Hands-On Learning of Bones

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Bones can be complex and mysterious if you can’t see them and feel them. Hands-on learning is really the only way to absorb that much information. In order to learn the bone names, shapes and placements, we put together a life-size skeleton. In order to learn the different types and functions of joints, we played with a skeleton doll.

This seems to me his favorite lesson so far! (And it was perfect for being stuck inside due to cold weather!)

We also took some moments every day to express how creative and attentive to detail God is!!! Studying the abilities and complexities of the human body is a *great* conversation starter about God’s creativity and concern for our well-being.

If You Build It, It Will Come…and It Did!

My son is turning 10 in December. He has not had a single pet. Every boy needs a dog. I finally broke down and got him one.
My husband was set on a puppy. (ay, yai, yai) I was set on a German Shepherd.

My son spent some homeschooling time building a doghouse himself (great measurement lesson!). It is almost finished. Phillip (my son) and I laid hands on it and prayed earnestly that God would bring us not just any dog– the perfect dog for our family.

I believe we definitely found him! We found a 1/2 Golden Retriever 1/2 Black Lab puppy. He is so gentle, fun, and 90% housebroken. (We let him rule the “finished” basement while he’s adjusting. It has no carpeting.)

My son is so smitten that he wants to sleep down there with him. (The basement has actual bedrooms, too)
My heart is thrilled.

Following his human–his best buddy

Government Unit Lesson: Glad It’s Over

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Some subjects really are as boring to teach as they are to learn. I know that’s one of those things I’m not supposed to say. But man, government is dry. We finished it up just in time to go and vote so it worked out well. I’m just very glad to be moving on. Of … Continue reading

If You Build It, It Will Come… ?!

I made a deal. (Right there, you know it was a mistake. ;))

If my son applies his math skills to the task of building a dog house during the winter, then in the Spring I would get the dog to go inside it.  We have a heated garage so he could work all winter and his dad used to be a carpenter so I knew he could teach him. I didn’t realize that they would both get so excited that it would be almost done within two weeks– it’s not even winter yet!!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

(I have to wonder how much my husband is “teaching” him: the “why’s” of what he is doing instead of just the “how’s” of how to do it?!)

Wrapping Up a Unit Can Be So Sad Yet So Fulfilling

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We finished up our maps/globes studies unit. We made our own own maps: a floor plan and neighborhood block. (He loooooves using his compass!)

We finished up our “go green” unit. He set our house up for recycling. We did a quick diagram of photosynthesis. (We covered ecosystems, etc)

These were really fun units and I’m glad we chose them as the beginning of our first homeschooling semester. I’m proud to look over them and see them accomplished, and so enjoyed in the process.

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Week at Homeschool

I’ve fallen into the trap.  I’m a little over a month in and I’ve caught myself making it more and more traditional-school style.  Yikes!!

We started off fun and hands-on and have somehow slid into sitting-at-desk-reading-out-of-textbooks schooling. No, no, no, no, no! Adhd + sit-at-desk-textbook-reading = my son feeling tortured.

Then– 

We had a rough week. We didn’t get anything done– that sent me into overdrive trying to catch up.  Every day I added more to what we needed to cram in.
He and I started bickering.
I started getting crabby.

I coulda stopped the train in it’s tracks the first day I noticed it was going so very wrong and avoided the inevitable chain reaction. I shoulda nixed that day altogether and just read aloud together snuggled on the couch to reinforce the nature of our education and our emotional bond. I woulda, except we would have then fallen behind.

I coulda corrected my attitude to avoid hurt feelings,  a lower self-esteem, and an overall feeling of unhappiness in our school in both of us to stop the bickering in its tracks.  I shoulda made it a point to have special alone time to read my Bible and center my chi because I let the task become more urgent than my source of strength. I woulda, except I had to go to work every night and that would have taken even more time away from studying.

Parenting Fail.

I coulda wallowed in my guilt and self-pity, which would guarantee that the next week was just as rotten and the Enemy could get a good laugh knowing he was tearing down our school from the inside out.  I sure did use the opportunity to discuss Grace, accepting responsibility (both of us), and regain a mutual perspective of our overall mission. I woulda pretended it just never happened and gone on next week as if it had no consequences, but hey, that’s not my style. 😉

I would value any feedback from all my dear family in Christ out there about how to prevent such a downhill slide in the future!!

(Side note: I feel like I know most of you personally!)

Homeschooling: Phew! A Few Weeks Down

So I’ve found that doing a college style block system works best. We do between 1-3 subjects Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the other 1-3 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. (Yeah, I’m harsh making him do work on the weekend; ha!)

This seems to really help with him not getting burnt out on any one subject.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

As a “reluctant reader,” I have found that the combination of audiobook & book works so great!! Especially when they are books about Babe Ruth– he finished it within 1.5 days. We take turns with just-for-fun reads and classic literature.

Life skills: Keyboarding (two hands, please!) . Laundry (so my future-daughter-in-law doesn’t hate me), and we did budgeting and check writing (but our exact address was visible so I didn’t post it)

The old-school “Schoolhouse Rock” — I  love it!!

We have already covered local/state/federal government, reading maps, Nouns, Math rounding, and Nutrition (myplate). He had a blast with the nutrition!!

We even threw in a weekend of having his best guy friend over for some “socialization.” We’ve been doing a lot of character study which has included proper interaction with friends and proper communication techniques when you are angry so I thought having someone over would be a really great chance for him to practice it. He did great!