November 2017 Adventures in Homeschooling
Last year we began homeschooling Lucy (8), Hattie (6), Beatrice (3), and Arlo (1). 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.
Writing and Letter Forms:
As part of our history reading, we learned about Cuneiforms which then led to making our own fonts and lettering.
Harriet had her first show and tell at her Homeschool Access kindergarten class. She worked very hard filling out her “Read All About Me” Poster.
Arlo’s 1st Birthday:
On November 18th, this handsome, ornery, little dude turned One!! I can’t even believe it. He has discovered the joy of food.
He always seems to have a mischievous little twinkle in his eyes.
His tiny makeshift snowman birthday cake made out of cake pops.
Enjoying his cake pop under his new name banner (a one year old tradition for all the kids)
And another birthday celebration with grandparents in Kansas.
Around the World:
To learn the continents, we made our own fun version of pin it maps, really enjoyed this Hopscotch song about the continents, and played map games.
We took the Statue of Liberty downtown to visit our own tiny Statue of Liberty (right after reading Her Right Foot – which was so great).
We enjoyed another Top Munch box – this time from Germany!
We started an impromptu science club. Our first experiment was to remove the chlorophyll from leaves, then we did some experiments with old Halloween candy, and finally we made lungs out of old plastic bottles and balloons! So fun!
Art and Crafting:
Lucy immediately decided our house was not festive enough and added tiny hats, trees, reindeer antlers, and presents to all the photos/artwork.
We made handprint turkeys
Someone got over her fear of the hot glue gun.
I made a ridiculous thing. Peg dolls for days….
Lots of late night sketching
Decorating paper christmas trees
I like for November to be our family game night. So I usually add a few new games to our collections. This year I found these beautiful spectrum cards.
And my current favorite, Qwirkle
In the Kitchen:
Would it even be November without lots of wonderful goodies to bake?
Two books really dominated our kitchen decision making this November. Baking Class for the kids, and Bravetart for me. Both are great.
Homemade graham crackers from Bravetart.
Practicing knife skills
Lucy baking braided bread
And Lucy making her first original contribution to the Thanksgiving feast
Music always together. Usually with a little brother crowding in on the fun.
In the Prairie and Great Outdoors:
We got to go home to Kansas for Thanksgiving this year which meant lots of beautiful walks on the farm/prairie.
A couple of woodworking projects –
we built a teeter toter just for fun out of random scrap boards.
And I worked on cutting pieces for an upcoming project in Houston
We feasted and celebrated. It was beautiful. We are full.
Matching Thanksgiving outfits from Grandma DiDi and Grandpa Ed
Discovering and Rediscovering the magic of Calvin and Hobbs together.
Our thankful tree
And an adorable pilgrim girl
Much love from us,