I’ve not written in a long time but I’m hoping to change all that! Today we went back to non school. It was a mixed day. I felt very stressed and my eldest was struggling to remain calm. But we managed!
In the morning we did some English and geography. They are studying lake Louise in Alberta because Daddy is going there for his friend’s wedding.
They wrote a story and did some Jolly Phonics workbooks as well.
Later on, after lunch, we went to our woods and did some water colour painting of things we found, then they climbed trees. We headed to the zoo nearby (we have a zoo pass this year) and learned about peacocks, peahens and peachicks (I didn’t know they were called this!).
We then headed home, Little man had a nap, cheeky girl had iPad time and lady P and I had a disastrous maths lesson! I should have realised she’d be unable to concentrate but I persevered and made her miserable! So lesson learned: do academics in the morning and learn to let go when you need to!
After all this, they went to swimming lessons, ate homemade pizza and watched The Magic School Bus! I’m exhausted!
It was a lovely day today so we spent some time outside playing with worms!
Today we also made rainbow rice! It was lovely and dead simple! Just add a splurge of ready-mixed paint, some peppermint essence and leave to dry!
We also did some maths with the new curriculum I’ve ordered called: Maths! No Problem. Lady P is enjoying it as it’s based on Singapore Maths. I really like it and find it straight forward and easy to use.
The last few days have been extremely busy! On Sunday nights, I create a plan for the week. I have found that this has worked the best for our routine. Then, I try to cover most of it throughout the week. Some things happen on different days than the plan but it doesn’t matter.
On Monday we went to the park again and Lady P went on the BMX track with her bike. Nobody was there so it was great. I ended up running around with her so I guess it was a work out for me! Bonus!
As usual, she did her maths and English work, we read, did crafts and played in the garden. She also goes to swimming lessons.
On Tuesday, we had a ridiculously long and busy day! The kids went to the beach with daddy while I was at work. They created beach art and attempted to write ‘at words in the sand. Lady P couldn’t understand that she had to hold the stick different from a pencil so she kept getting frustrated.
Later she had gymnastics and did work in between all our comings and goings.
Today we were looking after our little friend again. Lady P did an amazing water colour of a Georgia O’Keeffe close-up of a flower.
She is loving all things art related! She also did her reading lesson and maths lesson and we continued reading the BFG. Phew! I’m exhausted!
My husband and kids have all been ill the past few weeks and I’ve got it now! I’m missing the new Star Wars tonight because I get horrible coughing fits at inopportune moments!
I was getting antsy and wanted to do some schooling today, even though I’m sick as a dog! We started with painting. The girls painted trees with black tempera paint and when they dry, they will colour in the white spaces with oil pastels.
Next, they made flowers using watery paint and blowing it with straws. They love painting.
After this, we did some number work. Lady P did some adding and sorting in her workbooks and Cheeky Girl did some Montessori activities. I’m quite impressed with her actually! She knows more than I thought! She’s obviously been listening when I teach Lady P! She can probably do algebra!
Later we are reading Hansel and Gretal and making a gingerbread house from scratch…our first one! The collapse might be great!!!
I am creating an Autumn unit in my head, and doing activities with my girls focussing on the Fall season. (I say, in my head, because I am so disorganised and can’t seem to follow a routine).
My two youngest were sick at home with daddy while Lady P and I went for a stroll. We picked up leaves and brought them home. I drew an outline of a hedgehog on their paper and Lady P cut hers out while I helped Cheeky Girl. Then they glued down leaves for the hedgehog prickles. The result was lovely! The fall leaves are bright and beautiful.
Lady P wrote the word hedgehog on her paper and Cheeky Girl made marks, trying to write hedgehog. This activity took about 10 minutes. Tomorrow they will colour the face.
Today we started our day cleaning the house (the girls helped) then we went to a singing group for S (it was for Lady P too but she was the oldest there).
S loves singing and dancing. She is obsessed with Music Man (which she calls Pia Pia piano) and Wind the Bobbin. The singing group was perfect for her and on Fridays while Lady P is in nursery, I’m taking her to a 45 minute session, called Jo Jingles, which S will love! Read the rest of this entry
We had a busy day yesterday! We enjoyed a play date in the afternoon, followed by a nap (I had a whole hour to myself!) and then the girls wanted to do their Montessori activities. Read the rest of this entry
We went to our homeschooling group today and it was artist week. We had to study an artist and then bring in the work we had done! A fellow friend and homeschooling mum told me about Jackson Pollock and explained that he was an easy artist for young children to mimic. So that’s who we looked at!
- Jackson Pollock doing a splatter painting.
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Another wonderful activity that engages many children is the Montessori Colour Mixing Activity.
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