Learning Plan: Age 6

Well, the new year has started!  This is our first official year, paperwork included, as a private school here in California.  California doesn’t have homeschoolers.  Those who are homeschooling without the support of a public school system (like a charter school), file paperwork just like any private school here in the state.  So, we decided…

Learning Plan: Age 5

And so it begins!  For reals! Well, kinda. My homeschooling, in a legal sense, will start for real next year, but I’m going to use this year as a sounding board for the best way to keep records for the state.  You can find my own goals and ways of doing things on my mentoring…

Tot School: Fall Theme

It’s been over two years since I did this theme.  I got pregnant that year and a lot of my tot school posts went to the wayside. So, I figured at least I could post the pictures I have. Fall Bath — I had my husband cut out leaves.  I remember trying myself, and if…

What A Four Year Old Can Learn

Last year I realized that it was a bit of a misnomer to call this list “goals,” as I wasn’t really focused on trying to get her to accomplish them.  It was more just keeping track of what she was learning. Moving forward to get something done is a pretty inherent aspect of the word…

Butterfly Life Cycle Party

At the end of our study of butterflies, we had a party with a few family friends.  Initially I was going to have them do tons of butterfly activities, but as I started really delving into info about butterflies, I changed it to have them go through the life cycle of a butterfly. I was…

Butterfly Life Cycle Party: Directions

Here are the directions I had at each station.  This site, Learn About Butterflies, is great for printing any images  you want to show them.  It’s also really interesting and will give you a greater understanding of the whole process. Station 1: Make antennae Here are your supplies. Make an antennae that will stay on…

Butterfly Study

My wonderful sister-in-law set us up with a sweet deal for a caterpillar so we could watch the transformation to a butterfly (note: this was almost a  year ago!! We’re coming up on time to get a new one and do this all over again!). We got our caterpillar in its little cup.  And almost…

Letter of the Week – Letter V

Day 1 Find v stickers and put on V Color and assemble Letter V Book Go to library and get v books Put out V words (vacuum, vase…I highly recommend using masking or painting tape so nothing is ruined when  you pull it off) Video: How It’s Made: Violins Video: 3 Year Old Violinist Video:…

“T” Party

During our Letter T week, we had a “T” party…get it, T like tea. 🙂 We initially were going for Tuesday the twenty-first at ten. But, then decided to have it while we had some Chinese foreign exchange students over.  So, it turned into a party for the kids followed with dinner for the adults…

Letter of the Week – Letter T

This week we started day 1 on a Wednesday, skipped the weekend and ended with day 5 on a Tuesday.  Because, really, you can’t have a T Party on any other day. 🙂 Day 1 Find t stickers and put on T Color and assemble Letter T Book Go to library and get t books…

Camping

There was a camping trip planned with our church, and I was five months pregnant and sick…every day!!!  So, I decided to not go camping with my daughter and husband.  And, although it was almost as much work planning and packing, it was definitely nice to have a little break while they were gone.  The…

South African Safari Photos (Pilanesberg National Park)

Here are a photos from the spring in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Find a list of historical fiction set in Africa here. These photos are published under a creative commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). If it seems like the photo isn’t downloading at a res you’d like, please leave a comment with the number of…