I feel like we really hit a good stride this week and had a productive week. Even though this whole relaxed homeschooling thing has rhythms of creativity, rhythms of rest, rhythms of production and rhythms of taking in information, my inner homeschooler always feels a little happier on a week where I can see the production. My lesson planner (that I feel in for record keeping purposes at the end of the day) also feels happier on the productive weeks too!
As I wrote about on Monday, we set up a tabletop garden this week. We created one a couple of years ago, but none of the children remembered it, so it was good to be able to set one up again as an experiment. It was also funny because each child was surprised and disappointed that something new hadn’t sprouted the very next thing. It made me realize how important “growing things” is to nature study.
We also made and set off a volcano this week. I’m going to devote a whole post to volcanoes next week, so be looking for that, but this was a great project for Firecracker to do mostly independently, and it was great science for everyone–even the little kids.
We also worked on our Purposeful Design workbooks again. So, we got lots of “science” in this week. I really needed to do some hands-on stuff with the kids because that’s what they find fun, and we’ve been guilty of not experimenting with science nearly enough.
We finished studying World War I on our history program and moved on to the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. As part of that we’ve talked about famous mobsters and women’s suffrage. It’s a great overview, and there’s things I’d love to delve into deeper, but the kids aren’t interested beyond their program right now. I love Firecracker’s drawing on the left hand side of the collage below. He was talking about how alcohol can make you crazy as he drew.
We also read this week, of course. The children got Flat Stanley Goes Camping in their happy meals when we went to McDonald’s this week, and they loved it. We also read the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Storybook Treasury together. All four children enjoyed these books.
For just the older children (although the little two listened in sporadically), I read How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale. This is the fifth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series and it involves a volcano, some really mean dragons and a hero. There’s even a bit of a love story, betrayal, etc. in this book. Really good stuff.
We also completed two lessons in our ARTIstic Pursuits curriculum this week. The first was a lesson where we ended up learning about how artists show off their work, and we drew for a while with chalk pastels.
The second was a really fun lesson on shapes. It really got the children into creating construction paper collages. Even my child who is usually skeptical when we decide to do art lessons was talking about how much fun this one was.
It wouldn’t be a regular week around here with some Pokemon. Firecracker worked on new notebook pages for Plusle and Minun, and then he designed his own Plusle and Minun plush toys using his distinctive hot glue and felt technique.
Firecracker also got in his LootCrate full of fun things for him to explore and learn about. It’s fun because Hubby and I are always interested in the stuff he gets too.
He’s also been spending a little bit of his spare time making origami from the Origami Yoda books. I bought him the first two books in the series, and while he hasn’t been interested in reading them yet, he’s definitely read the origami tutorials!
I’ve done very little formal preschool with the little kids this week (because they’ve participated in so many of our whole family science and art activities). However, we did take the time to review the color green and triangle shapes. We used this time to make Christmas trees, which I laughed about because it’s closer to Valentine’s Day than Christmas at this point 🙂
The preschoolers also received a new Alphabet Song program for working on their alphabet for us to review. It’s really a brilliant way to tie learning to recognize the alphabet with the alphabet song. We’ve used it every day since we got it.
This week was also mustache day at our Bible study that we attend. Three of my children really got into the idea of wearing mustaches, and for them it was a fun and exciting day.
I also finished the heart pattern that I was cross-stitching. I haven’t decided whether to make it into a pillow or a wall hanging. I’m putting it aside until I decide. I’ve also started to teach myself how to crochet, and have started making my first scarf. That’s really exciting for me because it’s not everyday that I pick up a new type of craft. Rose wants me to teach her, so I started out learning for her, not realizing how relaxing and fun I’d find it.
I think that about does it for my week. It was fun, busy and hands-on. How was your week?