Homeschooling is a misnomer. Everyone calls it that, but sometimes it feels more like roadschooling, constantly on the run for errands schooling, and my kids’ personal favorite co-op schooling. All in all it was nice to have a week that pretended to be normal.
Editted to add: I totally forgot to say, it does not matter one bit if you plan on the kids reading the Read Alone book suggested for the week in Illuminations (affiliate link, and the book guide is included, and it was such a good book for this week, sigh, maybe in the summer), if you haven’t gone ahead and bought said book because it’s a bit rare and won’t just be at my local store and has to be ordered. So, this is my reminder to check right now for next week.
Last Friday the kids did their Columbus presentations. It was interesting to see the wide variety of ways they went about presenting. Princess had lots of maps, Superman spent lots of time creating a LEGO ship, and Batman wrote out his presentation. We could tell who was most excited by the project by the amount of preparation they put into the project, and the degrees of preparation showed in how their presentations went.
The weekend was filled with lots of cleaning, lots and lots of cleaning. I’m rearranging our game room upstairs and so it’s a big huge mess right now, I need to get it all picked up by tomorrow, and that may not happen.
On Monday, since we got approval from Ferdinand and Isabella we learned about Columbus’ ships and measured out the Santa Maria in our cul-de-sac, after that one we were pretty much out of chalk, so I didn’t get anymore measured out. Then we learned all about the Great Exchange, not that Great Exchange, but the one between the New World and the Old World.
Tuesday is our homeschool science day and it was all about atoms and electrons, which the kids LOVED. When I officially declared the lesson done they continued for another couple of hours mucking about with stuff.
Wednesday was going to be our homeschool geography day, but Princess accidentally fried the stove and microwave, so we went out for lunch and did all the grocery shopping and such stuff. Everything was taking twice as long as it should have, so by the time we got back from the library all we had time for was a bit of cleaning and a small snack. So Finland is moved off to next week, which is just as well because now I’ll have time to find lots of cool activities.
Thursday (when I’m writing most of this), we watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (affiliate link, and it really should be called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but that’s another story), so the kids are spending the day making their projects and helping me prepare snacks. For some strange reason all of their suggestions for snacks involved large amounts of sugar. LARGE amounts.
Normally Thursday is supposed to be our art and music lessons, but we have now managed two weeks in a row where we switched things around. Last week because everyone was sick on Thursday, and this week so we could watch the first of two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies. But, we’ve been continuing on with the Celebrate Summer: Mixed Media Workshop lessons, I’m letting the kid of the day pick the season and lesson we do each week. Princess chose the turtle from summer, but I’ve quite lost any pictures of us doing it, and she gave away all her pictures to family.
Things I found interesting around the web this week
A couple of blogs I enjoy do this in their weekly wrap up, and I find that idea quite amsuing.
- From a child of divorce: What I wish they would have told me– I’m a child of divorce, and this post really renovated with me.
- The remarkably powerful nature of words-The older I’ve gotten the less I’ve believed the rhyme “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but Words can never hurt me.”
- Critical Thinking Challenge– I want to spend some time today solving this puzzle
Things you guys found interesting here this week
I always find this interesting over at Planety Smarty Pants when she shares this, however I discovered as I was writing this post I deleted my GA tracker off my blog when I switched themes, so in the last day you have found:
- The Day I Threatened Public School
- Teaching Highly Distracted Kids
- The 20 Minute Homeschool Schedule
All of which are on my Homeschool Ideas and Encouragement Board