I plan on writing a summary of our homeschooling week each Thursday. We do lessons Monday through Thursday, most weeks, and thus have a 4 day school week.
Seeing as how this is the first week of this blog, I will review our homeschool stats. I is in 6th grade, and just turned 12. H is in second year kindergarten, is 6.5 years old. And my preschooler is P who is 3.5 years old now. We have been using Waldorf curriculum (this one, to be specific) for two years now. Love it! I’ll probably blog more about our journey that lead us to Waldorf at some point in the future. My 6th grader uses Making Math Meaningful math curriculum, by Jamie York.
This week, we were wrapping up a three week block on Islam for my 6th grader. He’s been building a model of a mosque out of hot glue, Popsicle sticks, and clay. It isn’t quite done but he wants to finish it, so that’ll spill over into next week. It has been a wonderful block for us both, and we’ve both learned a lot! I’ve been surprised to see how I has enjoyed this block, more than any other block this year. He is a true history lover, too, and that adds to his enjoyment. He worked on his math each day this week, as usual, and that went well. Today he learned about prime factorization. He’s also done a number of sketches. He’s really improving. He did one of his brother and it looks so much like him.
My kindy boy has been doing a lot of his usual this week: drawing and building fairy houses. He heard a Super Sam story, and had fun with that. We did a few penny whistle lessons. He isn’t always excited about doing them, but once we are in the middle of it, he loves it. This week, he’s also been busy chopping wood. He’s quite good at it, and he feels so much pride at being so capable. He and I also have been working on a chore chart for him this week. I wrote out a rough draft of what it’ll include, and he’s now drawing a picture of each thing on the final copy.
Today the kids also helped to plant some Japanese maple trees that my husband brought home. They were given to him for free, as they were being thrown out at a nursery where one of his tenants works. What?!? Crazy. Anyways, there was much discussion about where to plant them. H got busy digging a hole for one of them. It was a sunny warm day for February, and somehow H and P managed to make a mud pit and before long they were fully covered in mud. Playing ‘mud ball’ as P said. (Mud Ball is the name of one of her favorite sparkle stories.) That was a whole lot of work and cleanup for me, but they enjoyed themselves!