Sunday, March 24

Home School Diaries

This is actually from earlier in our school year.  We've learned over the past couple of years that Hope is a hands-on kind of learner.  The more projects and experiments we do, the more excited she becomes and the easier it is for her to really remember the information.  It was a Saturday when she came over to me and said, "I can't wait until school on Monday!"  I (of course) looked at her a little dumbfounded.  She then explained the process of growing mold and how Monday was when she got to pull the various foods out to see what had sprouted.  I just remember thinking < Holy cow.  This is working.  She likes learning. >

You can see my other Home School Diaries here.

 

43 comments:

  1. I was an elementary education major for three years (I just switched to art ed) and I loved coming up with little hands on projects for kids. Sadly the reason I switched is because I started to realize how hard that would be to actually implement in the school system these days (there are seriously so many reasons why). I think that is why I switched to art education.
    With all that said, I love the fact that you homeschool your children and that you give them lots of hands on projects to work on. Kids need that and will always learn better that way.
    Leah
    www.e-plus-l.blogspot.com

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  2. As a previously homeschooled child and now a teacher, that is one of THE most exciting and rewarding things you can hear! SO rewarding. =)

    Chelsea @ How I Dwell Now

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  3. Could you share the book she is doing her homework ?

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  4. That's so great to hear. That has to be music to a mom's ears.

    www.CitrusBlonde.com

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  5. May I just say how very happy it made me to hear that you homeschool. We recently made the decision to homeschool our daughter and sometimes it feels scary. I worry that I'll have no-one to talk to about it.
    Discovering your blog has been wonderful. It's such a great mix of everything. Thank you! x

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    1. It does feel scary-- I can totally relate! We are finally getting to a place where we mostly know what works and what doesn't, but this is our 3rd year.

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  6. Thanks for sharing, I would love to hear more from your homeschool diaries!

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    1. Ditto! Am I correct in thinking that you guys recently moved? I'm really curious how homeschool and moving works...it just seems so overwhelming. With that said, I love these glimpses into your homeschooling because it really seems like you're putting your all in and it will pay off for your girls. :)

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  7. Did you really grow molds out of those food in the ziplock bags? And how do you schedule Hope's lessons? I'm really curious about the dynamics of home school as in our country, it isn't very common.

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    1. We did & it was really gross! I'll do a more in-depth post soon about our days and routines. :)

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  8. how awesome that she is so excited about learning. i was homeschooled growing up, and really love that it allowed me to thrive by learning in a way that worked for me. it is a great thing to know how you learn best... and it is so cool that she is learning from mold!

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  9. Lovely! what a great thing to hear from her :)

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky

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  10. That's great news! And that assignment looks pretty interesting too:)

    blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com

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  11. I really love etting to take a peak inside your homeschooling day. I homeschool my kids too ad it's always nice to find bits and pieces of inspiration.

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    1. That's great to hear! I'm the same-- I love seeing peeks of other people's home schooling days. It's fun and a good way to get new ideas!

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  12. that is really cool. I have been thinking a lot about home schooling lately. am so glad it's working for you guys!

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  13. I've been thinking about homeschooling a lot lately. My son is only 14 months old, but it's an option I'm interested in. Thanks for sharing about your experiences!

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  14. Great photos and workbook. Mind if I ask what brand it is. I would love to look into using this sort.

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  15. How sweet. I was homeschooled my whole entire school life and I loved the hands on projects that my mom would do with us when we were younger. One time, when we studied about Australia, we made crafts that were about kangaroos or made recipes from over there. It made learning about other countries and time periods fun. Best of luck with all the rest of your homeschooling adventures :)

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  16. What a great post... Admire you so much for choosing this route for your family :)

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  17. That's so exciting! Does a heart good to hear that. Can I ask- is that an Evan Moor workbook?

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  18. I love hearing about your homeschooling adventures. I am considering homeschooling my kids, but my husband isnt super in love with the idea. So good to see that Hope is thriving! :)

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com
    GIVEAWAY ON THE BLOG TODAY!

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  19. What a smart girl!

    This is so nostalgic. I read in your Why We Home School post that you used Sonlight. I was home schooled through every grade and we did Sonlight in my high school years. I got to collage and it turned out my roommate did too!

    But hands-on learning is the best. :-)

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  20. Which curriculum are you using and do you recommend it?

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    1. We decided to go without a set curriculum this year and it is working out really well. :)

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  21. I'm just like Hope; I always learn better hands on. And I was home school as well. Tell her to keep up the good work!

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  22. How exciting and rewarding for you! Aww! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  23. How fun!! That is so great she is looking forward to school! I learn best hands on also. I love that you guys are teaching her so she can learn the way she wants.

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  24. We don´t have home schooling in Sweden (as I´m aware of anyway) - I´m curious though. :-)

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  25. I love that you recognize how Hope learns and help her! She is getting a better education because of you!

    www.foundafeather.com

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  26. I didn't know that you are home schooling! That's awesome! If you have any questions / need materials...let me know, I teach elementary school!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  27. What book are you guys using for Science? We're currently using Scott Foresman for my 7&8yo home schoolers, and although it's good, it is becoming a bit monotonous, my boys are definitely hands on learners as well.

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    1. We have several right now and most are science experiment books. I'll do a post on it soon!

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    2. Thanks, can't wait to read more about it :)

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  28. How exciting! I've had a few home schooled friends growing up and I was always sort of envious. I had a hard time through school since they never focused on the hands-on learning style so this is a life I've always considered for my children. I'd love to hear about how you got started and what you should know about it, ect. ect. :)

    x Sara from tinysugarbee.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh fun. I am hoping to homeschool my daughter in the future (distant, she's only 13 months!) so it is really awesome to see what you are doing!

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  30. i wish you'd do these diaries more often! so great to see since i'm hardly familiar with homeschooling :)

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  31. I like you more and more when I read your blog! I always think you have an adorable family, lots of style and talent.
    I was home schooled all the way through high school and I think it was the best choice my parents made for me. I've only been married 4 months, so there's no kids yet, but I like to think we'll go the home school route as well.

    -Christina
    Clevercraftycreative.com

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  32. I've only been homeschooling since December (although it's something I considered doing for a long time) and it's so great when I see things "click" for my little guy. I love being able to teach him in a way that works best with his learning style.
    I hope we get to see more homeschool diaries!

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  33. that's so awesome! i was home schooled with my sister by our mom from kindergarten through 6th grade and i loved it. i'm glad Hope is loving it and learning a lot!

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  34. I was homeschooled for my entire education up through graduating highschool. If my mom had not done so, we never would have gotten to see my dad because of his job. It is such an encouragement to see other families blooming in home education. I plan on keeping my kids at home to do the same when I become a mother. Keep up the amazing work Katie! You are such an inspiration!

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