9:30 - 3:00 Homeschool in the forest!
Pack leader reports from this week:
"We had another excellent day with the Pup Pack on Monday. We brought our Little Bird song to life by making "molasses candy" pine cone bird feeders for the birds, which the children greatly enjoyed. Along our way we discovered "Otter-Slide hill" where the children experienced the exhilaration of being in a body and picking up speed, and we practiced our proprioception and balance on the low fences near the parking lot. (Who needs playground equipment?)
Came home and had a Poke-Monday where we played the 5yo's game based on Pokemon: "Tiny Buns is on a serious self-directed project. It's been so cool to watch him develop this idea all on his own. It's a Pokemon game. He designs and names the characters, and then he has me write down all their info on the card. Two players each draw cards and select an action for destruction. A third player serves as judge and decides who wins each round. Super cute."
8:30 - 10:00 Math tutor for all kids.
While his sister meets with math tutor for her 45 minute block, he kicks it up on the couch with the a great history magazine.
10:30 - 12:00 Language arts for the big kids.
Language arts was a semi-disaster today. Beanz did great, 10yo shut down and refused to get creative. It sparked all sort of discussion and thinking. This set-up may not be working for him and it might be time for a change.
1:00 Tiny Buns to prek and the big kids and I do a 30 minute walk. These quick circles around the 'hood have proved interesting. Sparked from a last ditch effort to work more movement into my day, I see it morphing into a time of peaceful socializing for the two of them. Their relaxed chit-chat is not an everyday thing. In fact, it's more of a gift, these days. I love that it has been happening on Tuesdays between 1 and 1:30.
2:15 - 3:15 Music for the 10yo while Beanie and I enjoy a cookie down the street, followed by a visit to the local library for more books, audio and videos.
9:00 - 10:20 Art appreciation for Beanie, where she studies Grandma Moses. The boys go to their *Maker* class where they make these:
Art inspired by her surroundings, just like Grandma M.
10:30 - 11:00 We stop for toast on our way home
11:00 - 12:15 At home, working on math games and cursive
12:30 - 2:30 Shakespeare for homeschoolers, taught out of a neighbors house. Phenomenal instructor! They begin with Much Ado About Nothing, everyone is cast and gets their lines. The production has begun!
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns does prek
2:25 - 4:15 Private art instruction for the 10yo with M. He was jealous of his sister's one-on-one so he asked for some too. He wants to love art, but get discouraged. I hope the hour-and-a-half with this sweet man helps open him up more to his creative side.
3:00 - 5:30 Beanie to her grandma's house for home economics - baking and needlepoint
9:00 - 10:30 Beanie takes one-on-one down the street with a local personality and artist. Today they study impressionism and paint a bouquet.
All Day The 10yo is doing his second day a week in nature, this one is all boys and they venture out to different areas of the county for hiking and games. While out today, he and his BFF forage for mushrooms which they take home to said friend's house for a dinner of linguine with sausage and chanterelles. It's the first time he admits to enjoying mushrooms. :)
A message from his pack leader:
"This week we made a return trip to Madrone Canyon/Baltimore Canyon. It is a magical place indeed. With snack by the redwood bridges, we enjoyed simply being in the redwoods - moments from the entrance.
10:30 - 11:00 Martial arts for Tiny Buns while Beanie and I run to the library to pick up some books. This class is ALSO just down the street from our new house. :)
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns to prek
1:15 - 2:15 Beanie does French immersion with two other homeschool girls. After, we run errands before
3:30 - 5:15 Another art class for Beanz. Today it's painting a skier using watercolor.
Above - examples set up before class. Below, Beanie's painting
We have a free day today! No commitments and so we drive south to visit our nana who is recovering from surgery at my SIL's house. Before we depart we watch a great documentary on how modern art saved a small American town: Downside Up
In the car, each kid has their very own Playaway from the library. The 10yo loves his
Coming home late, we sit in hours of traffic to get back into the city. We stop for some high adventure - we stop for an Ethiopian dinner!