Today i thought i would share what my plans are, concerning homeschool, after baby number 6 is born.
Baby number 6 is going to be the 3rd baby born since we have become a homeschooling family. Baby number 4 was born at the end of June and we didn’t start back to homeschooling until August, so i had a bit of a break there. Baby number 5 was born at the beginning of August and we started back to homeschooling at the end of August/beginning of September. So i have homeschooled with a newborn before.
With baby number 6 though, i want a bigger break than just 2 weeks. We have been a year-round homeschooling family for a few years now, however this year we haven’t been doing 6 weeks on 1 week off. The reason for that is, i wanted to get as much school done with before baby number 6 is born. That way once he is born, we can take 4 weeks off.
That’s my plan, once baby number 6 is born, we will take at least 4 weeks off. Then once we start back to homeschooling, we will enter into it lightly. We probably won’t go back to a full schedule for at least another 2 weeks after that.
I want to enjoy the time with my new baby, plus take the time to get adjusted to being a family of 8.
A few years ago i shared some winter themed learning, when i looked back at that post recently, i was reminded of all the fun we had. That’s when i decided to do another fun filled week, in our homeschool, focusing on winter themed learning. Today i’m going to share everything we did for our winter themed learning week.
I’m going to break things up into 3 categories; activities, snacks, and books.
Build a snowflake (using mini marshmallows & toothpicks) – This was a fun & easy activity for all my children.
Today i’m sharing some winter themed learning ideas.
***Note: This is an old blog post, I wrote this blog post back in 2015***
Right before our Christmas school break i was having a hard time focusing on our daily assignments. I just couldn’t stand to look at another textbook. I’m pretty sure my kids were feeling the same way too. So over the break, i decided we needed to add some fun to our work. That’s when i started looking into themed learning. It seemed like the perfect solution to our problem.
Last week we started with our first theme, Winter. Today i thought i would share with you how our week went, in case you are also looking to add something fun to your homeschool. (This would also work for non-homeschoolers, as some fun weekend projects to do with your kids!)
This didn’t turn out that great, in my opinion. I found the idea on pinterest. I recipe is easy; 1 cup each of flour, salt and water. The salt makes it all glittery looking, which you can’t really tell in this picture but it was. The thing that didn’t impress me was the thickness of it, that made it hard to paint with. My older kiddos didn’t like that either, but my daughter was just happy she was able to get messy!
#2 – Snow Dough
This one turned out great! It was light and flaky like snow, but then once you rolled it together in your hands, it would form a “snow” ball. All it takes is 3 ingredients, which i had on hand. I adjusted the quantities though, because i didn’t have enough of the cornstarch on hand. The kids liked this one a lot!
#3 – Lego Ice Excavation
My kids love Lego’s so when i found this idea, i knew my kids would love it!! And i was right!! This one was a HUGE success!! I asked my son for a few Lego men and then i filled a ziploc bag with some water and added the Lego man to the water. Then i froze it overnight. I wish i would have taken a few more pictures of this project, but i guess i got caught up in the fun and completely forgot.
Hubby was home for this project, so i was able to catch him taking out the big guns to excavate his Lego man and when i mean big guns, i mean, well you’ll see…
Do NOT try this at home!!!
That’s right, Hubby grabbed his drill and tried to use it excavate his Lego man. Crazy, huh?!Anyways, we all had a great time with this project and all the Lego Men eventually got rescued!
Food We Ate:
Penguin Shaped Sandwiches –
These were very cute! The kiddos ate them up fast! I got the sandwich cutter, HERE. I made grilled cheese sandwiches, cause that’s all i had on hand, but you could make any kind you like!
I really didn’t make a lot of fun winter themed foods for this week. In fact, aside from the sandwiches, i only made one other special thing, ‘Frozen’ themed hot chocolate and i didn’t even take a picture of it! The kids loved it!
That’s it for our Winter Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!