Homeschool ~ May/June 2008

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July 1, 2008 by multiracialsky

Clearly, this was a big travel segment of our ‘school’ year. There are also fewer notations of things we talked about (because my record-keeping was sporadic). By the time I filled in the kids’ activities–sometimes weeks later–I was relying heavily on the activities noted on our family calendar and the ‘photo documentation’ of our downloaded digital camera files. Those conversations, concepts explained, and words defined–they’re still happening, but I have to note them almost daily to remember. My head is full these days…

  • Watch high school girls’ lacrosse games
  • Play with friends
  • Asian Festival at the college, including Taiko drumming, Writing in Chinese (Jaja), listening to stories, and baseball with college students (Rico)
  • Play at the playground: at least four different playgrounds
  • Biking: two playgrounds, one park, around Skytop Lake (Rico), ocean boardwalk, gravel road, and grandparents’ paved driveway
  • Define ‘Anniversary’
  • Visit the Library: in two states
  • Make books: write story/words and draw pictures
  • Help Daddy rototill the garden
  • Fill up new sandbox
  • Attend birthday parties
  • Talk about Border Collies and other working dogs
  • Plant beans in the garden
  • Read out loud
  • Cut paper dominoes out of Ladybug magazine and play game
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • One-week trip to Florida
  • Two half-days in Washington, D.C., including riding on the mall carousel, the Air and Space Museum, and the Washington memorial
  • Fly a kite
  • Swim: in five pools, two lakes, and the ocean
  • Paddle ball on the beach
  • Skim-boarding
  • Visit the Tampa Sciencenter and the local Sciencenter
  • Play football in the ocean (Rico)
  • Shop for food and deliver it to local food shelf
  • Visit art museum; exhibits include masks of Sri Lanka and the art of W. David Powell
  • Finish new ‘K’ general skills workbook: 350 pages (Jaja)
  • Start new ‘Grade 1′ math workbook (Jaja)
  • Work on general skills workbook and ‘K’ math workbook (Rico)
  • Hike to the top of a mountain with Dad: more than five miles, with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet
  • Play catch and baseball
  • Slip ‘n’ Slide
  • Play with playdough
  • Run in half-mile kids’ race
  • Jump off pool diving board and swim to side unassisted
  • Puzzles and Legos
  • Five-day visit at grandparents’ house
  • Help cook meals, including cutting vegetables and fruit
  • Scooter
  • Walk and train grandparents’ new puppy
  • Garden and weed
  • Learn how to use a pocket knife
  • Measure, cut, and twine string on sticks to support growing bean plants
  • Visit Mystic Aquarium, including Sea Lion show, bird exhibit, feed parakeets, and watch three Beluga whales being trained
  • Go to Children’s Cheering Carpet Project
  • Pick strawberries: domestic and wild
  • Catch crabs
  • Play guitar
  • Visit friend’s farm, including cows, baby chickens and turkeys, grown chickens, and three acres of vegetables and flowers
  • Learn how to use a hanging trapeze: put feet over bar and pull self to sitting (Jaja)
  • Four-day trip to the Poconos to celebrate great-grandma’s ninetieth birthday
  • Play with cousins
  • Golf: mini-golf and putting green
  • Lawn bowling
  • Ping-pong
  • Rock climbing: reach the top of a 40-foot wall (Jaja)
  • Play kickball
  • Dress up and pretend

Photo: Jaja’s playdough pig

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