Oh my, it's been a LONG time since I've posted, hasn't it?
Is anyone still there?
Still following our homeschooling journey?
I hope so.
After a three-ish month break, I plan to blog regularly again.
Weekly updates and such.
I hope you'll stick around. :)
We've been keeping busy!
Mid-January, I decided to stop using HOD as our curriculum.
For the most part, we enjoyed our time with HOD,
but we were ready for something new.
HOD gave me the confidence I needed to piece together my own curriculum.
I am thankful for that.
And so, for the past few months, we've been on our own little journey,
and it's been GREAT!
The Fantastic Okapi has told me he "loves his new school!"
and even wants to "do" school on weekends.
I don't have many photos to share with you,
but promise to do a better job at capturing our days in the future.
For now, here's a little peek at some of the stuff we've been up to:
A fun game we use to practice math facts!
I numbered the inside of an egg carton and placed two fuzzy balls inside.
Ashton closes the lid and shakes it up.
The fuzzy balls land on 2 numbers, and he adds them together.
It's pretty fun!
Some of our recent art work.
We rented "Our World" by Millie Miller from our local library a few months ago.
The Fantastic Okapi fell asleep with it every night.
I researched it on Amazon and Ebay,
and was happy to discover she also made a USA version.
It was tricky to find both of these books-
apparently there aren't many out there,
but I'm happy they're part of our home library now.
Our new curriculum definitely requires more prep work on my part,
but it's so rewarding!
We spent a few weeks traveling around the world.
We studied countries, people, animals, climate.
We really enjoyed our little journey!
We read some great books and "met" some amazing people.
We also started notebooking- a GREAT way to organize what we learn,
and it makes it easy to review.
And, the Fantastic Okapi LOVES notebooking!
Here's a peek inside his notebook:
It's Ernest Shackleton!
The Fantastic Okapi re-enacted his journey with Legos, too.
It was fun!
Homeschool Creations has amazing country and flag pages for notebooking.
We LOVE them!
The Fantastic Okapi started writing to penpals.
He recently sent letters to Las Vegas, New Zealand and Rhode Island.
He also sent a postcrossing card to Germany.
We're excitedly awaiting a letter from a new friend in France.
If your child would be interested in exchanging mail,
please let me know!
The Green Owl has been keepin' busy too.
He does his own little school.
(We'll start kindergarten next year)
He just about knocked my socks off today when he spelled
"SEVEN" on his own.
I was so surprised- I rewarded him with a jelly bean treat!
And lastly, a few "fun" family photos:
Thanks for taking time to ketchup, er, CATCH UP with us!
We look forward to sharing more of our days with you in the future.
And, a quick little shout out to the fabulous Mrs. Sandra Helder--
if you happen to be reading this,
please know I am thankful for the mail you've been sending.
You will hear from me soon!