A look at what’s been going on in our homeschool this week…
What’s Been Inspiring Me
This week I’ve been inspired by Brave Writer’s One Thing Principle, which is about creating the conditions to invite in inspiration, and finding the time to follow it up.
Here’s what I took away from the One Thing Principle podcast:
(1) When you’re inspired by an idea for a homeschooling project, plan for it by putting a date in the diary two weeks from today. That gives you time to get in any supplies and prepare.
(2) Be open to putting aside routine tasks (yes, even maths and English) on that day, to give yourselves the time to create a fun and memorable learning experience.
Simple but effective!
Most Fun We Had This Week
The most fun we had this week was definitely making butter, “gangnam style”! (I love how my autocorrect wants to say “gingham style”.)
We began a mini-unit on China in the Middle Ages – so much fun!. First we reviewed what we learned about Ancient China last year Then we started to look at some Chinese inventions. C(9) was inspired to make an animated film about the invention of gunpowder.
We’re enjoying our short break from Life of Fred to practice times tables on Mathletics – they have some great multiplication songs. Well, they’re great the first six times you hear them. 😐
We’ve also dipped into the Maths Made Easy workbooks to look at some concepts on the UK National Curriculum that haven’t yet been covered in Life of Fred.
It’s so reassuring to realise how quickly the children catch onto new ideas when they learn them in a relaxed, one-to-one setting – concepts that might be worked on for weeks in school. I think Life of Fred has helped C and J develop a “maths is fun” attitude, which makes everything else so much easier.
For this week’s Art Lab For Kids project I bought a mixed bouquet for us to draw with soft pastels.
As soon as she saw the flowers, C plucked out the rose in delight and asked me to photograph her so she could draw herself with it. She’s been drawing lots of portraits since I put a box of skin-coloured pencils in our art area. I love successful strewing!
What have been the highlights of your week?
We’re appreciatively linking up here:
Weekly Wrap-Up @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Collage Friday @ Homegrown Learners
It’s A Wrap @ Hammock Tracks
Yes, I Was There Too @ More2Les