Saturday, August 21, 2010

Studying Tulum

When we decided to home school Henry and Caroline, I wasn't completely sure how it would work. After all, I left teaching for a reason! Despite a bit of a bumpy start, though, we are finally starting to relax into the process. While in Tulum, we visited the ancient Mayan ruins. Given Henry's obsession with Egyptian pyramids and ancient civilizations, it seemed like a natural 'field trip' opportunity. The ruins of Tulum are really quite amazing and we are using the experience to guide what and how we study.

We are so fortunate to have access to the Internet and all of it's offerings! We have been able to find all kinds of information about Tulum and ancient Mayan civilizations that we incorporate into our "lessons." The kids have read about the history of Tulum, are learning about the astronomy that guided it's creation and are writing about our experiences there. They are brushing up on their math skills daily with currency conversions (it is pretty funny to watch their amazement when they go from dollars to pesos!).

Henry absolutely hates anything that feels like school (some things never change), so finding things that peak his interest is critical to his willingness to work. He would still rather do anything other than write, though! Caroline, on the other hand, is very matter-of-fact about the whole thing. She does what needs to be done and gets ready to move onto the next thing. Hmmm, I wonder which parent each takes after . . .

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