We had a strong week in our homeschooling, which is good because we have some pretty major events happening in our lives soon (more on that in a later post), and I need to stay on top of the schooling as long as I can.
We did the letter C in The Peaceful Preschool this week. One of our projects was sewing a button just like in Corduroy (which we had to watch on YouTube rather than read because our book got torn up and I haven’t replaced – yay, YouTube!).
The children also bandaged their stuffed animals and learned about cuts and scrapes and how to treat them.
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We also read and watched Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (a family favorite!) and made alphabet trees.
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We are finally getting a good rhythm down with our Morning Basket, but for the life of me I can’t seem to call it that when I’m calling the kids to school each morning. I always end up calling it Table Time, so while Morning Basket sounds so much more romantic, I have to stick with what comes naturally. Table Time it is. (I’ll be writing about our Table Time soon!)
We made it through the first week of The Precious People! The kids are loving All of a Kind Family (the current read aloud)! I’d never even heard of this book, so it’s been a treat for me too! I’ve been really amazed by the results of the Art Study! The kids spent a lot of time recreating the Garden of Eden painting, and they are really learning an eye for details. I print the art study pages off and laminate them so the kids can easily pass them around.
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This week, I took some time to look over my daughter’s General Science notebook from Apologia. I was thrilled to see all the work she was putting into it, and when I asked her about it, she rattled off a bunch of scientific facts she’d been learning! I am now officially SOLD on the Apologia Notebooks!
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My oldest daughter has been having a little bit of trouble getting into the groove with her new school work, but this week, she finally got started. She is doing Ambleside Year 12, plus finishing up Geometry from Teaching Textbooks and moving from Apologia Biology to Advanced Biology.
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While Year 12 isn’t rigorous in the amount of reading required in one setting, it is rigorous when you consider the material being covered. I am anxious to see what questions and thoughts come from her readings as she digs deeper because right now, she’s just getting her toes wet. I think I mentioned before that she keeps all of her books in a basket along with a folder that has all of her assignments in it where she can check them off as she goes.
She did download the Where Is That? app to work on her Geography skills, and realized she’s pretty deficient (as most of us are!). I’m hoping she becomes much more adept at geography as she takes the quizzes on the app.
I did want to share a little tidbit with you when it comes to homeschooling with little ones underfoot – sometimes the playpen is your best friend. Mercy does great until we read aloud. It’s like a trigger for her to become clingy and noisy and grumpy. I could wait until her naptime to do the read aloud, but I just haven’t managed to make that a part of my workflow. So, I take her to her playpen with some toys during read aloud time. She plays happily (initially, she gives me the “what for,” but that doesn’t last too long), and as soon as I’m done with the chapter, I get her back out and she toddles off to play.
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Are you homeschooling this summer? Gearing up for next year? Leave a comment below and let me know how it’s going!