Saturday, August 20, 2011

Minor Plans for Homeschooling

I have been spending a lot of time this summer with my unschooling friends. This has had the effect of helping me feel satisfied about my children instead of hopeless for the coming year.

I still have a plan though ;-)

I am planing on using a little bit of a lot of different things this year. Here is a list of them.

Life of Fred Elementary Series

Life of Fred is just awesome. I don't know any other way I could describe it. It is a story book set with a few questions at the end of each chapter to help the child work through and remember the lesson.

SOS Math for practice on the computer.

Cantering the Country (Unit study using the United States)
It Happened in America - True Stories from the 50 States
Travel the Great States - an Activity book

You can probably tell from the above that I plan on focusing on US history and Geography this year.

English will consist of working in the book Voyages in English #2 and #5.

We will try to get more Museum time in as well as parks and meeting up with friends.

In September we will be at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine during Home School week. If you see me come and talk to me :-)

Friday, August 19, 2011


Someone private messaged me about the wands in the picture in the post I wrote highlighting our trip to Nebraska. I found that craft online.

Next time I do this craft I will try silicone instead, and then finish off the tips and designs with the hot glue.

I filled the wands myself, but if you try it out I think that teenagers could do this pretty easily if they are the type to not hurt themselves randomly.

I think this is a really cool craft and I am glad that we had a chance to try it out.

Painting the Wands

Hot gluing the designs on a wand

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Traveling With My Kids

We just got back from the annual AP Jamboree last week. It was a week full of fun conversations, spending time with friends and loads of tea and toast.

Highlights of the week we were gone:

The Unschool Bus!

No picture because I haven't liberated one from Tiffany yet, but here is a link to their blog.


STORMS! We are in TX and going through a nasty drought so these while noisy, were welcome.

Bugs! They have cool bugs in Nebraska :-)

Going Barefoot!

Injuries. Only this one if I remember correctly.

Sleeping on couches.