Category Archives: Elementary Education

This Thing We Do

    Been reflecting lately on why we homeschool. It’s hard sometimes and definitely uses time that could be used for something else but we still find ourselves doing it year after year…   So why? For the good days … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Less is More

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working at reducing the number and variety of things available to the big children (7 and 6) in non-school hours and the little boys (4 and 2) during school hours. Part of … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: Glimpses of Our Week II

                    Busy, but good. Next week will be crazier as the big three start a Gym and Swim class at the YMCA and Bull starts dance on Monday with Mouse having … Continue reading

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Invitations To Play And Learn: The Skeleton In The Sandbox

The big two are doing doing Story of the World Book One this year for their history. The book covers the ancient world from prehistory to the fall of Rome and begins with a discussion of where historians get their … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: Glimpses Of Our Week

    And practicing Latin was a hit with everyone!

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Invitation To Sensory Play: Small World Construction With Playdough

  Playdough is big around here! I have a super easy recipe and probably make it about once a month. We’ve used it for sensory play with spices and sprinkles, for mortar for engineering projects with blocks, and for all … Continue reading

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Evaluating The Past Year

Now that I’m home from convention and we have finished up our last few subjects my mind is turning to planning the new year and using all of the materials I purchased in June! This is our fifth year of … Continue reading

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The Past Influences The Future: Individualized Assessment and Goals

The first thing that need to be done when writing an Individualized Assessment (IA) and setting goals for our children is to write a brief history of their lives to date. This doesn’t need to be a biography but a … Continue reading

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Handwork: A Is For Apple

The toy carrots were so popular that I thought we’d continue with a food theme as Bull learns the letters of the alphabet.  Since we’re learning the vowels before the consonants the next fruit to make was obviously an apple! … Continue reading

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Handwork: C is for Carrot

  This was a relatively easy project aside from my hand getting sore from the hole punch! Materials: one sheet of orange felt green or orange yarn (I used green so our carrots could have tops.) scissors hole punch large … Continue reading

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