Still homeschooling, still trying to have some structure. We've been easing up on the number of subjects we're tackling, mostly concentrating on math, science and reading. He's reading The Hunger Games right now, pretty much because we feel we have to! I'll read it when he's done. We're also working through a fun book about physics, learning about quarks and gluons and the ever-evasive Higgs boson particle. Stuff we didn't know! That Large Hadron Collider thingy in Switzerland is neat.
The highlight of the last few months has been the discovery of the BBC's Dr. Who series on Netflix. WHAT FUN! It's such a quirky show. Max covets it, if that's the right word. Better yet, he ABSORBS it. David Tenent is my favorite as Dr. Who. Max much prefers Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor. He is now the proud owner of two sonic screwdrivers from Amazon. Coolest gadgets. Not sure if all this qualifies as schooling per say, but it certainly has been an imaginative adventure and it demonstrates that you can sure think out of the box and get fantastical if need be. Some clever writing and great adventures through time and space. And darn it, you do get attached to the characters. Brilliant, I'd say. We are waiting with baited breath for them to continue work on the series since we've reached the end.
The other attention-getter has been the Science Channel's How It's Made series. And last but certainly not least in Max's mind, is the computer game called Mine Craft. He spends a bunch of time building houses, towns and cities with his friends. I didn't originally feel it was such a good use of time (and still maybe sort of don't), but I have seen him learn to use the editing software Gimp and create his own texture packs all on his own. Then he figures out how to upload them and install them into his program. Then he figures all sorts of other stuff out. I do appreciate its level of creativity (some people do amazing things with the Mine Craft software), so let him play. It's something he cares about and has invested himself in - which is so interesting to watch! If he cares about it, he'll almost self-teach. I guess that's what unschoolers talk about, huh?
So, even though I don't feel like we've been pressing the school thing over the last month or two, he is still actively taking in his world and figuring it out. Some directed by me, some self-directed. In all honesty, he gets way more out of the self-directed stuff. I wish as a beginning homeschooler that I had trusted that possibility more.