November was filled with lots of activity. We went through our clothes and shoes; and donated our best things to the church near our home. The boys helped papa put together their new beds.The kids also came along to vote. They learned about the constitution, including their first, second and fourth amendment rights. Our awesome neighbor (Ms. Mare) had the kids over and made S’mores with them. It was a real treat! They also went to work with papa. I love hearing my seven year old comment about various properties; especially about what can be done to improve the property. We read through the second book of Samuel; as well as some of 1 Kings. The interesting thing that my eight year old noted was that David’s one decision affected not only him, but his children as well. This lead to a great discussion on the ramifications of our choices.
The kids watched a ton of Superbook this month…..the stories of Daniel, Esther and Jonah in particular. They also watched Berenstain Bears, Wild Kratts, Blippi & Peppa Pig. They played Uno, Monopoly, Candy Land, Connect 4 and Tic, Tac, Toe. They built Rube Goldberg machines (some unsuccessfully) that opened books, turned off the light and rolled a marble off the table. They learned about photosynthesis and matter; due to my son’s curiosity. We also went over counting (the 3 year old), addition, multiplication, fractions, place value, phonics, & word recognition. We did all of this without completing ANY worksheets during the entire month. We added singing the Star-Spangled Banner to our daily routine, right after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. l do think it’s important to teach my kids appreciation for our country. We’re still spending time outdoors, even though it’s a bit chillier. We go to different parks, exploring in the woods or just through the neighborhood.
I was on a mission to ensure that my boys would have NEAT handwriting. My boys’ handwriting is so neat and it just delights my soul! It has been drilled into them that writing is a form of communication. Poor handwriting is a form of poor communication. If no one can read or understand what you’ve written, then you’ve failed to effectively communicate. My kids have written letters and thank you notes to family, friends and neighbors; and I couldn’t be more pleased with the neatness and clarity of their letters.
We wrapped up the month by spending Thanksgiving with family and friends. The kids enjoyed spending time with their favorite cousins; as well as zooming with relatives in other places. November was filled with so many learning opportunities; and we took advantage of as many as we could! You can check out our adventures here. What learning opportunities did your unschoolers/homeschoolers take advantage of during November?