Homeschool In Pictures – April 2018
Come On In And See What Happens In A Real Homeschool
If you have ever wondered what it really looks like to homeschool, then you are in the right place. Welcome to our Blog Series, Homeschool In Photos. Here we are offering a real deal look inside our own homeschool. We wanted to offer an honest peek inside for everyone who is curious about how this is done. What do homeschoolers do all day? How do we learn? Do we get outside? What about socialization? Could homeschooling be the right choice for your family?
Homeschooling is not for everyone. I’ll be straight up, it’s hard. You have to be willing to sacrifice a lot as a person. It is a real job. It’s also an ever-changing journey. It requires you to learn to be flexible. It’s an adventure that has both hills and valleys. It is also the single best decision we have made as a family. The trials can be fierce but the rewards blow away everything else.
In my humble opinion, homeschooling is one of the greatest blessings we have ever received. Homeschooling is a way of life that allows parents and children to learn together, to explore their individual passions, to make a large impact on their community, to bravely rebel against the norm in a beautiful expression of faith, to be creative and unique in the way God designed us to be and to excel as we learn to love learning itself. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Ok, so let’s take a look and see how our April went. We worked so hard that we ended up way ahead of ourselves and that opened afternoons to hiking. We try to achieve this every year and so far so good.
Wednesdays are for volunteering and T volunteers at Small Miracles in Kingsport. He has been working with these amazing people and the Miracle Herd for a year now. He loves it!
After he finishes his work at the stables we use the rest of our days to hike or catch a show at the Planetarium. Our favorite hike this April was at Bay’s Mountain Park and Planetarium. We did the Lakeside Trail and it was amazing. You can see the whole thing here – Lakeside Trail Review.
We also spent many afternoons hiking at Sycamore Shoals. We took pictures of a huge variety of flowers and researched them once we came home. We use this website – East Tennessee Wildflowers– to search and identify.
Speaking of plants, we celebrated Earth Day by planting our very own Salsa Garden! We had so much fun learning about all the different seeds we were planting. We planted several peppers, tomatoes, onions, and even Cilantro! You can read all about Our First Salsa Garden here.
Leading up to Earth Day, we covered several topics including the dangers of plastic and how they affect Marine Ecosystems, Human Health, and how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle plastics. We used these materials provided by EarthDay.org.
Homeschoolers have the best field trips. Our favorite Field Trip this month was a reward for working so hard this year! We took T to the amazing Dinner Attraction Dolly Parton’s Stampede where we had amazing food, saw a great show, beautiful horses, and were filled with love for our great country! We also laughed a lot. You can read all about that adventure here – Dolly Parton’s Stampede!
While most of April was amazing, we did have a scare! T loves soccer so much and was so happy when the season finally started up again last month. That’s why it was especially hard when he got injured during a game and the doctor put him out for the rest of this season. He will be back to good for the Fall season though so we are trying to stay focused on that. He also got his braces. So some big changes happened!
To cheer him up we took him to a place called Fizz Soda Bar that some of his friends from The Teen Advisory Board at the library had recommended and it was SO good!
As far as the books go, T finished his last book for required reading this year and had time to read one more before school lets out. He picked a short one with a big impact that he read last year and loved so much he wanted to read it again; A Long Walk To Water.
A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
He has finished his Math and Literature Courses for Eighth Grade already. We have already begun the process of selecting curriculum for our first year of High School! Gasp! He has decided that he would like to have a target goal of finishing high school in three years instead of four. He wants to use what would have been his Senior Year to get his core credits taken care of for College. This should not be a problem. He likes a heavy workload during the year and can’t get enough learning. He has decided to do Summer school for a few subjects a year to get this done. So here we go! I’ll post our choices once we have the curriculum pulled together.
So there you have a peek inside! We had an amazing time this month and learned so much! We are already getting excited about Summer Classes and T is really looking forward to Adventure Camp. We also booked our Family Vacation at a Lake House beside Lake Lure. We can not wait!
Stay tuned for that! To see more of this series, Homeschool In Pictures check out the posts below.
Homeschool In Pictures – January
Homeschool In Pictures – February
Homeschool In Pictures March
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