I got the idea for this post from my friend Heidi at Reviews and Reflections, where she posted about things that had happened each month of the past year. I loved the idea, so I went through my blog archives to see what we did each month. If you want to learn more about anything mentioned or see pictures just click on the links to go directly to a blog post about it.
We began the year using a family workbox. It was filled with a fun unit study on Ancient Egypt and simple machines. You can see a video of the resulting lapbook narrated by Makayla here. Life was normal and relatively quiet.
Oliver turned one this month. We spent February on a safety and health month learning about Police, Firefighters, First Aid, and Valentines Day too. We had fun field trips to the police station and fire department at which I forgot my camera entirely. We had 3 ice storms in 2 weeks in February too. We started our own Homeschool Book Club – tons of fun!
I began writing for a brand new blog this month, Latter-Day Homeschooling. We had a fun day out in the melting snow going for a walk and visiting the ducks with my sister and her children. We finished up our school year and then did lots of review products. We also found out were were pregnant for the 9th time!
I filled my homeschool tank by attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. I answered a reader question about what I did for homeschool with my 5 year old, followed up by a post of our day in pictures. We did more lapbooking, had miscarriage scares, and I spent a lot of time with morning sickness.
A fun book club meeting related to the story Heidi kicked off this month, with a real goat and lots of fun (but no pictures…sigh). We took a trip to the zoo to meet the polar bears, then started a week of the flu. We ended the month with some family in visiting and we did a family photo shoot too.
Whew – this was a busy month with learning about the California Gold Rush, Makayla’s ballet recital, a used curriculum sale, and then the Civil War. Jason and I celebrated 10 years of marriage and Makayla turned 9 this month too!
Book club kicked off with balloons as we talked about the book The Twenty-One Balloons. A 20 week ultrasound showed one little boy growing in my tummy. Our Civil War studies continued, including this story Makayla wrote about Abraham Lincoln, and this lapbook. Workboxes got a makeover in our home this month. I shared about many ways we can pace our days (a post I need to reread right about now as we try to find a new routine). We stared learning about WWI and Peter Rabbit, and my oldest started debating any assignments she was given – not good! We finished the month with my husband and I having a great toy cleanout date.
A computer virus took out my computer this month, but it wasn’t the end of the world because I had been backing things up. We enjoyed a zoo trip as a family, made a paper mache globe, took school pictures, and celebrated our annual family Not Back to School Day at the Ice Cream Factory with Daddy. As part of our geography studies we had a yummy homemade Chinese dinner (and we now make stir fry most weeks around here – chopsticks are fun). This month also saw Daniel joining the ranks of the big boys with the easiest potty training yet. We finished off the month with a trip apple picking – mmm.
This month we enjoyed the fun of Paperback Swap, met a praying mantis, and started piano lessons. I also compared pregnancy at age 19 and 29. Various lapbooks were done, including Meerkats and Space. We also dealt with a rude woman outside the midwife’s office, and bought a 12 passenger van to carry our growing family around in. The kids nicknamed it the Night Bus, like the purple one in Harry Potter.
We listened to General Conference from home, I shared my secrets to getting a nap with lots of children in the house, we began using Chorepacks (love them still!), and we learned about France and made the Eiffel Tower. This month Joseph turned 6 and Daniel turned 3 as well, with a combined birthday party. We also were blessed with this huge pile of books for $3.00 at our library book sale. We also got all our Christmas shopping done this month.
We started computer school this month, in preparation for baby. On November 20th Caleb Alexander joined our family and I officially survived another pregnancy. Here is his birth story. Makayla and Emma cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Grandma this year. We were back to homeschooling by the kids demand just a week after Caleb was born.
We started off with a fun field trip with daddy that not all my kids enjoyed, in fact, some of them cried. Everyone started adjusting to life with a newborn, and right before daddy went back to work we made a new discipline plan that we’re still working on being consistent with. My sweet Emma turned 5 this month. She and Joseph made a lapbook on living and non-living things. We celebrated the birth of our Savior. We finished our history semester and I read through the entire Book of Mormon this month.
That’s our year! How was yours?