So, it’s been awhile since I have talked about homeschooling. I realized, yet again, that I need to surrender my homeschool to God. That we are learning through the everyday just as much as through the book work.
Really, I think we are getting more than I could ask or think (and sometimes I become the one who is being taught more than my kids! Who knew? 😀 ).
With all the extra books I have gotten from the library, on top of what is already in my curriculum, the topics have been endless! We have been learning about ants, moles, worms, patterns, basic geography and so many other things! (And here I was worried that we weren’t getting much science in?!)
I love that My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures and Learning God’s Story (that I am using with my older three), and Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week (that I am doing with my youngest), all give you suggestions for books you can read for the topics you are going through in your everyday school that are both fun and educational.
My kids top picks last week? Artsie’s picks: (Ah! My floor need to be clean! Please forgive the mess behind the little girl.)
Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books) was a cute book about what it would be like to be a snail and brought the kids and I tons of facts about snails (and how we are different from them)! This brought laughs, ughs and wow moments as we learned about these slimy creatures that are not slugs. 🙂
Are You an Ant? (Backyard Books)was also one of our favorites, but had been sent back before anyone could pick it for pictures! It follows the same theme as Are You a Snail, but with an ant instead. 🙂
The Relatives Came was a funny book about relatives all packed in their station wagon coming to visit, where there were lots of hugs and kisses, eating, and hanging out together. Reminded me of when we would do things like that when I was young (but maybe not with giving about three hugs per person?). 🙂
Monkey would not sit still for his picture. It was hard to keep him still! 🙂 So this is the clearest shot I had of him.
What were some of his favorites?
Ned’s New Home was a cute book about a worm who lived in an apple but it rotted! Then he goes on a quest to find a new home until he finds the perfect fit! This book was read multiple times because it was enjoyed so much! Even Daddy read this one to Monkey before bed one night.
Ant Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) was great because it showed the life of a harvest ant, what it looks like inside the anthill, and what different things they like to eat. (Did I mention Monkey loves bugs? I have seen him pick up a variety of them.)
Pattern Bugs was just a cute book with bugs that make patterns with sounds and words. Monkey has been doing patterns and so I thought a few books that showed patterns would be just right (and were suggested by My Father’s World) and Monkey loves his bugs!
Pudding could not put that book down! (And, as you can tell, he couldn’t sit still!) Monkey had to share this other book, as well, because he couldn’t hold up four books at a time and he didn’t want me to miss them!
The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb was a book about a small ant who was not as big as the others and had a hard time picking up a crumb. So he begins his journey by asking a bunch of other animals if they can pick up the crumb until he finds the strongest one of all…himself! Though how he comes to that conclusion is quite funny!
Mole’s Hill: A Woodland Tale– I don’t know if it was the colors, the animals, the size of the book, or what, that made Pudding love this book so much, but every time I asked all my kids to pick one book for reading, this would be the one he would pick! It’s about a mole who is told his hill is making a mess and he has to move. He gets an idea, which allows him to stay put.
As far as school and life goes, did I mention every morning we have been using Proverbial Homemaker’s Proverbs Lego Challenge the last 3-4 weeks? So my kids have been using their imagination to build things based on some of the proverbs. Here are a few of them, though I can’t find all the proverbs that inspired these creations…I stopped taking pictures sometime last week, but it still has been fun!).
My kids have been playing more with their Legos, making up more stories during their playtime, and even Pudding got a small amount of Legos from his older brother and has been building right along with them! It has blessed my heart.
As far as my actual curriculum that I bought, I am really only in Week 2 in my lesson plans (though we have been homeschooling for a month). I finally was able to order the rest of what I was missing and am asking God to help me get the Geography, Science and art back on track (which this week we started some paper mache earths from suggestions in Expedition Earth produced by Confessions of a Homeschooler on Pudding’s birthday, though they aren’t painted yet. So I guess you could still call them paper mache balls).
I still have to show my kids more about scales and maps and end it with them being able to decorate their own earth cakes, which sounds like a great Sunday dessert!
I also would like to do some more hands-on Science with them, but I find that getting all the supplies ready is still a weakness I need to work on (unless I can ask another Mom to help me in this area).
This week we start our Homeschool Co-op and so I actually have to go get binders for the kids! (Ah! I forgot!) But I am so excited they get to do a couple of classes with other teachers and they get to learn more things that I may not be able to teach them!
I’ve also put together a tiny homeschool area for pudding this year, which has been okay so far. (Blurry picture, though! Oh well. You get the idea, right?) This is all from Letter of the Week by Confessions of a Homeschooler, and Pudding has been enjoying some of the activites. It’s nice to give him some time each morning for him to learn as well.
So that is my update! I hope you are all blessed as you start your school, and remember to give yourself grace, do what you can, and know that God is the head of your homeschool (and He knew how it would work more than you did!).
Sorry for any blurry photos within the mix! This is definitely an imperfect Mom who hopefully will improve with age! lol
Be inspired today!