Our April 2014 Unschooling Resources & Activities

by ChristinaPilkington on June 2, 2014 · 4 comments

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I’m still playing catching up with my learning logs so I didn’t write a lot this month about the things we did- pretty much just made out a list for you! But I’ve included lots of links in case you want to research any resource in more depth.

Highlights of the Month: Went to lots of birthday parties this month. We also attended two plays that were really cute.

But the biggest highlight of the month happened on April 26th. We boarded a plane for London! We were so blessed to spend 17 days traveling across England, Wales and Ireland. Next week’s post will be our top 15 highlights from that trip. 

 

Books – Together

The Middle Ages: An interactive history adventure

Slop! A Welsh folktale

The Book of Kells

The Sailor Who Captured the Seas and Other Celtic Tales

Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola

This is Ireland

Started reading Inkheart at bedtime

Ireland: Our Island Story 

 

Alexa’s Reading List

The Golden Compass- finally finished reading this! I ordered the second book in this series for her to bring with on the trip

The Subtle Knife – started reading the sequel to the Golden Compass

 

Jared’s Reading List

Besides his Lego catalogs, not much else

 

TV/DVDS

 

Life in the Middle Ages series by Schlessinger Media- The Doctor

Cathedral- a PBS production based on the book by David Macaulay

Castle- a PBS production based on the book by David Macaulay

3 disks from the series Animated Tales of the World- England: Cap ‘O Rushes, Ireland: The Boy Who Had No Story and Ireland: Fionn

The Secret of Kells- what a gorgeous animated story!

Travel with Kids: Ireland

William Shakespeare’s Stratford – a great documentary taking a tour of the 5 famous Shakespeare’s birthplace

Frozen

The Golden Compass

Episodes of Phineas and Ferb

Episodes of Winks

Episodes of Once Upon a Time

Episodes of American Idol

Episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars 

Episodes of Pokemon: Black and White

Episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures

Games/Puzzles/Kits/Activity Books

 

Magic Science: 50 Jaw-Dropping, Mind-Boggling, Head Scratching, Activities for Kids-

Broken Pencil and Disappearing Pencil: experiments involving reflection and refraction

Sticking Cup – Using air pressure to stick objects to one another

Attracking Cans – using Bernoulli’s principle (air pressure)

Raw or Cooked – How to tell if an egg is raw or cooked by spinning it ( center of gravity)

Color Your Own Book of Kells 

Build Your Own Stonehenge

 

Writing/Spelling/Grammar

Sequential Spelling Lessons 81-88

Still working on learning cursive with their Kumon My Book of Cursive Words book and are almost finished

Jared is really into writing lists now (now where did he get that from I wonder?). On Easter, he spread out all his candy and made a long list of all the different categories of candy he received :)   He also wrote many lists of heroes and villains from his Lego catalogs.

Alexa has also written quite a few journal entries in her notebook, too along with several birthday notes to family and friends.

Marvelous Math 

Life of Fred: Ice Cream Lessons 1-10 – Kids have all multiplication facts memorized and are working on two digit multiplication as well as 4 digit division. It’s amazing to me at age 7 what they can do only doing formal math type work about 1 1/2 -2 hours every week. Learning math doesn’t have to be painful or take a lot of time!!!!!!!

 

At Home Fun

Inside: Building with Legos, pretend games

Helped Steve paint our bedroom

Alexa is very into watching music videos on YouTube, listening to music on ITunes, and singing songs from the movie Frozen

We’ve started an on-going project of organizing the entire house in preparation for a garage sale at the end of August. Almost every day of the month, the kids’ and I spent a half hour going through every item in their room and organizing it. So far we have 4 very full garbage bags full for the sale! We still have the playroom upstairs, the basement, and the rest of the bookcases to go through.

Steve grandmother and aunt came for a visit – dinner at our house, dinner at Steve’s parent’s house

Kids were so helpful with getting ready for our big trip: Grooming Jessy and giving her a bath, scrubbing the kitchen floor, vacuuming, cleaning out the microwave, packing, dusting,

Outside: some scooters, taking Jessy for walks around the block, shot bows and arrows, playing “ninja”, helping Steve lay down rocks along the side of the fence, made a home for roll pollys, swinging on swing

 

Out of the House Activities

Weekly: Library Visits, Grocery Shopping, Church, Gymnastics,

Homeschool Group:

-I lead another morning of Magic Science Tricks with the kids * See the Games section of this learning log for more info

-Rembrandt lesson from Meet the Masters - Powerpoint presentation and quiz. Art project – learning drawing techniques for showing perspectives, drawing rooftops showing perspective

Kids’ went by my mom two days this week – They did a lot of work for my mom and earned some money by dusting, vacuuming, doing dishes. They also: went shopping with her,

My Princess Party birthday party - Friend’s birthday party: dressing up, makeup, games, “tea” party, runway show, presents and cake

Schoolhouse Rock performance at the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire

Cousin’s Birthday Party – Also Easter egg hunt, playing with water balloons, and a Piñata

Easter – Steve’s parents’ house – dinner and Easter Egg hunt, time with out of town relatives

Five Little Monkeys’ performance at Schoolstage performance at the McAninach Arts Center at College of DuPage

Homeschool Climb Day at Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville 

Awanas Award’s Night - out for ice cream afterwards

 

On the Computer, Kindle, I-Phone, or LeapPad Explorer 1

Kindle: 

PC Games/ Websites:  www.lego.com, www.poptropica.com,

Nintendo Wii: Mario Cart, Skylander Giants, Super Mario Galaxy II

Nintendo DS-Pokemon White

I Phone - 

Photo Credit: gordsam

What were some of your favorite activities from April?

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  • Emerson swank

    OH BE QUITE!!!!! I STILL LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I POOPED AGAIN!!! WIPE MY BUTT!!!!

  • Emerson swank

    I AM NOT LITTLE ANYMORE MOM!!!!!!!!

  • christinapilkington

    Jody, I’m desperately trying to catch up with comments on this blog and my other social media! I’ve been struggling with deciding whether to keep this blog. I love to post here, but with everything else in my life, I don’t know how I can keep up with this blog and attempt to do other writing that is important to me. But, thanks so much for your encouraging words. I really appreciate your sharing my writing.

  • Jody

    Hey Chris. Much appreciated. I know it can be quite lonely out there, but you fell like a far-away friend. I will be introducing you to my homeschool network next week, so that they can all enjoy your hard work. Jody

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