I think I hear about it much more often from others during spring. The beautiful weather, need-to-get-outside, distracted and can’t-get-school-work-done issue. But boy do we tend to have that at our house in the fall! In fact, some of our very best family memories are made in the fall. Those times we just take off for the outdoors or build our learning around the changing
It hit me. The mess on the floor, the grumpy attitudes. Where is the love in all of this? We finished out that homeschool day, we cleaned up the mess and we leaned heavy into the weekend. We just needed a weekend of family time. No agenda. No commitments. No have tos. No school subjects. And we did. We went on a long walk on
This has been the week of all things elective and extracurricular. Just how – homeschooling multiple ages of children? A peek into our busy week… Well, of course there was math, language arts, science and the rest in there. But it was a bit overshadowed by the greatness of field trips. Particularly one that we are still smiling about that we went on just yesterday
We are embarking on a new adventure together. We are formally studying marine biology in our homeschool. I say formally because our studies will count for high school credit for our eldest two. And we have many wonderful resources we will purposefully be using. See, we’ve long loved all things marine biology, aquatic and beach side. Littlest Girl asked that we celebrate her sixth birthday
A painting a day is an absolutely fun habit happening at Hodgepodge that came about quite on its own. Well, with much encouragement from Lil’ Buddy. See, just about daily he asks to “paint with forever paints” (acrylics) or “do a chalk pastel.” Yes, chalk pastels count as “painting” as Nana has taught us. Yes, I admit, this Mama was reluctant at first. Paints out
Our slow and steady start to homeschool led us to full throttle back to school. Over the last three weeks we have started more subjects, added some extras to our days. Plus, one by one, the extracurricular ramped up as well. And it’s all good. Though I do miss the days of summer and the pool… We’ve been trying to emphasize the Before 8:45 habit.
Along with our habits, our weekly planning meeting helps build the ‘bones’ of our homeschool days. Our family meeting with all our children gives us an outline for the week ahead. There are so many benefits to this time together. So, before I share how we are full throttle back to school, I thought I’d share a peek into how we do our weekly meetings.
Guess what? We ended our school year with a trip to France! Guess what else? All homeschoolers can take a trip to France any time of year. A couple of weeks ago, we started off our themed learning with Amanda Bennett’s Passport France. This week-long download and go study we spread out over two weeks simply because it’s the start of summer and it sounded