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.
We love a good fieldtrip! Not only does it get us out of the house (which for me is necessary) it allows my boys to explore the city, museums, plays, new friends, new social settings, and best of all learn. Here are a few of the trips we have taken this past semester Fall 2013.
Paramount Theater for Marionetas de la Esquina, a puppet theater company from Mexico City. "Sleeping Beauty Dreams"
Science Day at Bob Bullock Museum, we make several visits a year for the homeschool day and the IMAX nature movies.
Witt Museum off to SanAntonio we went in September for the Dino exhibit and
RenFest 2013! Our visit started really early and it rained most of the way it was soggy when we arrived and very humid! It ended up being a blast. The boys favorite event was the joust. This aligned with our The Story of the World Volume 2:Middle Ages history book.
A walk to the park on a autumn day. Exploring and talking about our local environment.
Wonder crew at BartonCreek Farm- maze with question to figure out which way to go, history at the forts and general fun with friends.
Mayfield Park with the wonder crew- our smaller group of homeschoool families that meet for fun adventures in the area.
Our summer vacation to southern California- we took the train and learned about the railways, states that we went through and how to entertain ourselves w/out home computers big open spaces. It was a highlight of our vacation.
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…