Hello everyone! So as we recover from Wyatt’s surgeries, I thought we would start back to our homeschool routine focusing only on his favorites – so social studies, art, and science. We are probably going to add math and reading back in this week starting Tuesday. (We had a neurosurgery appt this morning as well as physical therapy)
Our pared down schedule worked well. It got Wyatt back into the swing of school again, and also made room for him to rest when he became tired.
For science, Wyatt learned about the difference between coniferous trees and deciduous trees. We opted for the table crowd activity this time (his curriculum has three different approaches to labs – outdoors, tabletop, arts and crafts ) It was the right choice for his first day back! Just look at this face. Lol.
For social studies, we visited Massachusetts! Well not really obviously. Wyatt loves learning about the states way more than I expected him to honestly, especially learning the state symbols and seeing the flags for each state. I am happy he loves it like he does though! I always loved social studies too. We learned that the Boston Marathon has a wheelchair division! I had no idea so that was a neat fact to learn. We also learned that Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel, was from Massachusetts which is neat because Wyatt shares a birthday with Dr. Seuss – March 2! Wyatt loved how I told him to identify the state on the map too – I told him the little hook that comes off and branches into the ocean looks like a strong arm flexing, and that is how to find it. He thought that was hilarious.
But what Wyatt loved the best was art. Of course. He has been asking to paint for weeks now, and I just didn’t think it was a good idea until he was more healed up. However, he was cleared for physical therapy so I figured it was time to paint as well!
Instead of focusing on a particular artist over the next few weeks, I am mixing it up a bit. We are focusing instead on a poet, and then painting a picture that is inspired by a poem that poet wrote. This week we did Emily Dickinson, naturally, as she was from Amherst – plus I love her.
We talked a bit about Dickinson as a person, read a few poems, read a picture book, then we focused on the poem Make Me a Picture of the Sun. We talked about the imagery, what it could mean, and how it made us feel. Then I had Wyatt watercolor a painting that correlated with this. He loved it.
I also love that he felt his picture needed two suns. I get it, I miss the sunshine too!
Now, what we used – not much this week!
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M is for Mayflower || Emily Writes
This week we move on to New Hampshire and Robert Frost!
11 thoughts on “Homeschool Journey: Easing back into our routine”
I want to come and learn with Wyatt! You definitely have a gift, Erin! I love the approach you take to integrate the subjects! And, when Wyatt feels the need to add a third sun, send it down to Indiana! We woke up to a second day of snow on the ground…though probably nothing like you’ve got!
I love New Hampshire! A former student of mine lives there. When we visited her, we visited one of the Budweiser factories!
Have a fabulous week!
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Lol! Aw thank you Marsha!! That means a lot!
Ugh – where is spring??? This is crazy. It snowed all day yesterday, and was just so gray. We like winter but we are over it.
I would love to go there! One of my favorite books of all time is set there – A Prayer for Owen Meany.
I love learning about Wyatt’s learning. Massachusettes is such an interesting state. I lived there many, many years ago.
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How cool!! We visited once when I was a kid and I have always wanted to go back. One day! It’s a dream trip for us to take Wyatt to the east coast.
How lovely that Wyatt enjoys learning about the states. Would he like to collect all the state quarters, I wonder? I expect they’re still in circulation, though they were made a while ago now (yes, I have a set! I am still trying to get all the Euros for all the European countries, though!).
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Liz, I love that idea!!! I am sure he would!!! Thank you for that suggestion!
Sounds like a fun week back and like you did great easing back into routine! I love how to find Massachusetts! I may have to use that. Wyatt looks absolutely thrilled to be back to work.
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Lol! It helps me find it!! Wyatt did enjoy getting back to school and his routine. When we added math back in though he wasn’t as excited. Lol.
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I love that idea with the painter! I think we might finish out our school year with something like that.
I love how you introduced Emily Dickinson alongside art and Massachusetts. I seem to have abandoned my visual art habit, but one of the more memorable pieces I made was based on ” ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers.”