Large Family Homeschooling Week in Review is a glimpse into the day-to-day homeschooling of our larger-than-average family. It’s not fancy, but it will hopefully give you a taste of what it is like to be us. For more homeschooling tips and inspiration, visit the Homeschooling section of Raising Arrows. You can also see a list of our 2017 Homeschool Curriculum choices. And if you are needing real advice on how to homeschool a crowd, check out my book – Large Family Homeschooling!
On Monday, we finished Acts in our PictureSmart Bible and then proceeded with our homeschool day as usual. The day before, my 7 year old and I had taken a walk around the neighborhood (the kids take turns walking with me whenever I have time for a pleasure walk rather than exercise) and ended up gathering a lot of pretty leaves, so he and I worked to make them into placemats for Thanksgiving by running them through the laminator.
That afternoon I didn’t get to any Tapestry of Grace, so when I had time in the evening I read to the kids about the Korean War from Story of the World while my 16 year old daughter worked on some crochet projects for an upcoming kids handicraft fair our homeschool group is hosting.
Tuesday we had to do a quick version of school so my 13 year old daughter and I could head to a hair appointment. She got at least 12″ cut off and styled into a super cute bob!
On Wednesday, the younger boys and I took a nature walk to gather leaves and nuts for activities from A Year of Playing Skillfully and other ideas I found on the internet. The girls stayed home to host a tea party for their little sisters. For our walk, I gave each of the boys a plastic sack and we walked about 3/4 of a mile through the neighborhood. They filled their bags with every leaf they thought was neat and any nuts they could find. Needless to say, the sacks were filled to the brim by the time we got home!
At home, we dumped our finds on the front porch, and I set the kids to sorting their leaves and nuts in either shape or color while I gathered a few supplies.
I gathered a muffin tin for the boys to sort their nuts from 1-12 in. The first tin they put 1 nut in, the next one had 2 and so on up to 12.
I also brought out a tub of water for the kids to do a sink or float with the nuts and leaves and some other fall-ish items. After that, I pulled out one of our laundry tubs and added popcorn and spoons and let them add in leaves and acorns and play to their little hearts’ content! They loved it! I usually don’t like to do sensory tubs because they are often full of expensive items that just aren’t worth my time and money, but this one was EASY AND CHEAP!
If you’re curious how I find the time and energy to do crafts with the kids, you’ll want to listen to my podcast on How to Do Craft Time with Lots of Kids! [COMING SOON]
On Thursday, we had a normal homeschool day before I headed out to do the weekly grocery shopping. That evening, I decided to do some life lesson activities from AYOPS that included proper toothbrushing, how to wipe down the bathroom sink and mirror, and how to dial our phone number (something we’ve been going over for a few weeks now). I know I don’t need a curriculum to tell me how to do this, but having AYOPS has forced me to remember to do these things with my kids, and that makes it worth every penny.
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