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.
New season. New schedule
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)
Monday-Morning- Once a month the boys are enrolled in Austin Naure and Science Center homeschool science class. A great way for the boys to spend learning time outside!
Tuesdays- Morning- Nicholas to Math Club, Noah to Globetrotters once a month. Afternoon-Homeschool Cub Scouts 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
The 1st Tuesday is DIY.org club, ATXDIY- was formed by one of our homeschool friends we met through co-op and we love making this a part of our learning fun.
Evening- Nicholas will start playing baseball through the YMCA. (Tuesday is a busy day)
Wednesday-Morning-We meet our Austin Families in Nature (AFiN) homeschool group. We just joined this group in the spring and enojy our time outside learning with the natural world.
Afternoon-Every other week Nicholas will participate in ANSC Science Experimenters Club.
Thursdays- AfternoonNorthside Enrichment Group = Homeschool co-op. A great group of homeschoolers that work together to make learning in a group setting fun.
Fridays- Afternoon- back to Orpheus Academy of Music for a piano lesson for Nicholas and guitar lesson for Noah. We also try and make Friday a day we meet up with our friends at a local park- we have had many great adventures with our friends during the summer!
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…