When that letter of intent to homeschool got sent off via registered mail my husband and I had many reasons for pulling our four kids out of the public school system. Like many new homeschoolers we left the system to escape Common Core and testing that has spiraled out of control, but mostly to reclaim our little family and to help our kids to become more independent thinkers. As new homeschoolers we looked forward to many freedoms, both academic and personal. But there have been a few unexpected benefits of homeschooling that snuck up on us that we’re enjoying just the same!
Primary colors are one of the first art concepts I like to introduce young kids to in art. First, because they are a basic building block for understanding how to make all kinds of things. And second, because mixing colors is kind of magical. This color mixing coffee filter craft is a fun introduction to what happens when those primary colors mix together!
Once upon a time I remember discussing a friend of a friend that was a homeschooler. How presumptuous that they think they know everything their children need to be taught. They know ALL the math, science, reading etc.? They can give their child every experience they need to become a successful adult? No one person can know it all.
Our first year of homeschooling was last year. While I invested way too much money and research on curricula (way, way too much) I only bought a few storage boxes and a rolling cart to store books on. I set up on a corner of the kitchen table and that’s where we did school, hence “The Kitchen Table Classroom.” This year a homeschool room was a priority. We needed a new space that allowed quiet and focus.
This little project was all about line exploration with oil pastel and watercolor. It is easy, fun, and allows for a lot of individual interpretation and therefore a wide variety of finished products. When every child ends up with a piece of art uniquely theirs you know you have a winner!
I have pretty cursive handwriting, at least when I choose to. All those loop and swirls are satisfying to me as I drag my pen across a page. When we pulled our children from the public school system I was sure I would teach them to have legible, if not beautiful, handwriting. Cursive handwriting is a skill I want my kids to have. Or should I say, wanted them to have?
Almost all kids are familiar with the process of putting a pencil to paper and drawing. But drawing over those pencil lines with glue, or maybe even skipping the pencil altogether, can get really exciting! Glue drawing adds a third dimension to drawing with a pencil.
We like a good craft at my house. Even better when it uses natural (free materials), has impressive results and comes together in only a few minutes. These acorn necklaces made with baked marbles fit the bill!!
One of the best things about this project is your kids will be able to do almost all the work themselves (minus removing the pan from the oven) and they will have some sweet little gifts to bestow upon their people!
There’s a lot of good stuff about this homeschool lifestyle we have chosen. Here are a few of my favorites. And you know that little voice of doubt, that little devil that sits on your shoulder and whispers doubts in your ear. As a homeschool mom I have one of those too. If I’m being honest all of the best things about homeschool have a flip side to them; some real and some imagined. I’m gonna share those too. Because, really, doesn’t it feel good to know we all have the same worries? This is the best and worst of homeschool at our house!