Monday, September 26, 2011

Time flies when you're having fun!

Sofia and a fellow homeschooler enjoying a book at our local library.

I am amazed how quickly a week has gone by in our home!  I guess the statement holds true that time flies when you're having fun!

We are hooked on audiobooks at our house! Since we are in the car a lot driving to lessons and homeschool events, the girls get to go through books fairly quickly this way.  The first book we listened to was Little House in the Big Woods.  This is a book we've read before but Cherry Jones does such a good job of reading it that even Maya (my 2 year old) could follow along and enjoy! We listened to the entire book at least four times, so much so that Sofia can quote passages from it!

Our next audiobook was Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary.  We enjoyed reading the Ramona books so we gave this a shot.  The girls loved it!  The version we have is read by Barbara Caruso but I have seen newer versions read by Neil Patrick Harris!  

In a chapter of Henry Huggins, Henry goes out searching for large worms called Night Crawlers.  Since it was such a rainy week, the girls decided they too would find their own Night Crawlers!

All dressed up and ready for action!

 Unfortunately, they could not find any "Night Crawlers" like Henry Huggins found...but they DID find five of the HUGEST slugs I have ever seen!  This was our table center piece for the week.

On the homeschooling front, we are really enjoying our Sonlight Core A history package.  Currently we are studying people who lived 350,000 to 5000 years ago.  We read about the first clothes and how they progressed from wearing animal skins to people learning how to clean the skins, stretch them out and sew them.  Since I love to sew, I decided to teach Sofia to sew an outfit for her Barbie with REAL needles!  We used printed felt that I purchased from JOANN Fabric for a little over a dollar.  We cut a pattern and Sofia traced it onto the felt and cut it out.  She then sewed the two pieces together and voila!

One can never forget modesty when dressing Barbie!
Our local YMCA has started a homeschool swim and gym program.  This is the first year they have implemented the program and they had over 60 families join!  The kids meet for a 45 minute gym class.  Coach Seth is teaching them soccer and Sofia is having a blast with it (even if she runs around the gym holding hands with people and kicking the ball).  After gym is a  30 minute swim lesson.  There are many different levels of swim ability in the class but I think they are doing a good job of getting everyone involved and interested.

We have also started our homeschool Irish dance lessons taught by a fellow homeschooling mother!  Both Maya and Sofia participated and learned the beginning steps to the Irish Jig...just about the cutest thing ever!

Future Irish Dancers of America!
I am really enjoying this first month of homeschooling.  I love how flexible our schedule is and how much we can learn and enjoy what we are learning together!  Don't get me wrong, by the end of the day I am tired.  As a rule, I do not do any housework while we are doing our morning school lessons.  I noticed that when I do run out to take a phone call, or change a load of laundry then the girls get off track and before you know's chaos!  So, at the end of the day there are usually still loads of laundry to fold, dishwashers to empty and lessons to plan.  But that's OK.  So far, it's worth it.  When I'm putting away the millionth book or scraping glue off the kitchen table, I get to think back at the day that the girls and I spent together and think about how great this time is.  Because we all know that time really does fly when you're having fun!


  1. Sounds like an awesome week, Nicole! :-)

    My children love the Homeschool Swim and Gym class at our Y. I'm glad your YMCA has started a similar program!

    You are such an awesome mom to have slugs on your table! And, how adorable is it that they are going to be taking Irish dancing! Can't wait to see pics of them performing!

    Hope this week goes as well for you!
    God bless,

  2. Hi Nicole! You are going to LOVE homeschooling! And kudos to you for starting with a literature-based curriculum instead of a traditional textbook curriculum! Your kids will love it and you all will have so much fun. We homeschooled our children through high school and they now are doing very well in college and grad school - but more importantly, they love the Lord and are great kids. I'm so thankful for the time we have spent together and the closeness we have as a family as a result of homeschooling. Enjoy your time together; it will go quickly. :-)


  3. Thank you Dana! I love to hear from people who have homeschooled their kids for a long time! We are enjoying our year and are LOVING Sonlight! I wish I could have learned things this way...although I think I'm learning so much alongside the girls!