A new school year is almost here! Whoo hoo! I said we would be the family who would school all summer long and I ordered special workbooks and all of that jazz – and do you know what? We NEVER EVEN CRACKED A BOOK OPEN. Not even a read a loud – which is basically unheard of. And I dont think reading Little Blue Truck 50,000 times to the toddlers count.
So here I am – dusting off the this old blog to share what we will be doing this school year…hopefully to also set the stage for what will also be a year of blogging for me as well. I told myself that if I didnt blog this year I would be taking this thing down. No need in paying for something that isnt used. So lets see if I can keep it up! Even if no one reads these little thoughts, atleast it is creating a space for me to simply unload my mind. I am not a writer – I dont enjoy writing one bit, but I do think its healthy to have TIME to create, let words flow, share, and connect. So here I am 🙂 Lets do this!
This is my FIFTH year homeschooling. Marleigh is now 10 and in 5th grade. Maddox will be 8 in September and will be in 3rd grade. Bear is 3 in August and Birdie is almost 16 months. I am not sure what homeschool is going to look like with 2 toddlers. Probably chaotic if I had to guess, but here we go – ready or not!
Reviewing with The Good and the Beautiful
And our first BW Boomerang – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Looking into Math U See, but still not 100% sure.
We used SOTW Vol 1 last year and loved it! Though it was dry sometimes, we managed to stick with it and I think that is the first time we have ever stuck with a curriculum from start to end! So you know what they say – dont fix something that isnt broken! Volume 2 covers knights, samurai, Vikings, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Plague, the Mayans, the Incas, Marin Luther, the Reformation, the discovery of the Americas and more!
The SOTW handbook is a must!! We will also discuss history events as it comes up in our LA read-a-louds
Keeping science interest led this year! I have tried lots of science curriculums, but they just dont fit us just yet. So far the kids have picked the following projects
GERM FARM – Swabbing public places
Egg Geodes : https://feelslikehomeblog.com/2013/03/how-to-grow-your-own-crystal-geodes-cool-science-experiment-for-kids/
I absolutely love Exploring Nature with Children – I have had it for 2 years and still use it as a nature study guide. We dont follow everything exactly, but it gives me ideas on what to focus on and places we could go that would be best each season.
When we do a nature study, we pack our nature bag that includes binoculars, magnifying glasses, pencils, fine point pens, watercolor paints, journals, first aid kit, camera, macro lens, and a field guide!
Some of my favorite nature books and field guides are:
Mel Boring books – we have them all – https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=mel+boring
The Nature Connection – https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Connection-Workbook-Families-Classrooms/dp/1603425314/ref=sr_1_7_sspa?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1534213276&sr=1-7-spons&keywords=nature+journal+books&psc=1
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling: https://www.amazon.com/Laws-Guide-Nature-Drawing-Journaling/dp/1597143154/ref=pd_bxgy_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1597143154&pd_rd_r=YBCFDRAMZHCARV47YEV4&pd_rd_w=B7fhM&pd_rd_wg=vEDyr&psc=1&refRID=YBCFDRAMZHCARV47YEV4
Bear is really into bugs right now so I think I may add some fun nets and but catching supplies to our bag!
Bear shows a TON of interest in doing school right now so I downloaded the Blossom + Root prek curriculum for him. I dont think I will follow it to a T, but I am already loving all of the ideas I am getting from it and I know he is going to have such a fun year! Plus, one week it calls for a Little Blue Truck sensory bin theme and I already know he is going to be STOKED about that. I also got him a couple of workbooks to work on while the big kids do their bookwork which I think he is going to love because they both have STICKERS…and I dont know of any 3 year olds who dont love stickers! This one is my favorite so far: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312513178/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We will still be using our morning basket – this is something I have really grown to love and have missed the routine of it all summer. For us, a morning basket is a collection of books, activities and crafts the kids can work on in the morning before we start our day. Instead of lounging in front the the tv or playing on a tablet, they can get up, eat, do chores and read or work on their activities in the morning basket. I added Funschooling workbooks to the basket this year and I am really excited to dive in!
On top of these studies for the year we will be at Forest School on Tuesdays and every Monday and Wednesday Marleigh will be at a co-op so Im not quite sure how this year is actually going to look – or how I will even fit in everything – but Im excited to see how it all unfolds! I hope to still incorporate some poetry tea times at least once a month. I have also been reading about party school which sounds AWESOME as long as I can figure out something that wont need a ton of planning because ya girl over here is has a SLAMMED packed schedule this year on top of homeschooling and keeping up with Etsy!
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ON THIS BLOG?
So far I was thinking of some fun day in the life posts, recipes and meal plans, DIY skincare recipes, soap tutorials, and basic kitchen witch goodness to introduce my favorite herbs and how to use them in your daily life….Feel free to drop me a message to let me know! 😀
Excited for this year and blogging journey! Cheers!