It’s Been Two Weeks! – homeschooling/unschooling

This morning was Isabel’s dance class, so while she was there, Luke did piano practice and then played his allotted 45 minutes of Game Cube while Sylvia watched him and I got some phone calls and cleaning done.

After picking Isabel up we had snacks and then School. Today we did a LOT! Calendar, BOM story, we had the formal spelling test, Isabel practiced her lowercase letters while Luke wrote in is daily journal. We then had lunch and did a lot of jump roping in the backyard. Afterward, Luke made a large poster of Link (Zelda character) to hang up in their “Secret Club” (the upstairs bathroom) while Isabel made us “cookies” out of Playdough. We then had Math and they both did two worksheets. I then read “The Chocolate Touch” to them and now we are all in my bed, Isabel doing a puzzle, Luke reading his book, “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.”

So it has been two weeks now of homeschooling. So far it has been a lot of fun and in a way even easy. The main thing I think that makes it “easy” is that they are so motivated about learning. I haven’t yet had to force them to do anything. If I get the vibe that they are not excited about doing one activity, I suggest something else until I find one they jump at. The two main gifts I want to teach my children are, to always be motivated and interested in learning, and to know how to learn and find out about things on their own.


A class in Aiming! – homeschooling/unschooling.

Luke had a dentist appointment this morning and afterward we went to get a few “labor day” things at the grocery store. By the time we got home, ate lunch and cleaned up, it was already after noon. It was kind of nice because that way I had Sylvia taking her nap, but at the same time, Isabel can be a little tired in the afternoon.

We did our usual, Calendar, BOM story and then looked up what a Casaba Melon is (we bought one at the store.) We then played a game by sitting in a circle each of us holding a beanbag.  We chanted, “Beanbags beanbags are so fun, it’s pretty tricky but we’re not done!” While passing the three beanbags to each other around in a circle. We would then have to switch directions. Going clockwise was especially difficult for them and Luke and I were laughing at how silly we all were. Isabel then cried and said she didn’t want to play anymore. She got her feelings hurt and felt bad that she wasn’t doing it perfectly.  I had to explain to her that we were ALL silly messing up and that is why the game is so much fun. I convinced her to do one more round and I think she felt better after that.

I then had Luke and Isabel put all of our play kitchen items into categories. They first categorized them into, fruits, vegetables, cans/boxes/bottles, dishes/pots/utensils and other. The next categories where colors.

We then did Math.  (I HAVE to do Math individually with them.  A few days ago I tried helping them at the same time and I almost went crazy.)  Isabel colored in her “About Me” book while Luke and I watched his five minute Math lesson about estimating and then he did a worksheet on it.  I then helped Isabel do two worksheets on place value.  So far I really like the Math U See curriculum.

Luke then taught us an aiming class.  He drew a monster on a piece of paper, gave us rubberbands and then had us aim for the monster’s one eye.  Such a clever idea he had…(so cute.)

Imagination Station and Mystery Bag – homeshcooling/unschooling.

We started out with Calendar and BOM story, then we did “Imagination Station.” Pretend you are walking on hot sand. Pretend you are eating a sour lemon. Pretend you are scared, etc. I participated as well which I felt very silly doing, but my kids are young enough that they are not embarrassed of me YET. Sylvia especially had a good time.

We then got out the “Mystery Bag!!!” A brown sad crumpled paper lunch sack with random items inside, paper clip, penny, straw, plastic spoon, etc. I had them reach inside, feel an item without looking and then draw it.

We then did our birthday cards for all of the September birthdays of family members and friends that we know. I have a stack of 48 cent WalMart birthday cards Luke and Isabel signed and added drawings in. By the end, Isabel said she was tired and went to her bed and fell asleep.  Luke and I then had a Tic-Tac-Toe tournament…he’s the champion.

My friend Jamie and her daughter, Elise, Isabel’s friend, came over for lunch which was fun except that Isabel had a fever so I gave her some medicine and put her back in bed.

Luke and I then did P.E. We threw a ball back and forth in all different ways we could think of, high up in the air (Luke named that one “forehead”) strait across “line” bouncing once on the ground “beak” and dribbling to each other “zig zag.” We then were jump roping when the sprinklers came on and sprayed Luke.

Isabel is now on the couch watching a movie and Luke has joined her. I would like Luke to do at least one Math worksheet today, but maybe I should just relax and be happy with all that we did get done.

Goo Monster and Princess Crowns- homeschooling/unschooling

Today I had Luke and Isabel write four sentences incorporating their spelling words into them. I then realized that Isabel doesn’t know what a sentence is. So Luke and I gave her a lot of examples and she caught on. Isabel then colored a mini book about her while Luke wrote a story, “The Goo Monster 4” and I sang and played with Sylvia.  Afterward I read to them from “The Chocolate Touch” book. We then took a break for snacks. Next we did crafts. Luke made puppets for his “Goo Monster” play (which by the way I think I am supposed to start “rehearsals” with him this evening…ugh) and Isabel and I decorated and colored princess crowns while we listened to Disney Princess music. We then cleaned up and had Math.

For lunch Luke read “Brer Rabbit” to us while I made the corresponding recipe, Carrot Soup. Who knew carrot soup could be SO good…

Carrot Soup

2 tbs butter – 1 lb carrots – 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped) – 1 onion chopped – 1 clove of garlic – 3 cups water – 1 tsp vegetable bouillon – fresh basil (about 6 leaves) – juice from half an orange – 1/2 tsp orange zest – salt and pepper – heavy cream

Melt butter in a large pot then add the peeled and chopped carrots, garlic, onions and potatoes. add the water, bouillon, garlic and basil. Let it boil for 7 min or until veggies are soft. Add juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend pot mixture in a blender and serve with a dollop of cream and a sprinkle of fresh basil.

After lunch we went to another homeschool mom’s house with the other moms and kids and had them do PE and have popsicles. When we got home we watched another episode of How It’s Made.

Luke and the Full Moon

Tonight was a full moon. We had a great view of it from our backyard and Luke loved looking at it through binoculars. We had our laptop outside, so we looked up images of the moon on the Internet and read some of the Wikipedia article on the moon. Luke loved this image best:


Response from Interlink Publishing

Dear Sabrina,

If you are asking if Yolen, Stemple and Beha have another cookbook they created together, the answer to that is no. But each has written or illustrated many other books. I suggest you google each, or go to Amazon. Jane and Heidi each have their own websites as well.

I know there are many cookbooks written with children in mind, but I believe ours is unique in incorporating the stories with the recipes. The idea of them doing a sequel is a wonderful idea. I am not sure that their separate schedules and projects will allow it any time in the near future—it took a very long time to put this project together—but I will suggest it to them.

Thank you for your kind words about Fairy Tale Feasts. I will forward them to Jane, Heidi and Phillipe.


Moira Megargee
Publicity Director
Interlink Publishing, Inc.

NOT back to school! – unschooling/homeschooling

Today was the first day of school for the suckers that go to school. It was raining like crazy outside which made it especially fun not to go anywhere! We did calendar, BOM story, spelling words etc and then off to Dyana’s house for our NOT back to school party.

Dyana and four other moms that homeschool where there with our however many kids. Dyana had a large sign on Butcher paper that said, “Welcome NOT back to school!” that the children all colored on and decorated, then hung up. We then had a jump rope contest for the kids, then a fun obstacle course (all Dyana’s creativity!) and then lunch and playing outside. It was good to get the kids together to meet each other and good for us moms too.

When we got home, Sylvia napped while I started presenting our Math curriculum. They both did very well for a while and were working on their worksheets when Isabel started crying and being overly dramatic about a paper cut. I was a little annoyed and then remembered that they had had a big morning and that she is just a little kindergartner, so I slapped a bandaid on here and put her in my bed. Luke seemed to enjoy the Math and I let him stop when he wanted. We then looked up something on the internet about Pokemon. Isabel has recovered and they are now watching the movie Ice Age while I pay bills, make dentist appointments, register our car and the most fun, clean up Sylvia’s Jackson Pollock poo artwork on the wall that she just created.