Jude's concentration faceHere are some things we've been incorporating into our days. Homeschooling or not, I think these activities are a good energy burn for kids when those summer days get long.
* I'm doing journals with the three older kids. Even if we weren't homeschooling in the fall, I would do these journals. It keeps the older two practicing their handwriting as well as being a keepsake for them. For Jude and Indigo, I'm using this journal, which gives daily prompts. These journals have been so fun and the kids responses are hysterical.
This says, "My favorite hobby is soaking mom with the hose. My second is going swimming. My motto is 'Live for the moment!'. You could step on the road and WHAM! hit by a cement truck." (I asked where he got his motto and he said it's from Calvin and Hobbes.)
Tarikua's journal is a little different. It's a three-year conversational journal. You write down their response to a question each day. After each year (365 questions), you start back at the beginning, asking the same questions again for another year. I think it will be fun to see how her thoughts and opinions change. Her journal has been so much fun. It's honest. And funny.
She talked about the ways Iris bothers her (so true!).
After answering my question one day, she ended with, "Can I eat my food now?".
She said I make her feel great! (So sweet and random.)
The Oak Meadow curriculum has been sooo awesome for our family. We bought Indigo's grade level but it's super adaptable so Jude and Tarikua do the science and social studies activities with us. They are all hands on. I think this would be worth purchasing in lieu of a summer camp. I love that all the activities are laid out for me so I don't have to search the internet and piece together my own activities. For how much stuff there is out there on zee interwebs, it's surprisingly hard to find good activities to do with kids (in my opinion).
We learned about Ancient China and made these masks (using this casting material). The kids decorated them with feathers and gems.
Then they put on a play. Indi, the director, was disappointed that Tarikua (or "Tia" as she calls her) didn't remember her lines!
Jude said it was boring and needed a little more action.
We have our very own ant farm as part of Oak Meadow Science.
We bought it here and our ants here. These books (this, this, this and this) from the library were great.
The other day, Tarikua was taking a bubble bath. We keep our swim gear next to the tub and when I checked in on her she was wearing her swim goggles in the bath tub!
Today Iris dumped 30 oz of bubble bath on the floor. That was a real joy to clean up!
Dan and I were so helped by the rhythm section of the Waldorf class I took. I saw her ebook on rhythm is on sale for $12 here. Thanks to her exercises and tips, our bedtime routine is money now. Our routine (for the three older kids) looks like this: brush teeth, light a candle for each of the kids, read stories in bed with the lights low, blow out candles, say prayers, tuck them in and say good night. We've been doing this for three or four months now and our bedtime struggles have pretty much dissipated So awesome.
Finally, speaking of classes, I am taking this class offered through Stanford University on helping students/kids have a positive experience with math. It's free and it looks great! One of the myths the professor will be dispelling is that there is no such thing as "math people" and "non-math" people. I was told I wasn't a math person for most of my (student) life and didn't realize this was untrue until I was a junior in college! (wah wah wah) Then I became a finance major. Anyway, I cannot wait for this class!