We recently got back from a trip to Minnesota where we enjoyed getting away and spending time with family. Meanwhile, between sick kiddos and the return of morning sickness (what is up with THAT?!) I feel like I’ve been playing catch up for the last week or so. We also celebrated a birthday – our youngest turned three! So this Wrap-Up edition covers the couple weeks before our trip. And I’m going to try and keep it brief!
If only I could harness the enthusiasm of the toddler and spread it around to his brothers.
We didn’t get everything I had planned finished before our trip (surprise, surprise), but we did make progress.
Continuing in our American History study led us to make and play a couple of games – one about Settlers vs. Entrepeneurs vs. Explorers vs. Soldiers. This was after a writing exercise where each of the boys had to decide which of those they would most likely be. Any guesses as to what they chose?
The second game was Quoits – a game that early settlers would play when they had finished all their chores. Basically, just throwing rope rings around a stick, but even my iPad-generation kids had fun with it.
In science, we continued to study all things related to weather – specifically the different layers of the atmosphere and for extra credit the Greenhouse Effect.
When we weren’t making headway with our curriculum, we were out and about taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
We got together with some other homeschooling friends and visited two museums near Lake Erie. First we learned about the Underground Railroad at The Hubbard House Museum.
Nearby, and perhaps a little more exciting for little boys, was the Ashtabula Maritime Museum.
The boys’ favorite part of the day, though, was lunch and playtime with their friends on the beach.
Back at the home front, we continued our efforts of getting the boys more involved in the kitchen. We cooked a couple more things from our Cook Your Way Around the USA cookbook – but I don’t have any pictures this time. The toddler continues to be the most enthusiastic helper in the kitchen, though. I can no longer do anything in there without his “help.”
My oldest recently started his computer class and so far is enjoying it. He’s expressed an interest in all things computer-related over the last year or so. One of the things I really appreciate about homeschooling is the ability to encourage the unique interests and abilities for each of my children. He gets to spend two hours each Monday learning a variety of topics related to computers – and it doesn’t hurt that he usually sneaks in a little Minecraft playing time at the end with his friends.
That’s what we’ve been up to lately (told you I’d try and be brief)! I’ll have posts coming up about our Minnesota trip and a certain little guy’s birthday. I’ll also have posts about homeschooling in general mixed in as I continue to move things from my old site to this one.
If you’re interested in keeping up with new posts, then you can use the subscribe buttons over there in the sidebar at the top of the page – I think I finally have them working! If you were subscribed to my old blog (Life with Legos) or website (Cleveland Homeschooler) you’ll need to sign up again to get posts. If I was a little more computer savvy then I may have been able to save you the trouble, but I’m not.
Finally, one of my favorite moments of the week:
Because: 1) these two do NOT get along terribly well on a typical day and 2) teaching my boys to read and watching them become avid, enthusiastic readers is to date one of my greatest accomplishments (something I cling to on all the days when we struggle – because, believe me, we do!).
Hope you’re enjoying these beautiful days of fall!