Thursday, April 21, 2016

Botany for Children


The kids and I explored the world of plants a couple weeks ago.  Botany is actually an ongoing science topic at our homeschool, especially with the arrival of spring and more opportunity for outdoor nature study, but I wanted to share some of the resources and activities we've already used...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Creative Writing Activity {Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant}


The kids and I enjoy Jack Prelutsky's humorous poems. A couple weeks ago, we read (and listened to) his poems from Carnival of the Animals while dancing and making animal masks. This week ,we read Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems, which inspired a creative writing activity...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Homeschool Week in Review: April 11 - April 15, 2016


Doing schoolwork in a plague mask?  It's just another day in our homeschool.  Here's what we covered this week...

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Homeschool Week in Review: March 4 - March 8, 2016


This past week felt lighter in "schooling", but the kids had plenty of time for play, creativity, and self-directed learning.  Here's an overview...

Friday, April 8, 2016

Learning About Tchaikovsky and Swan Lake


Last week we studied Russia, so it was only natural to do a little unit-study on Tchaikovsky for our Music lesson.  We read the book, Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman (the picture above is from the back cover)...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Parts of Speech Grammar Game with Plastic Eggs


Since we had plenty of colorful plastic eggs from Easter, I decided to use them for a fun little game to reinforce our grammar lessons on the parts of speech.  It was really simple to set up...

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Homeschool Week in Review: March 28 - April 1, 2016


Future homeschooler, Baby L (7 months old) is definitely part of the family - he falls asleep clutching a book!  The older kids had a good school week.  Here's a summary..

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Duct Tape Fashion Top


This isn't a new project, but I really wanted to share it.  A couple months ago, L (age 6.5), who is a little fashionista, asked me if she could sew herself a dress.  I wasn't quite ready to get all my sewing things out, so we decided to make it out of colorful duct tape.  L has watched Project Runway with me on occasion and was very excited for her own "unconventional materials challenge".  We winged it rather than following instructions, and it was actually quite easy.  Here are the steps we took...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Homeschool Week in Review - March 21-25, 2016


We took a week off last week for "Spring Break" (which was really just a chance to let me and E recover from the flu).  Towards the end of that week, I asked the twins to take an online CAT test for 2nd grade.  They both did an excellent job, scoring far above average in each category.  It's good to know that homeschool hasn't left any major gaps in what they need to know (I always worry about this, since we got a slow start to the year with a new baby and we're picking and choosing pieces for each subject rather than going with a box curriculum).  This week everyone was feeling better and we're back to a school routine.  Here's what we worked on...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Homemade Compass Experiment {Where the Mountain Meets the Moon}


L (age 6.5) is currently reading one of my favorite children's books, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  In this novel, the main character, a girl named Minli, makes her own compass using a needle and a bowl of water.  Since we were learning about magnetism and the Earth's poles in science, recreating Minli's invention was a perfect experiment.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dancing with Degas: Artist Study


The kids and I have been so engrossed with science lessons over the past couple weeks, that we've been neglecting our Art and Music studies.  I found some fun (and free) art lesson plans from the Getty Museum.  We had a fabulous time with the one titled The Art and Depiction of Dance, about Edgar Degas.

Monday, October 12, 2015

India Crafts for Kids


In our unit study on India this summer, we spent a couple weeks exploring Hindu holidays as well as the animals that live in India.  The kids (ages 5, 5, and 3) had a wonderful time making a variety of crafts...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Learning About Ancient Rome {Story of the World}



This summer we finished up The Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times, and spent a lot of time learning about ancient Rome.  Here's a bit of what we did...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Paper Lamas {Latin American Craft for Kids}


One of the books I checked out from the library on Latin American crafts had templates for making these cute paper lamas.  The kids LOVED them.  They ended up making about two dozen of these in different colors and played with them all week.  Sometimes the simplest things are just as entertaining as the most elaborate homeschool lesson plans!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Molas craft {South America unit}


In our two-week unit on South America and Mesoamerica, we read a lot of traditional folktales from those regions and made crafts inspired by tradition handiwork from different countries.  The molas (blouses) of the Kuna women are just gorgeous, and the girls enjoyed making their own versions out of paper..

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Greek Myths for Kids


The best part of our month-long unit on Ancient Greece was reading Greek myths together.  The kids enjoyed the myths so much that it became an integral part of their dramatic play.  Here's some of what we read...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pin-punch Constellation Craft


The kids took a day learning about constellations as part of our week on ancient Greek mathematicians and scientists.  After reading some picture books on stars and constellations, we did this fun little craft...  I found some online printables of various constellations and the girls used sewing pins to punch holes in black construction paper..

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Learning about Pythagoras


In our study of ancient Greece last month in homeschool, the twins (almost 6 years old) learned about Pythagoras and his followers (the Pythagoreans).  Here are some of the activities we did (many were from the book Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson.  Here's a bit of what we did..

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grecian Vase from Paper Mache


The kids (twins are almost 6 and little guy is almost 4) have been learning about ancient Greece all month using Story of the World and other sources.  One of their favorite crafts so far have been these neat Grecian vases made from paper mache.  Here's what we did...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Making Purple Dye {Phoenicians, SOTW Chapter 15}


We studied the Phoenician traders last week in Story of the World.  The Phoenicians were well known for glass blowing and purple dye (made from boiling snail shells).  For our project, the kids (twins age 5.5, little brother age 3.5) made their own purple dye.  Much to E's relief, no snails were harmed in the process..