Some Of the Things We’ve Been Doing…

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Some Of the Things We’ve Been Doing…

We have recently been swamped with stuff that I have neglected to update my blog. I will be adding some blogs in the next few days, but in the meantime, here’s a collage of what we’ve been busy with. To see the captions, just click on each picture!🙂 Enjoy!

Pointillism: Painting Like Seurat

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Pointillism: Painting Like Seurat

“Some people say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.”  ~Georges Seurat

RD and I had a really fun time exploring the world of Pointillism. Pointillism was started by French painters Georges Seurat  and Paul Signac in 1886. It is a painting technique of small dots, which when put together in large amounts, can create an image or a pattern. RD loves to paint, so I am constantly looking for different ways to teach him about the medium of painting. This was one work of art he was particularly proud of because he said “it turned out so well.”
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Everyday Lessons in Math

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Everyday Lessons in Math

Math is RD’s least favorite subject. He does it, and he can do it, but it’s just not his cup of tea. To make him realize how important math is to everyday life, there are things we do that teaches mathematical principles without him even realizing it. We integrate math in some things we do so he knows that math is not such a bad thing! The amalgamation of math into everyday activities, somehow softens his view of the “difficult” parts of learning this subject. Read on to know how we do this… Read the rest of this entry

Getting Ready for the New School Year

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Getting Ready for the New School Year

Ever since we started homeschooling in 2011, we have changed classrooms and curriculums several times – all without regret. There is no fixed plan that we follow when we start preparing for the next school year. We are “fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants” people, and we operate upon the need-of-the-moment. So whatever needs fixing or changing, that’s what we work on. Every thing that has worked well for us the last year, usually stays as is. Now, we are starting another school year, and I would like to share with you how we plan (supposedly) for the new year.  Read the rest of this entry

RD Gets His Pre-exposure Rabies Prophylaxis Shots

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RD Gets His Pre-exposure Rabies Prophylaxis Shots

Why are we talking about rabies? What connection does it have on homeschooling? Before we answer these questions, let us first learn about rabies. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies may be present in bats, dogs, cats and other wild animals.

An infected animal that has the rabies virus in its saliva can transmit it to a person through biting. In rarer cases, an animal can spread the virus when its saliva comes in contact with a person’s mucous membranes (moist skin surfaces, like the mouth or inner eyelids) or broken skin such as a cut, scratch, bruise, or open wound. After a bite, the rabies virus can spread into surrounding muscle, then travel up nearby nerves to the brain. Once the virus reaches the brain, the infection is fatal in almost all cases. Read the rest of this entry

Homeschooling with Cats

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Homeschooling with Cats

Pets can play an important role in people’s lives and they are often referred to as ‘one of the  family’. As well as providing a constant source of enjoyment, friendship and fun, many pets thrive in a family and household environment.

Many parents recognize the benefits of growing up with a family pet, especially if they themselves have had successful and close relationships with animals as children. Parents have traditionally encouraged children to respect and care for animals in the belief that this would enable children to become more caring, compassionate and responsible.

There’s an increasing wealth of research proving that pet ownership has considerable educational and therapeutic benefits for children. Studies demonstrate children who interact with animals have higher levels of self esteem, have greater empathy and better social skills. We have found this to be true not only for RD, but for us as parents as well. Read the rest of this entry