We ended our last school year in July. We had a grand picnic to celebrate. The kids and I have really enjoyed some time off of school. Yesterday we started a new school year, 6th grade for Joshua and 3rd for Emma Grace. We’re not really on any certain school year schedule (America or S. Africa). I guess we’re just on the Price family school schedule. 🙂 It works for us and that’s what matters, right?
A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with the kids to talk about what they learned the last school year and to start planning for the next school year. I love that our last school year found us learning from books as well as travels. The kids loved it, too. Here are Joshua’s highlights and things he learned…
~learned division better
~learned figures of speech
~started liking reading more
~toured the British Museum
~saw London and the countryside
~saw Dublin and the Irish countryside
~saw a castle
Both kids were in agreement that they wanted some extracurricular activities in their routine this go around. Joshua is now taking karate twice a week. He’s got some killer kicks going on. 🙂
I love having technology available to enhance the kid’s learning experience. We use iPads for school, and there’s some really amazing apps out there (sometime I’ll have to show you our favorites). However, there are times when it’s appropriate to give technology the boot.
Last week, I gave Joshua his spelling and vocabulary words for the week and told him that he must look each word up in the dictionary. He protested. “Can’t I just google it?” Doesn’t he know that google isn’t even in the dictionary? No, of course not. He’s a child of the technology age, and in his mind, “google it” equals dictionary. I do like the ease of google but there’s something beautiful about opening a book full of words and actually looking up the meaning.
During his assignment he said, “This is so old school.” Yes, maybe it is, my son, but old school isn’t a bad thing. I rather like embracing old school every once in a while.
When was the last time you used a real dictionary (as opposed to an online one)?