Art project

20190913_162906.jpgthis is what art looks like with kids 8 years old and under.  Messy!  Snacks are involved!

We just happened to pull fresh bread out of the oven to enjoy.

Bees wax candle rolling

We have been enjoying rolling candles, using a kit from a child’s dream.  The kids have made something like 30?

Okay, let’s be honest, we finished the whole kit in less than 24 hours.  But we had a blast doing it.

Waldorf tree ideas??

We were gifted about 8 giant oak tree logs/stumps.  They are very heavy to move, mostly sturdy, except for one stump that rocks, which my kids have dubbed “the boat”.

The kids have made up many games, such as escape from lava, pirates and boats, and of course a few shelters have already been built.  So I do want to keep them available for open ended play.

However, we don’t know where to put these long term, because the surface they are currently on, will soon turn into our ice rink.

I would love set up or play ideas!  Have any??

Homeschool Schedule – First week edition

Getting back to doing “school” after a summer filled with sun, heat, swimming, hiking, park days with friends, gardening, exploring, building, birding and deer watching can be challenging… or feel about as much fun as a toothache.

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However, this year, I took a different approach.  First, we broke up our first week.  We started on Monday, but had a park day with other homeschoolers Tuesday, and took the day off otherwise.  Thursday afternoon, some of my kids spent swimming with our homeschool group.  Friday, I set aside for reading aloud, crafting, and playing with friends outside.  In total, we did only 3 full days of “school”, although if you’re a homeschooler, you know that finding bugs at the park, birdwatching in the yard, and even dealing with disagreements among grade school kids always turns into a lesson.

As we are easing back into school, our first week of school’s schedule looks something like this:

7am – wake the kids with our classical music for violin

7:30 Breakfast

8am Language arts lesson (reading, phonics, spelling, fine arts) with my 5 year old.  Independently she does her handwriting and 5 minutes of quiet reading with her assigned book.

8:30am Language arts with my 6 year old, she then independently does handwriting and 10 minutes of reading in an assigned book.

9:30am Language arts with my 8 year old, (spelling, phonics, vocabulary, writing, reading, fine arts and geography), then he does 20 minutes of quiet reading in his assigned book and handwriting.

10:30am snacks for all; and math with my 6 year old, while 8 year old listens to Musical Multiplication.

11am Math with my 8 year old

11 45am Science or History (2 days a week on each) all together

1 – Read aloud to the kids while they eat lunch

1:30pm – 2:30 Kids read quietly or sleep in their rooms

2:30 Kids play outside

3pm Art projects

Bedtime I read a few chapters of our read alouds, once the toddler is in bed.

Next week will be a whole different beast as we add a few other subjects… but at least the first week, I wasn’t sweating by 9am!!

 

 

First week of homeschooling

This week was spectacular!  We had many games, projects, outdoor time, and still managed to squeeze in many hours of reading practice for everyone.

20190822_091406…#homeschool mess!

My favourite moment of the week was a scavenger hunt we did, to learn about safety around electricity.  The hunt culminated with popcorn!  We are doing the Good and the Beautiful Safety unit to kick off our new school year.  It covers a lot, however, most of the teaching is done through games and fun activities.

 

Caleb’s new favourite way to practice spelling is dry erase markers on the window.

One rainy afternoon, the girls decided to build forts.

We did a lot of watercolour painting this week!