Despite a less than stellar start to the day and homeschooling, the return to school was a fairly good success!
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We wrote some goals for the new year down, the boys are still incredibly interested in learning more about animals {snoozefest for me} and we determined where their most and least interest lies, so I know where to step up the fun to make learning stick. And also to make it fun. Because this is homeschooling.
Additionally, we discussed the mighty magic of the potato! On Saturday I set up our experiment - a halved potato in a glass of water - and the boys and I followed the scientific method today to set the experiment groundwork.
They agreed that the best way to document the changes in the potato, to see if anything would sprout, would be to take pictures, so I’ll apologize for all the potato pictures in advance.
Mercutio is pretty sure the potato will melt before it sprouts another potato, but Caesar is certain that we’ll get ten new potatoes {overestimating his mother’s non ability to coax plants to live} out of this one. I will be happy if the cats don’t knock it over.
Afterward, we discussed how versatile the potato is, and why it could be awesome to grow your own food at home. We guessed which other foods we could grow out of scraps and all lamented over how we can’t just stick a bar of chocolate in water and have 20 more by morning. I feel you, children. Word.
We then moved on to a little competitive mental math! The boy who answered the most equations correctly received a lollipop! {I hate being the person that says “organic” in front of things, because really, who cares? But there was some heavy mental math-ing over this organic lollipop. I mean… they’re delicious, but they’re not drop someone with elbows, Blow Pop delicious.} 
In the end the spoils went to Caesar, with 21 correct, but Mercutio kicked it too with 11!  
We took a short snack break and continued on; Mercutio covered more phonemic awareness, and Caesar read aloud. Oh my goooosh, it’s like pulling teeeeth, I do not understaaaand. He reads beautifully, he is just so. stubborn.
I mentioned earlier that Thaddeus FINALLY has a teensy tooth! We took this opportunity to supply him with his first “official” toothbrush {no more cloth and gum rubbing} and teach him the importance of oral hygiene. The boys warned him about gingivitis, and tooth decay and reminded him to brush his teeth twice a day at least.
They were also kind enough to mention their favorite toothpaste {surprisingly, Tom’s strawberry flavor} and which ones to avoid. The review was nice for them, and Thaddeus found it to be enlightening as well as entertaining. He told us.
Tomorrow Oma is coming over to bake an apple pie with them. If I can get some extra lessons in there I will, but I try not to force school into their fun {and very limited} time with her, when we can always make school hours up. 
I’m happy to be back into the swing of things, but it’s so easy to forget just how exhausting these hours can be!

Despite a less than stellar start to the day and homeschooling, the return to school was a fairly good success!

We wrote some goals for the new year down, the boys are still incredibly interested in learning more about animals {snoozefest for me} and we determined where their most and least interest lies, so I know where to step up the fun to make learning stick. And also to make it fun. Because this is homeschooling.

Additionally, we discussed the mighty magic of the potato! On Saturday I set up our experiment - a halved potato in a glass of water - and the boys and I followed the scientific method today to set the experiment groundwork.

They agreed that the best way to document the changes in the potato, to see if anything would sprout, would be to take pictures, so I’ll apologize for all the potato pictures in advance.

Mercutio is pretty sure the potato will melt before it sprouts another potato, but Caesar is certain that we’ll get ten new potatoes {overestimating his mother’s non ability to coax plants to live} out of this one. I will be happy if the cats don’t knock it over.

Afterward, we discussed how versatile the potato is, and why it could be awesome to grow your own food at home. We guessed which other foods we could grow out of scraps and all lamented over how we can’t just stick a bar of chocolate in water and have 20 more by morning. I feel you, children. Word.

We then moved on to a little competitive mental math! The boy who answered the most equations correctly received a lollipop! {I hate being the person that says “organic” in front of things, because really, who cares? But there was some heavy mental math-ing over this organic lollipop. I mean… they’re delicious, but they’re not drop someone with elbows, Blow Pop delicious.} 

In the end the spoils went to Caesar, with 21 correct, but Mercutio kicked it too with 11!  

We took a short snack break and continued on; Mercutio covered more phonemic awareness, and Caesar read aloud. Oh my goooosh, it’s like pulling teeeeth, I do not understaaaand. He reads beautifully, he is just so. stubborn.

I mentioned earlier that Thaddeus FINALLY has a teensy tooth! We took this opportunity to supply him with his first “official” toothbrush {no more cloth and gum rubbing} and teach him the importance of oral hygiene. The boys warned him about gingivitis, and tooth decay and reminded him to brush his teeth twice a day at least.

They were also kind enough to mention their favorite toothpaste {surprisingly, Tom’s strawberry flavor} and which ones to avoid. The review was nice for them, and Thaddeus found it to be enlightening as well as entertaining. He told us.

Tomorrow Oma is coming over to bake an apple pie with them. If I can get some extra lessons in there I will, but I try not to force school into their fun {and very limited} time with her, when we can always make school hours up. 

I’m happy to be back into the swing of things, but it’s so easy to forget just how exhausting these hours can be!

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