Homeschool, creativity, and toothpicks

Probably my favorite part of homeschool is seeing my son be creative with the manipulatives after a lesson. I love seeing my kids take something that is used for one purpose and creating a new purpose for it.

I’m often curious as to what this guy is thinking while he is creating. You could tell his little mind was busy and thinking, but it looked like he was just creating more piles.

And then, he was ready to clean and move on!

Science: Fall Day 2

Today for science, we are starting off by watching 3 Brain Pop Jr. videos for my 1st grader: Fall, Seasons, and Trees. He will then re-read the books he read on Epic!, yesterday. As well as, have the opportunity to read any new books.

For my 4th grader, he will watch on Brain Pop: Seasons, Autumn Leaves, and Photosynthesis. He will also re-read books on Epic!, and have the opportunity to explore new books on Fall.

Brain pop and Brain Pop Jr, are monthly subscriptions or you can pay yearly. To see family and homeschool options go here. Otherwise, if you just google “Brain Pop”, you’ll see pricing for schools. I do not make a commission off of Brain Pop. However, I do want to share this valuable resource.

Activity:

Go on a leaf hunt: we go on a daily walk. What I love about the location where we go on a walk, is that there are a variety of trees and plants.

Find a local location where you can really see leaves, trees, and plants changing. On your walk, identify different tree and plant types. If it’s doable, collect different types of leaves to bring back and identify. Use the non-fiction books that you are reading to classify the leaves. Sort leaves by color, shape, and size.

The Why Behind the Writing

Hi! My name is Jessica, and I am Rooted Mama!!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some new faces around here. . .so, I thought I’d introduce myself.

My family and I travel full-time. We homeschool while on the road, and we work remotely. And sometimes, we work camp!!

I started writing years ago, because I needed an outlet. Writing is therapeutic for me. I internalize my thoughts over and over again. Which, cranks up my anxiety.

SO, I started writing as a way to get those thoughts out of my head. To process. To verbalize all that internal thinking.

I’ve found that I love writing about a whole host of topics: anxiety/depression/mental health, marriage, parenting, education and homeschool, health and wellness, my walk with Jesus. . .and I LOVE sharing my passion of photography.

So, welcome AND thank you for following along this journey!! I’m humbled that you choose to take the time out of your day to read and join along!

Traveling….finally

I was beginning to think that I’d never get to say that we were really traveling. . .

There for awhile, we were bouncing from Texas to Missouri, and back.

But, the last two months, we really started traveling, and have been able to have more adventures.

Never in my life, did I think we’d get to say that we had your traditional summer nights. . .cooking s’mores and going swimming. . . AND get to see snow ( real snow) all in one summer!!

We also got to go see the St. Louis Arch!! That’s one place that we really wanted to take the kids!! The tram was still not up and going (COVID), but it was a great experience for them-nonetheless. I can’t wait to take them back, when they can see from the top of the Arch!! We also found Cardinal Stadium.

I love how much a lot of our adventures turn into learning experiences, as well!! This is what I dreamed! That my kids would be able to learn about the world through traveling experiences!!

More cooking

Being on this full-time travel journey has opened up more opportunities for us to cook, as a family!!

This is a dream that I’ve had for a while. My husband and I have always been too tired to try and get creative with our cooking, or try new things.

Also- I’m SO looking forward to adding cooking into our homeschool curriculum!

The kids had so much fun making homemade ice cream…and of, course loading it up with an insane amount of toppings 🙂

Homeschooling While Traveling

Last summer, I wanted to set up (some) structure for my two boys. I wanted my oldest to start practicing cursive, and my youngest to work on his handwriting and letter formation.

In my mind, they would be excited. They would get their activities done quickly, and we would be on with the rest of our day. WRONG. Haha. I got SO much push back. So, I had them do some practice, here and there, but decided not to be too structured about it.

Fast forward to the school year. I began to mentally prepare them how we would be homeschooling “next school year”. Lots of talk about, “next year, when we homeschool”…In my experience, kids do a lot better when you prepare them for what’s to come through conversation.

Little did we know, they would have, sort of a, transition period half-way through the year. I won’t go all the way into all of the uncertainty that the corona virus pandemic brought, including my kids’ last year in public school. But, I will say, that it sort of gave us a transition period.

At home learning gave us a preparation season. It gave us a “dip your toes in the water”. I’m thankful for this. I’m thankful we aren’t jumping in with cold feet.

So, as the school year ended, we took June off completely from any intentional learning, with an exception to a short Juneteenth lesson.

This week, we have started being more intentional. The goal? To work on our homeschool stamina. I want us to have stretched our muscles, before we dive into homeschool, in September.

So, right now…my oldest has to spend some part of each day reading, and practice 5 pages of cursive.

And my youngest has to practice two pages of handwriting practice and read one book.

Right now, they are “advertising” to a frog trying to get it to live in a toy house, so they can keep it as a pet…I’m sure they are learning something from this…right?!

Homeschool partnership

As we are looking to homeschool next year, I have been looking for an option that will best serve our needs. I.am.so.excited. That I stumbled across School House Teacher.

As I learn more, and begin our homeschool journey, I can not wait to share our experience, tips, and tricks with you.

Stay tuned for more info as this school year closes, and next school year begins.