Books we Read: The Nile River by Allan Fowler
St. Nick seems to understand a little about the Nile. He can find it on a map with hints and realizes it's a unique river in Africa. I should have known he'd enjoy maps - I love them. He does too!
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola
We ended up photocopying this (sorry copyright cops) but St. Nick has had more fun than anything coloring the copied pages. We stapled it into a book and he feels special ownership of it. We've read it several times.
Geography from A to Z by Jack Knowlton and Harriet Barton
This one is giving me an education! Bute, Cascade, Crevasse. Love it. This would be a good one for us to buy.
Deserts by Angela Wilkes
Packed with info. We haven't read the whole of it yet, but St. Nick loves sitting and looking at the pictures (his favorite is the story of the rattlesnake's kill).
Books we're Reading: Egyptians by Stephanie Turnbull and Colin King
Secrets of the Pyramids (Maze Adventures) by Graham White
St. Nick LOVES this book of very creative mazes. (I like it too!)
Projects: We made an Egyptian Paddle Doll (craft from Old Testament Days by Nancy Sanders, page 52). We used paper for the dress because the paint was in the office where Mud Pie was sleeping. St. Nick made another three dolls entirely On His Own the next day! He wanted a family of Egyptian dolls.
We also took a virtual field trip of Egypt.
St. Nick started a nature journal (a sketchbook) and sketched his seed experiment and then his observations.
We worked through more Reading Reflex, but I'm thinking of switching to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. In Reading Reflex, we're onto the teaching the advanced code lessons. St. Nick still struggles with pages with too much text and really just needs a lot of practice. We didn't do any Bob Books and only a page or two from McGuffy's. Next week.
We did Earlybird Math K 2A, pages 3-12 with much enthusiasm.
And four worksheets for handwriting with much complaint. We did do a handful of Noun cards for our wordbank (a notecard file box), and St. Nick seemed to tolerate writing the words and drawing pictures. We really need to work on handwriting, however. (Ug.)
September's Ivy Kids box (made possible by our Hamilton Schools homeschool partnership!) featured Chicka Chicka 123, a book about counting! My first surprise: the format sent was a board book.
This is our first year working with a partner public school for a few fun educational extras. My favorite addition? The subscription boxes! Sure, foreign language is fun, and art (things the older kiddos are doing through the school), but what's better than your own personal activity kit, new every month? I have a thing for subscription boxes, I'll admit.
How we made our downloadable timeline figures super cute!
When it comes to homeschool technique I've tried everything. Work boxes? Tried it. Digital planners with printed-out schedules? Been there. Pre-planned curriculum packages that cover all subjects? Done it. Totally online learning like Easy Peasy? Yup. The non-homeschool option: Public/Charter school? Yes, even that.
And no matter what I did, every day was a whirlwind of...
Last summer I went a little nutty. See, I was SO excited that our curriculum recommended a timeline. SO SO excited that timeline figures came with it. Until ... I opened the packaging. The timeline figures were ... ugly. So I made ancient history timeline figures using classic art! And now I'm sharing them with you, free!
I used to hate read-alouds. My neck would get tense, my throat would feel stiff and sore and my voice would hurt. (And if you say a voice cannot hurt, I assure you, it can.) Here's my story of how diagnosing and treating Hashimoto's changed my life in an unexpected way.
In honor of the last week of our homeschool co-op, I'm going to give you an inside peek at what we do all day. Like the reason I don't answer the phone, respond to emails, keep my house clean (enough), and say "No" to (almost) every invitation. Because when I answer the phone, respond to emails, clean the house, or volunteer for whatever-the-h@ll-someone-thinks-I-ought-to-have-time-to-do-since-I'm-just-a-stay-at-home-mom...
At least once in any lifetime we'll meet someone who instantaneously irritates every nerve in our bodies...
For several years we sort-of-happily used Tapestry of Grace as our main humanities curriculum. Until the sort-of became not-very and slid into not-at-all.
So in typical Me fashion, my first order of business after deciding to homeschool was to obsessively organize, plan, and pretty much avoid thinking about what I would actually be doing every day.