We are off on another school year! This year, Avery is in 2nd/3rd grade and Kaylee is officially in kindergarten.
We like to celebrate our homeschool freedom with a not-back-to-school field trip.
Last year, we went to Legoland Discovery and an aquarium. This year, we took the girls to the American Girl store! Kaylee had been saving her money to buy a WellieWisher but the store is a couple of hours away so it required a special trip. Both the girls are AG obsessed so it worked well for their special day. If you have never been to an American Girl store, it is an experience. Full salon and ear piercing for the dolls. Restaurants or snack bars to dine with your doll. The girls loved it, dad might have been overwhelmed. But it was a fun daytrip to celebrate the path we have chosen and embrace the fact that we don’t answer to anybody!
What grades are you teaching this year? Do you do anything special to celebrate the start of a new school year?
Lately, Avery has been dreading her math. She’s good at it but she just doesn’t like it. Fair enough but sorry girl, you still have to do it.
Last week, she decided that she wanted to have a painted rock sale. She has been talking about this for awhile but this particular day, she was mostly trying to get out of math. But I went with it that day. I don’t know why but instead of arguing that she had to finish math first, I just said yes. And what a great choice that turned out to be!
They designed and painted their rocks.
They made a sign.
Copywork, spelling, writing: ✔✔✔
Avery priced the rocks and calculated how much money they could make.
They waved at the cars and sat outside for hours.
They got along✔, worked together✔, and had a ton of fun✔.
Maybe we can’t throw the lessons out the window every day for a rock sale but when you can say yes, SAY YES!!
Are you taking a holiday break or playing catch up? We are trying to catch up and I am trying to keep reminding myself that we aren’t on anybody else’s schedule. With Kaylee’s health issues at the beginning of our school year and everyone in the house catching the plague earlier in the month, I feel like we’ve been trying to catch up all year long. But we’re giving ourselves grace and going at our own pace….
Today, we did the writing activity at the end of our Charlotte’s Web Arrow. The girls had so much fun with this and I loved seeing how their sentences evolved (this one started as “The shark is shiny.”). We ended up doing several because it was just too much fun!
You know the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”?? We have that problem with read alouds. I’ve picked one, Avery’s picked one, we have a holiday one, we have our Quiver of Arrows ones.
How many read alouds at one time is too many?? 😂😂 Today, school is going to be finishing a couple of these!!
Tuesdays are for teatime. Usually we do poetry teatime but today we started a new read aloud that Avery picked. The Alarming Career of Sir Richard Blackstone by Lisa Doan.
We also made a thankful tree….better late than never, right?? The girls loved adding their thankful leaves and kept running back to add more.
I LOVE music! I love to sing along and rock out to all sorts of music….classic rock, country, alternative, old school hip hop, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I have a song and a playlist for every mood or occasion.
But I am also tone deaf. As much as I love music, I’ve never played an instrument or attempted to learn one. Air guitar is as far as my music career has gone.
Both of the girls have recently decided that they want to play an instrument. Great-I am all for that but this is an area where I cannot teach them myself. Too far out of my realm. Our schedule is a bit cramped right now so we just don’t have time right now to work in traditional instrument lessons.
Avery started asking for a guitar several months before her birthday and she was so excited to get one. Her dad plays guitar and is giving her lessons but due to his work schedule, their lessons are infrequent. Our musically inclined friends have led us to a few different apps and websites that help beginners learn so we are trying that out.
Kaylee decided that she would love to play piano. A piano is a bit harder and more expensive to accommodate but she has been talking about it for a year! We were so lucky that one of dad’s coworkers was looking to get rid of his piano and not only gave it to us for free but helped move it to our house too! Kaylee and I are using Hoffman Academy on YouTube to learn how to play. We are only a few lessons in but so far, it is working well. I am officially a pro at hot cross buns so maybe there is hope for me yet!
We’ll have a family band going in no time at all….
Do you or your kids play any instruments? Have you always been musically inclined or do you have to work at it like me?