Monday, February 8, 2016

Homeschooling.....(sometimes it actually looks like school)

One of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to tailor the education to the student.  Kids who like to move, can move.  Kids who like to sit and learn, can sit at a table.  Kids who like to lounge, can lay on the floor while doing math.   It works really well for us.

I get questions all the time about how our day goes.  People are curious about homeschooling and what it looks like.  To tell you the truth, it looks like life with books.  Lots of books.  And computers and apps and earbuds and games and notecards and............

Here's a glimpse of one morning at Camp Homeschool.  To set the stage, morning jobs have all been done (bed making, dishes, laundry piles, chickens, horses, dog, breakfast, teeth).  Emily has already left for high school.  She takes Symphony Orchestra and Spanish 3; she'll be home by 10:45.  Everyone else is at home living life and here's what it looks like most mornings.

Sam works on All About Spelling Level 5.  He's writing sentences containing words with prefixes and suffixes.
Sam also works on The Young Scientist Series set 5.

In what we call our school room, Amber completes lessons from Teaching Textbooks.  This year it's been pretty easy for her, so to advance her along more quickly I have her doing 10 lessons per week.  

On the other side of the school room, Nick is reading from A Patriot's History of the United States.  He sums up his daily readings in a written paragraph.  

Maria hunts/scares away the birds.  She's 2 and holds a gun like a pro....watch out!

Joseph occupies himself with car and train tracks.  He's taking a break before his reading lesson begins.

Sam still works on The Young Scientist Kit.  He's learning about the needs of fire:  spark, fuel, and oxygen.

The flame under the smaller glass goes out first because there is less oxygen present, therefore, getting used up faster.
 **If you haven't done this experiment with your kids yet, do it now.  Even the teenagers flock to the counter when fire is involved and it's a quick review lesson for them, in case they've forgotten the requirements of fire.  We had fun with this one and tried it under a large glass bowl.  It took about 3-4 minutes for the flame to die.  It's such a simple experiment with big impact.

Peter received a book store gift certificate for Christmas.  While shopping he found this Melissa and Doug animal puzzle set.  Quickly, it became a favorite.  He sets them over and over.
So there you have it another morning at Camp Homeschool.  It's different than regular school, yet we accomplish the same things.

Do you have questions about homeschooling?  I'd love to answer them!  
(leave a comment here at the blog or at my facebook page and I'll do my best to put together a question and answer post soon)

Outside my window it's snowing and blowing.  Actually looks lovely for a February day.

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  1. Nice. Looks like a typical day here at various times.

  2. Nice. Looks like a typical day here at various times.

  3. I just recently started homeschooling my 8 year old son, he is on the Autism Spectrum. So glad to have been introduced to this blog.

  4. Amber, I'm glad to have you here. I left a detailed reply for you on FB. If you ever have questions please contact me through FB at Camp Homeschool or leave a comment. I love answering reader questions because it really makes me think about how I homeschool and why I do what I do. Have a great evening.


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