Friday, May 25, 2012

Homeschooling when you don't wanna~

May is always a tough month for us when it comes to homeschooling.

 The weather beckons us outside, the spring to-do list is as long as my arm, and we are kinda anxious to be d.o.n.e.

So instead of doing actual science curriculum this time of  year, we just encourage alot of outside time with Mother Nature.

This little bird had fallen in a bucket of water and was shaking from the cold, so the girls rescued it dried it with the blowdryer, and put it in their butterfly house.  It recovered by the next day, and they were able to let it go.  For a whole day, our kitchen sounded like an aviary  :-)

 Camille found this toad while doing chores, so she set up a fish bowel for him and named him Whopper Hopper.  He now resides on the table in our kitchen.

 Camille giving the little ones a lesson about taking care of toads.

We found this huge dragonfly outside- it was already dead, but that makes it easier to look at all it's parts.

We finished a year on Anatomy, Health, and a unit on Our Changing Bodies. Our last unit is on Survival skills, which we plan on doing this summer.  Bri is really excited about this unit, especially since she read The Hunger Games series. ( She also wants to learn archery-go figure!)

Science is one of my favorite subjects, and summer on the farm gives us so many opportunities to learn.  Each day the kids have their livestock chores and they all help with certain garden tasks, so we've got animal science and horticulture covered.

Then there's the dead animals that Axle drags up to the yard that we get to inspect and sometimes take apart-fascinating but smelly.  Makes us feel like paleontologists  :-)

I don't know if our spring science units will help us with the Stanford tests, but it sure seems to inspire our kids to enjoy learning~


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