Monday, September 21, 2015

Homeschool

We thought we'd go ahead and add "homeschooling" 
to that little sidebar list of how we're a little weird.

Homeschooling is the best choice-
for our family-
right now.

We've only been doing it for about 5 minutes,
(just over a month)
but so far, we love it!

Here's what our days kind of look like:

That's our little dining room/school area. We don't spend a ton of time there, though.

Sensory science with a blacklight,

baking,

practicing Hebrew with Daddy,

and more science.

Sorting, counting, and weighing bears,

and an impromptu playdate with a friend- making trophies.

Writing and mailing letters,

 picking veggies from a very generous friend's garden...

then making pickles.

Even more science.
(It's my favorite.)

We read Madeline and then talked about symmetry and the Eiffel tower...
then built her own.

Making her own lunch: roast beef, olives, strawberries, cheese, honey mustard.
She LOVED it and named it "Alice's famous sandwich".

LOTS of reading,

and sometimes even naps.

We also still go to the gym. 
Sometimes she goes in with the kids (crafts, games, outside play, etc.), 
sometimes we sit in the cafe and read together.
Sometimes I just need an hour of not talking. :)

My greatest goal for Alice this year is that she loves learning.
I want her to be passionate about discovering things.
I want her to always be curious about the world and know how to find out more.
I want her to learn by doing, experiencing, tasting, touching, hearing...

I love when she excitedly asks, "Mom, can we do some school now?"
(We typically do most of our one-on-one activities while the babies nap.)

She shocked me the other day when she picked up a book and started READING it!
We're going through the "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons",
but we're only around 1/4 through it. 
She's excited about reading! I so, so, so want that to stick.
I'm trying really hard for it to stick; 
to keep reading fun and not a job, chore, or subject to be taught.

So, that's what we're up to most days.
It's a good fit for us. :)

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Simple Homeschool has been my favorite online resource so far.
If you have other favorites, send them my way!

2 comments:

Mandy said...

what a beautiful school. :)

Becky said...

What a fun time! I want to go to your school too!:)