Play Doh and Balloons: A Week of Learning

Thrift Schooling

Happy New Year Everyone! 

I hope it is starting off well for you. As for me, not so much. I started the New Year sick. Literally. When the clock struck midnight, the front door began opening and closing as people were leaving the New Year's Eve Party we were at and with every rush of wind I felt, I couldn't stop shivering- uncontrollably. Yes, it was cold, but what I was feeling was unusual. Then, as soon as I got home and rushed into the house, I knew something was "off." I couldn't get rid of the chills and I realized I had a fever, which woke me up several times that night. Praise GOD that my husband was home the next day because I was a MESS! Fortunately- none of my kids have caught it not even the baby, (though I thought he did for a quick minute)!

I guess one good thing about the morning sickness I always get during pregnancy is that even when I feel terrible, I STILL have to take care of my kids and homeschool them so when weeks like this come around, it's nothing! I laugh and say, "I got this!" Because honestly the flu is not nearly as debilitating for me as morning sickness!

It's not fun, but, it's doable. 

We started new units in both History and Science this week. In History, we were learning about the vikings, hence the play-doh viking ships below. I love the curriculum we are using, Golden Prairie Press, because it is super hands-on. The kids learn history through games, activities, cooking, skits, songs, maps, timelines, stories, writing activities and more. 

We are now studying Astronomy for our science. To help learn the proportions of the planets and their sizes, the kids blew up balloons to scale the best they could. Some are so small you can hardly see them!

In my sixth grade son's reading this week, he had to read a section from the book, Understood Betsy.
I thought that other fellow homeschooling moms might enjoy a quote from it, especially if you are not the type to worry much about what "grade" your child is in. Though this story is about a nine-year-old girl who leaves the city to go to a country one-room schoolhouse in the early 1900's, this is true about homeschooling as well.

"If I'm in second grade math and seventh grade reading and third grade spelling, WHAT GRADE AM I IN?" 

The teacher laughed..."You aren't in any grade at all, no matter where you are in school. You're just yourself, aren't you? What difference does it make what grade you in? And what the use of your reading little baby things too easy for you just because you don't know your multiplication tables?

Love this teacher's answer.


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