Two years ago 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.
Because of the olympics, we thought this would be a great month to learn about ancient Greece.
We read D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and I made these peg doll representations of each of the main greek gods with help from the girls.
We also read Lightning Thief for the first time.
And enjoyed tasting Mediterranean food courtesy of our TopMunch subscription
Coloring Greek god and goddess trading cards
Drawing mythical monsters
For our making this month, we explored the Book Arts – Marbled paper and Book Binding!
Making marbled paper for the end papers of our books –
Working on the covers for Asian stab-bound sketchbooks we made –
Harriet made an “un-tearable” tiny baby book for Arlo out of packing tape and her own illustrations
For science/nature this month, we learned about constellations (which tied in beautifully to our Greek Myth studies)
Magnets, Math, and Money:
In our little impromptu science club, we tried our hand at making Magnetic Slime
Played with fractions
Learning about money – “Count It and Keep It!” was a big hit with the kids.
The Olympics are my favorite! So fun to get to share this with the kids. We made tiny flags and olympic ring shirts for the opening ceremony.
Lots of USA spirit over here!
Watched Cool Runnings too just for fun
Learning about color mixing using air dry clay and “Do You Know Colors”
Lots of help from Buzzy getting this art piece ready to deliver to Houston
The table for valentines morning –
We participated in a Homeschool Valentine Exchange. So much fun!
Lots of love notes were written to each other
A very chilly Valentine tea party out in the tree house
Some of our homemade Valentines we made –
While in Kansas, we got to learn about wood carving from my Grandpa Fritz. So beautiful to watch.