That’s how our school year began.
We are going into our 16th year of homeschooling, and my youngest child decides to have an attitude. Clearly it is a disorder of some sort because just the mention of said word “school” creates a strange reaction of moaning, whining, and flopping down to the ground like a slug.
How can the child not like school? He loves learning, exploring, and frankly, learns easily.
Well, apparently it’s the word… “SCHOOL”
You see, I could of fussed back at him,
got frustrated at his lack of willingness to do school,
disciplined him for poor behavior,
but instead I looked at the pathetic behaving child
and had him cuddle up to me and we talked about the planets,
pondered some outdoor activities, and discussed his feelings.
Then I prayed.
The Answer… don’t call it “school”.
After all, LIFE is the Lesson,
and just about anything we do
is applicable to learning something.
It’s kind of why I picked L.I.F.E. Academy
as the name of our “school”.
I can easily say “hey, let’s go up and lay on my bed and you can read a book to me” and viola, 30 min of reading. (Reading-check)
I can then say it’s time for Math, and poof he does it (math-check)
Then the real magic comes in the evenings…
tons of fun family time and no one knows it’s still “school”.
We are watching a Math-U-See video for some fun review,
but this child LOVES seeing it and then working with the manipulatives used for the lessons.
We then watch one episode of “What’s in the Bible” which is packed with facts, vocabulary, theology in a fun way.
Next we pull out these chalkboards to review our penmanship.
It’s been quite the hit. Write the letter mom says,
then draw a word to compliment the letter, and spell it.
Dad joins in, Sissy joins in (the highschooler).
I will slowly begin doing phonics review,
and eventually spelling games with these boards.
The creativity is endless…
for the letter “i” my youngest came up with “imagination”,
not your typical ice cream or igloo answer, lol.
We end our evenings by reading our Jesus Freaks Devotional,
finding on the map the country that was the read about,
and pray for that country.
FRIDAYS are also open for some fun.
It’s the one day during the school week that I don’t do childcare,
and I take advantage of that time to spend more intentional with my kids.
Because we are entering into Medieval Times for History,
I opened the era with the Byzantine period.
We read about Constatine,
while listening to Beethoven in the background,
I also threw in a science project for fun. Used food coloring (yellow and blue), paper towels to wick the color into the empty center cup, and obviously, we made green. The cool part was to see the water travel through the paper towels and actually begin to fill the empty cup.
All in all, that was a fun afternoon!
And then there’s my highschooler,
who has been fabulously working at her own pace independently,
while still participating in the things I want her to join us for!
Her garden got attacked by moles; it’s a sad affair.
But she still got some harvest. Those carrots though?
Oh, and we can’t forget the preschoolers…
The 3 yr olds are loving preschool time,
and that sweet little photo bomber in the background is just about ready to join the table at almost 15 months of age. She loves seeing what’s going on with our Discovery Time lessons!!
And That my friends is a random look at how our school year has started so far…
It’s a bit crazy to be a homeschooler. *smile*