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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Nick's home piano concert was the spark that has lit his musical interest to greater heights! He has composed his first song and practices throughout the day without being prompted. His piano instructor at Orpheus Academy of Music has requested he move to 45min lessons due to his enthusiasm and longer pieces. The music theory class or musicianship class is another place where he has fun with kids his age in a learning environment.
Scout camping fun. One of the best "Good Citizenship" courses a boy could learn from. We do have our concerns about BSOA but our current pack is serving our needs and Dean is having a blast being part of that community.
Eager boys start class early (7am) without mama who is recovering from a hard weekend at work. GO BOYS!
"And Then Came Tango" an opportunity for the boys to see a live play and be a part of the action. They enjoyed the experience and we had great conversations about the subject of different ideas of love.
The lights are up and the legendary trail is lit up again. It is nice to be able to have the freedom to do these types of fun family outings and not have to worry about "getting up early" or doing homework for school tomorrow. We tried a new family tradition and took a trip to the Christmas tree farm- we didn't find a local tree that was to Nick and Dad's liking but we did have fun and hopefully the area will get more rain this year to produce some amazing local trees for next year. And look how these boys are growing.
We are going to continue our homeschool journey and will make our own way each year, month, day and hour. No need to feel the stress and pressures of "keeping up" with the crowd as long as the family is learning, loving and keeping healthy we can be content with our decision to homeschool.
Our 2013 resolutions:
Noah: to learn to read harder books
Nick: to read 2 Harry Potter books
Dean: to walk the dog more and spend more time outdoors with the boys
Me: to continue working out 3d/week giving myself some "me" time.
Last year was a whirl wind! We were busy, busy, busy. Science Team and Boys Scouts took the top seat in our families crazy ride during the traditional school months 9/2016-5/17.
The boys enjoyed making new friends at the weekly AAH Science Team meetings and Nicholas and his partners did great at all events they participated in. Noah continued to advance his guitar playing and amazes us with his love of music and classical guitar. With older brother moving out each boy now has his own room as of January 2017 and this was perfect timing as Nicholas is in "teen" mode and spends his study hours in his room while Noah and I continue to enjoy learning together in the play/classroom. Although he is needing less and less one on one time with me.
Our 2016-17 schedule looked like this:
Monday: In home working on subjects music theory in the late afternoons, and Boy Scout meeting in the evenings.
Tues: Math Team most of the day then quickly to Orpheus for private lessons. It's …
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)