Back to ‘Home’ School with the Hintons
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Our journey back to school this year has been exciting and a bit ominous along the way. I have reflected this past week on the blessings that prepared us for this Fall. We are blessed with a conscious community of other mom’s who believe in mindfulness, family and healthy living as much as we do. I am grateful for a conversation over a year ago with an older mom, who homeschooled 7 kids over a 30-year time span. I am grateful for my teacher friends who have shared materials, knowledge and insight over the past several weeks. We have decided to homeschool for the mental well-being of our family. This decision was cautious one to make, my husband and myself tend to thoroughly analyze some things, especially when it comes to big changes for our family.
Our decision was influenced by my coaching training, functional medicine certification and knowledge of how trauma affects the body, along with the experience of online school. In the Spring we quickly became an at home IT support desk for online school including daily help with zoom, internet connections, software apps, and much more. Our young girls did not learn and absorb the content from the lessons because they were also trying to learn to computer mechanics, typing and utilizing software on a Chromebook works. The experience was distracting and unsettling for our family. Therefore, we have chosen a different way to learn this Fall.
We are excited to be our own new school, next week with our private in-home teacher (another blessing), at home school space and choice of themes of interest by each daughter.
The journey began over a month ago with the idea to prepare for back to Montessori school and at the same time prepare an at home space for school, just in case. I worked on a list of home supplies and downloaded the supply list provided by our school. I made a few trips to our local office store for the items. We picked out a simple desk, shelves and a rug for our school space from Amazon. (See below for our school favorites) The curriculum was a community effort.
We are utilizing the Theme approach for the curriculum and have found many online resources for our works. A theme will run a full month and each work or lesson will be inline with the theme integrated with various subjects. For example. Lillie has chosen sharks. I found the most amazing shark unit from Stephanie Hathaway Designs and combined it with a few materials from Etsy. Her studies will include math, art, spelling, history, science and more. Some to the activities include utilizing chalk and the tape measure to draw out the length of 20 shark types on the driveway, draw and label the parts of a shark, identify shark teeth, and even paint a famous shark painting for art history. Watch our video on back to school to learn more about themes and how Franki will be working on Scotland instead of unicorns.
Our rhythm for back to school will be different from previous years. We understand it will change and evolve as we become comfortable in our new home school schedule. The girls will be doing hands-on lessons 4 days a week with Fridays being for adventure and outdoor exploring related to the lessons of the week.
Example Schedule we are going to start with:
Get dressed – self care
Complete 3 works with help of teacher as needed
Outside or Gymnastics
We have set up a Rhythm board to help with adjustment to our new schedule which has visual cards to remind the girls what is next in the day. Take a peek at our Rhythm board in this post here.
Resources we will be using for homeschool and other helpful websites:
Stephanie Hathaway Designs – https://www.stephaniehathawaydesigns.com/freeprintables
Tanglewood Hollow – https://www.tanglewoodhollow.com/pages/freebies
The Silvan Reverie – https://thesilvanreverie.com/homeschool/
1+1+1=1 – https://1plus1plus1equals1.net/
Little Oak Learning – https://thelittleoaklearning.com/rhythm-freebies
Teacher Pay Teacher
Here is our Amazon List of supplies and room setup items:
Check out more of our favorite school supplies here