Homeschooling is not just “doing school at home…”
I thought this was a great graphic which describes what we are trying to do at our home school… it has taken me several years to actually get to this point, where I’m not trying to necessarily recreate a whole “classroom atmosphere” at our house, replicating what is being done at an institutional school. There is teaching and learning being done in most homes every day, but in our home and in most homeschooling homes that I know of, its a constant awareness of every single opportunity to teach something, and it’s not always something you find in a book.
This graphic was shared by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool, another great blog and website for us homeschooling moms! Check it out!
I’ve updated my Etsy Store with a few more items, most notably some crafts made by my 10 year old daughter. She and I attempted to do an outdoor craft sale in October but we got rained out. She had prepared her crafts and priced things, but never had the opportunity to sell anything. So I thought it might be nice to add her creations to my store. Take a look and post a comment on my Turning Leaf Studio Facebook page if you like what you see 🙂
Crafty Fabric Christmas Trees
Chicken Notecards by Eva
Needle Felted Acorn Kit
Needle Felted Acorns
Travel Puppets by Eva
Shannon from Education.com has a cute math idea for incorporating shapes into a fun craft! This would be a great activity for all my kiddos, ages 5-10, or any child who could use some practice with scissors or recognizing their shapes. Plus, we can get some fun fall or winter artwork out of the deal! (They didn’t realize that I LOVE topiaries! So I’m all over this project… !)
Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.
What You Need:
Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
What You Do:
1. Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
2. Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
3. Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
4. Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn’t familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
5. Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
6. Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she’s making.
7. Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
8. Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.
(my note… At this point, I think it was fun to then decorate the trees with other shapes, or glitter glue, etc. Math and Art at the same time 🙂 )
For more great ideas, check out Education.com.
We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!
I recently found Wildflowers and Marbles and I just love her website. She just posted one with such beautiful images of her schoolroom, along with some tips, that I wanted to share…
I just ran across this blog and post by School of Immaculata. It’s a beautiful website with lots of information I’m looking forward to reading myself! I thought I would share the post and link with you here.
I love reading what Fr. Z (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) writes. He is a very knowledgeable, solid, orthodox, Catholic priest. And, he has a good sense of humor too. He just posted something on his blog that I was just discussing with our young children – the Gift of the Fear of the Lord. I think he does a really great job explaining what exactly that fear is all about…
A friend tipped me off to this blog post – I think this will be perfect for our kids!