Corwee has a spinning good time on the "sit-n-spin".
For Thanksgiving we love making "Thankful Tom" and writing on his feathers for what we are thankful each meal. It's wonderful practice for the kids to think outside of the box after they have said the 2 or 3 normal things that they always say. And I love it because, thankfulness becomes bigger when you share it with others.
The kids colored and decorated Thankful Tom. Wally said it looked more like a duck.
Corwin's favorite: googly eyes.
More like a disheveled peacock?
Alden getting creative with the pop beads. He made a car all on his own. I think this is genius, but I'm probably biased. He had to find appropriate pieces for his creation out of something like 300 beads.
In case you thought he wasn't in touch with the feminine arts, he helped Rhianwen beautify her My Little Ponies.
In homeschooling news, Alden is reading sentences! He's pretty much amazed me at how quickly he's picked it up. We aren't very far along, but the stuff he does know, he does pretty smoothly. He doesn't seem to throw up mind-blocks like Rhianwen did at that age. I guess he was just ready!
We had a fun unit studying the planets. Any way that I can involve food with the study gets my kids excited, so we made pizza planets to scale.
Here are the beginnings of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
Jupiter and beginning work on Saturn.
Eating Uranus and Neptune. Now we only have 11 (or 6 depending on if you count the dwarf ones or not) planets in our solar system. Oh wait, we ate them all. Oops.
People ask me how it's going, how long we spend. I've found that homeschooling for us doesn't necessarily fit in a neat little time-slot, and that's the beauty of it. I think any mommy could tell you that their child learns things all of the time without much of her effort and without the child always being aware. So, I can put all kinds of things we've done in my lesson plans even after the fact and call it "school" when really, it's just living life and learning together. Anyway, I do get the necessaries done in the early morning (the more traditional Bible, Math, Reading, Writing, Science). Art, craft, language arts etc. all fall into the science curriculum that we are using. Since it is Kindergarten, history and geography etc. get highlights within the other subjects or when we focus on special holidays. Story-time/read-aloud to them I include on my plan, but to them it is just story-time, the same as we've always done. Then, if we don't have places to go and people to see after rest time, Rhianwen does Spanish, and we do Artist study, Composer study, or a Nature walk. And, as you can see, the pizza planets were made at dinner.
I also am asked what Corwee does during this time. Sometimes he wreaks havoc to our efforts, sometimes he joins in on the activity constructively, sometimes he plays on his own, or comes and sits and plays with me while the kids work, or if I am giving individual instruction to one child, that means Corwin can play with the other child as long as their work is complete. It hasn't been as difficult as I expected (for the most part). Yes there are days when I think I'm going to go insane by 9:30, but we just try to do things a little faster and spend more time at "recess" (called that b/c Rhianwen really wanted recess as a part of school) or have an early lunch.
Buttermilk biscuits here we come. We had a great time making our own butter and buttermilk when we learned about Pilgrim life for Thanksgiving. Ok, I'll admit it, I'm the one who loves food ;0) Funny aside, Rhianwen called Squanto, "Squinto". Thankfully she's got it right now.
And because I don't always keep on top of the laundry:
At the end of the day, the laundry's not done, and the kids are crazy, but it is worth the relational building they get to each other, to me, to the Lord, and to others. Many people wonder about socialization, but studies have found that homeschooled children have a clearer identity of self than children who attend school with their peers. I'm NOT saying that everyone should do what I'm doing, but only that homeschooled children have a full view of their world and their place in it. I just love how there are so many opportunities for the children to interact with people of all ages and levels and abilities and to interact with many concepts. They have a more natural context for discovery. It's not a weakness.