Anyone who says that homeschoolers aren’t socialized has not met my children. Or most of the homeschooled children that I know. Even during a pandemic when gathering sizes are limited and social distancing rules are in place, there are plenty of opportunities to interact (safely) with others.
Last week: music lessons, hikes with friends, outdoor story time, a homeschool park meetup, nature study group, riding lessons and visits with grandparents.
This week: cross country practice, time at the playground, and still to come, music lessons, a hike, youth group, time with extended family, outdoor story time and riding lessons.
Everything looks a bit different because of covid. Everything feels a bit different. However, we are blessed with a vibrant community. My children’s social lives aren’t suffering.
As for their education:
- We read Bible stories and memorized scripture.
- The girls have been working daily on their math curriculum and the youngest on reading. I’ve been reinforcing concepts through games.
- We studied fossil fuels and renewable/non-renewable resources using library books and the internet. I introduced the topic and read them the books. We discussed and researched until their interest waned.
- We were given zoo tickets, so the girls each researched an animal and we headed to the zoo. They had actually chosen the animal they wanted to research months ago and I prepared special boxes that I put in the closet and forgot about. Each box contained books about that animal, a tiny toy replica, a card with a photo of the animal on one side and information on the other, and a necklace with a pendant of the animal. It was amazing to hear them share information about their specific animals while we were at the zoo.
- On the way home, we drove past Niagara Falls and along the Niagara river to see the power plants (and talked a bit more about renewable energy sources).
- The girls read books upon books. My eldest daughter’s book stack is pictured below.
- We reviewed the Canadian explorers that we learned about last week and started reading about the First Nations in Canada. We pulled out a map each time for a quick geography lesson based on our history studies.
- My oldest received a “Funschooling Journal” in the mail and busied herself researching and writing about tropical birds. She baked cookies.
- My middle child sketched and wrote stories. She carved arrows for her bow using twigs and a pocket knife.
- My youngest read 1-2 simple readers aloud to me per day. She drew pictures and built things out of Lego and Plus Plus.
- The girls built elaborate homes for their toys using boxes, carboard, paper and scraps of fabric.
- All of the girls had a bit of time on the tablet playing math and reading games.
And of course we did lots of nature study since I last wrote an update. We chased butterflies, caught crickets and frogs, investigated a raccoon skeleton, checked out a snake, gathered nuts, looked for signs of autumn, and identified several types of trees.
When I actually pay attention to all the things my children have done and learned in less than a week, I’m amazed.
4 thoughts on “An (Almost) Unschooling Update”
What a full and amazing week!
It was lovely. Thank you!
Mary -Ann this sounds like an amazing and superb week! You inspire me on my road to finding our homeschool rhythm! We read about Niagara Falls a few weeks ago and watched videos, and my parents (who went years ago) showed them all their pictures. Now we all want to visit.
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I always take it for granted that we live so close to the Falls! You need to come sometime to the Canadian side so you can see both Niagara and Horseshoe Falls. And eat brunch in the Skylon Tower overlooking them!
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