The week before a vacation is always hectic. So we were busy homeschooling, cleaning, preparing for finals, and getting through appointments.
We spent the morning studying the body. The kids looked through various science and library books to understand how muscles, ligaments, and tendons affect movement. The reason for this exploration was that Princess had physical therapy. The kids also watched videos about hypermobility syndrome, which is the purpose behind Princess’s PT.
STEM/STEAM exploration. I own several learning kits that focus on science topics: magnets, chemistry, physics, weather, and more. Each child explored one kit then conducted experiments using the steps of the Scientific Method. After they conducted the experiment, they asked one of their siblings to conduct the same experiment to see if the same results were achieved. All three children had to conduct each experiment. Then they wrote about their favorite one and how they conducted it.
STEAM requires that the arts are included in the learning process. Princess enjoys visual arts. Mighty Man enjoys musical arts. The youngest, who changes his nickname based on the animal of interest, enjoys opera and stage performances. They explored using supplies, videos, and instruments. Then they had to tell me about what they learned.
Friday was a scheduled early release from homework. In Indiana, there is no time minimum for schooling; therefore, it counted as a full day. This day was reserved for kids choice! They chose what they wanted to learn about then they proceeded to go about their day. I have a few requirements for these fun learning/unschooling days:
- No games unless it’s specifically related to the learning taking place (building an elaborate castle on Minecraft after reading about the Middle Ages-okay; playing Lego Dimensions-not okay)
- All basic skills have to be practiced: reading, math, writing, and spelling.
- There is a required end of day product to demonstrate what was learned: a report, model, diorama, art work, etc.
- A verbal presentation to all family members is given to family at dinner.
- If it was a skill learned, then they have to teach me that skill. For example, Princess wanted to learn about sewing. She demonstrated how to sew a small storage pocket on a pillow.
- If it is history based, then important dates and people along with the event have to be memorized. This is similar to memory sentences with Classical Conversations.
- All CC memory work has to be reviewed once for the day-everyday.
- Read anything for 3 20-minute segments of reading for an hour of reading daily.
- Practice math facts.
- Chores and laundry are to be done- these are life skills that will help them become productive adults.