Pictures from Runners work
So I branched out this week in my homeschooling. I have been nearly a slave to the curriculum, a couple of units now and then to spice it up, and a few added subjects. It was getting a little dull. And isn't half the point of homeschooling to improve their education?
I do think the education I was giving was better then school but time to get the kids interested in learning, retaining more and showing some strive and independence.
So I branched into unit studies. I am still doing text book math most days but breaking it up some.
We have been studying what is involved in keeping and maintaining pets, including cost to start and per month. SW is looking into birds. Runner is looking into fish and Ko-Ko is looking into rodents (hamsters and cavies). We will be taking a trip to the pet store to answer some questions because yes, you can learn outside of books and the computers, people actually contain knowledge too, something I learned as a student in an alternative program called Experience Canada in my high school senior year.
We started some rock candy to learn about crystal growth. The kids are really excited about this. Runner is especially excited "You mean I can eat crystals?" Yep, you already do, it will just be more obvious. We looked at what a regular sugar crystal looks like under a microscope.
We have also been reading the "Comic History of the Universe" The kids love this and have giggled away. After wards we discuss it and draw pictures with labels and write about it.