My biggest goals for homeschooling are to cultivate a love of learning in the girls and to master subjects before moving on. Homeschooling gives us the opportunity to slow down and develop a greater understanding of topics and also take the time to redo anything that might need more attention. It can be easy to fall into the trap of constantly moving forward and starting the next new thing, but instead, we took this week to start our handwriting book over again. This time, instead of drawing directly on the sheets, I printed out the pre-writing pages again, and put them into a plastic sleeve, you can see them here, we found them at the Dollar Tree. These sleeves work great with dry erase markers, and it makes it even easier to go over lines and shapes that need additional attention.
We took a step back from our math book too. It’s an awesome math book, but we experienced a little bit of “summer slide” and needed a refresher on writing numbers. The Measured Mom has a three level number learning set for free. I pop those into the plastic sleeve and we practice at least one per day.
This has strengthened my decision to do year-round schooling. The summers will be more relaxed than what we do for the standard school year, but it will be beneficial to do at least a half hour of learning a day. From what I’ve heard from seasoned homeschoolers, year-round schooling has a natural rhythm to it and works well for a lot of them.
For week two of Fall Harvest we learned about where milk comes from. The book we focused on was Beatrice’s Goat. Our library didn’t have Wee Folk Art’s second book suggestion, Amazon has it for anyone who’s interested in it, but I found a video on YouTube with two sweet little boys explaining where milk comes from and we used that as a substitute.
This week’s activity was making bread and butter. Due to our dietary restrictions, we followed this recipe for herbed Irish soda bread and substituted the buttermilk for coconut milk with a little apple cider vinegar, and einkorn flour in place of regular wheat flour. We attempted to make butter in a Pampered Chef whipped cream maker, which got really hard the firmer the cream got. We ended up stopping at the point it became whipped butter and it was delicious. Bread is always better when it’s shared so we took it over to enjoy with my grandparents, the girls’ great grandparents.
I came across a spectacular list highlighting books about kindness and leaving the world a better place. We’ll be checking out at least one of these books a month and doing some sort of craft that corresponds with it. For our first one, we read Miss Rumphius. It’s about a woman who wants to explore the world and then leave the world a more beautiful place. She isn’t sure how she’s going to go about it, but then becomes known for her lupine flowers she spreads around the land. We painted lupine flowers and discussed ways we could leave the Earth a more beautiful place.
Our curriculum has a poem a month to memorize and recite. It’s a great way to work on public speaking, something I struggle with and want to make sure the girls have confidence with. Little Boy Blue was up for month number one and Mimi managed to memorize it in one night! She couldn’t fall asleep so we recited it line by line and this video is her reciting it the next morning, with no help. We might end up doing more than one poem a month. Adi even picked it up quickly, but didn’t want to do it on camera, the resulting videos are adorable though! If you see us in person and ask them to recite it, that would be a wonderful opportunity for them to strengthen their public speaking skills!