Last week I didn’t blog because I was at Grammy and Pop Pop’s house (Jimmy and Mommy were at the dentist).
This week, Mary started homeschooling because she didn’t like virtual school. We finished learning about Ancient Greece. It was a very fun unit. I finished the first Anne of Green Gables book. We are watching the movie (the book is better).
This week in art, we did pictures of stuff with oil pastels. Me and Jimmy and Simon didn’t do pictures of stuff – we just drew what we wanted. (Mommy says that the stuff is called a “still life”). Here are some pictures:^
This week we started learning about Ancient Greece. We learned that slaves have to shave their head! They shouldn’t even have slaves! We also learned about the Greek Alphabet and we wrote some words in Greek. I have made two sentences.
We read a read aloud. It is a historical fiction book called, “The Mark of the Cyclops.” I liked it. I made Greek paper dolls.
This week we had Harry Potter day. Itâ€™s called Harry Potter day because Hogwarts starts on September 1st. We had some harry potter treats:
-Bertie Botts every flavour beans
We also listened to the first Harry Potter book. It took three days! Jimmy got a surprise. It was a Hufflepuff robe. He really likes it. We played a Harry Potter game. Simon quit in the middle of the game. It was really fun!
Man has it been a long time since I’ve written! before getting to the point I’m going to have to ramble about a few things to get you up to date . . .
Because school is going all virtual this year, it has been decided that instead of trying to deal with virtual school, Jimmy and Lucy will instead home school with Mommy as their teacher . Technically she does have a teaching degree. Even though it’s expired and isn’t for elementary school. Not that a parent that doesn’t have a teaching degree can’t home school. Lucy is quite enthusiastic at the prospect. In fact, she has been thrilled at the very idea of homeschooling for quite some time.
I’m on the fence with my inner virtual school vs. home school debate. Instead of choosing now, I’m going to try out virtual school, see what it’s like, then decide between the two.
If we are going to do homeschooling at all why not get into the mindset and roomset (I don’t think that’s a word . . .) now, and and have some fun while we’re at it . . .
So to get into the proper mindset and roomset, we bought a 4 by 8 whiteboard surface from Lowe’s, then Daddy cut it into 2 large pieces (3 by 6 and 2 by 3) then used the rest to make small individual whiteboards that are soon to be bordered with a variety of different colored electrical tape that has, unfortunately, not come in from Amazon yet. The Big Boards have limitless possibilities.
We rearranged some furniture to create a miniature school space, where we hung both whiteboards, brought up a shelf for math manipulatives, library books, notebooks, expo markers, and other school supplies. There will be a table there soon-ish, but it is not there yet, meanwhile we are having endless fun with our new toy, the Big Boards. Most notably, Daddy and I played an unusual game of Tic-Tac-Toe.
While these boards are fun I think as we enter the school season we will begin seeing the more practical side of them, as that is what they were installed for.
These boards are great for math, as you can easily erase and replace parts of a problem, and you have plenty of space to do it on.
However one of the best possibilities of these boards are being surprised by little notes from Daddy that he has put in the morning (and hopefully now that I’ve written it down as one of the best parts he’ll do it more . . . ) and little daily inspiration in the form of a Quote Of The Day, put up by your truly: Me!
I hoped you enjoyed hearing about the delight these boards have brought to us, and come back for more Campbell Family Newsletter!