Just another day in the life...

I asked the boys to pick out some labeled "schoolwork" to do for the day.   We are trying to have a more relaxed approach to homeschooling for the summer and I often rely on the boys to cover a few subjects on their own while I focus on household chores.

Ian picked a page in his math book about figuring miles per hour and elapsed time.  The problems were short little word problems and he called me over to ask if he had to show his work or if he could just write down the answers.  Since he already knew the answers to the first three problems by the time I got there and was able to explain how he knew I told him to just write down the answers.

 Evan too chose to work in his math book and completed two pages on squares.  I love that he LOVES his math book, but I'm so disappointed in the level of work in this first grade math book. I think, so far anyway, everything has been more of a pre-k level.

While the other two boys were working on math, Alec chose to pick another page in Draw Write Now and learned how to draw a toucan.  He quizzed us, once again, and asked if we knew if the birds' beaks were light or heavy.  Once we all made a guess, Alec told us that Toucans have hollow beaks so they're very light.  .

All the boys went on to do some reading once they had their math and writing work all done.

Ian came down talking about a book he had read in his room and telling us about how silly it was.

Intrigued, Alec sat down to read it and read it out loud to Evan.   The book was called Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show.   It was funny and we laughed at what Kel Gilligan considered stunts-- like eating broccoli, going to the bathroom, getting dressed on his own, etc.  The best was the gasps and claps from his "audience" of parents and grandparents. 

Once everyone was done school for the day, I thought we'd head outside and swim some more but the older boys wanted to watch Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters too so we sat down to watch the movie.

Once the movie was over we did read some of Harry Potter and then headed outside.  With school considered officially over for the day the boys were off in all different directions.
I brought out all our paints; both the Karo syrup and the sweetened condensed milk ones (that we made here), along with some plain white paper and paintbrushes.  I have found that just setting them up on the table outside invites the kids to paint whenever they feel like it.

I was amazed at how much art Alec and Evan chose to do today.  Alec drew a chariot pulled by a pegasi, the mark of Athena, and Poseidon's trident.  Evan told me he drew Thalia's tree protecting the camp, and a sign about the mean girl Clarice. 


The mark of Athena

Chariot and Pegasus

" Thalia's tree helps shield the camp" (Thalia's tree
 is the big triangle at the bottom, the large circle of all green in the
other corner is the shield and the rest I'm not too sure of)

"mean girl daughter of Aries, Clarice"

The boys all went for jet ski rides and played in the water for a bit.

Alec just tries to reach the spray of water
Evan's new thing is to ride with his arm
Evan took out the homemade chalks we had made and drew a trident on our big rock in our front yard.  Ian rode his bike, and Alec just kept painting and listening to his MP3 player.

Evan decided he was tired and wanted to go lay down in his room and he ended up taking an hour and a half nap in the late afternoon.  To keep quiet while he was sleeping, his older brothers decided to watch quite a few shows we had taped on DVR from the Travel Channel.  They watched Cool Pools, Extreme Waterparks, and Extreme Roller Coasters. 

It was a perfect day in the life of a homeschooling family!


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