I know I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we are sort of on homeschool vacation, waiting for the baby to be born! Today the girls had a beach day with their daddy and Grandpa (my dad) at our neighborhood beach. I stayed home (of course!) – and asked them to text me pictures. They had fun!
Even though there is not much official homeschooling going on this week, you better believe that we still are learning every day! Ginger (5) and Violet (3) made this city of 100 sandcastles today at the beach (with a little help from their dad). I joked that they were doing kindergarten math, and we could call it “beachschooling” – haha!
Violet had a great time running up and down the beach. She has A LOT of energy! 🙂
Grandpa and the girls:
It’s funny because even though we’re a little light on our regular academics this week, we are still doing a lot of learning. The girls are still reading every day (of course!) – probably more than ever. Paprika has been figuring out how to make enough money to fly us all out on a trip to Indiana. She wants to open a bank account, has been counting the girls’ money, and coming up with plans on how to make money to pay for the trip. Just cute stuff like that!
Paprika has been practicing piano more than ever, playing mini-concerts for Grandpa. The girls have been drawing up a storm, making art projects, and writing their own stories and books.
And just today (Thursday) – Khan Academy announced its release of their iPad app (it’s free)! So, I had to download that app and immediately, Paprika (8) started exploring topics in World History, Art History, Science, and Economics. We have used Khan Academy on our computers for years (it’s free). The new Khan app is very exciting because the content is much more accessible and it’s much easier for my kids (who are still quite young) to interact with the material on a tablet. I foresee Paprika and Ginger (5) getting a lot of use out of the Khan app in the near future. I am going to need all the homeschool help I can get with a newborn at home! Ha!
I know a lot of people think it takes a lot of money to homeschool well – but my experience has been that there are SO many quality opportunities for learning that are free or very low-cost. I keep waiting to exhaust all the low-cost options and then I’ll buy some fancy curriculum…but that hasn’t happened yet and I don’t know that it ever will. As long as we have library cards and an internet connection, I think we’re good!
So, that’s our week in homeschooling! These are my posts from earlier this week, in case you missed them:
(linking up here)