Today we head outdoors for our very first spring nature study since we started the new classical Charlotte Mason homeschool approach. It’s our first week of trying Charlotte Mason and so far we are loving it! Even if our nature study takes place in our neighborhood green belt. We got this! Birds, a picnic and the innocence of youth.
This month, I discovered the Charlotte Mason homeschool approach and was smitten. I’ve been homeschooling Hadara for seven years, yet barely now, I just found this amazing way of homeschooling. I couldn’t wait to begin. This week, we tried a new homeschool approach called classical morning time. It’s one beautiful aspect of the Charlotte Mason way. Today, I share snippets of our first two days trying it out, tea and all!
Lately, Hadara has fallen in love with our city library. The book worm bit her and shes’s officially fallen for reading. To this day, we’ve maxed out our library cards with books and dvds.
We needed a change of pace and scenery. A new motivation to learn outside of the home. The library has such a stimulating environment we love. Something about being surrounded by knowledge is very motivating. So, we decided to try homeschooling once a week at our city library. Sometimes we’ll go on Monday, Thursday or Friday depending on what we got going on each week.
This is what our typical homeschool day at the library looks like this:
Arrive when library opens and drop off our bag loads of books to return.
Head straight to our study room, set up iPad (for my blogging on the go), plug in iPhone, get out homeschool stuff from our backpacks, yummy snacks out (shh…) and my warm herbal tea.
As Hadara works independently, I’ll take those small bits of time to blog on my iPad. I don’t have a laptop (praying for one) but blogging on the go with my iPad sure does help.
Then, we work together on our unit book study for that week. This month we completed our unit book study Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and our fall seasons unit. We also started Little House on the Prairie read aloud and Charlotte’s Web unit study.
After we finish unit study time, we wrap up, pack up and take our homeschool bags back to the car. It’s usually around 12:30 noonish, when we finish.
We go back inside the library to check out books and pick up our requested ones. That’s the best part! It always feels like a shopping rush when we walk out with new books for free!
After our library day is done, we’ll go home for lunch or sometimes pack a lunch for picnic in the park afterwards. Maybe run a few errands, go shopping or chill at a coffee shop to read our new checked out books.
And just like that, we homeschool in the library. So far, we love it and look forward to (can’t wait for) our next homeschool day at the library!!
What are some ways you utilize the library for your homeschool? I’d love to know how your family keeps homeschool fresh and exciting.
Have you heard of All About Reading curriculum? Today, Hadara and I open up All About Reading 3 and show you how to set it all up! We’ve been using All About Reading for two years now and Hadara really likes it. First, she really enjoys the hands on approach using the letter tiles. This really helped her in the beginning to become a fluent reader. Hadara also enjoys the workbook activities the best! The only thing I disliked about the set-up was tearing apart all of the word cards. There’s a bunch! However, Hadara helped me share the load of tearing them apart. It’s great to get the kids involved! We were excited to get started and you get to come along with us. You’ll see how I use a cookie sheet for our letter tiles instead of a white board, plus it’s seeing a day in the life of our homeschool.
So if you’re curious about the curriculum or how it works, watch our video! We want to help you in your homeschool journey. Our next homeschool vlog is How to Teach All About Reading Level 3 and we walk through the entire Lesson One with you. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and blog below for more homeschool videos like these.
Do you use All About Reading?
I’m always interested in other types of curriculum. Let us know in the comments below what reading curriculum you enjoy and why you like it?
Blessings and Shalom,
It’s Sentimental Sunday and we’re going back to 2010. In today’s video, I share Hadara’s first homeschool field trip at the Phoenix zoo. It was also her first time at the zoo. Hadara is 5 years old in this video and she’s so “chubby cheeks cute”. I can see how she’s grown and changed looking back. I was different too. My hair was red. Well, more like a dark auburn red. It was very pretty, but I think I enjoy my dark hair best now. Ruben had the day off so he could join us for the field trip and make it a family day! Hadara enjoyed seeing all the animals, but I remember her favorite one was the elephants. However, her ultimate favorite part of the day was the merry-go-round. She’s loved riding on those things since she was a toddler. As I look back and see the footage, the one thing that hit me was Hadara’s precious laugh. Aww, the enjoyable age of five, kindergarten. They grow up fast mamas! I encourage you to take time to enjoy your children’s smile and laughter. You’ll soon miss it.
Blessings and Shalom,
Last Monday, I filmed our homeschool day. I’ve never blogged about our homeschool days before. I’ve wanted to vlog (film our day) for a while, and I guess after five years of homeschooling, I finally took the plunge! There are two reasons why I want to vlog our homeschool days:
- I would like memories of our homeschool days recorded and give Ruben a chance to see what we do while he’s at work. 🙂
- To help other homeschool moms just starting out or looking for help, ideas and the real us!
By popular demand, The Beach Girls are back!
Our first video Hadara and I created with the Beach Girls is our top video for teaching children the Bible. I have to give credit to my daughter Hadara for this cute little series she began. It all started with her sweet BIG imagination on a homeschool afternoon and a desire to teach kids about God’s Ten Commandments.
The first video, Thou Shall Not Steal has blessed many children and has helped as a resource to many of you. You have told me you’ve used this in your homeschool and even in your children’s church ministry. Hadara is so blessed because she began this video series to make sure that other children learn Bible truths in a fun and easy way.
Today’s lesson is about the 9th Commandment, “Thou Shall Not Lie“. In this adventure, we celebrate Stacey’s birthday along with learning a valuable lesson on telling the truth.
Beach Girls Episode 2: Thou Shall Not Lie
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Here’s also a FREE Bible Lesson and FREE Mini Booklet to use with the video from Church House Collection Blog. They have so many Bible lesson resources for children and they are free!
Thank you for watching today’s video!
How do you teach your children about telling the truth?
Share in the comments below.
Blessings and Shalom,