I had great plans for our summer homeschooling, well I should say Funschooling, but I always forget to account for how busy summer is.
Sigh, someday I’ll figure this out better. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great June. Just I need to adjust my expectations for July.
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Week 1 of June
Our first week of June was spent in finishing up a few much delayed explorer projects, and having a funschooling week for My Side of the Mountain. We discovered that making char cloth is an incredibly messy business.
And in that first week my kids somehow managed to draw a rather large percentage of special big deal events. So, we went to Dairy Queen and got Blizzards, and to the frozen yogurt shop, and they were told we couldn’t go to Rockin’ River because it wasn’t open yet.
We played quite a lot of Quiddler, and my boys had a short-lived obsession with Uno Dare* (mainly because of the crazy silliness involved in that game). Meanwhile Princess had a friend over and the boys, Jeff, and I played a marathon round of Shadows of Brimstone* (think cowboys versus aliens, yes it is that level of silliness).
Week 2 of June
Jeff and I celebrated our anniversary by going out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants.
Meanwhile the kids and I embarked on the start of our ever-expanding Colonial America funschooling. This particular week we learned about different colonial games, and started dyeing cloth with natural dyes (which went much better than the first time we tried dyeing cloth with natural dyes, which is soon going to be recycled into our new attempt with new information).
We also took the kids to The Oasis, a local tourist spot that Jeff and I went to a few times while dating. It’s known for its’ views and the random statuary all throughout the restaurant. We had quite a lot of fun wandering around and posing in front of various statues.
I think I’m getting confused on my days somehow, but we’ll also say this is the week I went down to San Antonio for the Insight Blogging Retreat (even though the picture is down below on week 3).
Week 3 of June
This week would be why I felt so all out of sorts, it was Rock the Rock! And it was Xtreme Adventure for my boys, and we took the kids up for a week with their grandparents on Saturday. So add all of those things up together, I don’t really have a clear idea of order of events. Stuff happened somewhere this month, I’m lucky to remember anything.
But as to the pictures. We’ve got Princess helping me set up the pre-k area for Rock the Rock, and serving as a human paper weight to make sure the tarps don’t fly away while we set it up.
The semi-regular post Rock the Rock Sonic drink. After being out in the sun for a good 4 hours running around, setting up the club, tearing it down, and all of that, we are thirsty. There’s also a great shot of my boys being super silly at Whattaburger.
Our learning adventures pretty much consisted of our making a leatherworking kit, continuing our attempts at dyeing with natural dyes (we got three different dyes attempted, maybe four. I want to try at least one more dye before we stop this adventure).
Week 4 of June
Well that’s this week, and Jeff and I are all by our lonesome in our house as the kids are up with their grandparents. I’ve been sewing like a madwoman making colonial costumes for the kids. So far I’ve mostly got the boys’ costumes done. I have some buttons to sew on, and buttonholes to sew. Oh and Batman’s coat to sew. I still need to make a few modifications for how I want his coat to look. He wants to be a revolutionary era soldier. Superman has requested an inventor. Because that’s not unique enough of a description……
I’m also doing some cleaning and organizing of stuff. Like I got my kitchen spotless, and then promptly messed it up by cooking in it. Oh, and I’m updating old history posts. I’ve gotten 5 updated so far this week. I hope to get at least another 5 done….. You know out of some 200 history posts.
What’s been popular this month
- Tips on Teaching Highly Distractible Kids
- Movies to Teach World War 2
- Joseph’s Coat Activities for Kids
- Prayer Stations
- Paul’s Conversion Sunday School lesson
And we’re pretty much back to my usual top 3 posts I see most months.