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Poems on a rainy day

Lydia:

“I Like Rain”

Rain is wet.

Rain can be going down fast

or slow.

I like rain.

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Jonah:

“Rain, Rain, Rain”

The rain

Cold, wet.

Nothing to do out there.

The house

Warm, cozy.

Something to do in there?

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Jacob:

“Rain”

drip, drop

drip, drop

drip, drop

splash, splash in

the puddles even

though it’s cold

and wet, it’s

cleaning the

earth and it

smells good.

Falling, falling from the

clouds.

Rain.

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Emma:

“A Rainy Day”

It’s wet and cool,

Grey and cloudy,

Misty and calm.

Drops slash in puddles

While we splash in puddles.

Inside feels warm, cozy,

When we watch the trees

drip with rain.

Poems on snow today

Lydia:
“Feelings”
It feels cold.
It looks soft.
And small.
I feel excited.
It’s fun!
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Jonah:
“Snow Snow Snow”
The cold snow.
The fun we have.
The whiteness, the softness.
The sun goes down.
And everyone sleeping.
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Jacob:
“Snow”
snow feels
cold. in
bits of ice.
falling from
nowhere.
very fast.
it’s cloudy
and it’s dark.
it’s like
a white
blanket in
small flakes.
falling fast.
with water
slushy.
Snow.
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Emma:
“Snow”
Pretty, small white dots
Slowly falling and muffling,
Turning everything peaceful,
And silent. Soft wet white rain
Turns  you calm.
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Karen:
“Snowfall”
Steady.
Like a factory –
quick assembly line.
Millions of white pieces falling in millions of parallel lines.
Looking up the white pieces seem to be born out of no where.
No factory.
Just a uniform whiteness.
Clouds. Heaven?
Heaven sending down millions of white specks.
Quiet. Soft. Cold on cheeks.
Snow

Newest Homeschooling Routine

Another school year is upon us, and I’m doing lots of thinking about homeschooling.

Every year I re-evaluate our decision to homeschool and what we’re hoping to accomplish by it. This year, I really, really felt the weight of the responsibility I’m offering to take on myself. I assign 4-9 subjects to each kid, and now multiply that by 4, and that’s around 30 “classes” I’m suppose to be in charge of and check up on. Thankfully, I’ve never assigned myself the role of preparing set lessons and standing up as a “teacher” (I seriously admire those with the training to do that, especially for large groups of children!). Rather, I teach my kids to read well, and then I set them to work with reading assignments in various subjects. Their job is to read, take notes, draw pictures, and then later explain to me what they read about. Sometimes we even set it up so that they teach each other. This method may not be as fun or exciting as what I see other homeschool families doing, but it’s the only way I can keep my sanity! 🙂

And I cross my fingers that it’s also allowing them to see that they don’t need me to learn, only to push them to do what they’re supposed to do. I remind, check up on, listen, ask questions to see if they’re working hard or not, but what they are learning comes from their books. (Even math workbooks.) I hope it’s doing what I think it’s doing for them.

With that, here’s our general plan this year:

Overview of School Schedules

Me Emma Jacob Jonah Lydia Friday
Before 7:30 Scripture Study,

Computer time

7:30 Wake up kids Wake up/breakfast Wake up/breakfast Wake up/breakfast (breakfast chore!) Wake up/breakfast Wake up/breakfast
8:00 Shower & make bread, plan dinner Shower, Bed, books, & jammies Shower, Bed, books, & jammies Bed, books, & jammies Bed, books, & jammies Bed, books, & jammies
Do Lydia’s study Scripture Study Scripture Study Scripture Study Scripture Study Scripture Study
9:00

Morning School

Get lines ready in notebooks,

Keep an eye on everyone.

Dishes, laundry, other tasks.

Music practice

(30 minutes)

Review Geography assignments (share with each other)

Pick: Rec Center, Art Museum, Science Museum, etc.

Clean rooms very well & vacuum.

Also, take care of shopping, & other things Mom needs to do!

Philosophy

(45 minutes)

American History

(2 pages in book)

Read chapter book

(Wayside)

Read! 🙂
Arts (30 minutes)

(TBA)

Arts (copy poems) Arts (copy art picture, write name) Arts (copy art)
Science

(45 minutes)

Science

(45 minutes)

Science (2 facts, 1 picture, 1 question) Science
Writing (Journal)

& Handwriting

Writing (Journal)

& Handwriting

Writing (Journal)

& Handwriting

Writing (Journal)

& Handwriting

LUNCH (lunch chore!)
Ideally, read too!

Help with math

Play with Micah

Free Reading

(1 hour)

Free Reading

(1 hour)

Free Reading

(1 hour)

Free Reading
1:00/1:30

Afternoon School

Math (45 min) Math Math Math
Geography (any book on country)
(45 minutes)
Geography (any book on country)
(45 minutes)
Geography (any book on country)
(45 minutes)
Geography

(draw maps)

Spanish with Daddy
After School Rec Center, play learning games, free time, library, shopping, etc. Baths/Showers for J, L, M on T/Th, Sat

Here are some pictures that go through a day of school in our house.

Here are some pictures to help explain what we do during our homeschool schedule:

There’s a bit of a sample of how we do things! I’m glad they have each other and it gets more fun and more rewarding all the time!

Jonah’s journal (sample)

This is why I like to design a lot of my own assignments instead of using workbooks all the time. It’s just too fun!