We've been pretty busy...
And among the fabulously wonderful chaos of the holidays, I have managed to (once again) redesign my planner to better suit how our homeschool is evolving. I got the idea for this planner from The Mulberry Journal. It's truly a stunning design and a lovely concept - I just needed to adapt it to my specific planning needs, and I'm a perfectionist, and mine has twice as many printouts, and mine is way too excessive, and I'll probably change it again by the end of the term. So I resolved to never buying a planner, because I change everything up all the time... But if you're not an old fusspot like me, check it out - you won't be disappointed!
We're beginning our third year at home, and I'm feeling as blessed as ever that I have the opportunity to raise my children as I choose and not how anyone else chooses. We have our own homeschool prayer, our family prayer to Mary, our Rosary, and time to study the Word of God - things we never would have had time for otherwise. We cook, read, create, laugh, argue, play, learn, grow food, work hard, and devour board games. Oh and we love our chooks!
Just. So. Blessed.
So here is roughly what I've got in store for us this term and, hopefully, it'll carry on nicely through the year!
|Some of our Bibles!!|
|Devotionals and Bible study|
The kids also have their own devotionals, and we use a bible atlas to make a bit more sense of the places we encounter in our studies. It always sparks interesting conversations, and we often end up off topic and away on a tangent - but oh well! That's the best part about homeschooling!
|Berean Builders - Creation Science|
Get it, seriously.
For sustainability and global issues, we love If the World Were a Village - which condenses the population of the world to 100 people in a village. It really strikes a chord with my kids when we discuss why 10 people in the village live on less than $2 per day (every villager equals 71 million people), and 37 don't have adequate sanitation...
We love to travel with our caravan, so naturally we need the Explore Australia book (the sticker wouldn't come off nicely for me!!). It also conveniently ticks off maths through map reading and distance calculation. We use anything by Steve Parish too - and the kids love it when they see places they've been in his books.
Our HASS is project-based, so I try to guide them based on what is in the curriculum but at the end of the day there is just so much to explore and learn in this subject, why would I stop them in their pursuits??
Health and Sports
See the book that looks like a tennis ball there...? It's another little gem of mine that Jack (eldest) found at an op-shop for $2! It has the descriptions and rules for pretty much every single sport there is, including how to score and how to be good at it! So, needless to say, it's pretty popular in our sports-mad household...
I have truckloads of gardening books (greenthumb alert!) but this one is my favourite. I love being a member of The Diggers Club, and their magazines and books have helped my confidence in growing food for my family. Everyone will have their own veggie garden plot to design and maintain, so keep an eye out for when they post updates of their progress!
I'm also an avid researcher into healthy eating, and it is such a joy of mine to be able to pass on the knowledge of gut health, fermenting, and traditional eating to my kids. I've learned so much from reading Pete Evans' books and, while we don't eat completely paleo just yet, I can't wait to be cooking his recipes using our own freshly grown veggies!
Thank goodness for online lessons! Beautiful music is irrevocable proof that God exists, and wants us to be happy. Hearing a song come from the depths of a piano or the unified strings on a guitar, you can't get much better than that. Our awesome neighbour gave us the mini-drum kit - which should appease Dom for a while until he decides if he actually wants to learn it properly. And recorders... well, it's not a childhood without a recorder!
We do online music lessons, which is such a blessing. Teachers who give up their time and effort to film lessons and make them available for others to learn for free are worth their weight in gold. We use Hoffman Academy for our piano lessons, and Justin Guitar for our guitar lessons - both of which are fabulously simple for the kids to follow. Even I can understand and follow along! I would love to encourage you all to check out these awesome resources - you will not be disappointed!!
This is just a sample of all the resources we have, as well as using our FABULOUS local library! We have TONS of other books... I like books. A lot. So free learning happens quite often around here...