This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool

An Everyday Story

This Week - A weekly photo journal from An Everyday StoryThis week in our child-led homeschool…

I don’t have a lot of photos to share with you this week. Jack and Sarah still went about their usual play and learning but unfortunately I missed a lot of it since I was trying to overcome a nasty cold. I squeezed fresh juice and nursed a sore throat with homemade lemonade, but mostly rested.

Here’s a couple photos though that I did take in between naps on the couch.

An Everyday Story

Sarah has been working very hard on writing her name. This week in introduced the other letters of her name. An Everyday StoryJack’s been making more project boards. This time with superheroes. The walls in his room are looking quite full now with all his artwork. An Everyday StoryI mentioned last week that I had been trying to encourage Jack to draw arms and legs in more detail but he wasn’t interested. This week he came to me saying, “Mummy, I understand what you mean now about proper arms and legs!” I guess I just had to wait for him to figure it out. An Everyday StoryHe’s also spent a lot of time this week recreating epic battle scenes. Mostly Star Wars but some superheroes too. Each one of these pictures has a story, each character is playing a role. With each drawing,  Jack tells me in great detail about each battle. He then cuts it out and I peg it on his noticeboard. 🙂

I never thought I would love a Star Wars interest so much! He is so engaged, so focussed. And the stories are just magic!An Everyday StoryAnd of course, more essential vocabulary for Jack’s books. An Everyday StoryEarlier in the week we spent a lovely day with my sister and her husband at the Floriade flower festival. An Everyday Story An Everyday StoryFloriade is so beautiful; tulips, daffodils, jonquils, pansies, petunias… as far as the eye can see. We look forward to it every year.
An Everyday Story An Everyday StorySimple days spent climbing trees barefoot and running in long grass along the lake.An Everyday StorySarah set herself up some watercolours from the art cart; even filling some water. The art cart has the watercolour palettes, brushes, clipboards, paper and plastic containers all on one shelf so it is easy for Jack and Sarah to set up independently.  An Everyday StoryShe seems to understand watercolours now; how they move, how quickly they dry, how much water to add and how to achieve different shades. We’ve been working on filling the page. Here’s her finished piece. An Everyday StoryMy mum gave Jack her old computer. He’s spent a lot of time this week tinkering; pulling and cutting wires, reattaching plugs, screwing and unscrewing. Lots of interesting exploration going on here. An Everyday StoryHe was particularly interested in the fan; plugging it in to different parts and pretending to create different machines. Jack has a basket of old electronics in his room along with some tape, a screw-driver and a pair of scissors for tinkering.

So this was a little snippet of our week. I’m looking forward to being back on my feet real soon. It’s school holidays here at the moment which means next week we get to catch up with all our lovely friends who are usually at school! Can’t wait!

Now pop over to my lovely friends and see how they spent their week.

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11 Replies to “This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool”

  1. Gorgeous as always! Floriade looks amazing. And I love the old computer tinkering!!

  2. I hope you’re feeling better! I really love the idea of a project board, Jack’s drawings are becoming so detailed.

  3. Virginia McKone says:

    I love your posts and follow them regularly for ideas and insights. I have a serious concern about having Jack play with the insides of his grandmother’s computer.

    There is the potential for him to be exposed to toxic metals and other chemicals-including a high likelihood of lead on the wires (helps keep them flexible)–similar to the wires on Christmas Tree lights which are labeled as a potential health risk here in California.

    It would limit his exposure if he wore “work gloves’ (e.g. latex-free gloves ) while handling the pieces and at the very least be sure he washes up well after exploring these components. Might be worth a little research to see what experts think since he love tinkering so much–maybe somethings are safer to tinker with than others.

  4. I am always so impressed and thankful that you are sharing you journey-I would have started homeschooling sooner, had I had a mentor like you 🙂

    1. Thank you Jana. We are just starting out. How old are your kiddies? 🙂

  5. Kelley Cochran says:

    Hello,
    I love the letter cards Sarah is working with! Where did you get them?

    1. Hi Kelley 🙂 The fruit and vegetable cards are from Teepee Learning and they are really beautiful. They are a good size and have some fun facts and recipes on the back. Here’s the link: http://www.teepeelearning.com/collections/all The sandpaper letters are from Wood Puzzles: http://www.woodpuzzles.com.au/p/928672/sandpaper-letters—lower-case.html

  6. Hi,
    I notice that Jack and Sarah are learning without disrupting each other. How do you handle that?

    I have 2 kids (4 and 2 year olds) and they are close to each other. Half of the time, they play based on their own interest or they play peacefully. However, when the interest is the same. For example: Blocks and painting. Most of the time it’s my 2 year old interested in what his sister is doing.

    They ended up fighting over the same block or brush (even when there is two of the same thing). Do you prepare separate space for them? I do love that they are together, but I feel bad for my older kid because of the disruptions.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Maya,
      When they were younger, about 18 months ago, Sarah would interrupt Jack a lot and he would become very frustrated with her. I needed to do something because they started to fight quite badly over things. In their play areas, I made space for both of them. Here’s our block space: http://www.aneverydaystory.com/2012/11/08/space-for-two-in-the-block-corner/

      At the art table, I would set up space for them both at opposite ends of the table. They would be both doing the same activity but would have their own space. I would have to remind Sarah a lot that she needed to work in her own space. I think it is really important that each child feels their work and their space is respected so we have a general understanding that we don’t touch each other’s work unless we are invited. It has taken a little while but now they work together without interrupting each other and generally play together without fighting anymore.

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