Sunday, June 11, 2017

That's a Wrap - Another Homeschooling Year at a Glance

It felt just like yesterday that I was snapping these pictures of J & N...
my Kinder and 2nd-grade kiddo!

And before I knew it, this homeschooling year has gone by in a blink of an eye!

Even though we homeschool year 'round, I like to take "school pictures" at the beginning and end of our school year.
(which reminds me...I need to take those end of the year pics!)

Just a fun way to reflect and see how much these sweet boys have changed.

Writing up a quick blog, about our year, makes me look back on all that we've done and accomplished.  This year was FULL of firsts!  This year was FULL of excitement!  This year was FULL of sweet moments we shared together as a homeschooling family.


We started off the new school year in a fresh space!  I converted our dining area into our Learning Room.

Be sure and check some of my older posts on how I repurposed this space.

With the Summer Olympics in full swing, we took advantage of learning all about the Olympic sports as well as the history behind the games.  


We enjoyed making a cherry pie while learning ALL about the different places around the world our ingredients come from.

Such a great read aloud and activity!  Here's the link for the book:
How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA
We spent so many days at The Thinkery, our local children's museum, with friends.  
my little learners and I PACKED the house with Moms and their little learners during our 
Kitchen Chemistry class.


Awe...sweet October!  This was the month we road-schooled up through Colorado.
Check out our posts on this amazing adventure:
Using the World as our Classroom Part 1
Using the World as our Classroom - Part 2


 We joined a class at the Tech Shop and enjoyed building and tinkering with tools.

 This was the day we ALL needed to get out of the we headed to IKEA and found it fun and refreshing to learn here.
Gobble! Gobble!  We sent our annual "Turkey Texts" to friends and family.


This month...we slowed things W-A-Y D-O-W-N!  We enjoyed our slow and sacred Advent season to prepare our hearts and minds for the Christmas holiday.

 We did LOTS of cooking and baking.

 We shared the Christmas spirit with our elderly friends by
making Lego Christmas tree ornaments.
This year, we hosted a "Jingle Bell Jog" for local homeschoolers.  This idea was completely inspired by my 8-year-old.  First, we tied jingle bells to everyone's shoes, then we jog around our neighborhood's pond and ended with me reading aloud "The Polar Express".

January - Happy New YEAR!

J had his 2nd piano recital while N had his very 1st.

 We learned ALL about how sweet it is to make honey at a local honey factory.

We launched a new series in our homeschool we called... Our Study of Successful Individuals.  We started with studying the amazing Albert Einstein.

Then we wrapped up a busy month by hosting a "Pop UP Tech Shop" for Moms and their learners to join in on some tinkering fun!  We made wobble bolts and drawing droids on this sunny, winter day.


 What an epic field trip this one was!  We enjoyed our time with friends learning all about defying gravity at IFLY!
 These 3 boys began earning their badges using The Wild Explorers Club assignments.


 Once again, we invited local homeschoolers to join in on some Dr. Seuss fun!  We enjoyed a sunny day at the park performing "Reader's Theater" scripts based on Dr. Seuss' books.


After running a Family Fun Run...
 We hit the road again...
our first stop was The Houston Space Center.
 And we slowly road-schooled our way down to the beaches of Florida.
Be sure and click here to check out more about our trip...
According to the 3-year-old


When you have a house full of Star Wars lovers, you find a way to incorporate "May the 4th" into your homeschool.  So we did just that!
 And to slowly ease into our summer schooling...we added a Poetry Tea Time into our weekly schedule.

WOW!  That was our year at a glance.  These posts are alway so hard because I really have a hard time picking and choosing what memories to share.  

This process makes my heart flutter with joy as I look back at where we've gone and what we've accomplished.  It also makes me sad to think that another year has passed by so quickly.

Hope you stay tuned because I have a feeling this next year is going to be EPIC!  
Happy Learning with your little ones.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Road Schooling Adventure...according to the 6 year old

Mom: "Do you like road schooling?"
N: "Yes!"

Mom: "Why?"
N: "Because it's fun!  We get to see the trees and animals." (Alrighty?  He's my child that looks at the simple things in life!)

Mom: "How did you learn in the car on our trips?"
N: "I learn about the different license plates that we see on the road."

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N: "I liked listening to our Brains On Podcast.  We learned all about the tide is controlled by the moon."  

Mom: "What was the first stop our family made on our trip to Florida?"

N: "It was Houston, Texas.  We went to the Houston Space Center.  We got to see a simulator and the different astronaut suits and a BIG playscape.
Oh and we saw the REAL Saturn V rocket.  I think it 120 feet long!  It was so big!"

Mom: "How long did it take to get to Florida?"
N: "I don't know?  Maybe 48 hours?!"

Mom: "What was the first stop?"

N: "In Mexico Beach, didn't have ANY yucky seaweed in the water.  
We got to ride the waves at the beach."

Mom: "Where did we go after that?"
N: "We drove some more to Madeira Beach."

Mom: "What did you do there?"
N: "I caught a fish and a seahorse with my Daddy."


N: "We also went to an aquarium in Tampa Fl."

N: "I built my own spaceship, remember?  I didn't have very many toys on our road school trip so I had to make my own."

N: "We went to a place called Fort DeSoto.  It had BIG cannons!"

Mom: "What was your favorite memory?"
N: "The Houston Space Center AND the USS Alabama."

Mom: "If we were going to go on another road schooling trip, where would we go?"
N: "Mauritius to see the Dodo Birds"

Mom: WOW!  That would be amazing!  I'm not making any promises, but maybe we can do that one day!  

And off he went, making his P-51 D Mustang airplane noise.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Road Schooling Adventure - according to the 3 year old

I have been blogging since 2011. Which means I have always been in the writer's seat.

So I decided to switch things up! The next 3 posts will be from my boy's perspective. Because without THEM, this precious journal of our adventures, would have never started.

I sat down with my 3-year-old. He had a bowl of mac and cheese, a few chicken nuggets and a sippy cup of milk. The key here...he was sitting still enough for us to have a quick chat about our month-long road schooling adventure to Florida!

I asked the questions, he simply answered.

Mommy: "What was your favorite part of our trip to Florida?
Mason: "The battleship because we got to shoot the airplanes down with the big guns.

But I liked
coming back home to see my garbage trucks and my friends (aka his giant pile of stuffed animals)."

Mommy: "How many states did we travel through?"
Mason: "5 states"

Mommy's internal thought: "Yippy! He did notice that we went through 5 states...wonder if he could name them all? (Happy Homeschooling Mom!)

Mommy: "What was your favorite state to travel through?"
Mason: "Alabama!"
Mommy: "Why is that?"
Mason: "because of that cool tunnel!!!"
*Who has been through the tunnel in downtown AL*

Mommy: "What kinds of animals did you see?"
Mason: "Deer and dolphins"

Mommy: "We saw lots of animals at the Florida Aquarium."  
Mason: "Oh! Remember when I got Alex the turtle"
*This was the stuffed animal that he picked out at the gift store!*

Mommy: "Did you enjoy the beach or the swimming pool?"
Mason: "Going to the swimming pool because it was so warm!  I really liked the hot tub!"

Mommy: "Did you find any seashells?"
Mason: "Yep!"
Mommy: "What did they look like?"
Mason: "We painted them. I liked the rainbow one and the pink one."

Mommy: "What was your favorite part?"
Mason: "I liked going on the hike at the beach."

Mommy: "Do you want to go back to FL?"
Mason: "NO! I missed being at home. It took too long to get there!  I would rather go to Fritch. (which is where his grandparents's only an 8-hour drive!)

And he was off! Full belly in this sweet boy means time to play. My interview was DONE and my heart was full.

Stay tuned for my next post here.  You'll get an earful from the 6-year-old.

That's a Wrap - Another Homeschooling Year at a Glance

Really? It felt just like yesterday that I was snapping these pictures of J & N... my Kinder and 2nd-grade kiddo! And before I kn...