Project Homeschool {Week Six}

I’ve decided that next week we’re taking a “fall break.” Everything is going well, and I surprise myself by deciding to take the break–but I just find myself starting to lose steam. The public school teacher in me keeps thinking we need to follow the traditional schedule, but the mama in me whispers, don’t burn out. Do what works for you.

Here’s a review of week six:

We veered away from our science and history text this week and took some extra time to go with the Egyptian theme during reading, writing, art, and math. The kids are having a great time learning about Egypt, pyramids, and mummies, and I love homeschooling gives us the option to pause in our curriculum and follow their interests.

At the same time, it totally scares me because, as mentioned before–the public school teacher in me keeps shouting things like–does it cover a state standard? Where does your curriculum map say you should be by now? 

But my kids are happy, and they’re learning a ton, so, I keep taking deep breaths and reminding myself– “keep calm, and carry on.” And while I hope this first year smooths out a bit as far as my confidence, I’ve been hearing from other homeschooling moms that the first year is really one big trial run.

During our textbook detour, we read aloud The Egyptian Cinderella–a sweet play on the traditional fairy tale. We loved the story, and the detailed illustrations are gorgeous. To go with the Egyptian theme, I made some pyramid graphic organizers to help narrate the story. (These story maps would work for any subject though!)

Ryan (2nd grade) identified story elements (title, author, setting, characters, problem, solution), while Emmy (Kinder) retold sequentially (beginning, middle, end) using drawings.

We also did a shared writing activity where we compared The Egyptian Cinderella with the traditional Cinderella story.

Continuing with the pyramid theme for spelling and math. . .

{Pyramid Spelling and Math worksheets to download}

This Egyptian Face art lesson from Deep Space Sparkle is geared toward older kids, but we simplified it a bit, and I love how my 7- and 5-year-old’s Egyptian portraits turned out! If we continue to homeschool, I’ll definitely do this project again in four years (when we study ancient history again). The chalk was messy–but the results were worth it.

Ryan and I also started reading The Red Pyramid. It’s about a 5th grade reading level and I was worried about the maturity so I’ve been reading it with him–but so far it’s a fun story and he’s really into it. I love the excitement in his face when something historical is mentioned (like the Rosetta stone, hieroglyphics, or the name of an Egyptian god) and he knows what’s going on from our previous history studies.

Have I mentioned yet how much I’m learning? What a crazy, busy adventure the last few weeks have been!

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  1. I get it — the former public school teacher in me stuck around for about two years before I let that whole mentality go. I love everything you are doing with your children… taking breaks when you need to, letting some of their interests dictate your learning, all of the rich history and notebooking. Your kids are blessed!

    Thanks for encouraging me this week on FB, too. I’m glad to be getting to know you!


  2. I have a difficult time feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to cover that is not necessarily touched upon by our chose curriculum. It can make me crazy at times. I taught in a classroom for seven years before bringing my kids home for school, and it was a huge adjustment. It looks like you are doing so many great things with your children! Love, Love, Love the art lesson and the pryamid math and spelling! Good job Mom!


  3. Us too! We’re breakin’ next week! I decided to try a new schedule this year: 6-8 week sessions and 1 week vacations between them. We just finished our first 8 weeks so it’s time for our first vacation!

    What a great job they did on the Egyptian faces! They create better than I do! LOL

    I’m also a public school teacher and continue to be certified for K-8. It can be hard to think differently, but also refreshing and exciting! It took me several years before I dropped the state requirement book for teachers! LOL


    pameladonnis Reply:

    I wonder how long it will take me to drop the requirement book? lol
    I’m not actually following it, but I do peek at the standards now and then to see if we’re on track. And we are…usually way ahead, actually!


  4. We’re taking a break this week too! Of course the learning never stops, but the formal plans take a rest =) Like you, our year is going well, but I just felt the need to slow down and also to get organized a bit more for the coming weeks. Like you mentioned at the end, I feel like I am learning so much through teaching my children too! I really love that part. Thanks for linking up to Trivium Tuesdays!


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