Parts of our homeschool day are going really, really well.
We will settle into our new rhythm and I am very convinced that in a few short weeks the parts that are going well will grow, and most of our day will be fabulous.
For now, I will focus on those really, really great parts.
While my boys are quite different, they do have some common interests. They both love building things, love being outside and learning about nature, and they have also really taken to all things Science.
Early last week I traced the boys on long paper. They cut themselves out, added faces, named themselves (Sam Junior, and Benjamin respectively), and then we popped them up on the window.
We did some measuring of arms and legs. Compared those measurements to the real boys, and marveled at home inaccurate Mama’s tracing was (although I kinda think it may have been the little cutters myself).
We also really enjoyed hearing how frightened Madeline was when she walked downstairs and saw those figures smiling at her from the window. Mean, mean Mama – but so funny.
Most recently, I introduced the boys to a few of the key internal body parts that are essential to us. We added one at a time and chatted a bit about the role it played in our bodies.
We started with the heart and talked about it’s size and it’s job. We then listened to each others hearts, ran around for awhile, and listened again. Then they ran around some more, just because. Finally we drew it on paper, cut it out, and labelled it before adding it to Sam Junior and Benjamin.
We did this for the lungs, brain, stomach, and intestines as well over the next little while. We also added in a throat with both the trachea (for air) and esophagus (for food). Important to know, but I also love hearing my little ones say really big words.
We’ve been chatting about these different parts over the days as they come up. They really love talking about intestines every chance they get.
I think we will add in some Qtip bones soon to talk about our skeletons, and we will find out about the biggest bones and smallest in the human body. Because truthfully, I’m curious. I really don’t know what the smallest bone is – how don’t I know this?
That’s one of the most interesting things I believe about being a teacher. Both when I was in the classroom and now that I am at home – how many times in a day I get asked a question that I really have no answer for. I love that these little people help me to be sure I am forever learning and growing.
Even if it means I am learning all I could ever want to know (and more) about intestines.
I hope you are having a wonderful week friends. Thank you so much for reading.