Teaching the boys at home. Our family enjoys living and learning in Austin, Tx. We use a mix of Life of Fred, Story of Science, History of US, Just Write, AoPS. We attend AAH Science Team, Coder- Dojo, Math Club/Team, Science Team, Science co-ops, Firelight Academy, an online Biology, and schedule many field trips. We enjoy learning while playing.
Where we were and where we are going
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 …
We had a no summer vacation......or family vacation. Dean and Nicholas went with Troop 410 Boy Scouts to Wisconsin for 10 days during the last part of June. July was spent at music camp and we all helped out during the Armadillo Districts Cub Scout summer camp at Emma Long Park. That was a busy, hot but fun week. August was so hot we started back with school work: Nicholas started his Firelight Academy Writing II/History Pre-AP Class and History Day Club. We took a long weekend to travel to Missouri for the solar eclipse and ended up in Nebraska for the best view we could get due to clouds/rain- that will be a great memory for the boys. So much fun and family road trips are the best way for us to spend time together laughing and away from our busy life at home.
We made a big decision at the end of August and will be releasing more information about the life-changing decision in the next few months. Here are some of our summer experiences in pictures:
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…