It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update on what we are doing day-to-day in our homeschool. Here’s what is going on…and please pardon the fact that pictures are all of my two youngest.
There’s something about hitting the teenage years that seems to have made my two oldest kids allergic to getting their picture taken. In another few years, I may be reduced to using stuffed animals as stand ins.
This just a quick update with a few of the fun highlights, because who wants to hear about spelling and math lessons, right?
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The Shadow on the Wall
Emma and Peter are probably best friends. Peter will spend an hour making up a story and telling it to her. The other day they put together a shadow puppet show for their stuffed animals and performed it in the living room.
Mysteries of the Human Body
We’ve been using Mystery Science, again, and our most recent lesson was on the human hand and how it works. We learned all about tendons, bones, and muscles and how these parts work together to allow us to move our bodies. Our project was a “robotic” finger. Pretty cool.
The only cooler thing is the robotic claw that Emma created by ingeniously attaching two robotic fingers to a paper arm sleeve. She was actually able to pick up things with it. Smart cookie.
And yes, those are Tinkerbell PJs. We have been caught learning in our pajamas (I bet you have, too).
The Greeks Were Super Heroes
The three younger children and I have temporarily put aside our middle ages studies to learn about Ancient Greece using Project Passport (review coming soon!). We’ve also been dipping into our sizeable home library for related selections. The kids are really grooving on The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge (highly recommend). We are almost finished with that read aloud…I think we might start the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths next.
So far we are loving this study. Our latest project was creating 3-D Greek columns of the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders. Here Emma is showing her Corinthian column.
How about that wild and weird weather? One day it’s pouring rain, the next it’s warm enough to skip the coats, but then a few hours later there’s an artic wind that cuts right to the bone.
My oldest teen is building a website with an interactive digital comic book. When I say building a website, I mean he’s actually building it from scratch, writing the code in JS and feeling his way through making it work both on a non-touch screen desktop and a tablet with touchscreen capabilities, while simultaneously creating the artwork for the comic book he has planned out in his head. You might think with all that creative energy that schoolwork would be a breeze for him. Eh, not so much. But it’s mostly getting done, so that’s a win and it’s always a win to see him so passionate about something.
Next week is the last week of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair.
We will be talking about the fine arts and anything else that brings beauty into our homeschools. It’s been a fun ride this month, but I have to say that I’m glad the VCF only happens once a year---I hope you’ll come visit next week.
What interesting things are happening in your homeschool?
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