Category: Homeschool

Enjoying the Weather!

So far this week we have enjoyed some beautiful weather.  This led to the boys and I spending a lot of time schooling on the front porch.  Have I mentioned how much we enjoy our front porch.

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Have you enjoyed schooling outdoors?

{Our Homeschool Classrooms} : 2014 – 2015

Our homeschool room has changed over the years.  Back in 2011, we started with a small table, a few supplies and lots of cozy sitting areas.  Then not even a month later I changed our homeschool area again.  Oh, and I changed it one more time two months later.  In 2012, I not only updated our school room again but I also made our homeschool mobile by having our classroom fit in a bag.  Last year as Thing 2 joined our school on a more routine bases, I moved from the bag to using notebooks.

As you can see as our homeschool has changed so has where we homeschool.  Well, this year we are in a new house with a lot more room and a whole new set up.

Like our school room in a bag and notebooks, I still like to keep our homeschool easily mobile.  We have moved from notebooks to large accordion files for each boy.  The boys are able to easily carry these and I can put almost all of the teachers manuals and such in each kiddos file.  For those things that don’t fit, I have a bag that I can easily put them in to take them with us.

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Since the main pieces of our homeschool is mobile, we like to spread out when we work.

Each boy has a desk in our playroom.

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There is also a bookshelf with reference materials and a place for them to store their accordion files.

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Next to my desk, which also holds the boys’ laptop, is the printer as well as paper, coloring books. extra supplies and the printer.

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Our playroom/class room also has a huge closet, which I have two bookshelves that hold past curriculum and manipulatives.

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They also have a desk of their own in their bedrooms.

Thing 1’s

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Thing 2’s

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Thing 3’s

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 also sit in their window seats to do some of their work.

Thing 1’s :And yes, he does sit on the swing to do school too.

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Thing 2’s

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I have also spent a some time creating a science and art lab in our basement.  I decided that the basement, which has a full kitchen  was the best place to let the kids create and to do messy science and art projects.  So using several shelves that were left in our barn by the previous owner, the boys now have easy access to all of their art and science supplies.

Painting shirts and science googles

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Science supplies, art supplies and paint supplies, from left to right.

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Recyclable materials corner.  Clean stuff that can be used to create with.

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Most of the room.

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When the weather is nice we also have come to do a large amount of school on our front porch.

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Where do you do your school?

 

 

{School Pictures} : 2014-2015

Although the boys don’t go to school and I take a lot of pictures of the boys already, it is nice to take a few to commemorate our school year.  Today, the boys were dressed up nicer than normal, it is Sunday and we do make them look a little nicer than usual for church.  So without further ado here are “our school pictures.”

Thing 1 : 2nd grade (Age 7)

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Thing 2 : Kindergarten (Age 5)

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Thing 3 : Preschool (Age 4)

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Happy school year!

{Weekly Wrap Up} : August 9

After 3 weeks off from school, the boys and I got back to work this week.

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It was also the first week of activities with the new homeschool group that we started.  On Monday, we enjoyed a park date, which included some unseasonably mild weather.  YAY!  I think the boys had fun because it was the first time we headed out to a park date since we moved to Georgia.

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On Wednesday we had a planning meeting.  While the moms planned, the kids played outside and swam.

Also, this week Thing 2 went for an introductory guitar lesson.  Thing 2 loved it!  He has asked every day since if he was going to guitar lessons.

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How was your week?

Curriculum 2014-2015

We technically started our new school year back in April, however I never got around to posting the curriculum we are using this year.  While I may have a curriculum that we are following, I very rarely follow the curriculum the way it was designed to be used.  I am notorious for using curriculum as a guide, but creating the lessons on my own to better suit my boys and their interest.

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All Together :

Since Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so close in age and since they have similar interest in has made it easy for me to combine several subjects this year.  Thing 3 also joins us in many of these subjects.

Science : REAL Science Odyssey – Earth & Space Science

History : Story of the World Vol. 3 & Vol. 4

Geography : We will be focusing on the United States this year.  We will be using pieces from Road Trip USA by Erica at Confessions of a Homeshcooler, however most of it will be things that I have created.

Writing : I have created a simple writing curriculum to introduce them to the different types of writing.  However, we will be spending most of our time on creative writing.  Getting those crazy thoughts out on paper in some organized manner.

Art : Artistic Pursuits 1 & other fun arts and crafts that we do with the homeschool group I started here in Georgia.

Language : I will be introducing them to Sign Language and Spanish.

PE : The boys play golf almost weekly with Daddy Cameron.  I will be coaching both Thing 1 and Thing 2 in Soccer this year.  I also spend about 30 minutes a day introducing and playing other sports with them.

Nature Study : We now live on 11 acres, where nature study is as easy as walking out the front, back, garage or basement door.  We also have a couple of state parks with great hiking nearby.

Other : As I mentioned earlier, I have once again started a homeschool group here in Georgia.  So we will be doing activities at least 1-2 times a week with the group.

Also, now that all our summer travels are over, I am hoping to have the boys spend some time on a project of their choosing.  They may work individually or together.  I want them to work on something that is completely of their choosing.  They choose the topic and which direction it will go.

 

Thing 1 : 2nd Grade

Math : Singapore Math (US Edition) 3A & 3B.  We only buy the student workbooks.  I create and teach the lesson and use the workbooks as extra practice.

Reading : Thing 1 chooses the book he wants to read aloud to me or his brothers.  We also do family read alouds of the classics.  He will also reading some books on his own and telling me about them.

Handwriting : Handwriting is copywork, but instead of copying passages from books, Thing 1 dictates sentences to me that he then copies.

Grammar : First Language Lesson – Level 2.  We used First Language Lessons – Level 1 last year and had great success.

Other : Thing 1 also works with the WeDo LEGO Robotics set that he got as a Christmas present.

 

Thing 2 : Kindergarten

Math : Saxon Math 2.  Much like Thing 1 I create & teach the lessons and use the workbooks for extra practice.

Reading : Thing 2 has worked through every BOB Book over the last 8 weeks and then he will be moving on to early readers that he will get to choose. He also listens to the family read alouds.

Handwriting : Also like Thing 1, Thing 2 dictates a sentence to me which he copies.

Grammar : First Language Lesson – Level 1.  Thing 2 already knows a lot of what we are working on in this book simply because he listened last year, while I was working with Thing 1.

Music : Thing 2 will be starting guitar lesson, since I have finally been able to find a place that will let him start at 5.

Thing 3 : Preschool

Thing 3 goes through phases where he wants to do school like his brothers and other times he wants nothing to do with it.  So right now, he has no set anything.  I am just kind of going with the flow with him.  If he wants to do something “school like” I have plenty of games, workbooks, and stuff on hand to give him.

 

This list has changed since we started this school year in April, I am positive it will change again.  As we move through the year, things change, the boys change, our commitments change, interest change, so I have learned to be flexible and to go with the flow.  If something isn’t working I am no longer afraid to change it.  Homeschooling has definitely made me a much more flexible person.

 

What does your year look like?

This is What Our Homeschool Looks Like

Everyone’s homeschool looks different at different times. Some people have “school” at home, where they have a room dedicated to school.  Everyone has their own desks and that is where they do all their work.  Others gather around the kitchen table to work. Still others do school on the couch.

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This week Daddy Cameron was home with us and the weather was amazing!  We spent almost every day outside and we did most of our school while sitting on the front porch.  It was awesome.  We soaked up some sun, listened to birds and got our learn on!

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What does your homeschool look like during the spring?

{Weekly Wrap Up} : 1.13 – 1.17

I know it has been a while since I have done a homeschool wrap up, but we had our first “normal” week in who knows how long.  We had 5 consistent school days, where we completed all of our work and had time to get out and meet some new people.

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I know it has been a long, long time since I have done a wrap up of our week.  However, for the first time in months, we had our first full, normal week.  It is a pretty good feeling to get back into our school groove again and get everything accomplished school wise since all this moving chaos.

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Also, this week we met some new homeschool friends here in Georgia.  I know the boys loved being around other homeschool kids.  They have talked about it constantly.  I also enjoyed meeting other moms in the area to get a feel for everything that our area has to offer.

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We also welcomed a “new” student to our classroom.

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Pepper hangs out under our table while we do school.  During the boys breaks they take time to show Pepper some love.

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Just another day Raising the Cameron Clan!

Getting Back to Work

After nearly three months off from school the boys and I got back to school this week.  To be honest, I was a little concerned how this week would go.  Would I have to fight them to get some work done?  How much was I going to have to re-teach?  How far behind are we?

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However, I am happy to say that this week went great.  Thing 1 got straight to work and Thing 2 took about 10 minutes before he got to work.  Both boys were actually able to pick up right where we left off.  Yay!

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I also started looking to see how far behind we truly are in comparison to my original plan, which had us ending our year the first week of April.  Surprisingly we are only 5 weeks behind. This means that with a little shuffling and a little bit of hustling we are still going to be able to finish this school year as planned.  Instead of working only 4 days a week we will be working 5 days a week.  We will also lose the 2 complete weeks off that I had built-in to our schedule.    I think that we can live with that.

How’s your year going?

 

Another Reason…

As the boys and I were out walking this afternoon, it hit me that this is just another reason I am thankful we can homeschool.  We have been able to spend the last two days taking long hikes outside while the weather is perfect. It isn’t too hot, it isn’t too cold.  The leaves are changing.  It is beautiful and amazing. Instead of spending the best hours of the day stuck inside a school building, my boys and I are able to get outside and enjoy this wonderful time of year.

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They are outside staying active.

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They are outside making discoveries.

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They are outside using their imaginations.

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They are learning to appreciate nature.

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They are making memories.

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They are being kids.

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And they are still learning the academic stuff too.

 

 

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