Summer Homeschool Schedule Begins!

We are so excited to be starting our summer homeschool schedule. We’ll be covering nature study, art/music appreciation, phonics, and numbers. But the schedule is so care-free and summer-ish!

Summer Homeschool Mornings

Open the Day–prayer, calendar, Bible verses/songs

Nature Study Indoors–reading, discussion, or notebook pages

Nature Study Outdoors–gather our journals, flower presses, and other supplies and head outdoors!

Handbook of Nature Study - By: Anna Botsford Comstock

Discover Nature at Sundown: Things to Know and Things to Do

Summer 2010 Nature Study Final

Art–Van Gogh study: activities will vary–bio study, picture study, down and and dirty with art itself!

Summer 2010 Art Plans cover

My Book Fair Finds

Music–Handel study: activities will vary–bio study, music study and sequencing, instrument families, and (my favorite) a pool party with Handel’s water music!

Summer Homeschool Afternoons

Phonics/Numbers–worksheets and review time (I’ll be doing this with my son after the little one goes down for her nap.)

First Summer Homeschool Nature Study

For our first nature study, I actually began, not with lesson one in the unit study, but with just an overall introduction of the 5 senses God has equipped us with to explore His creation. Then, we went exploring, trying to find at least one object for each sense.

We tasted cilantro.

We smelled oregano and a few flowers (one stinky flower and another that smelled rather fruity).

Smelling Oregano

We heard birds (and an airplane, if that counts).

We touched a cactus (with Mommy’s help), some rocks, the wet ground, and sticks.

We saw some tiny fish…

“catching” fish

 

And later in the day, the Lord also blessed our study with a baby bird flight lesson. We got to watch and listen as a baby bird learned how to fly.

He was having a great deal of trouble, and the kids were a little concerned (okay, I was too). Daddy joined our observation group, and we prayed for the baby bird, then stood back to watch mommy and daddy bird give the lesson.

After our nature walk, we finished our entry in our nature journals. I wrote down what they reported about  each sense, and then let them draw some pictures. My son drew a picture of a small fish and a picture of himself “exploring.”

Overall, it was a fantastic start to our summer. Next, we are focusing in on smells and learning about the mosquito.

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Our life is creative chaos, and our homeschool is loud and busy and distracted and challenging and lovely. My name is Tracy, and I homeschool my crew of three kids with ADHD/dyslexia, finding creative ways to use their strengths to teach their weaknesses. As a homeschooled homeschooler, I love customizing curriculum and making adjustments to incorporate fun, hands-on projects for out-of-the-box learners. Stop by growingNgrace.com to find grace for the messes and mistakes, and knowledge to pick up the pieces and make something special. Let’s grow together!