Homeschooling Journey: Week 8 PLUS fall recipe ideas

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It is so hard to believe that this week has marked our eighth week homeschooling.  So very exciting!  I can honestly say that though it went by fairly quickly, it was also the longest 8 weeks of my life.  Does that even make any sense?  If you are new to homeschooling, you definitely know what I mean by that, HA!  We have officially been broken of strict schedules and routines.  Though yes, we still follow schedules and routines to keep things flowing, I don’t feel like I have to be by the book so to speak anymore.  I have learned to be flexible and just change it up if I need to.  For example, I realized just these past few weeks (upon hearing it from other homeschooling families), that if you don’t get a subject or two completed in a single day, IT”S OKAY, that’s right it’s okay.  I was skeptical of this at first because if you are familiar with the A Beka Curriculum you know that there is no falling behind allowed.  It just keeps on going which could potentially cause your child to become lost.  I discovered this a couple times when we went out of town.  So, I came up with a “Homeschool Homework System.”  Basically, what this is is if my oldest daughter sweet pea (8) doesn’t complete her work after instruction and by the time we move forward with our next lesson, she has the rest of the week to complete it all, all the while learning the next lesson.  This leaves us room to discuss anything she may not understand but also stay caught up.  It has been working thus far.  Who wants an ugly learning experience anyways?  I am trying so hard to make learning a fun experience rather than a by the book experience.  This is my goal.

On a different not, this week has been pretty calm.  My two youngest daughters; cupcake (5) and jelly bean (2) have had a great time playing with a toy that we have been reviewing for a Michigan based educational toy company.  My oldest daughter; sweet pea(8) conducted an experiment with growing glow in the dark crystals from the same company.  I could elaborate on that now, but I won’t until the upcoming review post.  Let’s just say things aren’t going as planned with the experiment and we are just a little disappointed at this point.  But that’s okay, sweet pea still did learn a lot of things regarding chemicals, etc. Stay tuned for our review post coming next week!

                           FALL RECIPE FUN         

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Have you tried baking a new fall recipe lately with your homeschooler?  We have had a blast trying out new recipes  and have become addicted.  Not only is it a blast teaching children how to bake but the end results are oh so yummy!  We are still working on our cookbook.  I will keep you updated on that as we go along.  Right now it’s coming along very slowly but I think it’s because we have had to adjust to homeschooling altogether.  I found a new recipe that we will most definitely be trying over the weekend.  “Pumpkin Cupcakes”  YUM!  You can check out this mouth watering recipe over at Homeschool Articles.

Here are a few other fall recipes you may be interested in trying with your homeschoolers, these are also via Pinterest if you are a fan!

Caramel Apple Pie Popcorn

Pumpkin Sherbet

Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Butter

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Don’t these sound just fabulous?  I can’t wait to try a few if not all of these before the autumn season is out.  What about you?  Have any yummy fall recipes to share with us that have been a success with your homeschoolers?  Please do share, I crave new ideas.

NEXT WEEK:  We will be taking a visit to the chocolate factory on Monday for a group homeschool tour.  Can’t wait to share our experience and post pics.  Have a great fall weekend!

~Happy Homeschooling~