Friday, October 14, 2011

Around Here Lately 10.14.11

this week...we learned all about pumpkins, kicking off the study with a fun field trip to a local farm and pumpkin patch. both kids milked a mama-to-be cow, cuddled baby goats, and picked out perfect little pumpkins. we also studied fire fighters and the State Fair of Texas, and Big Girl completed her first of two math books for the school year. our week culminated with a pumpkin dissection, seed planting, and a trip to the - yep you guessed it - State Fair of Texas with Granny and Papa. 

helpful homeschooling tip...i met a fellow homeschooling mama at the library this week. she was in the children's area with her 4th grader son. his school work was all set up right there on a table in the library, and she was standing at one end of the table teaching him! she even had her laptop set up on the table using a Power Point slideshow in the lesson. after a while, she came over and introduced herself and we got to chatting. she told me that she realized her son needed to get out of the house sometimes so that he could focus on his studies, so they come to the library twice a week for a few hours. she realized what her son needed to learn and she adapted. schooling doesn't have to happen in your home, or at a desk for that matter. get outside! use the free library space. school in the car, at the park, at Starbucks, or wherever! you can adapt to your little learners. i love this about homeschooling.  

what's working for us... The Big Book of History from Master Books. even though it is designed for ages 7-12, my 3 and 6 year old are fascinated with the historical facts and tidbits of information on the pages. and the fact that it stretches out to a 15 foot timeline is way cool, too. read my review and make sure to attend the Twitter Party on 10/25.  

something to share...this big sign was in the middle of the farm, and it warmed my heart so. "every child..." yes.

and that's what is going on around here lately! thanks for visiting and check out The Homeschool Chick and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers for more weekly homeschoolers' updates. have a great weekend, yall!

weekly wrap-up