Lots of good stuff going on for the new year. I am in awe of the way my children will help each other and learn things that I never expected of them. Keeps me one step ahead most of the time, although just barely :)))
Violet has created some delightful learning for Sean-Paul with her Polar and Ice Themes in the Preschool Learning Corner. He had tons of fun with Polar Bears and Penguins the past few weeks and is now on to Winter Weather, Igloos and Sled Dogs, should be an active week for him as he is very hands on, of should I say, he's a full-body learner!! I anticipate many sled dog races amongst he and his brothers :) Note :: She is finding all her goodies and printables at Making Learning Fun (great free site)!
Other activities and learning that is ticking away for them is the continuation of our WW II studies. There are many books with eye-opening and touching stories for this kids of this tumultous and scary period of history. We are currently in the middle of Sun Slower, Sun Faster from none other than our favorite book seller Bethlehem Books! I was telling a friend lately that I wish they'd just set up shop right here in my house! In addition to this I have been reading aloud all of the D'Aulaire historical picture books with Seamus, he is loving these, our current read is Benjamin Franklin. We also just picked up East of the Sun and West of the Moon illustrated by the D'Aulaires from the library. It's a collection of twenty-one Norwegian folk tales, looks promising!
:: My middle boys are enjoying a fun Human Body Lapbook and Study Guide I found for FREE in November at Currclick! Hello!!! Can I tell you how much I love this site!! I have been able to homeschool virtually free this year becuase of sites like these that offer so much great learning materials to home schoolers for free, what a blessing indeed!! I also find MANY wonderful online books from Homeschool Freebies (this is an email notification service for e-book resource downloads, lots of good old fashioned stuff here. Some other great ideas for more FREE home learning are at Lori's site: Freely Educate! Visit her sometime, it's worth a good cup of tea )
:: Violet has been working diligently on her many subjects and we are finishing up on our version of the Ivy Basket - Violet this week. She has totally relished reading and re-reading all of the Anne of Green Gables books and the discussions that we've had are truly memorable. Looking forward to finishing the series with her in our next term!
:: Also on Violet's agenda has been her Marine Biology studies. This has also brought forth much good fruit for Violet, although a little lacking in live specimens here on our coast during winter. We did relish a few impromptu beach days last week as the weather was acceptable enough (read not raining) for us to go combing. Her shell collection is growing and should have everything labeled for a nice presentation next term.
Here was a particulary interesting find ~ a clam shell completely surrounded by some kind of seaweed??? (identification please, anyone??) UPDATE!! from Theresa at Lapaz Home Learning left us a great i.d. link in the comments below! These are apparently octopus eggs!! WOW, awesome!
There was also some mud-slide activity from recent rains that all the kids found especially cool ~
:: Our Geography Center continues to be a weekly draw for the children. In addition, we are totally loving all the nifty high-tech features of Google Earth, so much to explore in our world, and so little time, sigh :) Here is Sean-Paul working diligently with his polar animals on an "ice floe."
And yes, for the record, the 4 year old does school in his pajamas and slippers on many occasions! Shh, don't tell anyone ;-)
:: Seamus has been learning Mathematics in leaps and bounds. It's hard for me to fathom that as a 2nd grader he's doing all of his multiplication tables, squares and square roots, factoring, and even some long division with ease. Not only does he love Math, but asks for more daily, what a way to put a smile on this Mama's face :) I have to attribute alot of it to his early start with Montessori math materials, they have been invaluable for his learning and I'm so pleased that he was ready and willing with me! His little brother will hopefully benefit from them as well and is starting to show much more interest in doing "big boy math"! Yippee! Violet and Matthias are in the middle of Algebra and doing very well, and when the inevitable question arises as to HOW they will ever have to use it in "real life" I calmly respond that when they home school their own children they'll be able to teach Math with ease ;-)
Well, that's a wrap for January as it wanes in to it's last days...
I'm off to watch The Blue Planet - Ocean Deep with everyone! Thanks for popping in for a visit! Many blessings in your days together with your sweeties!