Homeschooling

It’s been a while since I talked about homeschooling! I don’t know that I have much to say about it so I took a bunch of pictures to share what the middle kids are up to.

It’s interesting homeschooling Sierra and Payson without Brooklyn around. Three months ago everything was about Brooklyn with my leftover attention going to Sierra. Sierra is now the oldest student at home during the day. Such a shift! Payson does everything Sierra does if he’s interested. He’s learning so much. I’m so proud of him.

Sierra has always been my sponge. Teaching her is pretty easy.
We have a flexible routine when it comes to school time. Some days Sierra’s curriculum is the focus and then some days Payson’s curriculum is the focus. When we’re using Sierra’s stuff I make sure to find ways to make it all preschool age appropriate for Payson. When we’re using Payson’s stuff I add extra for Sierra.

We started the other day with handwriting.
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We do LOTS of activities for handwriting. Tracing laminated printed letters. Making letters in shaving cream. Writing letters with our fingers in paint. Making letters out of dough. Making letters out of toys/blocks/string/our fingers. Tracing squiggly lines, straight lines, making curves, making dots and on and on! Handwriting is SO fun!
This day I taught him how to write the number 3 since he loves it, since he’s three of course!
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Then I drew some letter outlines spelling out his name for him to trace.
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We moved on to math next. We practiced graphing that day. Graphs are awesome, you can do lots of things with graph paper (or a big chart like we use.) First I made patterns in the rows and left a few squares empty for Sierra to fill in.
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Next Sierra made her own patterns while I set up the next activity.
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Then I gave her some pattern blocks to sort by color. I made a worksheet with questions for her to answer. She loved this.
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We did a LOT of other stuff that day but I got way too busy to take any more pictures so these next pictures are from the day after (today.)
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Group shots before we start.
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I try to find fun things for Ember to do while we do school. Sometimes she’s so clingy and whiny (often) that I simply wait until she takes her nap (at 10 or 11) to start.
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I don’t think she’d ever seen this toy before so it kept her busy for over ten minutes.
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When she got bored of that toy I brought out some old Highlight magazines for her to look through (read: rip up.)
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We were working with Payson’s curriculum first thing. We learned about trails and hiking and were playing a game.
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Ember got really fussy right then. I attempted to put her down for a nap but she freaked out. Instead I held her for the rest of the game.
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The kids loved the game. You simply go around a board collecting clothes for your guy.
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Eventually I got Ember to bed and we did some other things and then the kids were saying they were starving. We had an early lunch.
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Most days I cook their lunch but this morning they were begging for a bagged lunch like Brooklyn got so I made theirs same as hers. I read them the story of Hansel and Gretel while they ate (they wanted me to do their favorite thing and change the names to Sierra and Payson) and then we talked about Hansel and Gretel’s (excuse me, Payson and Sierra’s) walk through the forest and I told them we were going on a walk like that.
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I quickly set up some sights that we’d stop and do activities at and we were on our way. The first stop was this flower field. They took a picture (with our point and shoot) and then gathered the flowers. I wrote letters and numbers on the backs of the flowers. Later on they sorted out the letters and traded until they got their names spelled.
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There was a sleeping bear rock.
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A waterfall (that sign is from Payson’s curriculum kit, I use their ideas as a starting place and LOVE that there are premade little things like that to go along with it all.
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The last stop was the world’s smallest lake. There was a white boat to float around in.
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This is when they had sorted their flowers making their names.
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Another activity that came with Payson’s kit was to use starch noodles to make rock formations. You wet the end of one noodle and it sticks to another.
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This is the last photo because I got bored to death taking pictures but my kids ended up smashing all the noodles together in the end. It was gross; I don’t like those starch noodles.
I don’t remember what we did for the rest of the day because I didn’t take pictures! ha. I need to start keeping track in a planner. I used to keep really good notes on all we did but haven’t done that for months!
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How often should I blog about homeschooling? Is it boring? Is it interesting to you? Let me know. Seriously, let me know. I probably won’t blog about homeschooling anymore if it’s not very interesting to anybody. It is difficult to take pictures while teaching and guiding activities so if no one cares I’m just wasting my time! haha.

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