Agent Homeschooling 2015-2016: Week 22

We had the week “off” here for the (US) Thanksgiving holiday, which means we did not do any of our structured school activities this week. This was our first scheduled break since we began the school year on 1 July where we did not have plans to be out of town on vacation or visiting relatives. The Agents (and Momma) all like our usual routine, so I was a bit concerned about derailing, but it turned out pretty well. Following are a few things we did.

Played outside. We were continuing our daily walks around the neighborhood (despite dropping temperatures), but this week the Agents were distracted by the play set Hubby recently built in the back yard. Luckily I can see them easily from the kitchen, because there were days I had enough of the cold and wanted to come in but they still insisted on staying out. 

Read books. Even when “school” is not in session, the Agents go through several books each week. Among others, Agent J finished up the first Land of Stories book (per Agent E’s recommendation) and a few more chapters of Life of Fred: Cats. Agent E started a new Kingdom Keepers and read Tales of Beedle the Bard. Together we finished 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, an eye-opening read addressing many myths our culture accepts regarding the traditional “Pilgrims and Indians” stories. 

Planned for Disney. With Agent E’s assistance, I mostly plotted out our upcoming trip to the Disney parks. The Agents (and Momma) are super excited. Proximity to Mickey Mouse is one of the things we miss most about living in Florida. Disney vacation planning is pretty much my favorite activity ever, and I love that Agent E is so into organizing with me. We’re also compiling a book list, a movie list, and a related school topics list that we’ll start working on probably sometime around Christmas. This post about Homeschooling With Disney outlines some of the things we’ve done in the past to incorporate a trip into our homeschool studies. 

Our last trip to the parks was during Star Wars weekends

Talked current events. Every other Friday a copy of the Our Little Earth newsletter for kids is delivered to my inbox. I print it out so we can more comfortably read it together, although it is also cool to read online, as it includes additional links to videos and pictures. We signed up for this free service a few months ago and the Agents really enjoy it. If you’re looking for an easy way to introduce current events studies to your homeschooling in a kid-friendly format, check it out.

Watched fun Netflix shows. This week we finished up Cosmos (a huge hit around here) and also watched Polar Bears: Spy on the Ice, Pandas: The Journey Home, The Last Orangutan Eden, and The Tiger and the Monk. We’re also re-watching Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab.

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