Last Thursday, we logged two years of homeschooling in the books. That means we are officially on summer break! But that doesn’t mean we’ll abandon all learning for the next two months.
The kids will be doing a couple of pages in activity books right after breakfast to practice the skills they’ve learned in First Grade and Pre-K. They’ll also be reading for at least 20 minutes a day for our library’s summer reading program. The science experiments we didn’t get to during the year will be done once a week until they’re completed also.
As promised, here is a look back at some of the homeschool highlights from our last quarter. We had so much fun exploring space, traveling back in time to Ancient Rome, seeing how donuts are made, and connecting letters of the alphabet with real life objects!
A lot of learning, crafts, and projects were packed into the last 9 weeks. While we used workbooks along with regular books too, whenever there was an opportunity to do something hands-on I grabbed it! After all, that’s how my kids learn best.
Learning prepositions by placing cards in the proper places with respect to the Play-Doh bin. 🙂
Reading time at the library! Our local library has been a wonderful resource for us, providing educational videos, stacks of readers & picture books, and a great place to just read.
Playing the xylophone while learning about the letter “X”.
Making their own maps at a nearby park for Pioneer Day. My seven-year-old was able to take what he had learned about geography and draw a pretty accurate map of the world!
Matching letter sounds to different toy animals. I think she’ll be ready to start blending those sounds together next year when she tries out some simple phonics readers.
Showing off their donut creations during our field trip to Krispy Kreme! Combining learning and eating was a win-win. 🙂 In spite of a sugar high when we got back home, they drew pictures of their favorite parts of the trip and talked about what they learned.
Taking advantage of the warmer weather by relocating school to the backyard. One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is that we don’t actually have to stay inside our home to do it!
Proudly holding the lapbook he made for our study on Ancient Rome. It’s hard to see here, but he drew different key events by each date I had labeled on a timeline. Inside the lapbook, he made several mini picture books illustrating facts, places, people, and maps of the Roman Empire. I’ll cover this history unit in more detail in another post, but it ended up being a lot more fun than both of us thought it would be. 🙂
So that’s our last quarter of this homeschool year in a nutshell. While it wasn’t always easy or fun, I am so thankful for the ability to educate my kids at home. They certainly learned a lot, but the most important thing was all of the memories that we made together!
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