Last week was officially our first week back to school. Although, we did have some schooling during the summer. I wanted the summer months to be fun and light for the kids! We had a wonderful summer, went on so many hikes. Visits from family, that is always the best (shout out to cousins who are the same age as my kids). We moved in all the heat, thank goodness for family help, thanks to my brother and sister-in-law. Trips for business with hubby to Idaho, as well as, Montana. I discovered how badly I would love living in Montana! Fishing escapes, nothing like a worm on a hook , to brag about. All of that and there is more, laughter, love and so much learning! I am reassured every year that homeschooling is a calling for me as a mother, my children cherish the moments. I love to watch them grow.
Our Week Back to Homeschool:
We enjoyed our first field trip of the year to Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum! Learning so much history about Utah and our Latter Day Saint ancestors. The kids were fascinated with the old clothing, they said, “The clothes look uncomfortable” “I am so glad I don’t have to wear that!” This museum is a FREE resource to everyone in our area or visiting our area. One thing I did notice when we signed the register, locals do not go here much. I was sad to hear some of my friends here in my area have never been there. We love checking out FREE or low-cost things to do that are educational. I try to do a field trip every 2 weeks that way we are learning while having fun outdoors, or in this case in another indoor place. LOL
My 3 oldest started a music study, I am very impressed with. Maestros Classics: My Name is Handel I received a used copy from a fellow homeschooling family. My children loved it, we are doing more classical music study this year for my 7th,6th and 4th grader!
We went on a Junior Ranger Hike, if you live far from the National Parks, your children can still be WebRangers through the National park service. The children loved seeing signs of fall coming in the mountains. Fall is our favorite season, well my favorite. LOL
Along with all our other studies this year I am focused on Home Ec, one of my goals for last year was to have Home Ec every week. Teaching my boys to sew, girls to cook, woodwork, auto shop and such. Last year I was able to teach our oldest to knit hats (we will be sending those to hats for the homeless). Home Ec is so much fun and you allow your child to really learn something they love or a life skill.
At the end of our week, we have slow down day. That is a day that I make for the kids, usually Friday, were we snuggle in and do things as a family. I do not teach individual lessons we learn together. I love doing secret acts of service for others, I even do them for my children! My children love doing them as well. Slow Down Days are not lazy, just fun, slowing down to remember what is important in life. Each Other
So starting the school year can be stressful if you let it, I am thankful for being a homeschooling mom. No rush to the bus, no being without my little ones, no hurrying to get dinner on the table so we can get to homework then off to bed. Our homeschool starts out with a prayer, ends with HUGS and the stressful moments; do we sit down at the table for literature or would the floor be better to spread out? Stress sometimes get the best of all of us. I know I suffer from panic attacks, less stress is always good.
This book loving, homeschooling mom’s week in a glance. I will be sharing our homeschool curriculum with all our readers next week. I have had some emails about that and what books we are reading this year! More Book Fun, along with our journey!