This is the first entry to B’s Homeschooling Journal (a portfolio of sorts, but not really.) As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to keep a personal record of what they were doing on our homeschooling journey. I will not be doing this everyday. Not sure how often yet, but we will see…
None of our lesson for today was planned, it just happened on it’s own and it went really great. This is how I envisioned homeschooling being. Not the “School at Home” nightmare it has been for the last 4 months. The best part is my kids didn’t even realize that they were doing “school lessons,” because I incorporated the learning in a “matter of fact” kind of way…..Now everyday may not be this informal, but I can see a lot of them being like this….
I decided to do two different journals for each of my sons, as they may not necessarily be doing the same thing as the other everyday. Some of the info may be duplicated, so please bear with me, as these will also serve as a Portfolio of sorts…. But anyhoo…Here goes..Entry 1 of B’s Homeschool Journal
When B returned home from my sister’s house, the first thing I had him do was chores, I know- big mean mommy…..It really wasn’t that bad, as all he had to do was empty his dirty clothes into the hamper out of his bags he had taken to my sister’s house. Then he sorted, & washed all his and his brother’s clothes. Yes, my 7 year old washes clothes by himself! (Only his and his brother’s – not mine). They do much , much more on a weekly basis. I’m pretty sure he does more than the average 7 y/o. But one of the things that is really important to me is that my boys learn to be independent and Besides it takes some of the load of me. 😉
He continued learning life skills by learning about money.
Then much later in the day he learned/implemented more life skills by folding, hanging and putting away his clothes.
Social Studies/ Geography
D and I were doing a United States map puzzle and B came in on the tail end and helped us finish it. After completing the puzzle, we learned about where we live at in relation to the United States Map. I pointed out the state and city where we live and I also pointed out where several other people we know live in relation to the United States Map.
When we were done B was able to successfully point out on the United States map where I live and where one of our close friends live when being asked.
While D & I learned about money, B decided he wanted to make a ninja costume with construction paper. Below is what he came up with….
B came in on the tail end of a money lesson I was doing with D, which consisted of a game of Monopoly Junior Party. It was the first time we had ever played and it was a good way to learn how to count money.
Our P.E. for the day consisted of a 30 minute bike ride through the neighborhood….
Overall it was a great day 🙂