Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Week

While the learning and projects never stop here, August brings an end to the long, lazy days of summer.  I know much of the country doesn't start school until September or at least until late August, but down here are hot, cranky, and tired of summer by the time August rolls around.  A change of gears is a welcome distraction to help us through these last few weeks (or months) of summer's heaviness.

We spent last week developing simple rhythms, organizing materials, and brainstorming projects.  Ella picked up where she left off in Life of Fred (still working through the first elementary series books) and we began our study of colonial America.  Of course, we left plenty of time for fun extras!

Nature Study

1st Notebooking P age 

Not-Back-to-School Pajama Day!
Not-Back-to-School Pajama Day
and Show & Tell with friends

Playsilk Artistic Gymnastics

Scissor Practice
(Check out that stylish headband . . . ha!)

Family Quilt Painting
A very fun and successful first week of "school," if I do say so myself!


  1. Sounds good to me! Honestly, I'm glad the weather is iffy this morning, so I don't feel as guilty cleaning and doing errands instead of going to the beach. So, does Ella do Fred independently? I've been reading it aloud because my kid is so resistant to everything that I'm not sure he'd answer the questions if I weren't right there, but obviously I don't want to have to do that forever.

    1. We started out reading it together, but she prefers reading it on her own. I was worried at first about her not doing the questions properly (she answers them in a little notebook), but I honestly don't think it has ever occurred to her to not answer them.


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