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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tapestry of Grace: Year 4

Oh man, I have done such a terrible job of blogging in recent months! We've been just rollin' with life and the days turn into weeks...the weeks into months....I share some of our daily moments on Instagram but I forget to blog regularly.

We wrapped up our homeschooling year a couple of weeks ago. Our fifth year of homeschooling! It has flown by ya'll. I'm so blessed to spend my days learning alongside these two boys.


I'm so excited that we officially completed all 4 years of Tapestry of Grace. You know I love this curriculum. I've blogged about it several times: here and here. I slacked a little on the pictures (the boys are getting older and mom constantly snapping photos is lame), but here are a few from our school year. Year 4 started in the early 1900's and took us to current events. We studied everything from the sinking of the Titanic (Benjamin swears he will never go on a cruise because of this) to September 11, 2001.


We made tie-dye shirts when we got to the 1960's


The boys loved this!

We spend several weeks on MLK and the Civil Rights movement. We made a display board of some of the historical events during those years.
Caleb especially loved this particular study. He was fascinated by Martin Luther King Jr.

We watched MLK's "I have a dream" speech.

We read about John F. Kennedy...
...and went to the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas. 
(This was the best photo I could get, they don't allow photos inside)


We read dozens and dozens of books....this was their favorite. They loved it.

When we got to the 1990's, Caleb made a poster board highlighting the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.


So those are a few highlights from our school year. It was a great year with our studies at home plus all of the fun they had each week at co-op. We took field trips and made new friends. All-in-all it was a fantastic year. We'll take a few weeks off to relax and catch our breath before we dive back in!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Art

I'm crafty but not artsy so I seek outside sources when it comes to exposing my kids to art. I found a homeschool art class at our local activities center for Caleb. He completed 4 paintings this school year.

Peregrine Falcon

Wheelchair basketball silhouette

Cool emoji

Star Fox

He worked so hard each week on his projects and he had a great instructor. 

Benjamin took a watercolor class at our homeschool co-op. He painted several watercolor paintings over the semester. Here are a few of my favorites.

Empty tomb scene

Beach scene

Polar bear on ice

Colorful rain

Northern lights



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year Four, Unit One

We finished up our first 9 week unit last week. The boys have really enjoyed Year Four of Tapestry of Grace so far. We started off in the early 1900's and made it to the end of the 1920's. There is a lot of history crammed into those two decades. Homeschooling has given me such an appreciation for history. I learn so much right alongside my boys. I'm so thankful for this opportunity and for this time with them. Here are a few highlights.

We spent quite a bit of time on Theodore Roosevelt.  Obviously we studied his presidency but we also learned that the "Teddy Bear" was created and named after him.

We read about the San Francisco Earthquake. We did our own experiment by building structures using different materials to see which ones could withstand an earthquake (shaking the table as hard as we could). We also read about the sinking of the Titanic. Benjamin has now said he will never go on a cruise!

We spent several weeks on WWI which both boys really enjoyed learning about. There was so much that I didn't know. We spent a good bit of time on warfare and how WWI was really the first war with more modern technology like airplanes and gas weapons. 
We read about trench warfare and made our own trenches with homemade sand....and some Vikings (obviously not historically accurate)!

We made our own war recruitment posters using an Art for Kids Hub video. 

We started an "Inventions" book.
The Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, aspirin, band-aids, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the Yo-Yo are just a few of the inventions we added to our book.

We read about the creation of "Betty Crocker" so we had to make brownies. You know, for their education. 

We added quite a few presidents to our timeline.

And a lapbook of course.

This is just a glimpse of all the things we read about and studied. We also read books about the Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, Jazz music, Babe Ruth, and Charles Lindbergh. 

One of my favorite things about Tapestry of Grace is all of the books we read. We read so many books, books I would never thing to pick up and read. Just to give you and idea of how many books we typically read in a nine week period, here is a list of all the books we read (this is just for Unit One, there are 4 units in one year).

First Flight, the Story of the Wright Brothers
An Age of Extremes
Who was Henry Ford?
Who was Albert Einstein?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the book is so different from the movie)
Kids at work (a book about child labor in the early 1900's)
The Panama Canal
Titanic
The Legend of the Teddy Bear
In Flanders Fields
World War I
War Game: Village Green to No-Man's Land
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs (I love that we read books like this)
Key battles of WWI
The Railway Children
The Velveteen Rabbit
Harlem Stomp!
Marven of the Great North Woods
War, Peace, and all that Jazz
The 1920's
When we were very young
Eric Liddell: Something greater than gold (true story about an Olympic gold medalist and missionary in China. The movie "Chariots of Fire" is about Liddell)
Who was Louis Armstrong?
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra
Babe Ruth saves baseball

That's 25 books! Real books. If we read, on average, 25 books each unit then that equals 100 books in one school year! The books are all chosen with a purpose. They go along with the time period we are studying so it all goes together. Nothing is read or studied in isolation. One of the many reasons I love Tapestry of Grace


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. 



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