May 24, 2012

Learning: Postage History, Nature Notebook, Library Lovin'

This homeschool week was great as most of the time! Hey, I'm not gonna lie, there are some rough weeks as a homeschoolin' mom! Here's what we've been learning...

We went to the Postage History Foundation Museum. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful museum! The kids were able to start their own stamp collection with a book and handful of stamps. They were able to make their own bookmark using old stamps. They also listened to a book about a postman who still delivers mail by mule in the grand canyon. They also had fun with the hands on poster to match up the letter/stamp with each city in Arizona! I was very excited to find out that they give out FREE worksheets! They have worksheets good from preschoolers to history, social studies, politics, science, pretty much everything! What a great idea to use stamps on a worksheet! I grabbed a few for Nephi to learn how to write his numbers. It was a wonderful experience and we decided that we're going to have a new "Write letters on Wednesday" to write to our friends and family far away. I will also be ordering new worksheets in the near future and Noah is determined to get stamps from all over the world all because of a hidden FREE gem here in Tucson, Arizona.

We've had a nature notebook a while back and I have missed it! So we decided to start it up again! Our goal is to record in it at least once a week. I allow the kids to draw or write about what they hear and see. They can write or draw as much details as they would like or write about their feelings while outside in the nature. They are also able to collect things around them and put in a ziploc bag in the back of their binder. The only rule is that they can only record things that are NATURE. No cars or airplanes allowed! I was amazed at how much we were able to see and learn even from a close neighborhood park. We heard many prarie dogs and birds. We saw a white butterfly, a bird fly into a cactus hole, a dried up leaf, sand and rocks and we found two different dead insects, yellow flower, prarie dogs, lizard, and even a snake! I say "we" but really it's all that the kids saw and heard and recorded. I would like them to eventually research what they found to learn the correct names of the plants and animals. Since this was our first time in a while, they just recorded what they saw and stopped there. They were so excited about it that I don't want to give them too much and push them away from such a great learning opportunity. We're taking it one step at a time. I'm very excited about this and thank Charlotte Mason who thought of this method of learning and showing the importance of it! I love the Charlotte Mason Method of teaching!

Well, the library is nothing new to us. We go to the library at least once a week. This year we've been participating in a preschool story time for Nephi (and Harmony likes it too). The two of them usually sit up front with the other kids while the two older kids read their library books. I love story time at the library! It's not just cute stories but songs and crafts! This week they made penguins and we signed up for the summer reading program. I love the summer library events! We're really excited for the extra activities we'll be participating in for all of our ages, including me!

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