I’ll admit…I started dragging my feet to take Pinky to school right after spring break. If you’re like me, you’re tired of school and that comes with it. Let’s be honest, but optimistic.
School is a lot of work for parents too, especially if you’re homeschooling part time or full time.
The good news is, summer break is almost here!
I’m a little behind in sharing our latest work samples but here they are. I love seeing how our kids have evolved from the beginning of the year.
I hope you find some inspiration in these little lessons. Many of them were done on the fly. And for us, those seem to be the best ones. By on the fly, I mean a life lesson arises and we create a teaching moment in the midst of it.
Read more to see what I mean…
Pinky lost a charm at school. It wasn’t just any charm. It was a gift from her godmother. It was special.
She looked everywhere for it. We thought it was long gone. She decided to ask her 6th grade buddies if anyone had seen it. That was last time she remembered seeing it.
To her luck, a boy named Zack did in fact find her charm and turned it into the teacher. She was so excited and agreed that she would write him a thank you letter. I was impressed. As a parent you don’t really expect other kids would go that extra step to turn something in like that.
This sample is the thank you letter that she wrote to her friend helping her practice not only her spelling and writing, but also her gratitude.
Pinky enjoys cooking and helping in the kitchen. In this sample she was able to demonstrate her understanding of a whole, a half and a quarter. She learned how important it is to measure when cooking or following a recipe to make sure your food comes out just right.
This was a simple worksheet I drew up while we were in the middle of making dinner. Learning doesn’t have to be complicated.
Fingerprints are unique to everyone. Pinky explored this concept and also learned that fingerprints never leave you, they stay the same as you age and no one has the same fingerprints as you.
We watched the video below and she shared her thoughts and findings.
In this sample, Pinky lists the ingredients used in a science experiment that allowed her to lift her fingerprints off of a smooth surface.
She used eye shadow, a loose brush, wipes and metal measuring cups. She later was able to help teach her classmates how to do this experiment too.
Pinky collects drawings of flags from around the world. She hopes to travel to all the places she’s read and writes about.
Her best friend’s family is from Guam so she decided to draw her version of the Guamanian flag and learn a little about their culture.
She learned that in Guam people fish for food and use US dollars. Guam reminds her of Hawaii.
For this lesson, we also watched some videos on YouTube. It’s one of her favorite ways to research.
What are your kids learning in school and at home this month? Please share in the comments below. We love getting new ideas.
Thanks for reading.