Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday school day

I have to admit there are times when I feel like maybe we're not doing enough. I think I feel the pressure because I know that I will probably not be able to home school forever (unless Casey miraculously changes his mind, however with the battle I had to put up for ONE YEAR I am not holding my breath!) Anyway, knowing he needs to know certain things by 1st grade, etc I feel more like I need to make sure I am covering everything. Not that I don't try anyway, just feeling more pressure to cover everything! There are some days when I don't feel like I'm doing enough and days like today when I feel like it was a huge success!

We had a fun day today and I really feel like we accomplished a lot! Since we had our aquarium trip yesterday, today we decided to make a sea urchin! He made these in preschool so we made one similar to that one. Pretty simple-playdough and pipe cleaners. Brennan asked if you are supposed to clean the pipes with them:)

After making the sea urchin, Brennan wanted to make a hedgehog. I am not very creative, I get most of my ideas online, but I have to say I have been seeing a creative side come out since we started doing more activities at home.

We already had the playdough out so we just added some toothpicks:) (Not that this is super creative, but I didn't get the idea from the internet so it's good for me!)

I think it looks pretty good:)

I found this idea in a magazine the other night (I think Disney Family Fun)I thought it would make a fun lunch since we saw the crabs at the aquarium yesterday. It suggested radishes and red peppers for the mouth and claws, but I used apples because that's what I knew Brennan would eat and what I had. Otherwise it is a croissant with peanut butter and honey (they had ideas for chicken salad, tuna salad, crab salad-you get the picture) I used marshmallows for the eyes.  They used cream cheese and black olives for the eyes.

It was a big hit! Brennan loved it!

Reading with Bear:) 

We went on a nature walk. Brennan started a Nature Book in preschool last year and they only did a couple of pages so we decided to try to find some things in the book.

Bug and Bark for "B"

We got lucky and found this feather.

Leaf and Locust shell.

Pine needles and pine cone

While we were outside, Brennan asked if we could make a pine cone bird feeder. He started talking about putting peanut butter on a pine cone and putting bird seed on it. I thought maybe they talked about it at school last year, but he actually learned it on Special Agent Oso. So we made one! 

I will update if we have any hungry feathered friends:)

This was a fun one too. I bought these stencils at a yard sale and I saw this idea in a teaching magazine to put them on construction paper and put them in the sun. We talked about what we thought might happen (turn into real animals, blow away) He did mention them fading while we were putting them outside:)

Then he wrote the name of each one when we brought them in.


  1. WOW!! WOW!! You are doing a fantastic job!!! Don't stress about doing me, your doing great! We all do that! I know I do! I love all your animal crafts!

  2. Gosh I am sorry to hear that your husband is not on board with homeschooling. Of coarse it took my husband (only) 6 years:) I wanted to home school from kindergarten with my first my husband was completely against it. After two kids in private school for six years I finally got him to let me try. We said we would go year by year. Now I have a high highschooler I never thought I could do that;) So I understand not wanting them to be behind reentering public school. I think every child learns at a different pace and the important thing is to find his pace and then work to that not over or under doing it. I am not sure where you live but maybe they have some alternatives to complete public school like a co op. We have so many options but we also live in a big city. Well the most important thing is to no worry and enjoy every minute. It really dose go by so fast soak up your days with Brennan making lots of learning memories.