This second week flew by fast. I think we're getting the hang of being in DC and getting used to the routine. Being back in the city has given me some sense of "normalcy" in a way. I didn't expect to be so comfortable coming back for the 4th time in between assignments - being familiar with how things work, knowing my way around using public transportation, knowing where some good places to eat are, or be familiar with the child-friendly activities around. We once again feel the convenience of having everything we need, and being connected to the world. We better take advantage of this, as I know in Madagascar, we will once again be out of our comfort zones, which I think is a great thing too.
Since I am not following any curriculum and this homeschool period is so short, I am doing what is called "child-led homeschooling". It is when you talk about things that matter to the kids at this time - what interests them, what questions they ask as of the moment - then we research, and find answers to them. We borrow books, read articles, go to a museum to learn more. It is pretty cool actually, as we are not bound by any topic outline.
I appreciate art, and I do enjoy going to art museums. Of all the museums that are in DC, the National Gallery of Art would be the last thing I would take this kids to though, since I am not sure if they are mature enough to appreciate what the gallery has to offer. But Marc, Tim's brother who lives in DC suggested that we try it out, and I was surprised that the kids actually liked it. We went around for about 2 hours - looked at sculptures, photographs and some paintings. When we got home, we talked about what they learned and the favorite thing they saw, and they drew it on paper. They also wanted a painting activity.
This week, the kids asked about gems and precious stones (since they are big fans of Minecraft, they declared this week that they want to be miners). We went to the playground on a nice day and they looked around for "treasures". Here is what they found.
We then looked at the book, "Crystal and Gem" and figured out which of their treasures look like real ones.
Thanks to Grandma who gave us a giant map puzzle of the US a couple of years ago, Nina gets up one morning and asked me to help her with the puzzle. It was a great opportunity to talk about US geography (like I know a lot about it), and identify places that they've been to. We learned about what is famous about each state and that was a lot of fun. Kevin helped us too.
One beautiful afternoon, I told the kids to go out and play in the balcony. I gave them some dish soap, water and a bubble gun. I also gave them some sidewalk chalk. They ended up making bubbles, and playing tic tac toe on the wall!
Then, all of a sudden, I hear a loud "Mommy, look at this!". We then talked about how the outside temperature at night could freeze water. Kevin talks about his discoveries in this video. We got a piece of ice too, put it in a ziplock bag, then timed how long the ice would melt. It took 34 minutes!
The kids also wanted to learn about "early man" this week, in preparation for our museum day next week at the National History museum. As an activity, I asked them to draw as the cavemen did in the old days.
We still did some basic stuff this week - handwriting, reading leveled readers, language arts and math.
We had some guests over one day, and I asked the kids for help in the kitchen as well.
It's so good to see the kids get involved in the kitchen. May we always bond together with our love for food and making it for the ones we love. Have a good weekend everyone!