about any stumbles I’ve made along the way.

She really seems like a cool person.


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