There comes a time in every interest-led project-based homeschool where actual schoolwork gets derailed by life and by holidays. For us, this time began this week.
It just so happened that Monday was Columbus Day. Guess what? We went to see the Nina and the Pinta replica ships in Chattanooga this week. Doesn’t that just seem like the perfect thing to do on Columbus Day?
I had actually ruled out going based on our household finances and the cost of driving the hour or so each way to Chattanooga. A friend told me that I needed to take the kids and that God had told her to give me money towards the trip. My mom wanted me to drive her car and use her gas to go on the trip.
If that’s not “birds of the air” in action, I don’t know what is. (Thank you, Bohemian Bowmans for being an inspiration as I have grown my trust in God to provide.) I had already told the kids that we weren’t going on the trip, and so when we were able to go they danced around about what a miracle it was. I told them merely that God cares about even the little things in our lives.
We decided that it was just a Mama and big kids trip, so here are a few pictures from our tour.
We, of course, had to come home and draw the awesome chalk pastel tutorial from Hodgepodge of Columbus’s ships. We also tried the video tutorial of the sky and clouds from their site. I plan to get us some more chalk in the next week or two because we’re really enjoying learning how to paint with it.
I have spent most of the week dealing with an irritating eye problem–a corneal ulcer. May I just say that it hurts? Luckily, I started having the problem on Sunday, so I’m not very swollen now, and my vision is only a little blurry. By Tuesday, when I went to the eye doctor, I couldn’t see at all out of my left eye. I’m so thankful that it’s getting better.
Because of that, I didn’t take any pictures at co-op on Tuesday We studied snakes in science and we started setting up a gameboard to act out the First Battle of Bull Run in history. I’m sure that I’ll take lots of pictures next week to make up for the lack of pictures this week.
My mom kept the kids for a while this week while my husband took me to the eye doctor. They also played at her house after we went on our field trip this week. It makes my heart happy to see them having fun playing on bikes, scooters, and pogo sticks.
We also have done some serious printable Halloween crafts. All the below pictures were things that we made from the templates at Learn, Create, Love. The kids especially loved the cute zombie printable I’m starting to get zombies hanging everywhere!
The little kids made printable crafts this week with the big kids. Monkey has a couple of chalk drawings too. This week, Monkey and Owlet learned about the letter F at co-op. At home, we concentrated on triangles, the color purple and the number four. Oh, and of course, we’ve been educating them about Halloween and candy through watching Charlie Brown and House of Mouse.
(I do realize that many of my friends choose not to celebrate Halloween. God has not given our family the conviction not to celebrate at this point in time, and as I’ve always loved creepy, scary fun, I enjoy being able to share the fun parts of the holiday with the kids.)
We also read The Tale of Despereaux this week. We loved this book. I was a little surprised that in the book Miggery Sow’s father sells her into slavery. I mention this to say that we couldn’t have read this at a better time. It really made the idea of being bought and sold real to Firecracker in a way that our Civil War studies had not done.
Rose has been drawing a family album. I just love it. It’s got our real names on it, and I just love the inventive way she spelled Mommy Also, I love how my eyelashes are way above my glasses!
We’ve also done word searches and coloring this week. I giggled this morning as I took the picture below of Monkey and the dog. I spilled some Rice Krispies and both of them came running to clean up by eating. I had to take some pictures before I shooed them away!
I hope everyone has a good weekend. Thank you, Mary for hosting the Collage Friday link-up. Don’t forget to check out the other talented bloggers who link up at Homegrown Learners.