Showing posts with label homeschool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homeschool. Show all posts

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Last day of school pics, homeschool style

We wrapped up another year of homeschool today! The boys humored me just long enough for me to get the obligatory "last day" pic.

But first...here is their first day pic.


Last day pic...



I'm pretty sure this is the last time I convince them to hold up these signs. We homeschool year round anyway so these "first day" and "last day" pictures are kinda silly I guess. Plus our curriculum doesn't follow grade levels anyway. 

While the boys don't enjoy these cheesy photos, they do like the end of the year questionairre. They love comparing the answers from the first of the year to now.

Benjamin's first day questionairre:


Benjamin's last day questionairre:

I love seeing the improvement in handwriting. Benajmin grew 2 inches and gained 6 pounds since last August. I'm not sure when he decided to join the Navy. 

Caleb's first day questionairre:


Caleb's last day questionnaire:


This man-child has gained 12 pounds since August!! I'm not sure how tall he was at the beginning of the year because that was before his SPML surgery so it was impossible to get a good height measurement. I do know that he has grown several inches since that surgery and the height growth must have balanced the increase in weight. He's huge. And I love that his favorite show right now is The Munsters (circa 1960's!)

Year 4 of homeschooling is a wrap. While we do follow a more year-round schedule, we take about a month off (5 weeks to be exact) in the summer. We will start back up on August 1st. 



Friday, May 12, 2017

"Because we can" Homeschool Day

Every so often I like to surprise the boys with a "because we can" homeschool day. On these days, we "skip" school and do something fun....because we can. This past Monday we had a fun day at the zoo with Aunt Rachel.


I wonder how much longer I can convince them to pose for these types of pictures. It's getting harder and harder ya'll. 

Sweet baby elephant.

Feeding the giraffes is always a big hit with my boys.

This is the only acceptable time to spend $5 on a handful of lettuce.


Benjamin would rather go rock climbing than look at animals. "Hey mom, take my picture on this rock."

"Hey mom, take my picture on THIS rock."

"Hey mom, take my picture on this rock!"

Silliness in the gift shop.

More silliness.





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, Unit Three

We wrapped up another history-filled Tapestry of Grace unit last week. I loved this Unit...I feel like I say that after every Unit! This Unit covered the mid-late 1800's. We spent a lot of time on the events leading up to the Civil War, the war, and the Reconstruction after the war. We also read about some of the important things happening in other parts of the world during that time. We learned about Florence Nightingale and Eliza Shirley. We also spent time reading about China and Japan during the mid 1800's.

For some reason, I have very few pictures but I'll share what I have. I must have slacked on taking photos this time around.

The boys made Chinese lanterns.


As always, we read so many great books. This is just a few of the books we read. My favorite thing about homeschooling is all the books we get to read, books I would never think to pick up.

We added to our President timeline. We spent several weeks on Abraham Lincoln.

We made a "wanted" poster. The boys seemed to think $537 was a big enough reward.

We completed another Unit lapbook.

The boys worked on a poster covering some of the inventions of the late 1800's.

A few weeks ago we spent the day at the Civil War Museum which was the perfect compliment to our studies. 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Zoo Field Trip

One of the best things about our homeschool co-op is the planned field trips. I love the idea of field trips but I'm terrible at actually planning them. Our co-op has monthly field trips planned so I don't have to worry about planning them myself.  Today we went to the zoo with our co-op friends.


The boys spent most of their time with their best friends Liam and Luke. These boys have been friends for about 3 years now.


Feeding the birds.






Love Benjamin's pose! He's such a ham.

Friends. 



Texas Civil War Museum

We have been studying the Civil War over the last few weeks. I was excited to learn that there is a Civil War Museum just 30 minutes from our house so we took the boys to check it out.

I had no idea this place even existed. 


The museum was full of authentic items from the Civil War and that entire time period. It was fascinating to see in person the things we had recently studied.


The medical displays were my favorite. 


Can you imagine!?

This is an amputation kit. Ouch.




 The Texas Civil War Museum was a really neat place. It was interesting to learn more about Texas' role in the Civil War.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, Unit Two

We wrapped up another TOG unit last week. This unit took us a bit to get through because of Caleb's surgery and the holidays but that is the joy of homeschooling right? We get to push pause when things come up and we are never behind.

Year 3, Unit Two covered a lot of great topics. It was still heavy with US history but touched on things going on in other parts of the world. I love that nothing happens in isolation when it comes to historical events. Things are ultimately connected together and what happens in one area of the world directly impacts other parts of the world. History truly is a tapestry made up of connected events.

We started off the unit by learning about Texas history (which we loved, bein' Texan's and all). We read about Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, and the Battle of the Alamo. We also spent some time on the Indian Removal Act enforced by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830's.

Then we headed overseas to learn about the Victorian Era. We learned about Samuel Morse, the developer of Morse Code. We "made" our names in Morse code by using sequins.



We read about Australia and the Aborigines. We made boomerangs out of cardboard. 



Then we headed back to the US to learn all about the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush. I loved this section so much! Did you know the pioneers traveled over 2,000 miles in covered wagons just to get to Oregon? Did you know it took them 6 months or more to make the journey? It wasn't an easy trip either and I was amazed at the perseverance of these folks to try and find a better life. 

Pioneers often made memory quilts that featured special moments or memories as part of the quilt. The boys made their own version of a memory quilt using paper.



The Oregon Trail eventually led us to the California Gold Rush. For fun, I painted some small rocks gold and mixed them in with assorted rocks. The boys used a foil pie plate to "pan" for gold.



 We wrote a poem about Gold Fever.


We added more states to our growing US map.

And added some Presidents to our timeline.

Another Unit lapbook complete! These lapbooks really serve as a great review at the end of the unit. We cover so much good material over 9 weeks that it is nice to have a quick refresher at the end of the unit.



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