Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 11

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…
I took the final step and told my principal that I would not be returning to school. Wow. A big decision, but one that has been a long time coming. Now the world opens up with a whole range of possibilities!

Still running....

In our homeschool this week…
The kids got right into EvacU8 from Windy Towers - a maths/logic game.  Every spare minute was spent solving the problems so that they could print out and build a 3D model.  The only problem was the base for the model was on the box...which we don't have!  Much disappointment ensued :-(

We did "real" maths too - working on perimeter this week.

We also got going on energy, although Video Boy astounds me with his seemingly innate knowledge of science content:  " I know how if you go below the Earth's mantle it is hotter, you could use that to heat water and turn a turbine to create electricity..." - the guy just "invented" geothermal energy!

We then went for an "energy" walk with the kids. We really are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, so we wandered down to the beach and Wombat Girl took photos of all the different forms of energy we could find. It was a stunning autumn day and we loved being able to go to the beach when all the other kids were stuck in school!!!

We always get a giggle out of Bill Nye the Science Guy (see below) - I love his quirky sense of humour!  I have also been hunting out lapbooking and minibook resources to see how that works for us to record our learning.  I'll keep you posted.

We continued our Democracy unit, looking at King John and the Magna Carta (see below). I love homeschooling - I'm learning as much as kids!

And lastly, we had a "Poetry Morning Tea" from Brave Writer.  One of our focuses this term is reading aloud (and not just me!). Video Boy read a very funny Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and Wombat Girl chose Halfway Down by AA Milne.  This led to viewings of the Muppet Show and the Muppet Movie...brilliant stuff!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Went to Sydney for a friend's 50th.  We had another lovely visit to our fellow homeschooler's house where we loved playing pictionary!

My favorite thing this week was…
Watching the kids and DH all snuggled up in bed enjoying their Agatha Christies! Priceless...

What’s working/not working for us…
Being able to explore our environment as a natural part of learning.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
Despite all the wonderful work, links, photos, we still have lots of tears from my two sensitive, intense learners.  Will we ever get through a day without tears?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…


  1. I dunno - my intense sensitive learner is in various tears through out the day. *sigh* I am learning to hold my breath because all gets better in 10 minutes if I stay calm.

  2. Oh thank goodness - I thought it was just me! I never knew I had such patience in me!!

  3. I have an only, at home, and we still have many a day with tears... *sigh*

  4. Congrats on quitting a job you were no longer enjoying. Now you can truly defy gravity. And I love the Muppets. The guys in the balcony were always so quotable.

    Best wishes


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