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
Since we homeschool year round we don't have a tradition about "First Day of School" but in September when all of our yearly activities re-start we do get on a Homeschool Schedule. Each year is different but some parts of the day do remain the same. Here is the current schedule:
Monday: Class work at home, chores and organizing for the week. Orpheus Academy of Music theory classes at 4:45-5:30pm. I can get to the library during this time or a quick grocery trip in. I would love to plan to sit and read for the 45min. but that just doesn't happen most Mondays. Monday nights Nicholas has Boy Scout meetings. We love Troop 410 and Nicholas had a fantastic summer camp experience with them.
Tuesday: Looks like AAH Math Team/Club is taking up most of our day. Nicholas loved math club so much last year he wants to attend this year also. He is also attending Math Team Mathcounts I, and with the club adding in a younger group,Noah is also attend and having fun …
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…