This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Homeschool Blogging Carnival hosted by Lisa at The Squishable Baby and Keisha at Unschooling Momma. This month our participants are talking about their favorite homeschool project or experience.
I asked my kids which one was their favorite project last year, and I got a list of everything we did. I tried to think, which one was mine? Mmm, I could not point at just one, we have enjoyed most of them.
I love doing hands on stuff with my kids. BUT, I have to confess, I do not like big messes and out of control kids, especially when we are learning. I used to teach messy class to Pre-k kids in our small co-op and I did not like the beans bin at all. It was messy and it would produce wild kids. It made me feel that they were learning to make messes and guess who got to clean the mess.
The reality is that as a home school family we are doing projects all the time, and hands on stuff that bring results. I guess they learn as we go in a daily basis. I want my kids to enjoy and love life. See learning as something natural and captivating.
As I make bread, the kiddos are around me learning math, chemistry and cooking. The little ones get their play-doh time as they knead the dough. The kitchen for children needs to be seen as a big laboratory where they get to combine, mix and produce yummy and not so yummy products. The chemist are the kids.
The Garden is another big time Science opportunity. I grew up in a city 13 000 feet above the sea level in the Andes. I did not have the opportunity to see a seed produce a plant, and a plant produce a fruit and the fruit to be processed for future consumption. Yes, we are Farmers first and become Industrial Engineers! And, even though the Senior does the dangerous stuff; the Juniors help in the initial process and labeling of the jars or freezing bags.
Outdoors and summer are such a big thing for kiddos, they love looking for treasures (historic treasures), exploring, taking pictures, spying in birds and the best, writing their own notes.
For our Science, we specially like the Apologia books that have really cool stuff to make, and an easy but not too basic explanation for the kids. This Summer we keep learning from flying creatures of the fifth day.
With daddy they do other stuff a little bit more adventurous, like Bible, launching rockets, volcanoes and astronomy. They love building stuff in Daddy’s shop. My boys made me a lamp last year from a tree that was knocked down by a Derecho storm. It was my Christmas present and it will be treasured for ever in my heart and on my night table.
I have come to the conclusion that my kids are my favorite project. I think it is important to give importance to everything we do and to every effort they do!
Visit The Squishable Baby to see how you can participate in the next Homeschool Blogging Carnival where we will be talking about online gaming and curriculum.
Please take the time to read the submissions by other Carnival participants:
- Keisha at Unschooling Momma will talk about a few of the writing projects she has done with her children, including a son who absolutely despises to write anything.
- Lisa at The Squishable Baby Will talk about her and her kids’ adventures collecting 400 cans of food to donate for her Follow Fundraiser.
- Tani at Normal Education shares how her Children learned about the election process – and got insight into it’s corrupt nature.
- Tati at AllMoms4Jesus shares how she takes her homeschool project well beyond pencil/paper and out into the community.
- Aida at Girlfriends With Goals will share how she brings her lessons alive with real life experiences.
- Markell Corpus will talk about the Dos and don’ts about homeschooling during the preschool years.
- Cecy Fencer will be discussing the homeschool projects that she enjoys the most.