Monday, August 31, 2015

A Peek Inside Our Homeschool Days

It's been two weeks so far since we have started our new home school journey and we are loving it! We start our day with a healthy breakfast bright and early. I've been loving my new pitcher with the infuser inside. I've been adding fresh fruits and also fresh mint from my garden, delicious, refreshing and calorie free! :-)

Homeschooling leaves room for exploration and new discoveries and sadly the other day when we were outside we discovered the farmers field behind us was being marked with property markers. We are praying it does not mean they are selling the land ... but it doesn't look good. Kathleen was quite upset and kept saying "no! They can't do that!" The logics of a 9 year olds mind... I wish it was that easy to make them not sell it, it would be sad to see businesses or developments move in.....

They are all over and in our neighbor's yards too.

On a good note, our garden has been awesome among all the weeds, lol. Although the chickens are happy when we pull them as they get a treat! ;-) They leave us lovely eggs every day :-) Delicious!

We start homeschooling early to leave time in the afternoon to do different things. Elvis has become a pretty permanent fixture during the day in the room with us. Kathleen loves that she has the option to hang out in PJ's to do her work and get comfortable where she wants. One of our favorite topics is History and we enjoying expanding beyond the lessons. The other day we were learning about William Harvey. Well we extended into books, and other readings and then YouTube videos about the circulatory system and how the heart works. Well needless to say I almost passed out from some of them, not a fan of seeing blood or needles.... lol... hey I'm a teacher not a nurse and for good reason! :-)

A couple months back we found this old school desk at a yard sale, actually we picked up two of them. Jerry loves new projects so he took this one apart and sanded it all down, painted it, stained the top and reassembled it so Kathleen would have it for her room.

As with everything he does it turned out beautiful and she was so happy and surprised to see it. He is currently working on a chair to go with it since the folding chair we have in there now is a little big. Will post updates soon.

We also started our first science project to see what will decompose in the soil in 2 weeks time. Some of our objects were: fruit peels, paper, egg shells, aluminum foil, etc. We accidentally captured a couple ants and they have been busy working so will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Kathleen made me this picture 2 years ago and I have cherished it ever since, It hangs proudly in my den, now also school room. The other day at a yard sale I found this home school sign for 50 cents and knew it was perfect for our classroom. Also got to talk to the mom holding the yard sale that home schooled all her kids over 15 years! Pretty cool, very nice lady. :-)

Art is another one of our favorite subjects, here Kathleen is working on mixing paint colors to create her color wheel.

This photo was a random shot Hayley took of Kathleen and Patches in our yard... just love how it turned out. :-) Thanks Hayley!

Something else we love to do together is gardening. My roses have been a little neglected with all the craziness here, so Kathleen and I set out to tackle them after class work was done. Those weeds are gone and we dead headed the tops and chased off the beetles!

Seriously....could she be any cuter in the hat?

We have this strange grass that just started popping up randomly in our front yard and it is very green and lush. The chickens love it and Kathleen loves gathering it to give to them. She made me laugh when she said "I will pick that grass but only in my bare feet!" Off went the boots, socks and gloves!

And there she is in the middle of it all collecting the grass for the chickens in her hat.

In her bare feet because that's what country girls do! ;-)

And we bake! As part of her math assignment she made chocolate chip muffins! Yummy!!

Oh and we just have to share this cute Rooster jar we found to collect our egg money in :-) Now that co workers at Jerry's job have tasted fresh eggs they are eager to buy. Eggs here are $4.00 in the store for brown eggs, crazy expensive! We charge $2.50.

We are all watching and waiting to see how much bigger this tomato is going to got!
We have so many different kinds of tomatoes! The chickens are enjoying them too.

We even have our little school bell we use between lessons and for some lessons so she can let me know she's ready to move on. We are really enjoying this time together.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away" Thoreau

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" William Butler Yeats

"Nothing is so contagious as example"  La Rochefoucauld

"When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable"  Elizabeth Fross

I am so very thankful that I have the ability and resources to have this journey with Kathleen. I'd still like to home school Hayley as well but she wants to try high school and the 31st is the big day as a 9th grader :-)

                                                              Have a fabulous week!!! :-)



Wendi said...

Thanks for sharing a peek into your day!

Sonya Ann said...

You have the sweetest and most wholesome family!!!!
As you know, I love finding projects! And the desk is PERFECT!!!!

~ Noelle said...

Glad that homeschooling is going well for yall.
Looks like you guys manage to do a lot in one day :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jill, looks like you are off to a great new school year and I applaud you for homeschooling. Loved seeing the pics of a typical day and all the great lessons you are teaching. Kathleen is adorable and that smile just shows how happy she is.
Best wishes and Blessings, cm

Tara said...

Looks like it's going better than great!!! Soo happy for both of you! Can't wait to hear about the High School adventures. Will you share on a post someday about your why? how? to homeschool... I'd love to hear your story. Have a great week Jill!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Aw, Kathleen is a real 'Anne of Green Gables'! You make home-schooling so fun and interesting. Love the desk that you found and sweet hubby refinished <3. I so hope the property markers don't mean development - it looks so peaceful there. A lovely recap of your days together! xo Karen

Julie said...

Love this Jill. Don't get worried about the property survey. It could be anything from getting a new loan to needing to put in a new sewer and needing two sites. Think positive.
Thank you for sharing your life and day.

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds like a great start to the school year! xx

Hena Tayeb said...

that's so cool and interesting.. i can only imagine what the experience of homeschooling would be like..

Sweet Tea said...

I love homeschooling. We homeschooled our youngest daughter through high school. Wish I'd been aware of this option earlier on..Daughter is 21 now with two littles of her own. She plans to homeschool them both when the time comes. We have great memories of our home schooling days.