A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Homeschool Week 2

We're not quite done with this week on paper yet, but I want to get the highlights down while they're fresh in my mind.  Monday was a school holiday, so we sort of started behind the 8 ball with a day to make up come Tuesday.

This week, we learned about Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Noah.  We had a couple of hands on activities involving light, but I managed to forget to photograph both of them.

We went outside yesterday and measured out how long the ark was.  It's a little hard to see the tape measure on the left side, but we used 2 tapes and 3 kids, and leap frogged our way down the street until we hit 437'.  

From the end of one to the start of another.

We started at the fire hydrant at the cul de sac at the end of our street.  

And finished here, in front of our neighbor's house.  

I'm standing at one end of our "ark" taking the picture.  Jack is running to the other end.  There's a tiny white dot at the end of the street.  That's the fire hydrant we started at.  I found myself singing God Is Big after this project.  It was a neat way to put a concrete image in our heads of how big Noah's ark really was.  

What do the babies do while we're homeschooling?  
We do most of our book work in the morning between school drop off and lunch.  Katie can play independently for a while, but she eventually wants to know what we're doing.  When she comes into the school room, I occupy her with one of the buckets of manipulatives.  

Remember how last week we tried a homeschool exercise event, and my kids just weren't into it?  It was with considerable trepidation that I packed them all up again for today's homeschool art class.  

However, I needn't have worried that they wouldn't enjoy it.  

They had a great time, and created surprisingly nice artwork.  

Miss Julie of www.justaddart-sac.com is a kind and engaging teacher, and the kids learned not only about oil-water resist techniques, and pastel blending, but they also learned about fish.  

I'm glad someone else was in charge, because giving a roomful of 4-13 year olds oil pastels sounds like a disaster waiting to happen to me, but Miss Julie knows what she's doing.  It went great.

Jack's fish is Bubbles from Nemo, an the orange thing is the bubble chest in the dentist's tank in the movie.  I love the white bubbles that resisted the blue watercolor!  

Eli not only did a colorful and nicely blended fish, but also a sea turtle, an octopus, a couple of jellyfish, and a stingray!  

Most of the projects, drying.  Brianna had put hers in the stroller already.  

After the class, we went outside to play for a little while, and Jack was instantly up a tree.  
All in all, it was a good second week of school.  Our math books arrived, much to the disappointment of my students, of course.  We also started our first read aloud, which is always fun.  Our music for this week was the composer Vivaldi, who was better received by some students than others.

Next week looks to be interesting with more about dinosaurs, The Tower of Babel, and a cuneiform project in the works.

Linking up with:  

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote!  Thanks for clicking for us!

1 comment:

  1. Good Afternoon,

    I'm Renee author/speaker of "Total Home Makeover: A 20 Day Plan to Renew Your Space & Spirit" published through Ambassador International (available at all major bookstores).

    Our mission is to renew the space and spirit of one mom, one family, one community, and one nation at a time.

    I'm inviting a review team of 100 to review my book in September. Will you join our team?

    Each reviewer receives:

    1. a free copy of the book
    2. a back link on my website
    3. a free "Mom's Tool Kit" resource

    I'm asking reviewers to:

    1. read all or part of the book
    2. post a review on your website/blog
    3. include our special in the post:
    "Get the free Mom's Tool Kit when you purchase your copy of Total Home Makeover September 23-28, 2013. See details at: http://totalhomemakeover.webs.com/challenge"

    We would also love it if you could post the review on or before September 28, 2013.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warm Regards,

    Renee Metzler
    Email: nrmetzler@windstream.net
    Web: http://totalhomemakeover.webs.com/store

    P.S. If you're "on board," please include your full shipping address (so we know where to send the book). Many thanks!