Photos of Our Typical Day.
Do you realize the summer is nearly half over now?
Soon it’s going to be time for Rosie to start Kindergarten. We’re homeschooling, so she’s not really going anywhere, but we have to keep an attendance record for the state.
I have to send a letter to the board of education stating our intent to homeschool this August! For real, it will be official. I will have accepted the responsibility.
What a huge responsibility it is!
We’ve been doing schoolish things already–we’re doing Charlotte Mason homeschooling mixed with a dash of Montessori, with a sprinkle of unschooling throughout. I think that means we are eclectic homeschoolers, right? However you want to label it, I’m happy with what we’re doing thus far.
We’re taking it slow. I’m not trying to create super geniuses via teeth pulling and rote memorization or anything. I guess my main thoughts are that children need to have a very firm grasp on the basics–reading, writing, and arithmetic–then we can explore wildly from there. Charlotte Mason really starts at age 6-7, so Rosie isn’t quite there yet. (I’m using the free Ambleside Online curriculum, I love love love the book lists!! And the science book, that one might be my favorite of all. We just did the section in the book on bird feathers and Rosie got really into it.)
Today Rosie wanted to do Little House on the Prairie School.
Of course, why not? She even wanted to write with a feather quill, but we didn’t have any liquid ink on hand…darn. That sound like a mess. We still might try it one day though.
We settled for bonnets and an oil lamp instead. Good enough. Oh and we all had to be Little House Characters. Rosie was Laura, I was Ma, and Ada was baby Carey. Mary an imaginary edition, and Pa was off working at the mill.
(This blog post is setting up like a description of weird homeschoolers. I must be doing something right!)
Rosie loves this board. Every day we right the new day of the week, the date two different ways, the weather, pick a color of the day, and soon we’ll be marking off the days of school.
Some of the printouts came from here. (I laminated them with a $20 laminator I bought at Wally World so now they are dry erase.) Other printouts I made myself easily.
I used hot glue and velcro to stick it all together on a piece of foam board.
(By the way, did you know you can buy oil lamps for $12 at Lowes? Thought I’d throw that out there, in case anyone else wants to play Little House on the Prairie…)
(Rosie is doing Miquon Math with wooden cuisanare rods. Love it so far!)
Ada is practicing her fine motor skills or something.
Short attention spans cause us to move on rather quickly.
Snack has to be squeezed in between breakfast and lunch!
Build your own fruit pizza, anyone?
Perhaps some intense dance time was in order after that…Ada does love to dance.
Lunch. Crunchy fail.
(The car was parked, no worries on that front.)
I need an eyebrow wax, a shower, something to calm my raging pimple creating hormones, and 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Then after lunch we went roller skating in the 90 degree steamy humid weather while listening to rumbles of thunder all around.
I was worried we would get struck by lightening. Rosie said I was being paranoid.
Then it was really getting lightening-y outside, so I insisted we go sit on the porch with the dog.
Some of us disagreed.
Just a little.
Not Ada. She loves dogs almost as much as she loves blueberries and dancing…
But Rosie dislikes dogs. She says they are annoying.
Know what she prefers instead?
Tea parties with scaly guests. No fur allowed.