Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ancient Egypt study

It is time to play catch up and spot light some of A's work from our study of Ancient Egypt. 

We have since moved on and covered the Ancient Israelites, Ancient India, and we are now on our second week of studying Ancient China. 

We spent quite a bit of time in Ancient Egypt so to speak, and learned a great deal.

A learned about the development of mathematics, the calander, and the Egyptian Water Clock. She created this page for her notebook.

We spent time learning about Egyptian architecture and she added this page, as well as a page about the Sphinx, to her main lesson book.

We concluded our study with a research paper on the Egyptian afterlife and their belief system. This was a great opportunity to really sure up her research skills. A took notes and used many different sources in her research. I then taught her the steps for creating an outline for this type of paper. She did a terrific job. She found that creating such an outline first helped tremendously when writing the actual research paper. Here is the finished product.

We are still loving Oak Meadow's 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations. It is such a great fit and the project choices really stretch A while allowing her to showcase her creative side.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Egyptian Art

I'm going to be playing catch up on the blog this week. I've been super busy but loving every minute of it.

 In my last post, I mentioned that I have started two new business ventures. I am sure you are curious to what I've been up to. Well for one, I am now teaching violin. That's right, all those years of lessons and playing and I'm now giving back. 

I've taught A right from the start and she is really progressing. I have yet to live in a place where there is another violin teacher for her to take from, so it's been something I've done with her myself. This summer, I was approached by a mother I met about giving her children lessons. Her son already played and had been traveling across the boarder for lessons but his teacher quit. At first I said no, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided "why not!" As of now I am teaching 5 students a week (not including my own sweet girl) with a 6th starting in December. It has been a lot of fun and I am really enjoying it!

My second venture that I have taken on is one that is near and dear to my heart! BOOKS!  That's right, I am now an independent consultant for Usborne Books and More! I have always loved their books and when the opportunity to join presented itself, well I jumped on it. This is a picture of my second success story kit I recieved last week!
You can check out these AMAZING books and more at my site and be in the look out for some GREAT Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. 

Of course all of this along with homeschooling a child with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge with busy toddler running around, means I am busier then I have ever been before! Tonight as I listen to the wind howling outside bringing back memories of my windswept island,  I am looking back on the Egyptian Portrait project A worked on in October.

 Our study of Ancient History of course took us through Egypt, and as westudied  Egyptian art,we took note of the forward facing body with face turned in profile that is prevalent in much of the Egyptian art from this time period. A spent one afternoon drawing a portrait in the Egyptian style on unbleached parchment paper. On a second day we pulled out the chalk pastels and I have gave an introduction on working with them. She spent the next few hours completing her Egyptian portrait.

I love the holistic approach of educating. Involving not just the brain, but the heart and soul in learning is paramount. It really is the extras, the music and art, that creates a balanced and soulful education experience.Unfortunately, this is missing from so many schools today and it is one of the beauties I find in creating this homeschool life.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tot School 14/15 months

Wow it's been quite awhile since I actually sat down and posted. I have been super busy here! I started two new business ventures which I will tell you more about in another post, but between them, homeschooling a child with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and keeping up with a busy toddler, this blog has gotten away from me. I guess I need to play catch up. Luckily I can post from my iPhone! I'm currently snuggling my little guy as he sleeps. 

Homeschooling with a toddler underfoot is definitely hard work. It's hard to believe Little W is now 16 month! (14.5 months adjusted since he was premature) 

He wants to be involved in EVERYTHING we do. He spends his mornings with us watching Student News next to his big sis and trying to grab every pencil and piece of paper she has so that he can "write" too.

I have been trying to keep him as busy as possible with activities of his own, although he does love to steal A's IPad and watch Cars. It was his sister's favorite movie at that age as well.

Little W loves any activity that involves putting things in and taking things out of containers. For this activity, I headed out to the garage and raided my old golf bag.  He spent quite a bit of time putting the balls into the box, dumping them out, and doing it all again.

Next I grabbed a muffin tin out of the kitchen. He put each ball in a muffin mold. Great fine motor practice and practice with one to one correspondence. He plays with this activity everyday. It's definitely one of his favorites.

He has also discovered the joy of the dry erase board. This is pretty much a daily activity, and sometime he even gets a bit more creative and colors his hands and feet. This is a mom right there activity to ensure the marker stays on the board. 

Stacking cans is simple yet fun, and can keep him occupied for a good 10 minutes at least.

Of course, tot school in our house consist of tons of time spent reading books. Little W loves to pull books off his shelf and "read" them to himself and then we always spend time cuddled together and reading his favorites over and over again.

I love early childhood Montessori materials and apparently so does Little W. This coin slot box is one of his favorite activities on his shelf and gets a ton of use!  He has gotten very good at putting the coins in the slot. I still help him with the drawer. He can open it but likes to pull it all the way out and then struggles to get it back in place.

The smile when he accomplishes a task lights up the whole room!

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our tot school, stay tuned for some catch up posts on what A has been up to.