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Today we did a bit of art with our homeschool day.  We got a late start on the day, but we got a lot done.  Our art project came from Water Street Academy (so credit where credit is due, now go check them out!)

img_20170201_124158_523In the example they gave, they used beans and rice.  I searched our pantry to figure out what we would use and I decided we were going to do something different.  We had a random bag of barley sitting in the cabinet that never sees use (we don’t use it in cooking), so we decided to use that.

Each of the kids poured out their allotment of barley on their page, then Sander and A.J. decided they needed to reshape their barley to add a little bit of interest to their maps.  They traced their geography, outlined it, and started to draw (or color as Luca’s case may have been.)

At the end of it all we had three very different (but very cool) maps.  Each of the kids showed off their own personal style, and came up with very different ways of doing the project.  I think filling in the maps was the most fun.

img_20170201_130633_465Luca’s map was as crazy and chaotic as Luca.  The whole thing was inspired by someone mentioning they wanted a volcano on their map, so that’s what the map became, a volcano with lots of lava.  Luca’s never much held to conventional art, so I’m not surprised that the resulting image is something that looks like it’s a part of some more modern school of art.

img_20170201_130058_215Sander’s map doesn’t have any labels (because Sander doesn’t much like writing) but it’s definitely got some features on the map.  There’s a large volcano, spewing out volcanic rock, and a giant river that cuts the whole thing in two.  Mostly it’s just plains.

img_20170201_130804_993A.J. had the most detailed map.  His included a volcano, the tallest mountain in the universe, a jungle, a forest, and some grass lands.  There’s also a large chain of mountains and two temples, the Temple of Light and the Temple of Dark.  I’m interested to see what stories he comes up with to go with this land.  I’m sure there’s got to be a story or two behind those huge temples.

So that’s what we did today.  As if that wasn’t enough, we also did our math, got some phonics in for Sander, did a couple workbook pages with Luca, did work on the computer, and read a book about frogs.  Yesterday it was a book about turtles.  We have two more books to go about frogs and turtles and then it’s going to be back to the library with us.  Thankfully the library is on the way to jujitsu, so that makes it easy to stop in on our way and do the book return and selecting thing again.  I’m feeling pretty accomplished for the day.  I hadn’t expected to get near this much stuff done!

Three days in and I’m feeling pretty good about our homeschooling/unschooling routine.  I guess you’d really call us relaxed homeschoolers at this point.  We’ve gotten a lot of work in during the day, which is turning out to be more than I thought we would.  I’m feeling pretty good about what we’re getting done with our time.  We’re absolutely flying through this stuff.

And the best part about homeschooling?  Sander was tired in the middle of the day.  He was super cranky and had a major meltdown.  I suggested he go lay down for a while until he was no longer cranky.  Wouldn’t you know it?  He fell asleep.  That’s one thing he could never do in traditional school.  And all of it got done (and a nap filled in) long before he ever would have stepped off the bus to come home in the day.  I’m feeling pretty good about that all in all!


Author: Fox

With four kids, who has time for much? We spend a lot of time together, which translates to a lot of knitting time for me when we hang out. We've been trying to get back to our unschooling roots. We watch a lot of videos, play a lot of games, and pay attention to the things we notice in our everyday life. It's been quite the big adventure!

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