"All I have learned, I learned from books."
- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Do You want to Add Some Fun to Your Homeschooling Day?!

Add some sleeping mask to your shelf!

Yep, it's simply Montessori Blindfold Activity. It was so popular that Nathaniel constantly worked with that for about 2 weeks every day. He kept changing sets of cylinders and adding them up for more challenge.

Here is Nathaniel working with the mask and cylinders.

It was his first attempt so he felt a little weird doing that with the mask on. After couple of times his attitude changed. He wanted to show me his work each time he did activity. After 2 weeks it was over ;-)

Eaton tried to do the same with more challenging idea. He put map of the world together. (Although he put the mask upside down ;-)

If your child is bored with the homeschooling day add some fun with sleeping mask on the shelf. Guaranteed your child will love it!

This activity was presented few months ago, but because I had long break I post it on the blog now. 

Have a good day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Is your child Visual Spatial?

How Homeschooling Saved a Visual Spatial Learner

I found a website, Visual -Spatial Resource, that provided me with tons of encouragement.
Read more ...

I'm not sure how I missed that valuable article about Visual Spatial children. Or, maybe it is the right time for me as I wasn't fully sure about homeschooling in 2012. 

My older boy Eaton-(6 years old now) is VS and I love to see contrast between him and his younger brother Nathaniel (4) who is step-by-step learner.

This article tells everything what I could say about Eaton. I do feel better after reading that homeschooling helped them through the learning process. I wouldn't be in the position to send my son to school. The way he learns wouldn't be accepted by teachers and I know now that our home is the solution for him.

Here is very short video of Eaton doing his Language Art lesson on the computer.
How relaxed he is..

There is one thing in this article, which doesn't apply to my son.

'Visual Spatial have difficulty learning to read, spell, and write."

Since Eaton was born he was read TONS of books. I thought him how to read through Doman method when he was 13 months old. At this moment (he is 6) he is an excellent reader, amazing speller (better than me!) and he starts taking writing lessons.
Is that Doman method worked on him once you start early? I truly believe so.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


We started making Flextangles about six months ago. It was a big hit for Visual Spatial Eaton. He got in love in that thing so fast. This week they are back again. 

Eaton uses them all the time whenever he goes. It's really nice to see him playing with Flextangles. I didn't know this stuff when I was little so I'm glad my boy can experience fun with shapes. 

I was the one doing all the gluing and taping but still it was fun for all of us to use them.

I couldn't make any Flextangle using only glue. That didn't quite work so I used tape to connect all the edges. It looks so nice and neat though on the explanatory video .

Here is official Youtube video showing Flextangles:

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blogging again?

Here I am, after few months of being away from my blog.

There are many reasons why I wasn't available for the last year. Mainly it's because I had some health problems that affected my brain. I lost clarity, my brain was foggy and I couldn't put myself the way I did it before. I couldn’t organize myself, I couldn’t clearly specify what I want for myself and how to homeschool my children.
I also wandered if I can do homeschooling at all if that situation will continue.

About a month ago I did toxicity test to check heavy metals in my body. My result has shown 12 toxic metals. 4 of them are outside safe zone.

I started to take DMSA pills as a process of chelation that will last about 4 more weeks. After 2 weeks I started to feel different. My clarity came back, brain fog slowly disappears and I’m more come down person.

I can’t describe how happy I’m because of that. It was really a nightmare not to be able to follow conversation with people or simply not remembering things. How you can homeschool your children in that situation?!

Anyway, I hope that my healing process is going the right way and I will be able to organize better my time with my kiddos.

I plan to homeschool my children and I will update my blog as well soon.

 Have a good day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Few Years back..

Sometimes when I watch movies from the past I feel like I want more babies. They are so precious and cute and I love to feel that soft skin in my hands. It is so precious to see all the progress in their life..

Also, I'm sad that life is passing so quick...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lego Top Video

Eaton insisted to put that video on Internet. He really wants to start making videos of his creations. Although this is simple Lego Top but the movie is about making movie itself then the Lego creation.

It's been some time since he started to watch other people YouTube videos, probably a year or so. He watches adult people creations. He copies them first and then applies the ideas to his new creations. 

I didn't teach him anything about making videos so this is his very first attempt to record his instruction. Pretty funny when Nathaniel (3,5) tries to have his few words here and there.

Eaton loves to spin all kinds of tops so he was excited when he came up with Lego one. He always creates duplicate for his brother to play with.

You can see that Eaton has a tendency to repeat a sentence when he is interrupted. Sometimes that happens many times ;-)

Here is the video:

I guess we need to work more on how to record movies :-)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Creating the Tallest Pyramid: STEM Challenge

My Eaton is such a self-directed individual. It helps me so much with his homeschooling.
Today, Eaton saw some paper cups on the table I prepared for this activity. He was so excited seeing them as he already had some plans for it right when he approached me. But he politely asked if they are for any homeschooling activities.

I said: "Yes, I thought about building the tallest tower using these cups."
He said: "What about building pyramids with different base shapes?"
I said: "Sure, let's try that instead."

So, that is what he worked today on.

First he divided paper sheet into 3 parts for 3 different pyramids.

Then, he started his project with square based pyramid (5 x 5). He measured the heights of that pyramid and recorded the results on the sheet of paper. It was 19 inches high.
 Then, he created second pyramid: triangle base. Not much of that is seeing over here ;-)

He measured it and it was 25 inches tall.
Actually, triangular pyramid was the nicest to look at, but I don't have a picture of it. What a bummer!
 After that Eaton tried really hard to create a hexagonal pyramid but every time he tried the circle appeared. After all he worked with cups ;-) So he ended up creating a cone instead of pyramid. As we know a pyramid is a 3-dimensional solid in which the base is a polygon, so circle didn't fit that definition but he continued his project as he wanted to see final results.

He started with a circle that was way too big as we didn't have enough cups.

He made a smaller circle

 and from there it was much easier to build the rest

He measured it and recorded like in previous examples: 24 inches tall

At the end Eaton concluded that the tallest structure was a triangle base pyramid measuring 25 inches in heights. Square base pyramid was the most stable one, and the cone was the hardest structure to build but he enjoyed that the most.

Overall it was Eaton's idea for the project and he felt fulfilled after doing it.