We learned much more this week in our homeschool than just academics. I learned alot too. I’ll start with what I learned. I learned to relax a little. I learned it’s ok to take a break and to back off a bit and just have a little more fun. I am finally realizing that one of the advantages of homeschool is being able to make it work for your family—as to when you school, how you school and what you teach.
School has been very difficult for me the past 8 weeks. It is so hard to teach Hanna and Joe while Jack runs around and Jesse is sometimes awake and being fed as well. I finally figured out (with some advice from my mom) that school works best for us in the afternoon when the little ones are asleep, or at least Jack, and we can concentrate better—all of us.
I have also decided no more pictures of schooling. It’s just too stressful and honestly, pointless—to me—to interrupt school and teaching time to snap pictures. Sure, finished projects, craft pictures, but no more during work and teaching time. I realized I have been letting blog linkies and other homeschool bloggers' activities dictate alot of how I do our school, and that is so totally ridiculous! I am going to go back to pure fun—teaching, learning and loving alongside my children—not in front of them with the camera. This week went so much better for all of us!
Lastly, we are taking it easy until January! I realized two weeks ago we were halfway through our school year already because we started in June, so we are going to enjoy this wonderful time of year. Hanna will only be doing ELA, Science and History. Joe will be doing phonics and math. He actually read his first word on his own this week—hot! I look forward to seeing how he develops each week with his reading. Of course, we will be doing LOTS of book reading and crafting:-)!
On to our week….We spent this week reading books about Thanksgiving and learning about Pilgrims and Indians. This was Joe’s first year really learning about Thanksgiving. Hanna and I both shared our knowledge of it with him, and took turns reading to him. We enjoyed reading:
- One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
- Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Mice
- This Is the Turkey
- A Plump and Perky Turkey
- Setting the Turkeys Free
- The Fire Fighter’s Thanksgiving
- Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving
- The Thanksgiving Bowl
- I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie
I also printed off some non-fiction Thanksgiving info from Apples 4 the Teacher.
From Itty Bitty Bookworm Joe made an adorable dream catcher. He spent lots of time weaving the yarn through the holes in the paper plate. He didn’t want to stop. He worked really hard on this project.
Hanna made a cool dream catcher too, from That Artist Woman. She put her own twist on her dream catcher and did a great job.
Joe built log cabins (another great Itty Bitty Bookworm idea!) modeled after the Pilgrims made from Lincoln Logs.
Hanna found more lizards. She found lizards each day she was outside this week, one day she found four! I love that she still enjoys finding “critters”. I will be sad when this phase of childhood innocence is gone. I take pictures each chance I get of her with these findings.
Next week we have a bit more to do with our Thanksgiving studies and will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together as a family. We’ve already started putting up our Christmas trees and decorations throughout our home. My goal is to have everything decorated for Thanksgiving dinner, except our live tree—we always put that up the day after Thanksgiving. I LOVE this time of year!