Well, Alex is 10 months old now, so I figured I’d see if he is interested in doing some tot trays…um, YEAH!
A Charlotte Mason Education
Here is the rest of our school space that we finally cleaned up and organized.
We are so blessed to have a finished basement in our rental house to use almost exclusively for learning space. When we move, I have no idea what we’re going to do because I doubt we’ll have anything like the space we have here and we’ll have to downsize! We came from a small 3 BR 1-level house where we “did school” at the kitchen table or on the living room sofa to this great 6 BR 2-story with a basement. God made it all possible. :)
That corner wasn’t really working out, so here are our updated circle time boards on a pocket chart rack. They are two foam boards hooked together. (I am working on changing it up for the week so there’s blanks.) A word wall is in the red pocket chart on the back.
Our reading nook.
Our weekly preschool manipulatives are in the cubes (from Target).
I use the shelves (yard sale finds) to store pencil boxes, AWANA cards, felts, a Beka cards, big puzzles, our book of centuries, and nature journals. The tops of the shelves have our pencil sharpener, a basket of magnet letters, a portable DVD player, paper towels, Kleenexes, etc. The rainbow cart (had this forever) on the right holds magnets, push pins, do-a-dot pens, geo boards, cork boards, play doh…On top of the rainbow cart are our Education Cubes and tot trays.
What Elementary 5th Grade Looks Like
Liz is working on Singapore Math 5B. She does really well when I can work with her, but does not do well independently in math. She loves reading and will do almost everything else on her own…Life of Fred is a great supplement that incorporates fun stories with sneaky math.
She did her Latina Christiana II lesson right after math with very little help. We have the DVDs and CDs for those and they’re great.
Beginning Geography lessons…
I downloaded Expedition Earth from Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler and it is just amazing! My girls LOVE LOVE LOVE learning about God’s world and animals too! Katie rather has an obsession with aardvarks…
We started with Kenya this week because of inspiration from Totally Tots.
I plan to incorporate Missions with my kids while we study each country. I just ordered some great materials and I can’t wait to get them and get started!
Here are some other items I’m getting:
From Arapesh to Zuni: A Book of Bibleless Peoples
When my kids were younger, we had fun, simple, colorful, and healthy lunches in muffin tins.
I’ve even prepared a mini cheese and chocolate fondue buffet!
I would often create themes around holidays or special events.
Sometimes, divided trays are easier than muffin tins.
We like the heart-shaped muffin tins.
The girls loved this PBJ buffet.
More divided plate lunches with leftovers.
I also like individual muffin holders for a fun shaped meal.
Little Brother got old enough to join in the fun!
I used fun cocktails sticks for lunch kebabs.
Muffin tins are a great way to introduce and serve a variety of foods in small amounts.