This is my first official fall homeschooling and I am discovering how much I love, love, love being able to gear our lessons around seasonal fun, like ripe apples and changing fall leaves.
We just started incorporating an official “recess” time because Natalie insisted this was her favorite part of our Wednesday Co-Op day.
I have to say it’s a win-win. The weather is gorgeous and I get a few free minutes to myself to finish my coffee, which at this point has been reheated approximately 3.2 times.
Right now it is so easy to find additional resources to reinforce what we may cover during ‘usual school time’, although I am learning that our family doesn’t really have a very clear cut school schedule. It really allows our week to flow pretty organically with so many great options, from fall-themed episodes of the kids’ favorites shows that wouldn’t normally get super educational, but I can be intentional to bring in some reminders from our lesson, to trips to the local fruit stand to check out the apples and pumpkins, to all the fall activities at the local churches. Love. (Side note:This is a new insight for me, that I like a more organic, unplanned approach. I would have bet my life that I would have a very consistent, structured school week cut out for the kids. Turns out I avoid the same routine after about a week. What?! Who is this crazy free-spirit that would just rather see what the day leads to? I’m learning SO much about myself as we homeschool. It’s actually been pretty cool to see how God is really leading our homeschool – He always has, but sometimes when I’m in ‘super planner mode’ it’s easy to think that I’m the one pulling it together. But each day it becomes more and more clear that He’s got this and I’m learning to hand over the reins.)
Our current two curriculum choices have synced up beautifully, focusing on A for Apple (Unit 4 of My Father’s World-Kindergarten) and all the festive fun of “In the Orchard“(Mother Goose Time), which just so happens to be focusing on the letters A,O, and R this month along with the obvious overlaps of fall fruits.
We have spent this past week sampling different varieties of apples (Natalie choosing Fuji as her apple of choice, Peter voting for Granny Smith for the win), playing with seeds and ‘picking fruit.’
We also added fruit to our tree (provided materials in Day 4’s bag).
This is Peter’s work. He tends to group stickers together a lot, especially similar ones, in order to “match them.” It will be interesting to watch this tendency, to see if he outgrows it or continues to like groupings.
This was Natalie’s page. She wanted a very realistic tree, with the fruit hanging from the branches, as well as a few falling apples. And of course, she had to feed the bird. I even think the caterpillar is trying to get a bite.
We wrapped up the week this evening reading Johnny,
We are really looking forward to the rest of the month’s focus on fruit and fall critters, incorporating a fun field trip to the fruit stand (Nat’s fav)! As if the curriculum wasn’t great enough, the kiddos even love the box.
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