Momma Mel

New Adventures | August 26, 2014

We have jumped feet first into the crazy world called homeschooling, or home educating, or as I like to call it- following our passions wherever they take us and making it look good on paper. Our oldest is technically the age of a kindergarten kid, but she has already passed the ‘end of kindergarten’ assessment tests, SO. On to first grade! 

We have been loosely following the Ambleside Online curriculum, a free online curriculum based on the Charlotte Mason method. We love the use of older books, and the focus on nature and actively participating in education. Her favorite part of the day is her nature study- we have only been in school for a week, and her journal is filling quickly! We have also been following the delight-directed learning method. We have been doing some pretty fun research and projects on biomes, habitats, and animals. Don’t be surprised if you find us at the nature center, zoo, or a farm!

So far my favorite part of homeschooling has been the ability to live our lives and learn everywhere we are. Yesterday we had a dentist appointment for the older two kids, and once the dental hygienist heard we were homeschoolers, she gave Ri a lesson on teeth and dental health right there! We’ve had lessons at the store, in the backyard, in the car, at a farmer’s market. Intentionally incorporating learning into every part of our lives has been an eye opener for me. I am amazed at the learning opportunities I have let slip past me in the past few years! 

A few websites we have found to be fun supplements:

storylineonline.net – celebrities read stories! Betty White, Elijah Wood, and many others are on the website reading some fun books. This has been really good for us when I need to do something with the younger kids.

sharemylesson.com – lots and lots of lesson plans and activities for free. I found several on map making I plan on incorporating soon!

That’s all for now! Thanks for joining us on our new adventure!

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. All right! Another first year home schooling mom!! Nice to meet you!!

    Comment by storiesofourboys — August 26, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

  2. Hi Mel! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Charlotte Mason’s philosophy resonates with me too, and I’m intending to use AmblesideOnline as our curriculum when my daughter’s older too!

    Comment by Dawn @ Homeschool Crafts — August 28, 2014 @ 2:18 am


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A little bit about me- I am a Mom and a Wife as my full time job. We are a homeschooling family with four kids. I love Jesus, reading, crafting, tea, and nerdy stuff.

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