Happy Valentine's Day!
If the roads clear, we hope to enjoy part of this day on a field trip with homeschool friends and the rest of it here at home, having a Saint Valentine's Tea, doing lessons and simply living, loving and learning together at home.
Speaking of loving, before I get into the quick takes, if you love giveaways, please feel free to enter the one I have running for just a bit longer for Hal and Melanie Young's My Beloved and My Friend e-book and audio download as well as the mega-giveaway of options great for early learners that is being offered in celebration of the book's launch!
Now, back to some quick take highlights of the past two weeks here:
Snow Much Fun!
|Likewise, I only got a a shot or two on the snow drift pile before my camera had to be tucked into my pocket as my little knights began defending their castle with snowballs!|
Building Simple Machines!
|We are blessed to enjoy fantastic, free STEM programs at local libraries. The children so enjoyed designing and testing pulley systems...|
|... and attempting to design roller coasters.|
Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills
|Nina and Luke focused on handwriting practice with lovely printables from Homeschool Encouragement. In fact, Nina asked me to print more and more pages of the fan freebie that was offered the Facebook page earlier this month.|
|Jack preferred using the printables for cutting practice. And, yes, I know those are awfully large scissors for awfully little hand,s but, honestly, they are the scissors Jack prefers.|
Drawing at the Library
|Luke and Nina enjoyed a drawing class for several weeks at a local library while Jack and I played with homeschool friends out in the hallway. At the conclusion of the class, Luke, Nina and friends made speed murals, which Jack happily inspected.|
More Science Fun!
|What fun we all had seeing our silhouettes and learning how many calories and grapes we'd burn off while walking at a new exhibit at the Science Museum!|
|The kids also enjoyed other hands-on exhibits, such as this one where they got to put together the innards of a human body...|
|...and this one, where they designed (and re-designed!) claws to try to grab toys...|
|... and this one, where they used their skills and imagination to solve a paleontology mystery (while Mommy and Daddy smiled, remembering Luke's former long-lived passion for dinosaurs!)|
Celebrating Feast Days and Random Holidays
|We began the month by reading loads of books about St. Brigid on the first, celebrating Candlemas at a friend's home on the 2nd and having an Our Lady of Lourde's breakfast tea this past Tuesday.|
Light It Up!
|At am Outside the Box STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) gathering, I helped the kids make tapetrictity cards under the tutelage of another mom. What an easy, fun project for exploring electric circuits!|
|We joined a homeschool co-op at NESA so the kids can enjoy exercise, sensory input and socialization during these cold, snowy winter months. What a blast they had with the trapeze and foam put there!|
|After spending hours moving about NESA, Nina came home and chilled out by grabbing our homemade movable letters. She surprised me by writing simple sentences with them while I was down doing some laundry. Love when the kids choose learning as play!|