Week 1 – Learning Curve for Parent and Child Alike

With one week under our belts, I thought I’d take a quick look at where we stand.

Curriculum

After the initial fun of brainstorming study ideas wore off, we were faced with the hard work of trying to fit all of these ideas into a coherent structure. My wife did a great job of writing up daily study plans and posting them on Google Docs where we could all comment.

Topics:

  • English Literature
  • Human Body Systems (particularly PCOS and Thyroid issues)
  • Human Behavior (TED talks on consciousness and examples in the animal world
  • Art (Art Photo 1 @ GHS)
  • Music (music video production, playing an instrument)
  • Home Economics
  • Activities with Grandma and the dog

Anna came up with some long-term plans of her own (including her “weird book” series) while I spent some time time mentally translating various articles into possible lessons on ethics (the Atlantic’s discussion of The Good Place) and civics (Davids Brooks’ opinion piece on paideia).

We still have big gaps in the math and science area, but with earnings season upon us, it occurred to me that Anna and I could review both personal and business finance over the next few months and then have her sit in on a quarterly earnings call in January.

Other ideas are in the works.

Setbacks

Anna seemed to be avoiding any problems with fatigue this week by sleeping in an extra hour or so each morning. However, on Thursday she failed to pass her driver’s test and she was extremely disappointed. Her frustration spilled over into the “classroom” on Friday and she skipped her art class. She spent some time over the weekend making up the time by reading and going to the Public Museum with Mom. (Exhibits viewed at the museum includes weapons and U.S. history.)

Successes

On Saturday, Anna posted this on her Facebook page:

I guess what I really don’t understand is that almost everybody cares for somebody, but some people only care about specific people. They say these things about loving and caring, but don’t extend that love outside of a certain radius. You love your family, but guess what, everyone is your family. Why not love and care for them too? If someone you love was going through something, you would help them and support them. It shouldn’t be as hard as people make it seem to be to feel that way about everyone. It’s basic empathy.

It’s a good reminder of the special human being we’re raising.

I am so excited for Anna! She is at the beginning of a learning adventure that will truly be her own. She has two highly intelligent, creative, and compassionate parents who will be her guides. She has a community of family and friends who know how intelligent, creative, and compassionate SHE is and who support her all the way. Taking the “path less traveled” can indeed make all the difference. Love you guys!!

So happy you guys are willing to embrace the opportunities that Anna’s un schooling adventure will bring. Proud of the amazing neice I have and pretty proud of you guys too. Love this blog and love you all.

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