but I've been a bit preoccupied lately;)
So, I'm playing catch up today.
A typical day,
in our homeschool...
well, there's no such thing.
Each day is it's own around here.
Some days look more "schoolish" than others.
Yet I assure you, we are always learning.
The last two weeks were not scheduled,
no lesson plans,
no textbooks or grades,
but interest driven,
full of intentionality,
We even managed to work in a quick trip to the beach:)
No small feat when you have to find someone who will care for chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats in your absence! (Thank you so much, Lorrie and family:)
I love the freedom of homeschooling and the opportunity to create our own schedule!
Here's what we've been doing:
Board games- Snapshots of America game, Scrabble, Campfire Clues
Cards from the Target $1 aisle- Landmarks of America and
Multiple trips to the library
Red Cross Babysitting class (A.)
Cooking shows- we don't have tv but caught up on a few shows while we were on vacation...love me some Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives or Chopped;)
Also, episodes of Unwrapped (think How It's Made, but food related items)
Cooking together- dinner as a family, snacks, desserts with friends
Volunteering at Children's Shelter
String games- remember these? Tea cup, Eiffel Tower, and Jacob's Ladder:)
Chinese jump rope
Ember, the movie (the girls and I just finished the first book in the series and M. is going on to read the rest)
Seven Cool Homeschoolers videos
Natural Health for Pets- M. bought this book at 1/2 price books and it has really come in handy
Camping, exploring, and bike riding- actually, our friends went camping nearby and we just tagged along for an evening:)
Jumping on the trampoline
Exploring the beach and the seashore national park- nature study at its best:)
Picnic with friends at the park
Family Feud and Traffic Jam on the Kindle
Khan Academy- geometry (A.)
Cheetah Math (M.)- a great book for my animal loving girl! There are others in the series and she want s to read each one:)
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? game on the wii
Dog Heroes (M.)
Creative writing- journals, stories, and a play
List making, travel planning, map reading
Mad Libs- perfect for a long car ride
Art and science at the Discovery Museum
David Hockney inspired art project
Calculating square footage and remodeling the attic space as we make room for new sisters and/or brothers! The attic space was supposed to become an office/craft room, but we are readjusting those plans and looking at it becoming an additional a bedroom/teen space that the girls may share. Since we are looking at adopting a sibling group of younger children, I'd like for them to have their own space...however small that might be;) After this remodel, we have officially maxed out the space in this old farmhouse and used every single nook and cranny!
Object Lessons- Bible
Half Upon A Time, by James Riley (our bedtime read aloud)
National Park service- earning a junior ranger badge
Photography- both of the girls took great pictures on our trip!
2.-4. Learning all the time!
5. A. completed a Red Cross babysitting course:)
6.-7. Exploring the lake with friends.
8. It's been cool enough to play soccer in the evening. That's unheard of here in August!
9.-10. Two of A.'s photos I loved- our cat and the Mississippi River bridge.
11. The first thing M. did when we got to the beach...cartwheels!
12. The first thing that A. did when we got to the beach...jumped on the bed in our room!
3.-7. A.'s pics of the beach as we were driving in. Ah...instant relaxation:)
8. M. earns her junior ranger badge:)
9. The Gulf Islands National Seashore visitor center- hands-on science and nature study!
2. My fave beach pic of the girls:)
3. One of their favorites!
4. Just plain fun! They had the entire pool to themselves for most of our trip.
5.-6. Our Not Back to School photos- Eighth grade and sixth grade this year:)
Whew...now I have to catch up on what y'all have been up to these first days of Not Back to School week. Checking out my favorite blogs this weekend:) Join me!!