Look carefully, you can see a hamster poking out of the caddy. 🙂 I tried to capture the uniqueness of homeschooling with a few of these shots.
I’m late getting these edited and up, but that’s ok. Lately I’ve tried to cut myself some slack since I’m giant, tired, sick, and basically everything smells so horrible.
I still managed to take photos so that’s a win. Besides, look how cute Bella is. These were so fun to edit and put together.
That’s our bearded dragon, Dart. Sam bought him back in May, letting Bella pick out the one she wanted. He was quite the mover the first few months we had him, but has settled down a bit. Thank goodness, it freaked me out when he decided to randomly jump off the back of the couch.
We had a good first week. Thursdays we’re at our homeschool co-op, so that day is taken care of. Last Friday we joined the other co-op families for a Not Back to School party/potluck. It’s really nice to have a group that gets this type of lifestyle (and they’re all military families too), and I’ve heard from so many people saying they wish they had a co-op near them. Start one! Really – get on Meetup.com and see if anyone is interested. We have a ton of families, but honestly you could do this with just two! Keep it super simple and team up to teach a lesson or two each month.
Our homeschool time is short – two hours on a big day. Many times we veer off course as Bella asks a question or we do a project that turns out differently. One was to create a mirror image with glitter glue (spread the different colors of glue on paper, smoosh with another on top, peel, and see the images) and it looked exactly like coral and seaweed. So the next day we turned them into ocean scenes. From there we learned about clams and pearls, which ended up tying in to visiting Elephant Butte Lake last weekend and seeing small clams on the beach.
Not planned at all, but I couldn’t have picked a better lesson!
I took a few random shots simply to remember how it all looked. Those books above are ones I read and use for ideas consistently. I find that books with ideas on projects keep me more focused, and less overwhelmed, than searching Pinterest for ideas every time.
I’d love to tell you this post is week one of many this year, but as soon as I say that I won’t blog another homeschool week until Christmas soooo…
Let’s just say that I’ll try to update on homeschool more consistently – because I really do love documenting what we’re doing.