Saturday, March 27, 2010

thoughts of homeschool

noodle and i have been busy this week, hence not much blogging.  i am on a homeschool kick right now (this hits me multiple times a year) where i try to turn everything into a learning experience.  and this is why homeschool is just a kick for's so exhausting!  how do you homeschool moms do it!?!?

but we've been loving it and have started making plans for rutherford school this summer.  so one morning this past week while i was ironing, noodle asked to use my camera to take some pictures.  he had been working and playing hard so i thought this would be a fun treat for him, and he's pretty smart about technological things and knows how to work the camera.

here's his self portrait:

and here are some words he wrote on the magna doodle.  the first line was just letters as he thought of them, and then i asked him to look around the room and think of some words to spell.  i offered help when needed.  i was just happy that he thought this was so fun!

so for all my homeschool friends, what would you suggest we do (curriculum, books to read, etc.) for rutherford school this summer?


Rue said...

I've never been involved in home school, other than hanging out with home schooled youth group kids, so my suggestions might not be great, but here's some of my thoughts:

1. Cooking - it's chemistry and fractions, sequencing, learning about patience (while you wait for those cookies to bake and, even harder, cool) and many other lessons and, in the end, you get to eat something yummy. Also, the kids get to learn some about cooking. And that's a skill that will serve them well for life.

2. The book "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster is great fun. Not scary, as the name might imply, but about a boy who goes off on an adventure in a strange land. A little hard to describe but in the midst of the story, there's some interesting math and English lessons, things about idioms and such. This is a land where jumping to conclusions involves actual jumps, where when visiting the "point of view" the same person can be classified as both tall and short, where the kingdom of numbers is all but at war with the kingdom of words and, of course, there's a princess to be saved.

3. Science, science, science - alka seltzer rockets, Mentos fountains, marshmallow blow guns, paper airplanes (all about chemistry and pressure and other fun stuff). Figure out the different properties of fresh (tap) and salt water. Which one boils first, which one freezes first, how does the salt affect the water's ability to make soap bubbles and things of that nature (which can be fun and teach the basics of hypotheses, observation and the scientific method) . I don't know if Mr. Wizards World is available anywhere on the web, but that's where I learned most of my elementary science.

4. History - Go to places where the history actually took place. I may have found some of those places kinda boring when I was a kid, but most of the time they were at least kinda cool. And visiting all the National, Historic and otherwise under the jurisdiction of the US National Parks Service when I was a kid taught me more about US history than I ever learned in any class.

Beth said...

Wow, Ruth Ann, I'd love to go to your school!
I recommend lots and lots of reading. Have fun gathering books at the library about a variety of things...don't forget nonfiction.

Lisa said...

I highly recommend you read honey’s blog it is especially great for homeschooling younger kids, and she has a load of links to other homeschooling blogs.

Also because your boys are still reasonably young they might get a kick out of Unit studies, studying a subject they really like EG dinosaurs and learning everything there is to know on the subject.