Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Peek into our Homeschool: December 2016

This was a relaxed month, as far as homeschooling goes.  In math, both boys happened to be working on geometry.  Elliott was working on triangles and angles and such, while Emory was working on 3D shapes.

The rest of our schooling really was relaxed, natural learning.  We were busy planning, decorating, baking, wrapping, making homemade ornaments, going to Christmas dinners, participating in a Christmas musical {the kids, not me} and all the extra little things that come along with the season . . . other than studying AWANA verses and homework for co-op, I really just let the kids do their own thing.  It's interesting to see what they get into on their own.  Sure, there was some video games and television, but there was also independent reading, researching random topics online, Google Earth, stop motion videos, coding in Scratch, playing board games, imaginative play with siblings, play dates with friends and so much more.  There was no shortage of learning.

We also spent some time planning next semester.  Elliott asked to switch back to Five in a Row, which is interesting, since he was the one that asked for a change.  He wants to ADD it on to our day, not replace our current history/science, so we'll see how that works out.  Emory is pretty easy going, but I really do think FIAR is a good fit for him anyway.

I was purposeful about reading Christmas books, though.  Some I read aloud, some were sent to their room for independent reading.  Here are a few of our library books.

Then of course, December brings us Elliott's birthday.  His 10th birthday.  I cannot believe my firstborn is 10 years old already.  "They grow up so fast" sounds cliche for a reason, but it's the truth.  I can't stop time, and I'm watching this little baby turn into a kindhearted young man who is learning to play guitar, probably knows more about technology than I do, and who {sometimes} makes his brother's bed for him without being asked.

This kid has a thing for monopoly.

One reason I'm okay with taking a relaxed approach to December . . . between Elliott's birthday and Christmas, there are always fun things coming in to keep us occupied and playing and learning until we're ready to dig back in to our school work.  With four kids and too many toys, I've started being more mindful about the type of gifts we have coming in though.  Toys are allowed, but I also try to make sure gifts are educational, purposeful, open-ended, family-oriented, or inspire creativity or have long-term value.

So in the last week we've played with a few toys, built with LEGO, made flower gardens, did a lot of pretend cooking (the girls got super cute food sets), practiced guitar, learned about rocks and minerals, played several new board games, and just had FUN!

Homeschool Coffee Break

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  1. Wishing you and your family a blessed and Happy New Year! We have another week of break :)

  2. ah, sounds like you are having a wonderful December.. enjoy it full well. :)

  3. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the month. Loved the pictures of the kids with their toys, and your stack of Christmas reading material.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Who doesn't love children's Christmas books!? LOL!

  4. I think natural learning is just as important for children. It teaches them to be creative, independent, social skills, life skills, and how to think outside the box. I often tell my son that each one of us is always learning. Even his 92 year old great-grandmother is still learning. Good luck with your studies in the new year!