Monday, September 23, 2013

Homeschool, pirate day, and more

So I have finally realized that I don't wear a cape and I won't get it all done in one day. What else I have realized, though, is that even if it doesn't all get done, it is OK!!!! :)

That being said, my blog just hasn't gotten done. Since I have been back in Pennsylvania, we have had to learn a new "normal" around here. Not only has my absence created a reason to readjust, but the church has added a new, AMAZING, Saturday night service that Tony leads worship at, soccer has begun, home school has begun, and business for me has picked back up. WHEW - so this seemingly leaves very little time for the 'little' things such as blogging.

But today is the day that I will get it done and share with you some of the incredible things we have done in home school. We have already learned Hard C, Soft C, how to skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s, learned the four coins (penny, dime, nickel, and quarter) and their value, and have studied Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, and are now working on Abraham and Isaac. We have listened to some incredible old english stories from "50 Famous Stories" in literature and are learning about birds this term in science and the fact that the world is round and our Left, Right, Front, Back and perspective in Geography this term.

Believe it or not, we also have a LOT of fun! We use legos to learn math skills, handwriting for remembering and retaining language and handwriting skills, dry erase markers and paper for the excitement of being 'big enough' to use a marker, but we can quickly 'fix' any mistakes and correct them, as well as lots of exploring.

I also take time each week to do something fun and 'un-school'. Last week on Thursday was National Talk like a Pirate day and we went all out! We made an eye patch, pirates hat, painted a 'ship' and dressed up. Chip got to go on a treasure hunt and ended up watching The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (veggie tales) movie, after school. What fun and what joy to watch his imagination go wild and love school!

"What in the world have you done OUTSIDE of school?" you might be wondering!!! Well, that plate has been full as well! We have done lots of canning vegetables, played golf, Chip has learned how to ride his bike without training wheels, we have had play days with daddy, Soccer has begun, and nothing is complete without an ER visit... allergic rxn to his DTAP shot. All in all, we have had a great month! Lots of other fun things are to come in the future, and we are going to take them one day at a time!

I hope that you enjoyed the pictures of our home school and outside of home school experiences
so far and that you, too, will find something unconventional and just plain FUN to do each week! It is totally worth it!!!