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. . .
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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