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Homeschooling week 2: The Moon

Published September 19, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Homeschooling week two went incredibly well. It was very tiring with all the activities starting and just keeping on schedule. We did the moon. Wow, I learned a lot of things. I know that the large flat spots are called Maria- or seas. I learned the names of all the phases of the moon, I learned it would take 130 days to get to the moon by car, I learned more this past week about the moon then I have ever known. I also learned a little more about my Sun and how he and we work. Lets just say he is incredible. I can say that, I’m his mom. Really, he had the phases, orbit, and everything else down right away, on the last day I was still referring to my flip book. I feel so lucky to be doing this, and to be his mom.

Every morning, and a few times a day, we listened to this song to get us in the mood, or to help change things up. Moving from one activity or subject to the next. For a brain break, if you will. http://youtu.be/HkvlrWpsnuQ . I keep finding my self whistling it.

We kept a loose schedule as new activities such as soccer, hip hop and swimming started this week, as well as classes for Little Star. The mornings included help with breakfast (moon themed with “eclipse eggs” and “crater ‘cakes”), journal time, swimming, nature walks and class time.

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Here is a rough rundown of what we did. I am going to try to record everyday atleast some of what we do so I have it to look back on. Our days include so much more with all the little talks we have about everything, the talks we tie into the subjects we are working on, daily interactions. This gives you and I little idea of what we get done, there is actually a little missing as we touched on orbit a lot and did some charts and tables and a few online math games.

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Sun created this moon chart for recording the moon everynight for a week. He started on monday, ended sunday, but has still been watching it every night since. Last night was the Harvest Full moon and international Observe the Moon Day. Fun.

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Here is our crater experiment, flour on a pizza pan and marbles. Before we did it we talked about what we thought would happen and after we talked about how the different speeds and sizes of the marbles made a difference in what the crater looked like. We watched a video of an asteroid hitting the moon earlier this year, so fascinating.

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Big craters make cones in the middle and spread moon dust. I was happy that Little Star was out with daddy for this experiment, we could really take our time and discuss the results.

We talked about orbit and did a sun, moon, earth eclipse experiment outside using our bodies and the sun. I drew a cresent moon and asked Sun to write adjectives about the moon inside the moon. This is after talking about verbs, adjectives, and nouns. Sun did different space related worksheets I found mostly on Enchanted Learning, http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
We played with base ten blocks to do time it would take different vehicles to get to the moon, read moon books (Papa Please get the moon for me by Eric Carle is our favourite moon book) and just went moon crazy! The main writing project for the week was “If I lived on the moon” A short paragraph and a picture. Sun started on monday with a rough copy and worked on it a little everyday with a good copy done on Friday and instead of a picture he used Lego to build his space car.

The Phases of the moon book and my moon book I found on this site http://adayinbcasfirstgrade.blogspot.ca/2013/01/blast-off-to-moon.html
My Sun loved cutting the books out himself and using the stapler to put them together. The simple things. My star loved colouring them. They are free printouts and I recommend them for at least up to grade 2, maybe 3.

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We used black construction paper, folded lengthwise, then the top piece cut into 8 “doors” to make a flip book. With white crayon we drew the phases in then wrote the name inside.

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A family friend has offered to take Sun every week for a gardening (when applicable), and woodwork. This week they designed and built a hat hanger. We are very lucky to have these people helping round out our Suns education and give him different experiences.

Our week ended with a visit from a friend we havent seen in awhile who is also homeschooling. They played and socialized 😉 then got down to business… Oreo cookie phases of the moon! Taking the tops off of 8 cookies each the kids snacked and cut.

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I think this was the kids’ second time having Oreos so this was a huge treat and a great learning tool. The kids used butter knives to cut the shapes out. Sun did his without having to ask what the shapes looked like. I am confident he learned as much, if not more then me, this week about the moon. More importantly we learned about each other, and ourselves. Thanks for taking the time to join our journey, please check back again and come follow on pinterest where you can get a sneak peak at some of the activities we will be doing as I start pinning things like crazy!

First year adventures in homeschooling

Published September 5, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Hello!
I feel like it has been years since I last posted, rather then give you a run down in one post of our goings on ill touch on it in a few posts.

We did it, we took the leap, we chose homeschooling for our family. Yay! While I am super nervous about finding our groove and being “mom enough”, I am also over the moon excited to be on this journey. My Sun is in grade two this year and has loved school since he started preschool at age 4. The way he is tackling our first days of homeschool really makes me motivated for this next school year. One thing I only sort of considered when deciding on this path was that we also have a newly turned 3 year old who is also ready for some preschool type work. Already we have been touching on colours, counting, alphabet, dividing beads into colours and art of course. Oooh this is going to be so much fun!

Here are Sun and Star are on the first day of school

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This is our playroom/ classroom all ready to go

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The focus for our family is really enforcing a love of learning and seeing the possibilities to do so all around you. Explore your world and let it teach you. Our mornings start off with Sun getting up around 7, making his bed and then quietly playing while waiting for the rest of the family to be up. Often Papa Bear is up at this time or leaving on a roofing job. Little Star and I are not at our best in the early morning and are up at 7:45. I know my own rhythm and hers as well and if we wake any earlier we are like active volcanos, always ready to explode. Anyways, then we all get dressed and make breakfast together. Sun reads recipes, gets out all the ingredients, shares measuring turns with his sister and tells me how to cook it. I really enjoy watching his confidence in his abilities grow each time he eats his own creation. He has been helping me learn to cook since he could stand and this too has been a wonderful journey. Adding the little sister factor has been an excellent multiple stage lesson in patience. We may not end up cooking every day, because really sometimes you just want cereal, but Sun already inormed me that I may some days wake up to a surprise breakfast. I have images of cereal with huge glasses of orange juice, slightly over buttered toast and some lovely fruit being shoved at me at 7:15 am and I know it will be one of those times I will have to take a breath and not worry about the crumbs, spilt juice or early morning wake up and smile my warmest smile and kiss my kids. That is what being a mom is all about. Back to the whole homeschooling thing though my point is that we are trying to keep a schedule, we are only 2 days in but I can see that this is really working. My son loves a schedule. He loves to know exactly what we are going to do all day, he thrives on that. The kids are working super well together, the only tv in two days was the movie “Epic” after dinner tonight, which the littlest one didnt even watch. We folded laundry together, tidied the classroom and got ready for bed. Here are some of the things I recorded that Sun worked on the last couple days

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Being as we havent “officially” started yet we are not following a theme this week and are just working on getting the schedule down. Our day looks like this

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oops, there’s a peek at our themes for this year. You should go check out my friend Nat’s blog, it was her post that got me thinking themes again and it really helped me realize i needed to write this all out and plan. Her blog is here http://www.bnll.ca/?page_id=45

Here is the rest of our list

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Right now we are on week 1 “organization”, that really means “getting on a schedule and wrapping our heads around this.” I know this is a rough and that it may get abandoned or we may make some detours or change weeks around but it feels good to know that I have something written up to help with planning for the next week of school. I hope to take an hour or more every sunday to make up the weeks lesson plans and worksheets. Each days work is separated into different folders to make it easier on Sun to be independent and work on his own while I help Little Star. I hope to put some sensory bins together to go along with various themes and I look forward to experiments. So, there you have it, I havent done this before and this is all very new, I do not know if I am on the right track but if im not I am certainly open to changing things up in whatever way we need. This is a new, happy challenge in our life that I am ready to take on. Bring it.
I just thought of how we are working with our piggy bank coins, doing apple prints and a balloon experiment tomorrow! Yay! Happy friday!

Thank you for taking the time to read about our little family’s adventures. If you found me because of the school lunch posts, have no fear I plan on still doing a bento here and there for picnics, trips or just for fun at home. I hope to continue to blog about our homeschool experiences to help keep a journal of it all for myself, come back often to see if I completely bombed see how our journey is going, find some recipes, check out our slightly wonky crafts and just join this mom on this trip through life.

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