Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New School Style

Today we tested the waters with a new schooling style. The model we're trying to follow is done by another homeschooling family located in South Africa. I recently found their blog and have been thoroughly encouraged that this mom of seven can do what she does how she does it. It's such a good mix of life learning and "textbook" learning. The waters we tested today was the area of journaling.

The subject was lions and it all started out with a simple "how to draw animals" book by Usborn.

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James' first page

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Morgan is going for the stylish version with her fancy scissors :::giggle:::

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During this time Peter discovered how fun markers were and actually tried to eat one...

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The same amount of marker that got on his paper also got on his hands and face, but aren't they such sweet little hands?!?

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Clara even got in on the action, practicing her skills with the scissors and using a glue stick AND tape to put her picture in her science journal.

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Lily was blissfully unaware of all the happenings because she was taking her morning nap. All said and done, I felt that it was a successful morning of learning. The kids enjoyed themselves, created something and learned something all at the same time, each displaying their unique style of how they would do their journaling. James enjoyed drawing a picture of two male lions fighting while the girls were content to follow the "how to" instructions (or at least try to.)

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6 comments:

Mandy C. said...

You are SO tempting me to homeschool. I've been thinking about it, but haven't fully decided yet.

Looks like fun!

natedavidscott said...

way to go! looks like a blast. thanks for taking all the pictures.

i think you should rename your blog to FI5E
;P

kbs said...

Now that's what homeschooling is all about: having fun while secretly learning:) I loved the early years because I was so free to try new exciting things and change my mind at anytime. Highschool just isn't as flexible and those nasty textbooks creep in! And you also have others tell you what you must be learning to get into college.

Vicki said...

I love Se7en.. That lady is so smart!

Mandy C. said...

OK - after today's fiasco at school I'm seriously talking about homeschooling.

I'll have a 1st grader & a 5th grader. How much am I going to spend on books & such? How much time am I looking at? I've only taught Kindergarten, do you think I can do it?

se7en said...

Hi there, I found you on my google links! Well done on your "Lion Day"! Keep up with the Fun!!!