I think I might have just taken a little unintentional break from blogging. It happens sometimes, not always for a reason. We've been doing the usual, and while homeschooling is not nearly as demanding or taxing as we've all convinced ourselves it should be, I'm still finding it hard to take time out these days to post. But on the eve of Halloween, I thought it a good time to share some pictures from a Halloween party we threw last year. We invited neighbors from the old and new neighborhoods, for a night of costumes and candy apple making.
I am keeping a log and photo journal of all we do each day for homeschooling. It's recommended for a variety of reasons, one being it just helps to calm your mind on those days when you worry you are not doing enough. And it's something we all experience at one time or another. It's those days that you crack open your log, read about all the great stuff you do daily and then with new-found calm and satisfaction, continue powering on!
We spent our first six week of the school year really drilling down into American history which was so fun for all of us. My son rejected the prescribed curriculum we purchased on our first day, and instead of fighting him and having us resent each other, I instead took a lead from his interests and walked alongside him while he directed me towards what excited him most. He read a ton, specifically about America in wartime, we watched a variety of history programs on TV, we spend hours in the local library loading up on more books, videos and audio books, we played games on geography, history and war strategy. There were many highlights during this time, but my favorite was when I overheard the younger kids in imaginative play yelling "Quick, run! The Redcoats are coming, the REDCOATS ARE COMING!" The older kid's interest has spead on down to his siblings and the learning bug was contagious!
And so we changed course. That night I stayed up and ordered anatomy models, coloring books and study guides. It seemed the PERFECT subject to dive into right around Halloween! The boys loved assembling all the models. Each one came with a pamphlet explaining in simple terms the function of each individual part. So far, both have been mostly interested in the assembly aspect of anatomy, but I'm confident the big kid's interest will deepen in time and when it does, all the necessary information will be waiting for him to explore.
On a final note, we've been making these animal skeleton cookies with gingerbread for several years now. This is the first time we ever looked up the skeletal forms BEFORE piping out the icing, making these the most accurate of all our batches. (But please ignore the bunny ear *bones*, my kids are small and I had to allow them some artistic license ;)