Activities Inspired by our Homeschool Co-op!

Homeschool Ideas

In our home the children are still quite young. The four Rolling children range in age from 5 to 1 at present, so thinking we’re doing history in an in-depth way would be an exaggeration. They simply get to enjoy learning ancient history through story-telling and illustration this year! We will continue with our regular reading program at home and review the Picture Study from Primary Language Lessons at least once per week after the co-op meeting. For Science we will continue learning about animals by finding things that are living and non-living! This means at least one nature walk this week!

What are we doing at home for WEEK ONE after our regular school time (after the 3 R’s)?

  1. Daily: Listening to Memory Work on Classically Catholic Memory CD; we listen to this just after school time when everyone is winding down to draw in their free time.
  2. Daily: Read Aloud Time. In the a.m. Mama Rolling reads stories from our favorite illustrated children’s Bible, Unser Bibel (Sorry, it’s in German!). In the p.m. Papa Rolling will be reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.
  3. 2-3 Times per Week: Listen to Jim Weis’s Old Testament Stories and Jewish Traditions CDs. We can all listen while Mama nurses or changes a diaper.
  4. 2-3 Times per Week: Coloring Pages from A Coloring Book of the Old Testament.
  5. Read once this week: Archaeologists Dig for Clues (There are some words in this book that could have been replaced with better vocabulary… for example, the word “urinate” could have been used instead of “pee” when talking about types of soil stains in an archaeological dig. I just gloss over them for now.)
  6. Do one fun activity from: Old Testament Days.
  7. Go on a nature walk to discuss the differences between living and nonliving things. Read Nature Readers as animals emerge. The Fall is great for the study of animal life!
  8. Review Picture Study from Primary Language Lessons, and have oldest child practice narration.
  9. 3 Times per Week: Music with Mama or Papa. We will focus our singing instructions on breathing technique.
  10. Daily: Art! Some days I provide paper and crayons only for free time. 2-3 days per week we use water color or oil pastels. The children love to do picture studies for art by looking at a beautiful piece of artwork for inspiration!
Seems like too much? Try writing down the list by spreading it out on your calendar. I find that these short activities fill-in the gaps in our day, a filler which has become more important now that we have non-nappers.
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