Once again we are having a slow and steady start to homeschool. We are still hanging on to summer and dipping in the pool while getting our feet wet in homeschool. Last week we started with just math. Plus we started back to piano lessons. This week we have added another subject (of each child’s choice) and are getting back to using our student planners. I must confess that this year I have just needed the extra summer time.
We won’t officially be full time back to school until after Labor Day but we had to take our annual back to homeschool photo! And there is plenty to do and many learning opportunities! Many of the regular extracurricular activities have started back: piano, drama troupe, choir, youth group, praise band practice, park days with our homeschool group … and, what am I forgetting? Here’s a few snapshots of our week…
1. Love it! Caught giggling over the Audubon First Field Guide: Insects book. Reading aloud and the name and characteristics. | 2. Oh she is loving being like the big kids and doing third grade Teaching Textbooks on the computer. | 3. Having fun with Unit Studies Sensational Sharks! Watching videos of bull and tiger sharks plus exploring a cool interactive shark anatomy. Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Job 38:16 | 4. Celebrating a birthday and enjoying summer at the pool!
This is so exciting! Apologia’s Constitutional Literacy course by Michael Farris. A fantastic follow up to the civics and government course and trip to Washington, D.C. last year. And, we were so excited to get started with Constitutional Literacy, we went ahead and read the first chapter and watched the first session.
More Back to Homeschool Helps for You
- Return of the Routine – an absolutely free ebook of our best slow and steady steps to success. You may still be feeling the weight of this past year. Or you may be facing the overwhelming responsibility of getting back into the school year. 15 pages of tried and true homeschool routines and habits. Reluctant return of routine-r? Download now and save it for when you are ready.
- Reserve all the books you can from the library and put them in a central location (we do the family room fireplace mantel and the coffee table) just so they are in sight and inviting.
- How to Start a Homeschool Routine with Little Ones
- I Can’t Homeschool Because of the Little Ones
- A Hodgepodge of Answers for the Homeschool Critics
- Annual Hodgepodge Homeschool Photos
- Weekly Homeschool Planning Meeting with Multiple Ages
- 10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling
- Help! I’m Homeschooling! Helpful Habits for the Heart of Homeschooling
And remember my favorite quote: You can’t change what you have or haven’t done over the past year. Just start where you are, ask the Lord to make you a “joyful mother of children,” pray for grace and wisdom (and strength and patience), and move forward. ~ Vicki Bentley, HSLDA and Everyday Homemaking
Baby toes on my now high schoolers!
Many thanks to these kind hostesses:
- Finishing Strong – Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years
- iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Blog Hop – Student Photos week
Those are just a few little tips that helped us (me!) so much. Since 2001!