A Summer Schedule~

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

With a year round school philosophy,
we are free to go on trips or appts with no concern for school days
plus take a more relaxed approach to our summer work time.

We are beginning our summer schedule with a shorter morning work time
and way more play time~

They even made up their own corn hole game with bean bags and hula hoops~
A great first day back to the new Summer Schedule!

Memorial Day~

Monday, May 25, 2015

Because we have been gone all week,
we enjoyed our holiday just being thankful for home~
We LOVE the beach but we love HOME more!
Thankful to all the men and women that have given us the blessing so freedom.
Happy Memorial Day!

A Surprise Beach Week~

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So it's been a long time since I posted but I have had good reasons...
The middle of week before last, we were surprised with a week at the beach
and it was ninety to nothing getting ready to go.

{Warning: Lots of photos and all taken with my phone}

Our kids were SO excited~
 Everyday was SO beautiful and everyone loved sand and waves~
 We spent our days on the beach just being together~

 We did a little shopping~

 Holly didn't miss a beat and the bitties stuck together like glue~
 EK loved catching all kinds of things in her net~

 One evening we went putt putting and were thankful our big girls were with us~
 They showed the littles how it was done~
 A beautiful evening~

On Thursday we drove to Charleston to spent the day with my sister and kids.
We were amazed at the size of a cruise ship waiting to board~
 We toured around to see Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row, and the Market~

 A couple of photos I edited from not so great to stunning~
 LOVE black and white~
 More beach shenanigans~

 And a highlight was finding out my friend Lynn and family were in Myrtle Beach too 
so we were able to hang out~
 It was such a wonderful week and we loved every minute!!!
Thankful for a Surprise Beach Week!

Beach Schooling~

Friday, May 22, 2015

Since we school year round, I wasn't too concerned with getting much done
but I did bring our journals and a few ocean books~

 One of our favorite books was Seashells by the Seashore
and it had this really cool shell card we could take out for shell collecting~

There was always something to look up with all the creatures EK found~

There was a lot of learning going on even with no plan...
and can I just say they were teaching ME. 
(not the other way around :)

Just Crusin'~

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just two little girls in their little pink jeep crusin' around their yard!
Living the good life!!

Summer Schedule~ {FIAR: The Bee Tree}

We have two college girls already home for the summer
and it just made sense that we would embrace a summer schedule as well.
Year round school works for our family and children because...
1. we thrive on a schedule
2. allows us time off whenever needed
3. learning never stops anyway!!!

Our summer schedule started this week with a three days (Tues, Wed, & Thurs) on
and two days for free choice learning (well four if you count the weekend).

I am learning I am a rabbit trail kind of homeschooler with a twist of Charlotte Mason and smidge of unschooling as well.
What all that means is I am very likely to take something happening in real life
and twist our learning all the way around it with lots of idea spinoffs...

This week we embraced all things honeybee as a spinoff from our field trip
to Blue Haven Bee Company last week~
It just made sense for us to learn as much about the amazing honeybee as possible
and to do that we read
 We loved reading about honey even in the Bible!
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103

Two sources I gather ideas from is the FIAR manual and a website Homeschooling Share 
and both suggested we study Michigan since that is where the story takes place.
We did using this 50 States book and then compared to our state of Georgia~
 We LOVED learning the Honeybee is OUR state insect!!!
That called for a honey video, life cycle study, and honey snack of course~
 We finished this day of schooling out on our breezeway and ended up lunching out as well~

The next day we watched our story read via YouTube and also a piece about Polaco as well~
Loved using Google Earth to zoom in on some favorite places near us!

 Our lesson was All About Georgia (unit from my teaching days)
where we traced the outline, labeled famous sites, and discovered landforms~

Today we enjoyed a wonderful math lesson.
I found this hexagon sheet @ Homeschool Share along with color blocks.
I had them cut the hexagons out and glue into their journal~
 I made up a game where they rolled a dice and had to create a hexagon with that number of shapes.
If they had already used an amount, they rolled again until 1-6 was complete.
I was pleasantly surprised how fast they caught on and wanted to play over and over~
 I thought this might go right over the bitty girls' heads but Evie left the room
and came back with one of our Magformers and said, "I found another hexagon!"
Bam! Living her learning!!!~
 Once they had created with real pattern blocks, we used paper ones to glue down~
 The whole reason for this lesson is quite amazing...
God gave honeybees the knowledge to make their cells in the form of a hexaagon~
Isn't God SO amazing!!!!!
Thankful for honeybees and the yummy honey they make!
Week done and that's a wrap.

Painting our Work~

For the past week, Evie hasn't really been excited to learn about honeybees
and it has been a struggle to keep her 'entertained'.
I saw this idea of name painting on IG and both girls LOVED it~
'Others' showed watercolor envy SO we all pulled out our watercolors
and painted whatever we were working on!
After all, Explode the Code can be pretty boring day after day with only
a pencil, crayons, or markers.
Turned into a pretty colorful day!!!