I’ve been a bit absent for a few weeks and although I shouldn’t I always come up with a million excuses as to why I don’t stay on top of my commitments. I have a huge tendency to take on more than I’m capable of and although I’m working on that it’s still difficult to choose priorities. Regardless, I’ve done my best to keep homeschooling as a top priority.
The month of August has been a whirlwind, let me just tell ya!
We started our homeschooling year on the 3rd and I knew going into this it wouldn’t all be rainbows and butterflies. Somehow it still came as a shocker when things didn’t go as planned.
Spending our first week crying and frustrated wasn’t exactly in the schedule if you know what I mean…
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August Homeschooling Recap Video
How’s The Homeschooling Curriculum?
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To put things pretty bluntly though it’s been a rough start.
I LOVE The Good And The Beautiful with all of my heart, mind and soul but for whatever reason the language arts just isn’t working for us. Maybe we aren’t ready for it or possibly it’s not a good fit but for this season in our homeschool I’ve had to put it away.
A friend of mine is using Time 4 Learning with her son and it’s an online based curriculum. We started out using the free trial for language arts and since then no more crying or nervous frustrations so I call it a win! Time 4 Learning wasn’t part of the plan and most certainly not what I envisioned but you know, it may end up staying.
We are still using The Good And The Beautiful for math and handwriting. So far it’s going really well! A lot of the math content is a bit easy for Wyatt and I can tell at times he is bored because of it. I don’t feel comfortable skipping lessons for fear that we will move too fast. The games and activities within each lesson keep him pretty engaged though so I’m not too worried about it.
Science & Nature Studies
So far our favorite part of homeschooling has been science and nature studies! Instead of using a curriculum I’m doing both of these myself but they are pretty basic so it’s really no big deal.
We have a beach trip planned for September so I chose marine biology as our first unit. I have it planned for 7 weeks with each week being a different topic in marine life. Next week is sea turtles and I can’t wait!
I do my best at recording what we accomplish for unit studies so hopefully by the end of this unit I’ll have a complete blog post for ya on what we have used!
Nature Studies is pretty lax. Honestly we just take our nature backpack outside, I bring along my camera and we observe what we find. I’d say our most interesting days so far have been discovering tadpoles in an old fish tank and bird eggs. I’ve never seen baby birds myself so that’s been a really exciting one for me personally!
Adding To The Farm!
Oh, and not necessarily a homeschooling update but anything can be educational, right? Recently we added to our little farm by 11. There’s just something wholesome about having your own laying hens and ducks. I think I could listen to the sweet ducks quack and splash in their little pool all day long.
Overall, I’d say the month of August has been a good one. After that initial first couple of weeks we are starting to get into a rhythm that works. Of course there’s still several kinks I need to work at but nothing we can’t figure out!