My girlfriend, Stef, is building a village... The Homeschool Village... a place to meet and grow with other homeschool families... and Sue, Robyn, and I said we'd move right in! (You'll want to drop by and visit these girls!) Each Thursday Stef will host the Homeschool Village Blog Fair. It's easy to join in! Post a few thoughts about the week's topic with links to three of your favorite homeschool blogs and link up! Add Stef's button if you'd like! We'll be looking for you! :) This week's question... What are your homeschooling activities for the month of June?
At our house it's a crazy busy month! ... And where did this year go?!? Every year I ask the same question... and every year I utter it more incredulously than the year before! So much is still bustling in our home. Sometimes I just have to stop and say, "Ok, what's next?"! I'm still reviewing and purchasing a few components of next year's curricula and wrapping up the final lessons for this year. This summer we will create the big hands-on projects we just didn't get to during our core school year... especially some fine medieval castles! We primarily use the summer months to embark on those fun ideas we kept saying, "Oh, we should do that!" about... and never did! Most of our projects this summer will correlate with Mystery of History II and experiments with Exploring Creation: Zoology I.
Our summer reading lists are growing. Little man's desires so far include : The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Borrowers, Carry On Mr. Bowditch and assorted Hardy Boys mysteries. My baby bear will take every moment he can get to settle deep into my lap and read baskets full of books. I love it when I'm focused on a writing task, and he'll quietly build a tower of books against my leg... bringing one by one... until he is satisfied... and we read. Silky strands of little boy hair nestle against my neck... little fingers point at pictures... laughter breaks free... fleeting moments to drink up now because they won't last forever. His favorites are Eric Carle and collections of Golden Book stories.
Our favorite summer learning spot by far is in the garden. So much to learn... even when nothing is being said! The end of the month will bring ripe blackberries in the hot sun. Sweaty boy faces will tumble in the door smeared with Georgia clay, ready to lick the beater from the ice cream machine. Sweet summer goodness!
The crowning learning gem of our year comes along with a summer road trip back home to the Midwest this weekend... and will be the topic of my first guest on Prairie Lily Arts... my little man, Andrew! Grab a cup of coffee tomorrow morning and stop back by. I'll tell you a bit of the story as we load the car. Andrew will fill you in on the rest next week!
So what does your June look like?
Allow me to introduce you to a few of my homeschool favorites.
Meet Janna... nine months pregnant and lovely in every way! You'll find her at Mustard Seeds. (Click on her Hill of Calvary tutorial in the right sidebar... and then click on all the others!) Blessings on new, little, precious one, Janna!
Meet Jenny! One of my first Twitter friends at Home Is Where You Start From! On Saturdays, Jenny has launched a weekly photo challenge perfect for our homeschooling families, L.E.N.S. because LEarning. Never.Stops. Joining you soon, Jenny!
Meet Meghan! Meghan is one of my newest on-line friends... and already one of the best! We share kindred sister hearts and write together for Seeds Of Faith. On Monday's, link up for Monday Madness and start your week out meeting new families!
So, won't you join us at the fair?