Library Haul 📚 Currently Reading . Checked out 50 books today, hopefully they will last us until we leave next week.... . . I’m doing a two-in-one #hereisourhomeschool today. I’m not really reading anything myself right now. No brain cells left at the end of the day, I guess. #library #libraryday
Extra Curricular Activities is our prompt for today and to be honest I didn’t really know what to count as a homeschooler. We participate in a co-op and my son goes to a weekly Nature Center class. He also takes swimming lessons. My daughter did too, but she stopped after a bit because she just wasn’t ready for underwater stuff. But Z has been doing well in swimming. There were of course many reasons we started lessons, but this photo right here captures one of the most special. His grandparents have a pool in their backyard and every summer we get to cool off in it. I’m simply amazed at how much progress he’s made. How a little boy who used to be scared of the water is now flinging himself into the water. We will be traveling to visit them at the end of the month. We will spend some of the Ramadan days and nights, and celebrate Eid. The kids are looking forward to seeing how much further they can swim this year. . . . #hereisourhomeschool #modernhomeschool #homeschoolsummer #homeschoolpe
I’m a night owl and I always have been. Recently I’ve tried to change my ways to get up earlier, but this #Ramadan I’m back to a later night. There’s something energizing about a nighttime house where the only sounds I hear are the tick of the clock and click of my keys. I sometimes work on my blog at night, though I find time throughout the day to. That’s just it about “me time” right now mine isn’t really scheduled. It’s stolen. Little chunks of time here and there that are all to myself. I’m happy with it this way. It’s a good place to be in and I know it will change, as everything does. It’s vital for us to have our own own interests. GLIMMERSNAPS is one of mine. I enjoy the challenge of learning new ways to design web pages, presenting photos and ideas, the creativity. What are your interests? When do you have time to pursue them? . . #hereisourhomeschool #intentionalhomeschooling #modernhomeschool #momblogger #momlife #homeschoolblogger #hsbloggers 🌓🔭
Math! #hereisourhomeschool post from @intentionalhomeschooling . I hated math growing up so it was really important to me that my kids have a better relationships with numbers than I did. We use Beast Academy (bottom right) as our main book. Lessons are presented as a comic and there’s a separate book for practice. We also love the awesome projects in Math Lab. I’ve made a lot of my own resources too. I think I’ve made them all available on my blog as free downloads. The pipe cleaner letters on the bottom left are something I just started with my daughter. She’s a very kinestetic learner and she loves to play with them and make up stories. . The second photo shows how we have been doing math. My son likes writing on the he dry erase board and I write it down in his book. In the corner you see my littlest one sorting buttons. She’s been playing with that for a week! . . #modernhomeschool #hsbloggers #homeschoolblogger #math #mathlab #mathteacher #beastacademy #lovemath
Science is our everything! We are constantly making inquiries about the world around us. From nature to the orbit of the planets to physics to microbiology, there are so many fascinating topics to explore. My science classes were always so dry. We would read a chapter and answer questions at the end. 😴 I thought I wasn’t good at/didn’t like science and took minimums in high school and college. It wasn’t until I taught hands-on science as a classroom teacher that I started to fall in love with science. . In contrast, my husband actually is a scientist. I think it’s enevitable that our kids would be interested in it! They sometimes go to the lab with him and get to see high-level experiments in action. (It’s not as glamorous as on TV!) . We don’t have one book that we use. Instead, topics of interest come up and we research them. My son also takes a weekly class at our nature center where they learn about everything from owl pellets to the dynamics of flight. I do have a huge list of books we loved on my blog (glimmersnaps.com) And speaking of the blog, you can get the whole story behind the #lego chain reaction contraption he built for the science fair last month. (Blog post is coming just as soon as I can get these kids to bed 😂) . 🔬🔭🔌🌿🐚🦅👨🏾🔬💀🌎 . #homeschoolscience #homeschoollife #homeschoolsciencefair #homeschoolblogger #hsbloggers #modernhomeschool #hereisourhomeschool #intentionalhomeschool @intentionalhomeschooling
✨ May our month be filled with good deeds and worship! . #happyramadan #ramadan #ramadandecor #ramadancrafts #ramadanmubarak
Second language. #hereisourhomeschool by @intentionalhomeschooling . . . We have a few languages going on at home. My husband is bilingual and I’m fluent in Spanish. It’s also important to us that our kids can read Arabic so that they can read Quran in the original language. My son is doing structured language learning with Arabic (writing letters and connecting them right now). Otherwise we just keep other languages fun and loose. It’s pretty easy to find bilingual books in Spanish/English and sometimes I sing them songs in Spanish. I’m also a big fan of learning language through content. This Spanish visual dictionary is one of my favorite resources. . . My husband and his parents speak to them in their first language, but there’s no real need for written comprehension, mostly just conversational language. . . . Learning more languages than just English is so vital. You learn so much about your own language by studying others! . #modernhomeschool #homeschool #homeschoolblogger #hsbloggers #secondlanguage #thirdlanguage #earlyliteracy
History is a funny thing, isn’t it? Whose history do we teach? Whose eyes do we see through? I thing of all the subjects, history is given the biggest disservice. And it’s easy to see why. History happens over time and place—both abstract concepts for small children. We often teach in piecemeal and focus on a handful of culturally recognized stories in an effort to cover as much ground as possible. We gloss over ugliness that we want to shield our children (and ourselves) from. And all of these practices flatten history, make it boring. Part of what makes history so interesting is the conflicting ideas, forgotten stories, the choices people make when there are no good options, and the way events of a hundred years ago still impact the world today. History is messy and largely unknowable. What we have to teach is how to understand history and how to look at the events of the past with context and criticism. So for my young children, we can start understanding history by studying their own. We can look at photos and videos and hear stories about my 4-year old when she was a baby. These are artifacts and first-person accounts, are they not? We study geography and a lot of history naturally comes up. My son enjoys reading books set in various time periods and marveling at how life used to be. The only organized thing we’ve done with history so far is reading part of Joy Hakim’s The History of US. We read about the peoples who lived on this land before our ancestors immigrated here. It was ok, but I think I was hoping for something more maybe. I’m still searching for the right book, though it will probably be more than one. Another way we study history is in the museums we go to. We’ve been to several in Washington, D.C. (Natural and American History and the Museum of the American Indian) and seen displays about knights and ancient Egypt at the museum in Houston. There’s a lot more I want to do, but with history I’d rather they have some background first before visiting some of the more specific museums or archaeological sites. We have to study history to understand our world today. It’s probably one of the most important things we can do for our children.