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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Experiment Idea

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Presenting lessons a different way makes everything more fun! You could lay everything that is needed on a table and help the kids deduce what they’ll be doing, or make a treasure map of items you need and have them find everything before you begin. Some days *I* just need to change things up a bit!

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This day called for drawing step by step instructions for a simple, inexpensive, completely awesome experiment that will get you amazed and joyful reactions like this:

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Look closely at the left side, center of the picture ~ you can see the ash left from the rocket floating mid air!

Discover the science behind it all here!!

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Day 17

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One thing my daughter enjoys is swimming. Because we homeschool we have the luxury of setting our own schedule, therefore we are able to make the morning swim at the YMCA as well as midday cello lessons & lead an art class for preschoolers.
I’m thankful that we are able to explore our children’s interests.

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Monday Monday monday monday mon…..

Today, projects…
organization….
practice…
work.
Sleeping in and reading. Walking on the treadmill and chores.
A table full of books, scissors, tape, pens, and oddly cotton balls.
Considering new plans, next year, and listening to new music.
Monday Monday monday monday mon…..
busy but slow ~ regrouping.

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Craft Thursday

One thing I know I want to do this school year is have time set aside for art, crafts, etc..
I carved out time on Thursday three weeks ago & we’ve done it every week!

Week one:

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Week two: (see the tea bag rocket link from Friday’s post)

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Week three:

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Lol I don’t remember what that face was about, but it happens!

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Stack of stuff & Lots of links

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Today a friend of mine & her daughters came over. The kids immediately took off from the front door straight through the house & out the back.
The mom looked at me and said, “Can I please look at the math you are using?”
Haven’t we all had those days? I’ve certainly wanted to stick my nose into the books lining the shelves at my friends’ homes. So we sat down & looked at math (Teaching textbooks for 4th & 5th grade and Life of Fred math as a supplement, and Kinetic math for high school)
She was so thankful to be able to see it all first hand instead of guessing what it might be like from a website.
Next she wanted to know about language arts. Well, I’ve always been a bit eclectic so I had to pull out a stack of stuff.
( Rip the Page, Language Lessons, English from the roots up, Learning Language through Literature and One Year Adventure Novel for high school )
How often to we need conventions & how often do we need a cup of coffee & a listening ear? How often are we afraid to be judged so we say nothing, or we ask nothing?
I’d just like to encourage you to be willing to allow people to stick their noses in your books. Share what works & what doesn’t. Listen to each other’s struggles. Yes there are conventions & forums & paid professionals, but nothing beats a friend & a cup of coffee.

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a day in the life

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homeschool moms at the Y
Every single week day is different in our home. I mean typically Mondays are all the same & Tuesdays run about the same but Monday & Tuesday are pretty different, as are Wednesday – Friday.
Is this normal? I have no idea, I just plug away & try to keep our evenings free 🙂
I’m going to pick our busiest day to share , Tuesday.
I’m up at 6:00 and if my husband & I are good, we get right up and workout. If not I stay in bed until 6:30 when I have to wake our youngest two for homeschool swim at the YMCA.
I usually wake my teen around 6:45 to join us. She doesn’t swim but we walk the track with another friend & she has time to hang out after class with her friend.

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Grace with her littlest charge
We leave the Y a bit after 9 & drop the teen off for her babysitting job at church. She has had this job for 3 years and loves it.
While she is babysitting the other two get showers, breakfast & start on music & math.

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I coined the 9 o’clock hour “music & math” for them several years ago. My goal was to get them in the routine of one of them starting on math for the day while the other practices an instrument. They swap subjects when they are done. We only have one computer & use teaching textbooks for math, so this works well. (and yes, I love teaching textbooks!)
Grace is done by 11:15 and I run to pick her up, often swinging by Subway on the way home. We don’t eat out every week for lunch, but it’s always a treat when we do.
We’ll eat and have 10:00 stop. Right now our devotion time includes reading from the small catachism & studying Genesis.
After lunch Grace practices cello, which is something we’ve done since she was really young. I would forget to have her practice & get so ticked for spending money on lessons when she was getting nothing out of it. I read Dr Suzuki’s book and he says to “only practice on the days you eat”, I knew I wouldn’t forget to eat, so I scheduled her practices then! 10 + years later & it is really automatic for her!
The next couple of hours are filled with more math, geography, language arts, creative writing & science. If anyone is curious what curriculum we use I’ll be happy to add links. I have always been an eclectic homeschooler. 🙂

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At 2:30 cello lessons start for Parker. Thankfully the teacher lives nearby so I can take him while Lucy finishes up her day & Grace keeps plugging away. At 3:15 I pick up Parker & drop off Grace. Parker & Lucy are officially done with school at this point and will be ready for any number of things like: snack, t.v., video game, playing outside, etc.
When Grace gets back from her lesson we will finish up school & then she will either chill out in front of the t.v., call a friend & meet for a walk (we have an ice cream store & a coffee shop a few blocks away & they love to hang out there) , run errands with me or help me make dinner.

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We have “no screens” between 5 & 7, so depending on when dinner is done we will either play a card game together or maybe go off on our own to read, play, draw, listen to music or podcasts, etc.
Some books we are reading currently are:
Time Cat
Roller Skates
Apothecary
Hunger Games
One on One: behind the scenes with the greats of the games (nice interview with the author)
Our favorite podcasts are:
Two Johns Podcast
Survivor fans podcast
Creative Mom podcast
Grammar Girl
And some music we’re enjoying:
Bob Dylan
Carbon Leaf
Bret Dennen
Micheal Franti & Spearhead
Juno soundtrack
Hans Zimmer (the best of)
Laura Marling
At 7:00 we usually gather in the living room & watch about an hour of t.v. or so, the the youngest ones head to bed for read aloud with Jon and in the next couple of hours the three of us trickle off to bed for the evening.
Wednesday brings a new schedule & thankfully, much less running around!

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6 gifts

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she’s very chatty

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I’ve been trying to listen to this podcast

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school is going strong

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I’ve started this study

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and I bought this on Etsy

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and Mr & I are escaping next week 🙂

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