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It's been 5 months since I've posted in this thread! Yikes!

A lot's gone on! We raise a gosling, three ducklings, and two chicks. We learned a lot more about acids and bases, and volcanoes, and phonics and numbers.

School's started back up, and our school is awesome! They've supplied us with great curriculum, and supporting us parents online (with no required Zoom meetings for the kids--hallelujah!), and I'm really loving the structure/support of knowing what to teach, and then the freedom to teach when works best.

For example, before school actually started, they let us come by the school and pick up a BIG box full of curriculum and workbooks and math manipulative. My kids were excited about it...so we read all 20 chapters of their fiction book (The Wild Robot), and spent hours working on phonics and math. The kids were excited to see all their new stuff, and I was totally going to ride that wave of excitement!

On Monday we spent 2 hours working on math--they were interested, so I figured I'd just focus on that. Wednesday we worked on Phonics over an hour, as well as history and music. I just kind of play it by ear, and we get done what we need to do, when it works best for them. I love it!

Here's pictures of what we did through spring and summer, starting off with testing PH with a cabbage indicator.



LEFT to RIGHT Country Save laundry detergent, oxygen bleach, ash, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dish detergent, soil, kombucha, vinegar, citric acid


(The laundry detergent has a PH of 11! ...one more reason why NOT to eat Tide Pods, or anything else like that. And to Clean with Cleaners You Can Eat, whenever possible)
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Spelling out short-I vowel sounds by their spellings
Spelling out short-I vowel sounds by their spellings
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Testing the pond water with an aquarium test kit. Yes, the cabbage indicator did as good of a job as the official PH tester!
Testing the pond water with an aquarium test kit. Yes, the cabbage indicator did as good of a job as the official PH tester!
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Working on short-O vowel sounds (and they're crazy spellings), and gosling joined in the fun
Working on short-O vowel sounds (and they're crazy spellings), and gosling joined in the fun
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If you don't have a giant patio chalk board, paper works well, too! My son loved forcing me to write more and more ing words
If you don't have a giant patio chalk board, paper works well, too! My son loved forcing me to write more and more ing words
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Volcano! We used grass clippings, mud to make the diarrama, and filled with with citric acid, washing soda and some laundry detergent and activated with vinegar for some explosive action, complete with the lahar!
Volcano! We used grass clippings, mud to make the diarrama, and filled with with citric acid, washing soda and some laundry detergent and activated with vinegar for some explosive action, complete with the lahar!
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math with Frozen Uno. What can I say, the kids love Frozen.
math with Frozen Uno. What can I say, the kids love Frozen.
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Long day trip to see Mount Saint Helens!
Long day trip to see Mount Saint Helens!
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My son decided he wanted to hit a rock with a hammer. And so I made tallies for each whack for him. He whacked it over 2,000 times. Great way to learn our number system!
My son decided he wanted to hit a rock with a hammer. And so I made tallies for each whack for him. He whacked it over 2,000 times. Great way to learn our number system!
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the rock that was hit over 2000 times, without breaking.
the rock that was hit over 2000 times, without breaking.
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Us both in action. I used up a LOT of chalk!
Us both in action. I used up a LOT of chalk!
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Awesome Math-You-See blocks. The kids played with them for 2 hours, and by the end could identify blocks by their number...and a few days later were able to read--and understand--3 digit numbers. AWESOME!
Awesome Math-You-See blocks. The kids played with them for 2 hours, and by the end could identify blocks by their number...and a few days later were able to read--and understand--3 digit numbers. AWESOME!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:

I'm really loving the structure/support of knowing what to teach, and then the freedom to teach when works best.

That's what I loved about distance education teaching with #2 Son. With his learning disability, some subjects really exhausted his brain, so we'd work in the morning when it was too cold for me to be outside and then again in the evening when it was dark by 6 pm or earlier. He learned better and I got some outside stuff done - win-win.
 
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