Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ Week 9

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In my life this week…things have been fairly calm. I think it helps that my kids have ALL been sleeping through the night! It has only been 11+ years since that happened!
In our homeschool this week…I have been finalizing our curriculum for next year (which for us starts mid-May).
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…I don't think we are going anywhere (it is kind of a nice feeling)!
My favorite thing this week was…putting binders/portfolios together for next year (so I can put them together as we go along...unlike this year which will probably take me all next year to put together)!
What’s working/not working for us…I guess everything is working because I can't think of anything to write here. :)
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…What do you do for art? My children are 11, 5, and 3 and I would really love to find something that will work for all of them. It would be awesome if it included crafts, drawing/paining as well as some art history.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…if you are looking for a quick, kid-friendly, inexpensive (but much needed) way to help the children of Japan here is a link for you to check out!
The SleepyTime Gal For the Children of Ishinomaki, Japan
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18 comments:

  1. the sleepy time galApril 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    You bet! Thanks for setting it up and making it easy to participate!

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  3. We use Charlotte Mason's method of art study and artist study. It works for all ages. Maybe something you could look into.. :-)

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  4. I like those weeks when there isn't too much going on. Happy organizing for your new year! We don't use an actual art curriculum (kindergarten is all about art anyhow) but I do like the Draw-Write-Now books.

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  5. Nice you have no problem to report. :) I bought a ton of how to draw books over the years and make it a fun thing to do when the boys finish math. Its amazing how well they draw. My post http://ow.ly/4wdL2

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  6. Binders and portfolios sounds like a great way to organize. Congratulations on accomplishing this. For art we've utilized Kidzart.com. I'm not sure if they are in your area but they were inexpensive and sufficient. I also try to teach my preschooler how to draw with shapes. Just talk about shapes when you draw a picture. My sixth grader has been using the National Gallery of Art Activity Book: 25 Adventures with Art.

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  7. Our homeschool group just did tie dying for an art activity! It was fantastic fun :) There are plenty of 'how to' videos on YouTube. Go for it! :) At the bottom of this post http://red-robin-river.blogspot.com/2011/03/cow-down.html are some pics from our tie dying adventures!

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  8. I love finalizing curriculum! Sounds like you are on a roll with getting things organized for your next school year; that's awesome! Thanks for sharing the link.

    Stopping by from THMJ; have a great weekend!

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  9. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Thanks Michelle! I will research it! :)

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  10. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Thanks for the idea Alli, I will look into those books...I haven't heard of them before!

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  11. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Robin! I'm probably going to start with something like that...we do a lot of notebooking and I think it would be great if they could draw some of their own pictures instead of always using clip art!

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  12. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks Eileen! I will look into Kidzart.com. I haven't heard of it before! I will also check out the National Gallery book! :)

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  13. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks for sharing Mama Gee!

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  14. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Tiffany! Organizing and finding curriculum are two of my favorite things to do! ;) You are welcome for the link!

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  15. I love looking for curriculum myself. Picking and choosing sometimes I hard for me to stop looking. lol

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  16. following from the homeschool mother's journal - thanks for sharing. We get in some art from our classical conversations group and I have some lessons left in our first artistic pursuits book - the kids have really enjoyed those.

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  17. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Hi Vickie! It is definitely hard to stop looking for curriculum! I think it is an addiction! ;)

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  18. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Melissa. I would love to try Artistic Pursuits...they are just out of our price range! :(

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