One NEST Ed Day

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

I had been giving some thought to what I would write for the GHF March Blog Hop on the topic of A Day in the Life of a Gifted Homeschooler. http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/blog-hop/

I had decided that I would share that when our family first embarked on home education we were quite formal, almost to the extent of having a schoolroom in the home. We had timetables and schedules and a formal curriculum plan. If today was Monday and it was 10 am then we would be doing maths. In the early days it would have been possible to describe a typical day fairly easily.

But as we progressed I realised that we had the freedom to be flexible. There were no bells ringing to say that we must move on to another subject if the children were completely engrossed in the current one. And we could enjoy being more spontaneous and building on events that occurred, such as finding an injured possum or visiting the plant nursery.
Every day was a new adventure and it would have been hard to describe a typical day.

I found that Sprite had been true to her word and had interviewed the Twitter Bird, Retweet,   about what a typical day of NEST Ed (Nest Education System of Training)  for her gifted tweetlets would involve.
She had even put together a PowerPoint Presentation about it.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

“The day begins at first light” Retweet told us “when we wake up with the first rays of the sun we have a dawn singing session.
Then it is time for Preening 101 so that the chicks will look tidy for the day.”

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

“Next we have flying lessons. At the beginning it was mostly theory because their wings were not developed enough to allow practical application

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

But I found out that the tweetlets were actually quite advanced because most other families had not even commenced lessons about the theory of flight and were still singing nesty rhymes.
We hit the Asynchrony Speed Bump https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/flight-school-hits-the-asynchrony-speed-bump/
But we were soon ready to move on to Advanced Flight Studies.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

And while we waited for their wings to develop we enriched the tweetlets’ education with art and music and nature studies.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

Sometimes we choose a theme and base all our activities on that particular theme like when we studied Luck .
For language studies we talked about the definitions of luck, chance, probability, fate, fortune, blessing, abundance, karma and for mathematics we studied probability.
We discussed the good luck versus bad luck versus natural consequences of behaviour and the attitudes towards faith and blessing, fate and karma in different religions and the pot of golden bird seed at the end of the rainbow.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

If you would like to hear what a day in the life of the families of other gifted homeschoolers is like come with me on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March blog hop starting at http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/blog-hop/
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/…/day-life-gifted-homeschoo…/

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9 thoughts on “One NEST Ed Day

  1. It’s funny to think about how you start off so strict and then relax over time. I have done the same 🙂

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  3. Jo, when we first homeschooled, I did the same thing–I recreated the classroom at home, schedule and all. It was liberating to finally allow myself to accept that my kids didn’t need a school-type environment to learn! My favorite way to teach was to use themes also, and use them across all subjects–it was just fun. I can just tell your children had a wonderful, loving homeschool education!

  4. I can relate also about trying to follow the schedule and plan as much as possible. Today, almost all my plans were set aside by two little musicians! They’ve decided that they would go around the house playing all the musical instruments they could lay their hands on! 😉

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