• HOMESCHOOL

    Homeschooling While Social Distancing

    Even though we’ve homeschooled for years there is a difference between regular homeschooling and homeschooling when social distancing. Personally, I like to make sure we have an even balance of days at home and days out an about to be able to help out both my introvert and extrovert. So while we are used to having an entire day at home, we are not used to doing it for days on end.

    I want to do a little post later this week on how life is different right now as a result of COVID-19 because I think that will be interesting to look back on years from now.

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    R2D2 – he’s 18 months (he came to our family via foster care in February)

     

    HERE’S OUR WEEK IN REVIEW:

     

    + Since our recent switch to unschooling I’ve been paying extra attention to all the learning opportunities that come up each day and I’m always blown away and wish I would have been able to make this switch long ago. One day Ephraim asked me the difference between continents and countries and while I’ve told him this before, it was always on my terms, now he was curious because of something he had heard so we went over to the map and I showed him the difference. When you are interested in a topic you can learn so much more and retain that knowledge.

    + Games are always a big part of our homeschool (you can see some of our favorites here) and with everything that is going on I thought it seemed fitting to play Pandemic: The Cure. We were unable to find the cure for all five diseases and therefore we lost and everyone in the world died. Good thing the real world isn’t counting on us to find the cure for COVID-19!

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + Raeca has been working on typing out a fantasy story, she’s been making notes about her different characters, what they look like, their interests, etc and then has been typing out chapter one.

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + Raeca is reading a couple of different books right now, including Rain Reign, she’s reading that one for the Read Your Bookshelf March challenge.

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + We also started a family game of Lord of The Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth. This one Jared and I usually play together without the kids but they wanted to do one together.

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + Rae and Ephraim have spent so much time playing together in the last week, it is such a blessing. They spent a lot of time playing with this DIY car mat with cars and Lego people that they created out of strips of the paper rolls from Ikea. They have also been playing hours and hours of Lego.

     

    A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + We spent a good amount of time watching some of Mark Rober’s videos, it started out with the germ one and then we just continued on. The elephant toothpaste one was one of the kids’ favorites. One thing I liked to point out to my kids as we watched his videos is how often he says “But first we need to go back six months/a year from now.” And show how long his videos take him to make and that it’s a good thing to be able to put a lot of work into a project.

     

     

     

    + We are still listening to the same audiobooks together as the week before.

     

    And that’s just a brief look into our homeschool week!

  • HOMESCHOOL

    The Best Homeschool Week We’ve Had in a Long Time

    Wow, what a difference once week can make! And I mean that in so many different ways.

    In the middle of last week I made the decision to officially switch to unschooling my kids. I know the term unschooling is a terrible name, it’s not really as hippie as it sounds, I promise. And it was like a weight was instantly lifted off my shoulders. We ended up having the best “homeschool week” we’ve had in a long time.

    Also, a week ago we were hanging out at one of our local museums where we have a membership and now they are all closed.

    A week ago many of our friends and family sent their kids to school and by the end of this week they are all going to be at home. I honestly can’t even wrap my mind around that.

    If you are one of those who are finding yourself suddenly homeschooling and in need of a few tips and suggestions you can check out this post also, seeing our weekly homeschool reviews like this one may be helpful as well.

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple and Relaxed Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    R2D2 – he’s 18 months (he came to our family via foster care in February)

     

    HERE’S OUR WEEK IN REVIEW:

    Actually, the week is starting on Thursday here, that’s when I decided to officially switch to unschooling and somehow that’s when our learning actually took off for the week.

     

    + we spent a morning at a local museum that we have a membership for, it is set up like a 1910 boom town and the kids love it. We just hit up all the places that looked interesting to them and skipped the parts that didn’t. I didn’t have any ulterior motive or things I wanted them to learn but they were chatting about which job would be best suited for their personalities and my nine year old even decided to take her own notes as we walked around. My favorite part about her notes was “Old jail cell and toilets are really bad. Trains are creepy.” 😂 She’s not wrong!

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + I am not the kind of mom who plans an activity for her kids to do each day but with the pressure of feeling like I had to do something I suddenly felt inspired to plan some activities (I’m a rebel through and through). One of the activities I had planned was a DIY mini escape room. It was simple but they had so much fun. I am planning on having a post up later this week where I share exactly how I set it up. (It’s up! You can check out our DIY Escape Room here.)

     

    The Best Homeschooling Week Ever - Unschooling

     

    + at one point one day I gave R2D2 a wooden spoon to use as a drumstick and some cereal boxes to pound away on and of course the big kids wanted to play along. So, I asked them if a cereal box with stuff in it sounded different than an empty one. They were surprised to find that it did and they went off seeing how different materials made different sounds (in a controlled way, they weren’t tearing the house apart with a wooden spoon though one did break . . .).

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + my six year old loves all things STEM, sometimes I search on Pinterest for ideas for him and one day I came across this idea: I gave each kid 15 plastic cups, 20 popsicle sticks and they they were supposed to see how tall of a tower they could make and have it sturdy enough for a Lego mini figure to stay on top. All varieties of structures were created! Then, when they were tired of it I set up a bunch of towers and they flew some paper airplanes they made into them.

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + we spent a little bit of time this week talking about their interests and strengths and what future careers they may be interested in. Now, I don’t expect my kids to have this figured out right away but I do like to pay attention to both their strengths and interests so I can provide opportunities in those areas and help them grow. As a jack-of-all-trades who would love to be really good at at least one thing I want to help my kids have a step in that direction.

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + we are so fortunate to have really good homeschool friends who live on our block (and a couple of blocks over), one afternoon the kids were creating potions of all sorts of spices and things from my cupboard. I mostly gave them spices I don’t use and it was a good wake up call to the number of expired spices I have. 😂

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + one day the kids were a little antsy so I gave them each a handful of mini marshmallows and toothpicks and let them have fun. I didn’t give them anything specific to do with them but they made houses, stick/marshmallow people and a snowman. Plus, they got to eat the marshmallows afterwards. My six year old got so attached to his stickman that he made another one the next day – though, not so attached that he refrained from eating him.

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + when choosing to unschool kids are left with more downtime than if you try to follow a structured school-esq daily schedule and I love seeing what my kids do with that time. This week my daughter spent a lot of time looking through the Maps book and looking at all the different flags and she also read a lot of WWII history from a visual encyclopedia I got from the library.

     

    A Peek Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling

     

    + our audiobooks are still The Warden and The Wolf King at supper and Wonder at lunch.

     

    VIDEOS

    We also like to make use of YouTube for education. Here are some of the different videos we watched this week:

     

    Ephraim enjoys some of this channel’s videos, this week he learned about color mixing (by watching monster trucks smash together, right up his alley!).

     

     

    Raeca and I were talking about something and I mentioned someone being Mormon and she asked what that was so we watched about half of this video to answer her question (half because she felt like her question was answered in the first half).

     

    Both my kids love Lego and knowing how things are made, they thought this video was interesting!

     

    Ephraim asked something about how you don’t get burned when you quickly put your hand through a candle flame and the conversation evolved into fire walking so I show him this MythBusters video I remembered:

     

    And there you have it! That was the majority of our week! (Well, Thursday to Sunday anyway), I felt stress-free, the kids learned about things that interested them and we had a lot of fun together. I am sold on this unschooling thing and can’t wait for the weeks to come!

  • HOMESCHOOL

    Finishing Our Space Unit – Homeschool Week in Review

    This was our last week in our space unit. It was fun to deep dive into a unit like this and while there was a lot we didn’t cover but our interest waned and so we wrapped up the unit, that’s one of the benefits of flexible homeschooling!

    It seems like every week lately there has been some unforeseeable chaotic element eliminating a day or two and this week was no different!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    R2D2 – he’s 17 months (he came to our family via foster care in February)

     

    HERE’S A RECAP OF OUR WEEK:

     

    + we dove a little deeper into a couple of planets and did some water coloring of planets. To make Mercury have some texture like the real planet we used kosher and table salt on top of the wet water color.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + Raeca is still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and half a dozen other books. I often read multiple books at a time but she tends to start a bunch and then get overwhelmed by having too many on the go. I’m hoping to be able to start limiting her to two books at a time.

    + one other thing I haven’t mentioned but Raeca is working through a Bible in a year plan which she’s been pretty good with remember each day.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + little R2 is so easily entertained, he loves music and playing with cars.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + our audiobooks are still The Warden and The Wolf King at supper and Wonder at lunch.

     

    For next week, and maybe the next few weeks, I am planning on doing a bit of an unschooling experiment and trying it out for a few weeks and seeing what we actually learn. I did one a few years ago and it was great but now my kids are getting older and I struggle with the idea that they won’t learn enough if we unschool even though it’s my personal favorite way to learn myself. I think it’s fairly normal as a homeschool parent to feel insecurities and I definitely tend to go through phases. But I feel like I’ve been attempting to create a plan lately and it hasn’t been working so we’re going to give unschooling a try (again).

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 12

    This week found us continuing our space unit we started last week. I went into this unit not knowing how long we would spend studying space but I think next week will probably be our last week.

    It was a crazy busy week, there was a doctor appointment one morning, I was sick one morning, we had multiple play dates and the week ended up getting away from us so we really only “did school” one day this week.

    Sometimes weeks like that happen and I’m thankful for the flexibility homeschooling allows.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used - with kids in grade 4, grade 1 and a toddler

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    R2D2 – he’s 17 months (he came to our family via foster care this month)

     

    HERE’S A RECAP OF OUR WEEK AND SPACE UNIT SO FAR:

     

    + I got a number of space books out from the library for our unit, one of which was a Lego space book, the book was good and the kids liked flipping through it but they decided to make their own space scene instead of using the book.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + we read a number of our space picture books from the library including these three:

    + If Pluto Was a Pea
    + Astronaut Handbook
    + The Darkest Dark

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + Raeca has a number of books on the go (like usual) and the other day she started another one she pulled off our shelf. These Canadian Flyer books are similar to Magic Tree House as they take you back in time but these are specific to Canadian History. Even though she can read much harder and longer books every now and then she grabs a book like this that takes her less than an hour to read.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    + we are still listening to  The Warden and The Wolf King at supper and this week we started listening to Wonder at lunch, I’ve been waiting a few years to read this book with the kids and am glad the time is finally here.

    + I picked up Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol at the library because it had a black kid on the cover and want to incorporate more diversity in our books (since all three of my kids are different races). Originally I was going to get Ephraim to read this one to me but The Littles is taking him awhile to read so I thought I would read this one aloud to the kids.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Books and Resources Used

     

    It was a lighter homeschool/intentional learning week than I would prefer but I also know these kinds of weeks happen and it’s no use stressing over.

  • HOMESCHOOL

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 11

    One of the nice things about homeschooling is that we can follow our interests, both the kids’ and mine.

    Since I’ve been reading a few science fiction books this month (Skyward, Starsight and The Martian) I was feeling very space-y and decided it was officially time we learned about space!

     

    The Martian - February Reading and Inspiration for our Space Unit

     

    This week we just used the resources we had on hand but I have requested a number of space books from the library that will hopefully arrive shortly and we can use to dig deeper into our unit over the next few weeks.

    If you have any space resources you would recommend I would love to hear them!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    R2D2 – he’s 17 months (he came to our family via foster care this month)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week and space unit so far:

     

    + the kids are making space books, so we started out with cover pages:

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + we also created paper solar systems, we used a free printable I found online and then glued the planets onto black construction paper and drew each planet’s orbit. We still need to label the planets yet.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + for their cover pages they each looked out of a different Usborne step-by-step drawing book, Raeca used this one and Ephraim used this one.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + we watched a few space shows, including one from The Magic School Bus as well as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.

    + the kids also used their free play time to make up some kind of space imaginative game, here’s Ephraim’s space outfit (complete with a Black Panther mask, Storm Trooper costume and a backpack):

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + on the weekend we went to a model train show (my personal highlight was seeing an overweight guy with a shirt that said “I hang out with models.” with a picture of a model train on it 🤣). The kids loved all the trains, this is our second year going to the train show and they always talk about it for so long afterwards.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + at the train show there was also a lot of Lego, a good portion of it was Lego trains but there was other random Lego stuff, of course I had to take a shot of this scene from The Martian, it was perfectly fitting for this week!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    + in non-space learning this week we finished listening to The Cricket in Times Square and started Wonder. I have been waiting to read Wonder with them for the last few years and I finally feel like now is the right time with their ages.

    + we’re also still listening to The Warden and The Wolf King at supper, I think we’re almost halfway through.

    + in other reading news, on the weekend Ephraim suddenly decided to read The Littles – the boy that is adamant that he can’t read picture books decided to read a chapter book! In less than 24 hours he had 3/11 chapters read. This is huge!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - Space Unit Resources Used

     

    Do you have any good space resources you would recommend? Any suggestions to which books we should read/listen to next?

  • HOMESCHOOL

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 10

    I have been sharing a review of our homeschool week over on my homeschool blog for the last number of months but I have recently/once again been mulling over the idea of combing both my blogs into one.

    The reason I have kept them separate has been for “the people” – those that want to read about homeschooling can head there and those that want to read the rest can come here. But with the way life has been in the last while I think it’s time to prioritize what makes sense for our family and that is me writing on one blog instead of two.

    The homeschool site will continue to stay live and I’ll take the next while to decide if I want to go back to two sites or just stick with the one. If I stick with just this one I will slowly move things over from the other site to here.

    Anyway, because of our foster boys, Buzz and Woody, leaving us so abruptly on Friday the other week we decided to take a quick family vacation last week and kind of had an impromptu February break. We did a little bit of learning in the in-between moments though.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on the kids:

    Raeca – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    Ephraim – he’s 6 and in grade 1

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + most of our week consisted of a quick little road trip, and of course, no road trip would be complete without a book (or in my case, a stack of books). Raeca took along the first Keeper of the Lost Cities book.

    + and we also continued our family audiobook on the trip, the fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga, The Warden and the Wolf King.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a first grader and fourth grader

     

    + we bought a new family game while we were gone, it’s a simple and quick game that we’ve already played a lot, Kingdomino, The adding of the points at the end involves a good amount of addition and multiplication so I appreciate that I can know I’m getting some sneaky math in while we are just playing a fun game.

    + we went to a bookstore while on our trip (cause, how could we not?!) and I was scoping out different graphic novels for Ephraim. I got a couple from the library and the first one he chose to read was Bird and Squirrel: All Tangled Up.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a first grader and fourth grader

     

    + a friend mentioned the Brain Candy YouTube channel to us a few weeks ago when we had Buzz and Woody, and Ephraim has enjoyed a few of their videos, like this one on how excavators work.

     

     

    Since we ended up getting a new little addition to our family on the Thursday we didn’t do much else for the week. It wasn’t planned in advance but like I said, this pretty much ended up being our February break week.

  • HOMESCHOOL

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 9

    This week was a little different for us.

    We didn’t do much school work on Monday or Tuesday because I was running a bundle sale over at Intentional Bundles and was monitoring my email more than normal.

    On Friday the big kids went to a homeschool gym time with some friends and while they were gone our social worker called us to say she would be reuniting our foster boys with their birth family and would be picking them up in a few hours to do so.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 2

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + my fourth grader is participating in a reading challenge I created for myself, this month we are each reading (at least) one book that is also a movie, I told her I wanted her to read Bridge to Terabithia but not to get mad at me when the book makes her cry.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + speaking of reading, the first grader started reading Penny and Her Marble to me. It was one of the first books that made my daughter realize she could read so I thought it would be fun for him to read to me. So far he’s not enjoying it, for some reason he thinks he can’t read when he actually can. I’ve requested some other books from the library for him to try soon that may be more up his alley.

     

    + I’m constantly trying to work on my son’s fine motor skills and we use drawing for practice a lot. One of our favorites are Art for Kids Hub videos.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

     

    + we also pulled out the Handwriting Without Tears book one day this week and did a page, I need to remember to get him to do that more often.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + after our foster boys left us on Friday we spent the rest of the day and the weekend playing family games. We played Colt Express, King of Tokyo and Apples to Apples.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    There’s a little peek into our week and some of the resources we’ve been using! What are some games you enjoy? What is something that’s been working in your homeschool lately?

    You can check out all our homeschool weekly reviews here.

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 8

    This week we had a mix of what I would call “school days” and “extra curricular days”.

    We had a field trip to a museum one day and went sledding with one morning with a bunch of friends.

    It was really a perfect balance this week where both my introvert and extrovert got a bit of what they prefer.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 2

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + one evening my daughter decided she wanted to make brownies, so she grabbed a box mix and got to work. Baking is one of my favorite sneaky ways for kids to work on their math skills (also, life skills!).

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + one day this week the kids played Chroma Cube for math. It’s a good deductive reasoning and problem solving game. I kind of wanted to shove them over and play myself . . . (You can see more of our favorite games here.)

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + we continued with our Bible journaling, and like I had planned last week I read out of the Action Bible for them and they drew pictures and wrote a summary of the story in their own words. I would still like to find a good, comprehensive children’s illustrated Bible. I have a couple on hold at the library, we’ll see next week if they are good or not.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + we played another math game one day. I just dealt the kids a few cards (the same number) and they tried to make the largest number they could with their cards. We did it with a variety of different numbers of cards so they could practice saying larger numbers (like 353,837) and it was a good reminder how important place value is.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + while our preschooler and toddler had a family visit one morning I took the older two to the same children’s museum we went to last week and they had a lot of fun in front of the green screen.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + one thing my six year old pulled out a few times to play with on his own this week was Snap Circuits. He has spent so many hours creating different circuits with this kit.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + I’ve been proof reading Harry Potter for my nine year old and this week she started in with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + a friend of mine was telling me that she often lets her grade one class watch a video from Storyline Online during their snack time so one day while I was making lunch the kids watched one. Of course my Lord of The Rings fan wanted to watch “Sam” read a story:

     

     

    + lately my six year old has been reading to me from the Usborne First Readers, like Mole in a Hole and Goat in a Boat.

     

    There’s a little peek into our week and some of the resources we’ve been using! What is something that’s been working in your homeschool lately?

    You can check out all our homeschool weekly reviews here.

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Seven

    I feel like we finally started to hit our post-Christmas homeschool groove this week. Plus the -30 C/F temperatures from last week gave way to -5C (23F) temperatures so that was also really helpful!

    One thing I hope to add in for next week is the beginnings of a morning basket. I asked for some input over on Instagram the other day on what people’s favorite items are in their morning baskets and I’ve been pulling a few things out for ours.

    Anyway, let’s chat about last week before I get too excited about a week that hasn’t even happened yet!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he just turned 2!

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

    Here’s a recap of our week:

    + We started back into our Bible journaling this week after taking a very unintentional extended break from it. I was feeling like reading directly from the Bible was going a bit over my six year old’s head so this week we used a children’s Bible which I think was too below my kids so I think for next week I am going to try reading from The Action Bible and we’ll see how that works.

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

    + Speaking of Bibles, I finally picked up The Beginner’s Bible. I know this is supposed to be a Bible to read to preschool-ish age kids but I thought it would be perfect for my six year old to read from. It seems to be a really good reading level for him.

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

    + One day this week we went to a local children’s museum. This was my six year old’s reward for finishing his reading lesson chart that I created for him. He gave the place a rating of 194/5 stars so I guess it’s a good thing I bought a membership. There were a few different areas the kids liked, this section was filled with tubes of air that you could stick giant pompoms into and watch them shoot through the tubes and come back out.

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

    + With the weather so much warmer we spent some time outside playing at the playground, it made me excited for spring but I need to remind myself that I still have to wait a few months before spring actually arrives.

    + The kids continued on with math this week and like I decided last week on Friday I gave them the option of doing two pages in their math workbook or playing SushiGo. Oddly the six year old decided to do the workbook so I played with the nine year old.

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

    + I am working on letters A-D with the preschooler, I’m very impressed with how quickly he has been catching on to everything I’ve been teaching him in the last couple of months. One of our favorite alphabet books for young kids is Dr. Seuss’s ABC.

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

    + My nine year old does a lot of reading on her own that I don’t usually mention every week, because she reads so much I don’t often assign her books to read but one thing I have challenged her to do this year is read through the Bible (my husband and I are also doing it as well). Most days she has her Bible reading done even before she gets out of bed in the morning. In case you are wondering, the Bible reading plan we are using is via the Read Scripture app.

    There’s a peek into our homeschool week!

  • HOMESCHOOL

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Six

    We finally started easing ourselves into homeschooling again this week. With Christmas and then spur of the moment dental surgery for one of our little guys and then pneumonia for another one we were kind of forced into a longer break than I had originally planned for.

    It’s just a good reminder for myself to appreciate once again the flexibility of homeschooling. I can’t imagine trying to get my school aged kids to school every day when we had all this other stuff going on.

    Of course, we jumped into homeschooling in what will probably be our coldest week of the winter. The temperature barely got warmer than -30 all week. School buses weren’t running but kids are still expected to be at school (and I was so glad I didn’t have to drive mine!).

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he just turned 2!

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

    Here’s a recap of our week:

    + we learned about cheetah’s and caracal’s thanks to Wild Kratts. In the winter while hiding from the freezing temperatures we tend to use a lot more technology in our homeschool and as someone who does not appreciate the cold I am totally okay with that.

    Puzzle - Homeschool Week in Review

    + the winter always feels like the perfect time to work on a family puzzle so I pulled out this 500 piece Norman Rockwell puzzle that I picked up at Dollar Tree in the fall. So far we’ve just tried to do the outline and I’m not too impressed with the puzzle, it’s nearly impossible to tell if the pieces go together . . . I may end up getting rid of it and pulling out a different puzzle.

    + each of the kids did a little bit of math out of their workbooks (we use some that we found at Costco). We’re starting back slowly so my daughter is doing some multi-digit addition and subtraction review and my son did some addition and subtraction up to 20 review.

    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - Homeschool Week in Review

    + my six year old continued on with the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We’ve taken this book slow over the last year or so because he kind of hit a wall for awhile. Learning to read has not been an easy task for him but he has made so much progress. He still mixes up the sounds for b/d/p quite often and struggles with some words that he’s seen thousands of times but can read bigger ones (like, he has no problem reading the word “little” but almost always stumbles over “the”). He hit a bit milestone this week though but completing a sticker chart that I had made for him quite awhile ago, as a result we are going to be going to a children’s museum next week!

    + the preschooler has been obsessed with naming the colors of everything lately. When he came to us less than three months ago he didn’t know any colors (or really how to speak at all) and now he knows most of the colors. He’s had a huge learning curve and has loved it.

    Sushi Go - Math Skills - Homeschool Week in Review

    + because the temperature was so cold for most of the week one day I let the kids have the option between doing math from their workbook or playing Sushi Go. Not surprisingly, they chose the game. Sushi Go involves using a variety of math skills while playing and it was a good trade off. I might make this a Friday tradition for the winter. (You can see more of the games we like to play here.)

    I would love to hear about your homeschool week, let me know what you learned about and/or some of the resources you used.

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