This morning Josh had to take the computer in to the Apple Store, and we decided to go with him. I love how our flexibility with homeschool allows us to capture moments together.
In the car, I asked Amelie how her multiplication study was coming along. This led to multiplication review for both of the girls on our 25 minute drive across town. They recited a few facts, but more importantly, we talked about how and why multiplication works. When one of the girls would answer a question like, “What is 4 x 10?” Josh would say, “Okay, then what do you think 40 x 10 is?” He wasn’t drilling them; he was helping them make connections and build upon the skills they were already learning.
Even though we weren’t sitting in a chair at our house (or more desirably, outside on a blanket in the nice sunshine), learning was still happening.
After we finished our errand and dropped Josh off at work, we headed to our homeschool meet-up and open play. There are over 100 families in our neighborhood homeschool group. “Open play” is a gathering at the local park where moms can sit on the grass and
eat lunch in peace for once chat while the kiddos play together.
There is a community center with a gym, a playground, and because it backs up against the nature park, there are woods. Lots and lots of woods. My kids went off with a friend and found a cave, a little pollywog, and a turtle. Between yesterday and today, they have had their fill of the forest–but I don’t think it will ever be enough!
Even if I don’t blog about it, every day includes some sort of quiet reading time. After we got home from open play, and after a quick shower and a tick check (eek!), the girls got cozy with their books.
Subjects covered today: Math, Nature, and Reading