It’s been a long time since I’ve written. This means I’ve been rushing around. This is good. We’re still unschooling. It’s still A-lead. It’s still fun! We head butt about a lot of stuff – mostly to do with cleaning the house and a lot to do with making good choices, especially when our siblings get home. I’m anxious to get back in to therapy with A as I feel I can voice my frustrations better and I think a therapist will help both of us communicate better. For the most part, though, we’re doing really well! I received my Christopherus curriculum in the mail (yay!) so much of my days have been spent reading through the syllabus, looking at the year to come, and chatting with my
saviors friends about what to do! Here’s a look at what we’ve been learning/doing over the last couple of weeks!
This is an example of how A’s little mind works. These forms were drawn within seconds of each other but I covered the one on the top so she didn’t have it as a reference. Neither are wrong and both are awesome. Initially I was concerned about spatial awareness but the spacial awareness is on point – just varied.
Our Story of the World lesson was about Ancient Egyptians. We learned, once again, about the Fertile Crescent and why it was so wonderful when the rivers, like the Nile, Tyris and Euphrates would flood! I illustrated with some Kinetic Sand how the farmers would dig canals so that the water was more accessible for their crops! (thank you Kinetic Sand!) We also learned that the Nile flows from South to North but since Ancient Egyptians weren’t aware of how our world was laid out, they assumed the south end of the river was north and vice versa. We also learned about the Red King and the White King. There was a great battle between them and when the battle was won, the Red King placed the White Kings crown upon his head and the one ruler of Egypt, Hedjet, was born.
Since my husband had a long Easter weekend, we decided then would be the time to plant our flowers, herbs and veggies. Throw in a snake and it was an adventurous weekend! We have basil, cilantro, tomatoes, strawberry, cucumbers, lemon balm, citronella, and loads of flowers. I hope it’s a “fruitful” spring/summer/fall!
No Easter weekend would be complete without the time honored tradition of dying Easter eggs. (PS – food coloring makes them WAY more vibrant)
We moved on to hieroglyphics. I found a cartouche maker online so we were able to recreate one for each of us. Mine is on the right. I wrote some facts on my paper hoping that, over time, A will be interested in doing this herself. Lead by example is my mantra and a sharpie is my weapon.
We went on to MadLibs – another success!
The kids started up swimming lessons again. For the LIFE of me I can’t figure out why they haven’t grasped this yet! Oy.
We also baked together. We made my favorite sugar cookie – Swig! This says ❤ H.S. which means, I love homeschool. She signed her name at the bottom which isn’t easy in frosting.
This meme has made me question my sanity all week. Please tell me we are, in fact, in the year 2015. I think I’m going crazy. I literally googled “what year are we in” because I keep questioning myself. The first website that came up was a reference website for time travelers so they don’t get lost. I may need help. I was going to teach A about palindromes but I keep remembering I’m crazy and don’t do it.
A named our lizard friend in the back yard John. He’s awesome… and he’s the only lizard in the world who is. Don’t ask me to explain myself: it’s irrational.
We headed to the library this afternoon and picked up some read aloud and read alone books I’m looking so forward to! I allowed A to pick up one she liked and she came home and read the whole thing while I watched a documentary on Lincoln. Library days are fast becoming my favorite days.
We finished up today with some origami and A is now happily making more paper crafts and learning fast that origami may look easy in principle but it’s not. Good news is that I finished my first box for squirrel math lessons which will start up soon.