It’s our first Homeschool Chat of the school year! .
What do your homeschool plans look like today?
Emmett helped me plan out his lessons for August last week.
📝 Today we are starting off with a Favorite Things Interview. I’ll share the results with you in a bit. 🚀 Next is science consisting of zoology and aerospace (of course).
🇺🇸 History today will be about George Washington.
📓 Language will be writing and Spanish. 🌎 Geography will be a study of the globe. ✏️ And finally art will be invention sketching a submarine. .
Share your homeschool plans for the day.
Emmett Graduated Today!
For Emmett’s last day of 1st grade homeschool, he made a Finding Emmett graduation cap featuring Dory from Disney’s Finding Dory. He made the tassel from Cotton Jersey scraps. The center cardboard piece is recycled from a packaging box.
This little one has been determined for a few weeks to get this “two feet off the ground” jumping thing down! She did finally succeed today, on my birthday!!!😊 •
It got me thinking.. At what point does that level of determination, belief in ourselves, and sheer persistence to achieve our goals stop? Who or what do we allow to beat us down to the point that we just start giving up?!? •
29 has started off so well, I am excited to see where this year takes me! I finally feel like it’s coming together, it just feels “right”. Which is hard to explain but gahhh it feels exceptional!! •
Spent the day planning my daughter's language arts blocks and will spend the rest of the week pulling pieces together for games and practice activities. Her first block will focus on spelling. After a preliminary test, she will create a wordhunt with the misspelled words. Also, for more practice, I will pull the tiles for all her practice words, mix them up, and provide the block strips for her to arrange the letters. Once she feels able, she can try and spell all the words without the block strips. We will also use movement, clapping/stomping and chalk to get her feeling the words with her body. #waldorfspelling#waldorflanguagearts#waldorfplanning#learninggames#spellinggames#waldorfgradethree
Honey Bee Writing Challenge for homeschoolers hosted by Emmett’s Expeditions
How to do the Challenge:
1. Have your homeschooler write a short story or a poem about honey bees.
2. (Optional) Email their completed writing for a chance to be featured on the blog:
Challenge Ends August 18th
for National Honey Bee Day!
Looking back to our very first homeschooling experience. So much love and togetherness. We’ve done our best responding to how we feel God calling us to educate our children. Our last time in public school was more necessity than desire.
We will have a ‘slow start’ this week as we get back into routine. “Anxious-excited, definitely!”
I made a double batch of this peanut butter cup recipe from @thebrowneyedbaker today and my freezer has never been happier 😍
I bagged up some for sharing and hid another bag just for me 😉
I can’t think of any reason you shouldn’t drop everything and make yourself a batch right now. #whatareyouwaitingfor
Has your homeschooler ever gone to space camp?
Emmett loved Space Camp last week! He really wants to go again next summer. .
Ideally he’d like to go to a space camp that he can wear a space suit, train like an astronaut, learn about rocket design from NASA engineers, and sleep in astronaut quarters 😄 Recommendations are appreciated!
Space Camp Day 5:
For Emmett’s last day of space camp he went on a mini field trip to Darling Stadium to launch his rocket. There was a bit of a delay on the buses so they launched about 45 min later than expected. But Emmett’s rocket had a great launch, flight, and landing. .
To finish the day off the kids learned even more about the planets and got to design their own writing 5 facts about their planet.
Some days are better than others. // Some days we are all in great moods and the day passes quickly and easily. Some days I just want to bury my head in the sand. Other days we struggle to communicate, hear each other, meet each other’s needs fully and then there are those days that fall somewhere in the middle. // when the hard days sneak up on us I like to stop. Breathe. Then change our scenery. This doesn’t mean going far but could simple be changing he room, taking a bath, going outside. I also think lots of hugs are helpful.
Happy Monday! @celeste_cruz here to host this week's theme!
In Charlotte Mason circles, we talk about books. A lot. 😉👊 And for good reason: Miss Mason tells us that living books are our primary mode of getting at the ideas that are our minds' food. Through books, we form relations with the great authors of the ages and the ideas that have shaped them and all humanity.
Because of this, it often seems like the Mason method isn't "hands-on" like other methods. And it's true! It isn't hands-on LIKE other methods are; it is hands-on in deeper, more fruitful, more idea-rich ways. ❤️
In fact, Miss Mason doesn't just prescribe books, books, and only books. She tells us that persons are educated on both "things and books."
So what are these "things" Mason had in mind? Here's how she says it:
"Children can be most fitly educated on Things and Books. Things, e.g.––
i. Natural obstacles for physical contention, climbing, swimming, walking, etc.
ii. Material to work in––wood, leather, clay, etc.
iii. Natural objects in situ––birds, plants, streams, stones, etc,
iv. Objects of art.
v. Scientific apparatus, etc." (3.215)
These are the THINGS of a Mason education. Creek water running over pebbles, wool felt and buttons, arching cathedral walls, a feather found in a spider's web, a bluff to hike and a stream to wade, hand-warmed clay being flattened and formed, maps made and maps used, a piano concerto, an ant in the crack of the sidewalk, the seed sprouting in the garden... There are IDEAS to encounter in all of these THINGS, from the hand and heart of man and from his Maker.
So tell us: What are the THINGS that you hope for your students to encounter this school year? How do you make time for an education by THINGS in your schedule? What THINGS have shaped your family culture? In what ways is a Mason education hands-on in your home? How do you see books and THINGS working together in this philosophy? How have you personally been educated by THINGS?
Tag #charlottemasonirl to share your thoughts with the community. I can't wait to hear about all.the.THINGS of your Mason-educating days! 😁♥️
Mr almost-4 and Miss 6 building a plant stand from Ikea, with some help from Dad. 💚 🔧🌿 Our home is being painted and it has been chaotic. Just as we hit the weekend we all caught a virus and now there’s some serious cabin-fever going on here 😅💜 I feel like I’m packing and cleaning to move but we aren’t actually going anywhere, just getting a slightly upgraded version of the same house. 😂 It’s definitely cleansing in a way too, I absolutely see the appeal of minimalism and I LOVE a good spring clean. 😅 I have had to let go of my view of a picture perfect and ordered space for a more lived-in (stuff ev.ery.where.) aesthetic, and it’s been a necessary and welcome paradigm and perspective shift for me too. 💫 Letting go of control and all that. This week as homeschoolers we also: did puzzles and played board games, painted on canvas, played outside, built a new chicken coop, potted some plants and propagated pothos vines, played on the computer and ps4, made popcorn on the stove, baked cookies and apple pie & learnt how to whip cream with a whisk, built a cat tree, sorted toys and clothes and donated 9 big bags to lifeline, washed our dog, practiced flips on the trampoline, studied photography, pretended to vlog, drew with chalk, wrote letters to each other, studied the plants that grow in our yard, planned a budgie aviary with native plants, read stories to each other, practiced ballet, hula hooped and watched movies. 💖 #iloveourlife#unschoolers#homeschoolers#homeschoolersofinstagram#ourunschoolydays#lifewithoutschool#paradigmshift#happiness#gratitude#abundance#growth#letthembekids#mumlife#unschooling#homeschool#humbled
Je vous parle ici d’une maman faisant l’école à ses enfants depuis déjà des années, mais pas que, et qui est une source inépuisable d’inspiration pour moi.
Celle derrière @le_labo_des_bees et bientôt La renardière, est devenue avec le temps une amie qui m’offre écoute, conseils et qui me fait tellement grandir à travers nos échanges. Son amoureux et elle, artistes accomplis, sortiront bientôt une panoplie de ressources magnifiques comme cette poutre du temps qui n’a rien à envier à celle de Montessori. Allez suivre leur page pour être à l’affût le moment venu ! ❤️#backtohomeschool2018
Les filles gèrent assez bien leur ‘horaire’ de travail en ciblant le moment qu’elles veulent faire telle ou telle chose exigée.. mais il y a beaucoup plus de ceci au cours d’une journée! 💕
I like to think of myself as someone who appreciates the little things. 💕 But lately I've been taking extra time to stop and savor the littlest things that truly make me happy. You know simple things like silence of the house before anyone else is awake in the morning, a cup of warm tea, my favorite mug, a piece of my favorite chocolate, the coziness of my bed, the smell of freshly laundered sheets, seeing one of our children engulfed in their current favorite read, the list goes on. I find stopping and taking a little longer to recognize the joy in these little things cultivates a peace and joy within myself that makes even the most difficult days more joyful and less taxing as a busy homeschooling, work at home Mama.
I’m so trying to come up with ideas of what to use these for! They’re obviously from @dollartree , lol! I would love to hear your ideas or what you’ve used them from! The only thing I can think is playing a game similar to “hot potato” and having math problems on each square and seeing how quick we can solve them before our time is up.