Thursday, November 20, 2008

Homeschooling Fun

Our Animal Cell
Well I am not pretending to know what I am doing but this year is going great. Last year I felt over stressed and over extended. But this year I have down sized my work load and added more fun activities. We are having a ball.

I am learning to let go of the traditional 8 hours at a desk and books idea and embracing the Home in Home school. We have a focused plan for Math, Language Arts, Spelling and Hand writting. Then we branch out and study Science, History, Music, PE, and play learning games in a fun relaxing way.

Here we are in Science, this week we learned about cells. This is us making an animal cell out of jello, and candy. The next day we ate our project.

At this time History is focused on the first Thanksgiving. Tomorrow we will make a tin can turkey with an empty can and construction paper and do a word puzzle for review.

Learning games consist of several computer games I have been given from friends. PE & Music are with done with a home school friend of mine and it gives us much needed adult interaction.
(A side note all my kids are under 5th grade, I am sure we will need more structured science and history come middle school and high school.)
Well that is all I have at this time. I just hoped to help an over stressed mom realize it is okay to relax and have fun with your kids. I have gotten numerous notes from "students" this year saying I love you and I love my teacher, and I am glad you teach me mom. What more could I ask. How many kids get to call dad when they learn to do addition for the first time and I got to see the look on his face as he read his first word. Well I digress, It is clear I am a proud mom.


Anonymous said...

everything looks so great! i bet that they had fun! your house looks so organized too..go Alicia!

Melissa said...

You are an amazing mom and teacher no one would ever doubt that:)