In my life this week…
It’s the dog days of summer around here.
Basketball camp for him, swim camp for her, summer school for Trevy, enrichment (or review products ) for all, baseball tournies for our AllStar, trips to the beach and Grams’ house for a swim. I love lazy (or is it crazy?) summer days! Even though we still do school lite during the summer…it’s so much more relaxed. And I have totally needed pressure free time to gather my homeschool (and just plain old) mommy wits and prep for next year.
In our homeschool this week…
We’re using the summer months to focus on wrapping up projects we didn’t quite finish during the school year and working through products we’re reviewing. The only real curriculum (meaning non-product review) that we didn’t finish up was Exploring Astronomy. So we’re still plugging along in it. If you’re planning to or already using Apologia’s Exploring Astronomy you might be interested in my Solar System pin board. Lots of great ideas including Red Ted Art’s Blog ah-mazing ideas for solar system crafts! We’re also finishing up our volcano project. The kids had such a blast experimenting with the right explosion formula this week…
We learned that the ratio of vinegar to baking soda made all the difference in explosion size. And also, that when it comes to food coloring…less is MORE!
Helpful tips to share…
I’m always looking for good movies to add to our Netflix que. Just in case you are too…here’s some that we have lined up:
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
The Patriot (we already watched this one and decided to let our oldest join us)
How Smart are Animals?:NOVA Science
The Velveteen Rabbit
Back to the Secret Garden
God of Wonders
Because all of our family units are unique…be sure to check out Plugged In to see that the movies I mentioned are good choices for your family!
My favorite thing this week was…
Definitely the beach!
Bristel learned how to boogie board!
And Tobes learned how to go “crabbing”. I had no idea there were so many creepy crawly things on the ocean floor with us! Just waiting to nibble little tootsies!
Things I’m working on…
Getting all my curriculum for next year planned and purchased. Also creating a better binder. Oh Boy, do I need to get more organized!
Although after hem hawing for ages…I’ve finally decided to go with Spelling Work Out for both kids this year. Shew. One thing down!
I borrowed The Well Trained Mind from my library and I don’t just love it…
this book! In fact, it’s already added to my CBD cart just waiting for me to finish my check out! If you’re homeschooling and haven’t read it yet…you really need to! It’s just chalk full of practical advice and suggestions. How did I manage without it?
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