Thursday, February 22, 2007

How do you use your car time?

We spend a fair amount of time in the car, travelling to and from various activities.

A lot of the time, the kids read and talk. Anthony draws and both and he and Jonathon write.

Nine times out of ten, we listen to music. Lately, its been Gregorian Chant, Carly Simon (You're So Vain!), Blink 182 and The Divinyls. I know, a weird mix.

We start our journeys with prayer.

We go through stages of listening to books on CD in the car - last year it was The Series of Unfortunate Events, the Narnia series, a Harry Potter and another book by Eion Colfer.
Many times we talk - desultory conversation or a serious discussion, especially if there are only one or two kids in the car with me.

Sometimes, I ask for a bit of silence in the car - impossible to imagine, huh?

But yesterday's carschooling made me smile. We drove 45 minutes to my work meeting. Then the 45 minutes drive to homeschool Group Learning. We dropped off and picked up Jonathon from work.

Part of the work journey involved carschooling - yep, set by me.The kids did a medieval Crossword puzzle, that another mum had sent and asked children to finish before Group Learning that afternoon. Then Alexander read from "Understanding the Scriptures", his religion book. He complained about the style but I said he should focus instead on the content! lol!

Thomas and Anthony worked on memorizing the Confiteor and the Agnus Dei. Last week, they wrote these out for Latin prayers and learned a little bit about the Dative and Accusative cases.

Imagine me, driving at 100 kph ( well, maybe a tad more!) on the motorway, listening to their recitations.

Car travel time is cetainly a versatile parcel of time.


Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

We love to listen to books on tape - I find their attention is very focused! LOL!

Currently, we're listening to both The Magician's Nephew and Eragon!

Leonie said...

How do you like Eragon? I thought the movie was weak. :-(

Cindy said...

Our favorite car tape was Hank the Cowdog.

We always stocked up B4 driving to my parents'. Oh, I miss those times!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

So far, we're enjoying the story but we're only on disc 3 - we haven't seen the movie yet....

HopewellMomSchool said...

for Leonie: Our favorite car tape was, surprisingly, 5 Children and It. Also the Bible--great for calming down. We are driving an old bomber right now and miss the tapes!

for Cindy: Great! I didn't know Hank was on audio books, too! Maybe Geronimo Stilton then....

Leonie said...

I'm hoping for a new book on CD
( for the car) for my March birthday! Oh, some new/unusual teapots. :-)