Today brings the last installment of our review for this past year of homeschool. And I have to say that it will be my favorite post of the three.
Because today I get to brag a bit (in a humble, Christian way, of course!) on the wonderful things my little Miss L has done this year. Going through her work for our portfolio review was really a great time for me to stop and see what a great job she did with all of her projects, and I’m excited to share a sample of her work with you now.
Though copywork was probably not one of Miss L’s favorite aspects of homeschooling, I love seeing all of the beautiful writing she did for the year and knowing that she has learned the lyrics to some very profound hymns. This selection is from one of my favorites.
This was one of those nature study projects that I think we’ll do again, but on a smaller scale. I took photographs of five plants from around our house, and we went on a hunt for her to find them. She then drew the part of the plant that was photographed. It was a really fun and educational activity, but one, two, or three plants to find probably would have been plenty.
When we studied graphs for math, we took a survey on Facebook asking friends which animal was scariest: lion, shark, tarantula, jaguar, or snake. Some of you probably took the survey! We read some books on graphs and then made three different kinds of graphs with the same information.
We studied three different artists this year, and Albert Bierstadt was one of them. Miss L was given the assignment to take his painting Seal Rock and turn it into an advertisement for a vacation spot. Like her frugally minded momma, she made sure to include a discount.
I used Beatrix Potter’s stories for much of Miss L’s reading work, and instead of doing a test at the end of each story, she had project suggestions from which to choose. After reading The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan, in which one of the characters, a dog, eats mouse pie, she made up a recipe card for the dish. It must be made with bacon, of course.
My absolute favorite project of the year came at the end of our lengthy study of the American Revolution. Miss L again was able to choose from various projects, and she liked the idea of making a comic book. The Boston Tea Party was the event of choice, and she worked for weeks on a very impressive project. Here’s a sample of the pages:
Now it’s your turn… does anyone want to share something special their child did during school, whether at home, public, or private settings? You may not be able to post a picture here, but I would just love to hear what your little ones were up to this school year! It might just end up on my list of projects for the future.