You wouldn't think the transition from stay-at-home mom to homeschooling mom would be that huge, especially when my oldest is only 5....but it has been a real adjustment. I'm not sure if it is the school work added into our schedule, or just the pressure of figuring out our next step toward cruising, but the last week or so has felt super busy. We do not spend all that much time on school work, but we do transition a lot more now(eating, school, playing, eating, napping, school, playing, eating)...and our whole day is not just one long play-date. Oh- and I would love some advice on entertaining a 2 year old while trying to focus on a 5 year old...and how to keep the five year old focused when all of a sudden the two year old's activity looks like more fun! 

Here is the list of things I thought of for Lorelei: 
  • Coloring workbook
  • Tracing workbook
  • Cutting workbook
  • Wooden blocks
  • Geometric shapes
  • Alphabet stacker
  • Beading
  • Sticker pictures
  • Lacing animals
  • Puzzle
  • Dressing dollies
  • Coloring
  • educational iPhone game with headphones
  • Rosetta Stone (this is still in the mail, but supposedly the kids are supposed to be able to do it independently, and there are setting to do it without reading and writing to start)
Here are some pictures of our homeschooling adventures from the past week: 
story-time at the library

impromptu lesson on earthworms

starting our new science project: growing sea monkeys (brine shrimp)

field trip to the museum with my little ferocious dinosaur

IMAX about butterflies

looking at the sun

meeting some new homeschooling friends while picking pears

pear picking