Welcome to the monthly wrap up, I am so glad you have joined me. If you are new around these parts double welcome! I am sharing some of my favorite things of last month and a bit of behind the scenes, like a peek into working moms life. Just how brave are you?
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So in case you didn’t know, I live in Canada. So far we have
had a little snow a ton of snow, over a foot!! Cold weather is definitely here. I’ve been warming up with my tea and my hubby surprised me with a tea ball. Which I am thrilled about.
What I am not thrilled about is it hasn’t arrived yet and I am not even sure which one is coming. Waiting is not my strong point, can you tell? 😉
I want to share with you this cute little 14 in 1 Robot I got for the kids. I was so excited!! I got it at Educents but you can find similar ones on Amazon as well. When it arrived the box was much smaller than I had anticipated and when I opened it up, well I wanted to go hide. Seriously do the creators of these things hate parents??
Also, does this totally remind you of those model cars from the 80’s everyone had or is that just me?
Anyway, we had a day where all the school was done for the week and we were home! Bonus! These days are so rare in my life as a working homeschool mom I am going to admit I was beyond thrilled. The kids saved the Robot building event until then.
Now I had to totally admit it was hard not to make this into a “learning thing” as I tend to do, but I did it! Aren’t you proud of me? I actually left the room and let them go to it only sneaking in to snap a quick photo from time to time much to the annoyance of my son.
They worked all day and built a Rolly Poly which we quickly named WALL-E, seriously look at his little face!
Too bad it had been overcast and we couldn’t test him outside. However, we did charge him up under a light bulb. And we waited, and waited, and changed light bulbs and waited. Turns out the wires got crossed (haha!) and the next day he got a slight gear fix and he was spinning off into the happy table top. The kids are thrilled and have discussed what should be next, the dog or the turtle?
You can watch my video for more information here. Also, Erin from Nourishing My Scholar shared this robot, the Thames & Kosmos Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot, be sure to watch the video, it goes up walls, people! Like really, really. Anyone have a review? I kind of want it, er for the kids.
In other news, my daughter and I finished the lessons in Studio Art for Teens. We really enjoyed it! If you read how I taught her art without having a darn clue then you will know that I have also been drawing with her. We did the lessons on learning how to draw focusing on texture, shading etc. She decided she wasn’t interested in the rest and we are veering off into the world of unknown.
While I would absolutely recommend that course to anyone interested in drawing we decided we wanted to practice what we learned and have fun. The best part in my eyes was they learn the basics and you only need the pencils, paper and you are set. One day it called for molding clay, which we used kinetic sand and play-doh.
After watching AshleyMHills do Inktober we decided we would try out the prompts but with pencils! So far we’ve done a few but hope to get a few more in over the next month or so.
We also have been able to incorporate all kinds of new fun things to try out after meeting Jodi and reading her posts at The Kitchen Table Classroom. So far we have done drawing with scissors, and hope to do the coffee filter art soon.
Books of the month!
My kids have been not feeling so great this month that said, we did finally finish the read aloud we started last month called The Last Safe House. I loved that this was a story woven in with history facts. My son loved the fact pages best, while my daughter liked the craft ideas such as how to build a corn husk doll.
I had a really great moment when my daughter took off running during our history lesson where I was reading to them about the first railway to cross the USA. She ran to get the Canadian Flyer All Aboard! book and showed me where she already knew about the gold and silver train spikes. I love when they learn from “fun reading”, don’t you?
Working Homeschool Moms
Besides working, homeschooling, fighting the flu and hiding from robot building challenges I have been busy working on an E-book designed to help moms that are trying to balance working and homeschooling.
Links you loved this month:
Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing out the points you love. Your emails always make the highlight of my week. You are so awesome.
I’ve been talking and sharing with you all month about making learning fun for your teen. We sometimes forget that our teens, under all that attitude and eye rolling, are kids and they just wanna have fun too!
Here are the top reads of the month:
- Interview With Author, Blogger and Homeschool Mom of 3
- Returning to the Workforce
- My Top 15 Favorite Games for Teens
- Fear Not: Homeschooling Tweens and Teens – My guest post for My Little Poppies
Links I loved this month:
I love finding amazing articles from around the web. I listed a small group of my favorite homeschool blogs recently, you should totally check them out 😉
Here are some of my favorite reads over the last month:
- Homeschool Moms: the Fat Girls At Prom
- You might be a homeschooling mom if…
- To the Lady at the Pool Who Spoke Up During One of My Lowest Parenting Moments
Thanks so much for joining me for our month wrap up. I love hearing what you have been up to this month, so be sure to leave me a comment below.
To read past what we have been up to in last months: Coffee Break Series