Teaching the boys at home. Our family enjoys living and learning in Austin, Tx. We use a mix of Life of Fred, IEW, Wordly Wise, Story of Science, History of US, Just Write, AoPS. We attend Science Team, are Scouts, participate in Families in Nature, Coder- Dojo, Music School, Math Club/Team and schedule many fieldtrips, playdates, and family fun.
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Noah at AACNS working hard… and math is hilarious!
Writing at Mt. Bonnell……oh the beauty is so close to home.
LCRA-Homeschool Day '12
Optical Illustion Art
NASA Fieldtrip- Homeschool Day '12
We started our school year in July and have been hard at work since. Our style has changed a few times and as of October we have finally hit the perfect schedule. One of our first obstacles was getting through class early enough for me to prepare for working at 4:30pm M-F but in September that changed to 4:30pm on Fridays and all day Saturday/Sunday. This new scheduled has helped with our weekly routine. The next hurdle was having to driving Noah to school M-F (on time- 8:30am). Noah loves his teacher, friends, and classroom but he is torn between being home with us and school. I was trying to hold off on "teaching" Noah until January '13 but as this fall has approached he was showing more and more interest in reading, writing, and drawing I gave in and started working with him a few afternoons a week (his best working hours are 2pm-4pm). Now that we are on a "good for us" schedule I am hoping to keep this blog updated with homeschool adventures, projects, studies and stories.
The new year started after a fun Christmas with family. We took a winter break and started up with regular activities the second week of 2016. We all went on the Cub Scouts Polar Bear Campout at Palmetto State Park and FINALY earned the Polar Bear Badge. It was a fun weekend- we headed up the Bear Carnival, the boys made carnival games and lead the activities for all the other scouts.
Birthday Sleepover! The boys had a combo birthday party sleep over and they had a blast!
I began leading the middle math club group. I learned so much from these kids and we had a great time making math funny, challenging and learning together. "Is zero positive or negative?" "Is one a prime or not?"
Noah continues to like Math Club Jr and did meet some great fiends, participated in amazing math challenges and gained new knowledge! What a fun group and great leader we have!
Homeschool Co-op was filled with edible science, Hogwarts Year III, Make Your Own Play, Magic t
Our new schedule feels like it may be over-scheduled at this point of the year but I have learned over the last two years of homeschooling that we like to be out exploring with friends and I can always make adjustments as needed. Also since they are getting through curriculum quickly I don't feel the need to spend more time at the "classroom table".
Here is our 2014-15 tentative schedule:
5am- I will continue to go for a run
7am- kids are up by now playing
9am- In the classroom working on curriculum
1pm- quiet reading time/researching projects
1:30-5pm- usually an afternoon activity. (see below)
7pm- Free time
9pm-kids bedtime (we are currently reading The Little House books)
We are in full-swing homeschool now! Noah started seat work and I am figuring out how to create a fun learning environment for both boys (at the same time). Noah has basically taught himself to read and I found that the phonics books were boring him after the summer. Nicholas has found a strong interest in coding and has taken some online intro classes- glad he is self teaching because I have no clue when it comes to coding. Our seat work only takes 1.5-2 hrs/day, both boys learn best while engaged in activities so we plan lots of learning fieldtrips, playdates, co-op, a few classes, continue to participate in cub scouts, ( but did change to a homeschool den) and experiment with science at home. We started the Marathon Kids challenge and plan to complete that marathon by February 2014.
Here is our schedule as of November 2013
Parents schedule: Dad still works M-F and is away from the home from 7:30am-6pm. He is having fun taking the boys to their piano/guitar lessons at Orpheus Ac…