The Homeschool Edit 8.28

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  • For the past week I’ve been fiddling around on our Google Classroom (free to homeschoolers!) and homeschool website (we use Google Sites) to see if it makes sense to use either of them this year. I’ve always had both, but it was more of a place to organize information for myself than for learning. This year, I plan on creating links to virtual field trips, youtube videos and more for whatever units we are studying. This way when I need to have some one-on-one time with either of my sons, the other can still be productive if they don’t have any independent tasks to accomplish. Hopefully it’ll work out.
  • If you can’t tell, I like to change things up a bit. So this year we’ll be testing out a One-Subject-a-Day Schedule. Mondays will be Math, Tuesdays will be one of our rotating 4-6 week sessions (History, Science, Art), Wednesdays will be Poetry Teatime & Cooking, Thursdays will be Language Arts, and Fridays will be our fun day, but since museums around here are still closed we’ll probably just go hiking. In addition to this, we’ll be utilizing the bucket system to help foster independence and responsibility in the kids. I purchased these galvanized metal buckets with wooden handles (affiliate) and these wooden clothespins (affiliate) to create each children’s buckets. Hopefully all these new changes will go over well and not be overwhelming for any of us. I tend to get a little out of hand with wanting to do something new.
  • I’m really excited that Art History Kids is opening up their studio membership next week, I’ve been enjoying all the great ed tech tips I’ve been gathering from Ditch That Textbook, I’m really intrigued with the idea of using Soundtrap as another form of storytelling for the kids, and I’m hoping to incorporate more healthy lunches into our diet. The kids have been eating a lot of sandwiches and seem to be getting bored of them.
  • I don’t really have anything to share with the kids this weekend, but I’ll leave you with this video my dad sent me of Robert Frost’s reading of his famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.”