Top of the morning to ya! Coming to you today from the Gibson School of ADVENTURE! Yes, we’re up to our necks in learning, and having so much fun figuring out what school looks like for us. We’re still in process, as I suspect we always will be, but right now it looks a lot like this…
The weather’s been great so we’ve been trying to take advantage of of it….snails, grasshoppers, cacti, oh my! Seriously though- this terrarium has really seen it’s fair share of friends.
We’ve got curriculum piled to the sky, but I love the organic, spontaneous teaching moments most. After this little nature hike, we decided to find out a little more about what we saw, and all of the sudden we’re learning what an index is and how to use it and figuring out how alphabetical order works.
Our little men are having fun too! Quite the challenge keeping them busy while teaching the girls, but we’re making it work, thanks to Play-Doh, finger paint, and a brand new guest room turned toddler playroom that we’re just putting the finishing touches on this week.
Reading our textbooks and doing our worksheets is fun, but there’s nothing quite like deciding- you know what- let’s write a book about frogs. Yup, I say we do it.
We have our math, our language arts, our history, our geography…but how fun is art class at home?? Who knew? I spent so much time researching core subject curriculum, but it wasn’t until we actually started our school year, that I discovered how much fun the other subjects would be. For art, we’re following along with this dvd series called Atelier, and we’re learning all about lines, color, shape. Maaaaaybe I’m taking notes too. :)
The other fun aspect that I didn’t anticipate, was how lovely it would be to see Dad teaching on his days home from work. I take a back seat, hanging with the younger kids, and it’s indescribably special to see these two interact. He’ll be explaining something…the hour hand vs. the minute hand, or adjectives…and all of the sudden- ding ding! You can just see the light go on in her head and they’re both excited- it’s precious.
She read her first chapter from a real “chapter book” to him last week- very intense- and she might as well have been landing on the moon. Capturing moments like this makes me forget all of my lesson planning stress and dried Play-Doh woes, and I remember why we decided to homeschool in the first place.