Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brother's Model

One of the challenges, I face, homeschooling more than one child is trying to tailor "together" subjects for each of the different age groups and abilities and interests! I, in NO way, have perfected this.... I'm convinced after 2 years of homeschooling that I have a TON more to learn:)

But each time I feel inadequate or that I haven't "properly" taught my kids a certain subject....

they teach ME!!!

Yesterday, I was again taught!

We pick and study a topic from an children's Earth Science. And then from there I find activities, books, illustrations,etc that help the kids understand.

Yesterday we worked on Day and Night. We covered the basic day/night information and then talked about, eclipses, specifically a solar eclipse. We watched an online video and saw a great interactive activity:)

The kids always pay attention for the first 30+ minutes and then I start to loose them... unless they get to color, cut and paste:) LOL!!! I'm never sure how much Chris and Lydia get....

but Anna has to complete a notebook page with facts for her binder, so I can review and check how much she has retained!! Yesterday though she struggled to get her 3 facts... probably because she was doing it later in the afternoon when we had the "afternoon crew"!! She tried and tried to figure out how to write her last fact....

about solar eclipses!!


Excuse the misspellings,etc... she's a young & new 2nd grader and I wasn't able to sit with her and help since I had a very active household at that time of the day...

7 kids total... 3 outside, 2 doing homework and 1 sleeping.... yes that only makes 6...

the 7th was CHRIS... I found him in the school room cutting and coloring paper. Oh, my gut was to fuss at him for getting into stuff WITHOUT asking....

Then I saw his creation....


YES!!!! DO you recognize it???



He heard Anna trying to write a sentence about a solar eclipse. And he MADE one!!!!



He came out of the schoolroom with his "model" and started to show us how he could model an eclipse!!! She saw it, wrote her sentence and was finished....



She had been reminded (re- taught ) by her brother (the one playing on the floor while we were reading!!). He (like the others) just amaze me that they retain sooo much! And can recall and even make "models" of it. And I really LOVED the fact that he did it to "help" his sister... to show her!!



Makes me soo thankful that we have chosen to homeschool our kiddos during this season... as challenging as it seems some days!! I am thankful to have my house FULL (of children, books, learning, prayers for Daddy & friends, yes and even picnics) during the day!!




You can find some other picture posts at Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom and Go Graham Go!!!

6 comments:

Heather said...

That is so awesome! I love when God gives us those moments. It helps to encourage us and push us along. :)

grandma said...

fantastic Chris! And Anna, you are doing really great!

Sarah Halstead said...

That is so cool! He is so awesome! Sounds like they are doing great. Makes me want to homeschool even more.

Drea said...

Chris has a very artistic eye, thats a gift. My kids showed ZERO interest in any coloring until just recently ... and thats just Caleb, Taite still does not enjoy coloring or drawing. He will fuss and fight you. He would rather paint or use stickers. Caleb loves to color now and is drawing now but he still doesnt LOVE to draw as much as just color. I just dont think he "thinks" in the way Chris is thinking when he draws, and I think thats something kids are born with :) seriously, cause Travis doesnt have that "art" gene in him either. I hope one of my kids takes it from me, cause I was a non stop drawer!

Annas spellings just fine too! Shes 6... Im impressed

Jenny said...

That is so awesome! Way to go Chris!

Jenny said...

Oh and Anna is doing so well with writing in a journal! I think it's great that she'll just write out things how they sound. Abby won't spell anything unless I tell her exactly how to spell everything!