I am asked pretty regularly if we homeschool or send our kids to public school. The answer is yes.
We do both.
We send our oldest two boys to our neighborhood public school. A very good school within walking distance of our house.
But when they are at home, I am always looking for creative ways to reinfoce what they are learning at school and provide more art, music and literature in their day. We also keep a blackboard wall of questions that come up. "How are clouds made?" or "Why can't people fly like birds?" And then on the weekends or free time, we follow up on those questions.
As a grand daughter of two amazing school teachers, I realize the importance of a free public education. And I also know that mamas who homeschooler are a wealth of knowlege and full of ideas on how to make learning interesting and how to follow their children's lead.
Here is how we merge the two...
Follow along on our education journey:
- Taking Charge Of Our Education, Part 1
- Taking Charge of Our Education, Part 2
- Taking Charge of Our Education, Resources
- Our Explore Room
Science and Nature
We grow a backyard garden which is one of our most favorite classrooms. There we study biology, entomology and chemistry. We also blog about our science and nature fun as a joint venture with our friends (The Blue Yonders) at The Magnifying Glass.
- How to Make a Terrarium
- The Makings of a Spider Web
- Backyard Birds
- Winter Gardening
- Summer Gardening
- Fungus Discoveries
- Little Entomologists
Each evening, I read to the boys from a long chapter book. See the left margin for the list of books we have read aloud. These books have included:
Art & Craft