Baby is six weeks old and after two months of not 'doing school' we've begun again. Oh this homeschooling thing is such an adventure. I love learning together and 95% of our learning just happens. The boys ask to play with the coin jar - sorting and counting, we read great books over lunch and afternoon hot chocolate, we explore outside - sharing awe over paper thin birch bark and the white rocks scattered in our back garden... But then there is skill time while the little boys nap. I go back and forth on what I think about skill time at five, but overall it seems like a good idea for Jonah and, in general, we have a good time at it. Granted, spelling, language lessons and handwriting are 'gotten out of the way' so we can get to history and music theory, but watching Jo grasp history and working on maps together is such a joy.
Note on Photo Above: Saxon math, though raved over by some, doesn't work for Jonah (though I would certainly try it with a different child - I have no problem with the curriculum, it just doesn't work for Jonah). He wants new concepts and problems and I'm currently looking for a more condensed curriculum (any recommendations out there???). So for the time being, I'm making math up as we go. Above Jonah is playing math memory where his facts match their answers. Funny how flash cards weren't fun, but we played this memory game six times the first day I made it.