We did it again. We are choosing to stick with the homeschool route this year for our family. (And I am loving it!)
For me it has always been a scary topic to write about because it is not what was expected of me or our family, so I’ve always been a little hesitant to share all about it on the blog.
But this year I can finally say that I’m feeling more confident and settled to be able to share more of this journey.
First Day of School
We started our school days for the year a few weeks ago and started the year with a 100 Day party! Win Win! It was a fun way to start school and the kids got a great review in counting by 5s and 10s when counting their monster eyes!
I always try to do something really fun to start the year to get everyone excited to be back in the routine. I always do a cinnamon roll breakfast, photo shoot, and a little gift. Then for our first day of school, I always like to have a few fun activities planned for the day.
My kids are at awesome ages right now. They are big and little. They are big enough to do fun projects and have a developing sense of humor to catch my saracasm but still little enough to think some of the cheesy stuff I do is cool.
The 100 day party worked perfectly. This was really the product of a #momfail. Last year I told them we would have a party after we did 100 days of school for the year. Well…… that day came but the party never did. Oops. That’s my fault. They would ask everyday and everyday I had some good reason why we needed to wait until next week and before you knew it summertime was upon us.
So, I thought the 100 day party would be a perfect way to start off the school year. (and they agreed)
100 Googly Eyes
One of the activities that we did was make a 100 eyed monster.
The kids all name theirs Shelob from the Lord of the Rings books. (That is our current read-aloud series)
We made necklaces and bracelets by stringing 100 Cheerios or pieces of popcorn on a string. Everyone thought this was awesome. We read the book If you take a Mouse to the Movies before we started this activity and my 4 year old loved getting to imitate what the mouse did with the popcorn.
100 Jumping Jacks
We did 100 jumping jacks and 100 jump ropes to start the day. (This was really for my benefit as part of my home workout routine. But they still thought it was cool because of the theme.)
100 Legos – Masterpiece
We built a lego creation using only 100 legos.
Learn 100 Things
But one of my better ideas that went really well for the day was our LEARN 100 THINGS list.
I made this printable to hang on our bulletin board. I asked them to all tell me things they wanted to learn this year and that we were going to make a list of 100 things to learn. Everytime we learn something from the list we will cross it out, and after we learn about ALL 100 things then we will have a party this year and go do something fun to celebrate! (I’ll follow through with it this time! Going to do something fun is an easy way to celebrate the 100 list)100 Day List
This activity was meant to get their curiosity juices flowing and to get them excited about learning new things this year. I told them we would just add to the list as they thought of things they wanted to learn.
But, I was surprised, they come up with a list of 45 things they wanted to learn about in a matter of 5 minutes.
It was quite hilarious actually listening to some of the things they wanted to learn more about.
But taking all the humor aside and really going over their list, they came up with some cool things to learn about that will be fun to teach them and look up.
THANK GOODNESS FOR YOU TUBE!
Listening to them spout off things they wanted to know more about gave me some great ideas for some science projects and planning field trips this year.
I would have them take turns telling me something to write down and one of my kids on his first four turns I had to write this on the paper:
- How to punt a football really good and high
- When to kick a penalty kick in soccer
- How to catch a really high pop fly
- How to shoot a perfect basketball lay-up
As I was listening to his turn each time, I was trying to keep a straight face because of course this wasn’t what I had in mind and it was cracking me up his seriousness of what he wanted to learn about this year. And technically, we can learn about all these things.
But in all seriousness their curiosity led to some interesting things written on the list that will be really cool to learn about and look up with them.
- How are pencils made and decorated?
- What is a typewriter?
- Why does rain not come down as snow all the time?
- How do you open up your own store?
- How do you make paper?
- What caterpillars are poisonous?
- How does the water get clean before it gets in your house?
I could go on and tell you the whole list they came up with, but you get the point. By just asking them, there will be some fun stuff to look up and show them.
I uploaded you a copy of this printable if you’d like to use it. Even if you don’t homeschool, this would still be fun to do with your kids. Ours is hanging up and we just grab it and write things on it when we think of something.
You can look up stuff anytime from the list and it is fun to hear about what they want to know more about!
It really isn’t time consuming to learn all the things on the list. I will check books out from the library to read with them and when we have a free 5 minutes here or there I can pull up a youtube video on one of the topics and then cross it off our list.
I had planned to do all of these activities on our first day of school, but of course I over-planned and the activities ended up taking us a couple of days to finish which made for a fun first week of school! We didn’t even get to do all the ideas I had jotted down on my “list”. I was also going to have them decorate a picture of what they would look like at 100 years old and I was going to have them write a story of what it will be like when they are 100 years old. But along with those things and a few other ideas I had, we didn’t get to it. But that’s okay!