We don’t actually “do school” in the summer. Honestly, though, do you ever stop learning? My cousin (Hi, Cally!) graduated with her teaching degree last month; is her head filled with all the knowledge she’ll ever need? Of course not.
We all learn continuously throughout our lives. So when my kids have teachable moments, I grab that opportunity and utilize it. Even if it’s summer time. (And even if they don’t actually realize that they’re learning.)
Also—I document the undercover lesson to add to next year’s portfolios. *grin*
So, thanks to the public library’s summer reading program, they spent some time planning and constructing castles. (This year’s theme is “A Midsummer Knight’s Read,” and they have many Middle Ages themed activities planned. Coincidentally, guess what my little boys are studying in history this fall? Sweet!)
Here’s my 4-year-old’s vision of Bowser’s Castle, from a video game. (With
This one is titled “Mozzarella” (a take-off from Cinderella) by my 10-year-old. The blue mouse is fleeing the Mouse Ball and has lost a slipper; the red mouse is in pursuit of his rodent fair.
This one is Castle Grayskull, by my 8-year-old. He was going to include an action-hero He-Man toy, but three-dimensional He-Man was twice as tall as our drawbridge opening. So he used two-dimensional He-Man instead. (Many thanks to Dad for printing that up!)
____________________But we’ve been up to more than just medieval architecture.
I put these
And now we pause for one of those moments that make me so thankful that we homeschool.
My 4yo was drawing this morning. Here’s his picture of Grandma’s barn.
And he wanted to know more.
Silly me couldn’t think of anything else that rhymed with “barn” off the top of my head, so we did “farm” and “warm" before switching to the much easier “dog.” (And of course, he had to write his name multiple times for good measure.)
Ahhhh, I love an impromptu phonics lesson masquerading as fun on the dry erase board before lunch! But I have to run—we’re building bald pirate mother potato head people this afternoon! When is naptime, again?
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