Bailey has been learning a lot about herself this week. It has been a good week for introspection, as Steve was out of town twice so we stayed home without the car.
A few weeks ago she participated with some other homeschoolers in making a film. She was given a role and we were getting together again yesterday (Saturday) to finish making the film. However, Bailey decided that she did not want to participate anymore. She tells me that she thinks she is more of a behind-the-scenes person than an on-camera person. Luckily we were working with a very understanding group of people so Bailey was able to bow out gracefully.
She was excited to talk to her Learning Consultant on Thursday. He called to sdminister the Canwest Spelling Bee words to see if she would advance to the next round in the Bee. She had fun doing the spelling words, but I suspect that she might be tiring of the idea of the spelling bee, too.
She is entering a new phase of deschooling, I think, and is treasuring her freedom more and more. She is no longer finding comfort in traditionally “schooly” activities, and is instead taking more of an interest in learning things on her own. This is an important process, but it sure is unsettling for her (and for me sometimes!).
Also this week she did the magic mud experiment from the website http://www.sciencecow.com/. What was really neat to see was that she wanted to learn more about WHY magic mud behaves the way it does, so she looked it up and explained it to me and Steve. She learned that it is a colloid and learned what a colloid is.
Christmas is coming, and Bailey is excited. Last Sunday we went to a friend’s house for a gingerbread castle decorating party. On Thursday we volunteered as a family at Christmas Amalgamated, and really had a great time putting hampers together. Last night she went with her grandma and grandpa to Wildlights at the Wildlife Park. I have been trying to have a more positive attitude towards Christmas (and winter in general) this year and I hope it has been helping Bailey. We haven’t had much snow yet this year, but the few times it has snowed I have made an effort to point out the beauty of it to Bailey, and she has responded positively. She is getting excited about Solstice, too. We will go to my Dad’s house for a Solstice celebration. He wants everyone to dress up as flowers. Bailey will be helping me make edible gifts this year (but I won’t say what because I know my sister reads this!). Despite having atheist/agnostic/pagan/whatever parents I think Bailey is having a spiritually fulfilling Christmas season.
That’s it for this week!