Welcome to the last part of my 2012 How We Homeschool Series! I hope it’s been encouraging to you in your homeschool journey or research.
This week we are in the middle of learning about squids, octopuses, and the Hawaiian Islands and I have not spent much time at all in preparing. It just came together as I was browsing dvds and books at the library.
Jack played with toys on the library floor and Brendan played on the library computer while I browsed the shelves. Squids, octopuses, and the Hawaiian Islands caught my eye and were available. You can call that “interest-led”, even if it is mama’s interests 🙂 .
Homeschool planning doesn’t have to be all stressful. Give yourself a break. The kid will learn.
How I’m homeschooling the easy-going way.
Step #1: I borrowed the following dvds and books from our local library:
- Octopuses by Carol Lindeen (book)
- Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian)by Mary M. Cerullo & Clyde F.E. Roper (book)
I have been reading to the boys while they color their pages or draw pictures. Maybe even while playing Legos. I’m learning right along with them. Did you know that squids and octopuses have beaks? Yes, like a parrot’s beak. And there aren’t just squids, there are Humboldt Squids aka Red Devils, Giant Squids, and Colossal Squids! And Sperm Whales eat squids.
Step #2: I searched and found online these free printable coloring pages:
Free printable Octopus coloring page (I wanted a more realistic coloring page. Most I found online were “babyish” but this one is not.)
Free printable Squid coloring page and one with labels (each were about half page or less in size so I copied them onto one page after printing them out. You could cut them out for a lapbook or notebook project.)
Step #3: I plan to pull in some of the materials I already have at home.
Step #4: If you want more meat to your unit study I have some suggestion below.
- Check out this free lapbook unit you can make at home or use for notebooking.
- Go to the zoo or aquarium and see your “subject matter” face to face 🙂 .
- Create your own Unit Study in 3 easy steps – basically what I told you in today’s post 🙂 .
- We also attend FREE science classes.
How We Homeschool Tour & Series Introduction
Part 1: How I Organize
Part 2: The Goals and Chart for My Boys
Part 3: Eclectic Homeschooling Math
Part 4: Eclectic Homeschooling Reading, Writing & Language Arts
Part 5: My easy, laid-back way of homeschooling Science