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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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 …
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)