Homeschooling Journey: Week 15

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here.  I am not much for snow but I do love it when there is snow around Christmas, it just isn’t the same without it.  Honestly, just with that little snow we had earlier in the week, it almost got me in the Christmas spirit.  If we can get a nice and beautiful blanket of snow for Christmas it will…..well, feel like Christmas.  I guess I am nostalgic that way.  I don’t know about you but I remember growing up and it always seemed like there was snow on the ground for Christmas, especially here in good ole’ Michigan.  It doesn’t even feel like December to me right now. Is it the weather? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

Homeschool Week 15

Well, wow! Our homeschool has hit week 15 and we are doing alright, haha! It’s coming along and I found a schedule I think we can stick with from time to time with less stress on myself. We try to end our instruction by lunch time.  If there is any work left over it goes in a “work” folder and they finish it to stay caught up. It seems to be working out for all of us and it is helping me “Deschool gently.”

Here is a pic  of the Laura Ingalls Lapbook that I mentioned last week. Sweet Pea (8), did a pretty good job considering it was her very first lapbook. She started the lapbook in September. I gave her a deadline for accountability purposes. She had until Thanksgiving.  Sweet Pea put
finishing touches on it the night before her deadline.  I was proud of her for her dedication to the project.  She is looking forward to starting her next lapbook project.

Lapbooks are pretty simple if you know what you are doing.  I can honestly say in the beginning I was a little confused at what lapbooks consist of as I had never even heard of them prior to homeschooling or maybe I have heard of them and just didn’t give them a second thought.  Lapbooks are so educational and we love the idea of them.

Have you done lapbooks with your kids? Would love to hear on what topics or people. We are trying to get good ideas. For this particular lapbook I let her choose a person from history whom she’d be interested in learning about.  I was excited that she picked Laura Ingalls Wilder as I always loved learning about her as well and reading the books and watching the series.

This week was a pretty exciting week besides completing the lapbook. Cup Cake (5), is officially reading, YAY! I have her reading at the first grade level.  She is so very proud and just loves reading. Sugar Bean (2.5), drew an amazing snowman (pic next week). I was amazed at the detail her being a toddler and all. I will most definitely be starting her with preschool work in the spring as she is turning 3.  I think she will be ready by then.

Both school-aged girls will be continuing next semester at Palaestra with the classes they are currently taking. Sweet Pea adores Fashion Design. Her class has taught her so much on the subject. Her first sketch for a doll was in Palaestra’s art show on Thursday night, December 8th.  She was so excited. Will post a pic in week 16 of our journey. Next semester they will be learning how to sew and apply their sketches with fabric and start creating.  Sweet Pea is so beyond excited about that. She will need to teach her mommy a thing or two about sewing basics, haha! Cup Cake will continue with Brain Games but on a new level. They changed the name for next semester to Lollipop Logic. Cup Cake is looking forward to this reading and language arts supplement class and so is mommy!

How is your homeschooling journey going? Would love to hear from you.  I am always eager to meet new homeschooling families and hear their ideas.

~Happy Homeschooling