Ancient Greek Pottery-Our Way

Ancient Greek Pottery-Our Way

For the last couple weeks we have returned to the Ancient Greeks. I LOVE studying the ancients. I just got some books out of the libray (thank goodness for free books!) on Alexander the Great and I was tempted to sit down right then and there to read them. But he is coming up this week, so I resisted. Homeschooling has been more of a learning experience for me rather than the kids I think. I’m learning math right along with my first grader-  (actually not totally all true, but he is learning a TOTALLY different approach to mathematics that I never learned and in turn, it is helping my mental math skills!) I...

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Hugging Lion-Who Knew?

So this week e and little h are learning about the letter “L”. I picked up this book at the library (which I frequent quite heavily these days) named Christian, the Hugging Lion . I didn’t think much of it; in fact, judging the cover, I thought it would fall into the “silly book category”. This afternoon before quiet time we sat down to read it and c became absorbed quickly. He happens to love animals and gets quite attached to such things as spiders and lizards and worms and such. After the final page there was a note to say that the story was a true story. As soon as I closed the book, thinking what a sweet ending it had, c burst into tears. Big crocodile tears gushing down his face. He was quite sad that Ace and John gave up...

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100 Days of School

Our hundredth day of school started off with a sighting of a pileated woodpecker! We were eating some homemade pancakes when e spotted out the window “a bird with red…on the head!” He was quite excited, I actually thought it was one of our cardinals we see often. However we looked out the window of the sunroom and saw the woodpeckers (there were two!) about 20 feet from our house. We opened the door a crack to listen as they drilled into a dead stump. What a great start to the day! So we quickly transitioned into science class and drew some pictures after learning a few facts. We made some special “100 Days of School” crowns to wear as well. The kids just love it when I bring out glitter! What is it with kids and glitter? Most Moms...

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Homeschooling with Little People

Today my Sis-in-law had a little discussion on facebook (where all good discussions are, right? ) about what to do with the little ones while schooling the older ones. I shared earlier about how I use workboxes with the kids, and as an update, things are still going great! Little h is around 2-3 years old and I have compiled a google doc with a list of activities that I can go to when I need something fresh. I’d love to share it with you! I cannot take credit for all this. I got the bulk of my ideas from a Tapestry of Grace Loose Threads chat group. It was listed in the files there. I’ve added and subtracted from it as I come across new ideas. Let me just add some thoughts on what works for me. I totally realize every child is different, but this is...

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Do You Letterbox?

Monday we had a neat opportunity to go letterboxing with a home school group. I had heard about letterboxing a couple years ago from a magazine article and thought it sounded like great fun. Basically it is a scavenger hunt. All across the nation, and even in other countries, people have hidden waterproof boxes in urban and natural settings. In each box is at least a notebook and stamp. Many people carve their own stamps so it adds some art and personality to each hunt. There are websites that post clues to finding each box. Some apparently are only known by word of mouth. (There are people who REALLY get into this hobby!) Sometimes the clues are straightforward, other times they are a bit tricky to follow. For example, on our first try we did not find the box...

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Life Science

I have been following The Well-Trained Mind suggestion for science by studying life science with c and e. Last year I had hopes of doing this…but those hopes were quickly snuffed out once I realized adding science would be TOO much for my 4-5 yr. old! It is laughable now when I look back on my plans for last year and how I quickly realized that math and phonics was just enough for c. It was a year of transitions, especially as e and little h joined our family and we settled into a new life. Our plan for this year is working out and I think both c and e like science a lot. We’re studying approximatley 20 weeks of animals, 10 weeks on the body and in the spring, the plant kingdom. For a text I am using The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia and...

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