We homeschool. I thought it was quite obvious, but as my oldest turned 5 this year, she has been asked many times if she started kindergarten. So here I am, making it obvious. We are homeschooling! My little 4 Year Old Farm Girl has grown up a lot this Summer. Along with having a birthday, she continues to take on responsibility, and is the best helper. My mommy’s boy turned 3, is potty trained, and loves anything with wheels (I hope he never turns 16!). The baby is almost 11 months old, walking, and loves to mess up any projects the big kids are working on.
The weather is starting to change here with the mornings and evenings cooling down. With the change in weather, it was time to make our fall to-do list, and our goals for the farm for the rest of the year. We planned the breedings of our goats and sheep, weaned the lambs, spread the grass seed for the Winter, buy and plant the rest of our fruit trees, and the list goes on. While we were at it, I decided it would be a good time to set some new goals with the (human) kids for our homeschool season.
My Homeschool Plan 2016/2017
I follow the Thomas Jefferson Education Philosophy. I have been studying and implementing it into our routine for a couple of years. Our main focus of learning right now is building strong core values, family culture, and learning through play. We tie all of the books we read and projects we do back to our focus. Right and wrong, good and bad, true and false, that is what a core phase child learns in this fun time in their life.
My oldest and I put together a binder. It is similar to a scrapbook. It has a few pictures of her, and her favorite people. We added some recent drawings that she has colored in church to start it off. She will continue to add writings, drawings, dried flowers, art creations, and projects. I printed this compass and helped her fill it out, and it belongs in her binder also. I know this will be an asset as she gets older and can look back on how far she has come. I intend to make one for the boys also, once they start making creations that are more than scribbles. I can just imagine their books having a page for bugs too. Farm boys.
We found last Winter that it was a great season for reading. It was so natural to cuddle up on the couch and read while it was cold outside. We also had the extra time that it was dark, but not quite bedtime. I read the entire Little House Series from November to March. With a 4 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn baby, that was quite an accomplishment. Reading, and establishing a love of reading is so important to us. This year I plan to read to them Anne of Green Gables, Understood Betsy, Laddie, and Little Women.
Our 5 year old started weekly Let’s Play Music classes. She is very excited to go to a corn maze at a local farm, we have a great group of friends who we meet up with for field trips. Tea parties are a great time to recite short poems, and yes my 3 year old boy loves this as much as my girl. Building forts, painting their legs with mud, legos, climbing trees, and catching bugs are all important for childhood too. This is why I tell people that our farm is the perfect classroom. Who wouldn’t want to climb a tree, while mom read them a great book?
We have an awesome year ahead, both on the farm and in our family’s education.