Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Day, Another Lesson

Yesterday was a typical day in the life of a homeschooling family.  We loosely school year round and our summer days are quite laid back.




The boys spent their morning yesterday watching an episode of Duck Dynasty and going to their grandmother's to feed her cats.  They like to bike over, pet the cats and hang around her house for a bit and relax; after all it's Grammy's house and that's always more fun!

They wandered back home and we were out the door by 8 and headed grocery shopping.  We had a pretty short list and finished groceries in record time too.

We listened to our book on CD and all three boys played with the Kindles and DS's while we were in the car. 

Once home I warned them that I would be busy putting groceries away and preparing food for the weekend so they were on their own as far as schooling goes.

Evan asked me if I could find him the frog game on the computer and I finally realized he was talking about Treefrog Treasure.  I pulled up the game and left him to play it.  He told me he also wanted to work in both his Star Wars books when he was done too.
 
While Evan was using the computer, his two older brothers headed to their rooms for some reading.  Ian read A fishing Surprise!


Alec started Better Nate Than Never (a new series he found to check out at our library).

  

As Alec wandered back downstairs he asked Evan if he could play Treefrog Treasure  for a bit.  Evan agreed and worked on the letters S & T today.  I was almost done in the kitchen by the time he got around to working in his math book and it was a good thing too.  He worked with word problems today and  I had to read the stories to him.  We worked on writing number sentences to go along with each problem as well as solving them.  He did AMAZING! 

Ian really wanted to continue working on the Verbal Fractions we started yesterday so he brought me the Kindle and I read him the questions as I cooked and baked.  Occasionally I'd help him draw a picture out on our white board or I'd word a question another way.  We made it through the next 25 problems and finished lesson one.


Since it's recommended that you take a few days with each lesson I thought that was pretty good.

Alec also played Pearl Diver and worked with fractions, negative numbers and number lines.  He also got frustrated that Pearl Diver kept starting him over with a plain old regular number line anytime he died (and usually because he hit the electric eel and not because he chose the wrong number) so he asked if he could work on Verbal Fractions too.

We made it through about 10 problems and decided he'd be better off working his workbook for the day.  He chose a page on fractions (his choice) and he found 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10th of various numbers listed in the book. 
  
The boys declared themselves done with school since and asked me to read a chapter in Harry Potter.
I agreed to read part of the next chapter once we had our lunches and bags all packed-- we were finally making it to a homeschool play date and I didn't want to be late!

I'm not sure who was more anxious; me or the boys.  They couldn't wait to see some of their homeschooling friends and I was chomping at the bit to see some other moms.  The boys worked together to get everything packed and ready with little to no help (which was a HUGE help!).
   
The older boys rode their bikes to the park while Evan and I walked together.  We stopped to look at caterpillars and grasshoppers along the way.  I reminded the older boys of some rules of the road and made sure they were riding safely.


We had a wonderful afternoon (even though it fell like a nice crisp fall day instead of summer) at the lake.  The boys swam, built a castle, dug a damn and had fun playing with the other family that showed up for our park day.



It's been so long since we've seen our homeschool friends.

It seems like every park day this summer has either rained or else we were busy; though mostly it rained.  The hours flew by and we found ourselves headed home.
 
The boys played Legos and stuff upstairs until almost dinnertime when they headed out to play.
Ian remembered he had his own tools and toolbox and found some wrenches to fix his loose bike pedal-- all by himself!  Alec worked on making some more loom band bracelets. 


They ran, yelled, jumped, swung, and had a ball soaking in the fresh air and sunshine.  They came in for a quick dinner and could not finish their chores fast enough.  They immediately headed back outside and played until dark.  They played in the field, in the woods, and all around the house too.
   
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