September’s Adventures in Homeschooling
Last year we began homeschooling Lucy (8), Hattie (6), Beatrice (3), and Arlo (10 months). We’re including this on our Giants & Pilgrims blog as all our family adventures seem to impact our art & music so much! Also, we just like sharing the stories. So we’ll be sharing posts on the themes we’ve been covering each month and calling the adventure “ABACUS”! Our hope is that these posts will help spark creative direction and inspiration for your family as well as giving us somewhere to be document and record our experiences.
I am a little behind and trying to get caught up (four kids man…) so this month is mostly just a picture journal. Enjoy the show!
School and ABCs:
One day a week homeschool enrichment program started up for Lucy and Harriet (her first time!)
Baby schooling for Arlo ha ha –
Letter play for Beatrice
Front porch reading/tea time
Beautiful new alphabet tracing board from Treasures from Jennifer
All sorts of alphabet play (An Artist’s Alphabet by Messenger, Animalia by Graeme Base)
Such a weird and silly book!
Did a little general Africa study this month
Building sand and rock maps as part of our history study.
We read several fun books about famous building and then made our own popsicle stick houses – which turned into troll houses and led to endless play with their tiny troll dolls (“Branch” and “Lily”)
The girls also built some epic block structures
Buzzy created her first paintings.
Lucy had a great time drawing fairies
They also visited me at the Children’s museum and had a great time exploring all the cool things there. Here is Lucy trying out my stage art piece
I sorted all my old jewelry making supplies which led to several days of jewelry making for the girls.
And lastly, we found a really cool velvet embossing kit at the thrift store. Such a fun and easy process!
Kansas and the State Fair:
We took a mid month trip back to Kansas and spent the week having a blast at the State Fair there.
Riding all the rides –
The beautiful quilts on display in the Domestic Arts Building –
Experiencing what it is like to milk a cow –
Fun on the giant slide
Arlo meeting Daisy the sheep
Our very favorite math books – Beast Academy. So So fun.
In Beast Academy we are learning all about shapes, so we played with Tangrams
Piano lessons started up – although practicing is made a little more difficult by younger siblings.
So that is when we have to get out the tiny piano
Listening to a marching band parade in KS
We listened to Classical Kids “Vivaldi: Ring of Mystery” and learned about different instruments in the orchestra and also learned about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura – so neat!!
Playing mini golf in Hutchinson, KS!
Dance classes kicked off and somebody is finally old enough to have her own class!
Autumn Fun Outside:
Learning how to fish with Grandpa Ed
Enjoying the animals at a petting zoo in downtown Greeley during Ag Fest
Poudre river trail races
We read My Side of the Mountain which led to all kinds of nature collecting, learning about eating in the wild, and tree walks to find edible nature finds.
I love this series of books by Aston/Long – This month we focused on A Seed is Sleepy and had a lovely afternoon collecting all different kinds of seeds.
We enjoyed the last fruits and veggies of the garden.
We have two important birthdays in September. Buzzy turned 3 and Harriet turned 6!