Friday, June 7, 2013

Keeping Homeschool Breaks Educational

{On Fridays, I post about the highlights of our homeschooling week, usually with lots of photos. I hope something here inspires or encourages you, and thanks for visiting!}

Friday, already??

It has been one of those weeks that disappear in a single blink, and I hate to admit how often those weeks happen now. How about you?

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

With my husband returning to work after three weeks off in between semesters {he’s a community college professor}, trying to get back to some sort of a routine, and hauling the children to camp meeting “Children’s Church” on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, my brain has been in a bit of a razzle-dazzle-frazzle. But, in a moment of lucidity, I managed to make a list of what we do during school breaks to keep our time fun but also educational. No Stupid Saturdays, as my 13yo likes to call them. J


Read books. Have a read-aloud time with the Littles. My children seem to prefer to read first thing in the morning as they wake up and right before naptime. Send the Bigs outside to read. Mine like to read on the patio swing.


Go to a museum, the zoo, or a botanical garden. Our children’s museum is free from 4p.m. to 8p.m. the first Thursday of every month, and the zoo membership pays for itself in just a couple of visits. Education is hidden in the fun. *insert mischievous laugh*

Study nature. This could be as simple as finding the parts of a flower in the garden. I praise the child profusely when he remembers them. Or sometimes it’s a contest to see who can name them all correctly first.


Use math when baking. My children love to bake. When we double or triple a recipe for our large family, that means math. Adding or multiplying, including fractions. If I'm really feeling teacher-ish (hey, I never said we work on spelling), I'll have them calculate the surface area of the pan or the volume of the crock-pot.

Learn the other subjects that are hard to fit in during regular lessons. Cooking. Sewing. Woodworking. Car repair. Summer is a terrific time for those projects that get pushed to the wayside during the year. I’m remembering as I write this that I wanted to work on sewing with the 13yo and the 11yo this summer. Now, where did I put my schedule?


My favorite thing this week was…

Roses from my hubby…made even better because they’re from our own bush.

 


On the blog this week…


My Personal Standards of Modesty ~ So many have emailed and messaged to ask that I thought I would just spell it out in a post.


I’m reading…

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Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell. Just trying to make that novel even better, as well as the next one, and the next one. J



My children are reading…

The 13yo ~ Madame Roland, Heroine of the French Revolution. It’s an Abeka book that’s good enough to read even when we’re not in school.

The 11yo ~ The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters. The cover says it all: thrilling stories of survivors with photographs and sketches.



The 9yo ~ George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. We picked this one up during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. It’s written at the fifth grade level, but I was the first to read it! It details much of the spying that General Washington conducted and oversaw during the American Revolution.




Have a wonderful weekend!






How was your week? How do you keep education going during a school break?


Linking with the Homeschool Mother's Journal.



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16 comments:

  1. What beautiful roses! You have a sweet (and frugal) husband. Me too. I love that!

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Yes, Keri! That's the "even better" part. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I loved seeing your photos from your week. Beautiful roses! betty jo

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    1. Thanks, Betty Jo. I love how they look wild and bushy and not groomed. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Another great weekly wrap-up. Looks like a wonderful week

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    1. Thanks, Val. I'm heading over to your weekly wrap-up now. :)

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  4. I love your flowers. An dth photo from the childs ( reading).

    http://kostbaar.blogspot.nl/

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad to see you back here. Hope all is well with you. I'm stopping in your blog next. Blessings!

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  5. Wow! Such pretty flowers! And you grew them! Great ideas for summer learning! We'll be signing up for our library's summer reading program soon. Not only is it about reading, but oftentimes they have great, free activities too like photography classes for kids and family art nights. Fun, frugal stuff!

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    1. Ack! I completely forgot about the summer reading programs! We have the library as well as Barnes & Noble and Half-Price Books. Thanks for the reminder, Jessy!

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  6. Such pretty roses and they're from your own bush? Awesome! I love the picture of big brother reading to little brother. So sweet!

    We used to play "store." I would write a price on the pantry foods and the children's job was to "buy" something and then pay me for it. Or I'd buy it and give THEM the money and then they'd count my change back to me! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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    1. Great suggestion, Nan. Now that you mention it, I remember doing this with my two oldest girls when they were quite a bit younger. I'm going to have to do this again now with the others! Thanks so much for your link-up. I love your blog!

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  7. I always love your pictures and visiting you this way. What a great idea to write about your homeschool week each Friday.I like your ideas for summer. Going to a zoo or museum was a very occasional thing in our homeschool because it is several hours drive.

    Thanks so much for linking up with me over at WholeHearted Home this week.

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    1. I love the weekly wrap-ups, Judith, but it wasn't my idea. There are several link-ups for weekly wraps, and it's a great way to get to know other bloggers. Thanks for continuing the work of your link-up. :)

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