Homeschooling Update {Week 5}

Do you have a name for your homeschool? We never did until we moved to California two years ago, and had to register ourselves as a “private school” per the state’s guidelines. The form required we give the school itself an official name, and me as administrator an official title. 

Since we know we will only be here for a few years, and we will not be graduating any students in that time, we were not concerned how the name might sound on a transcript. So, we decided to go with something fun, and combine our love for our cat and humanism. 

That is how we became The Oscar Darwin Homeschool for Happy Humans.

Also, I may or may not have listed my formal title as Homeschooling Goddess.

Sharpened colored pencils in order from light to dark form a semi-circle.

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This week we made it through a complete loop with the “extra” books I slipped in last week. Two of our new reads complement our American history spine, and so far they seem to be a hit. {History is always the subject where I feel we need to up our game.}

Right now we start with Everything You Need to Ace American History. Then we read the corresponding chapter in Howard Zinn’s A Young People’s History of the United States. Finally, we take a look at a few related pages from A Child’s Introduction to African American History, which is more detailed and thorough than the title implies.

For art we made our own oil pastels, another use for all those old crayons pieces. {We made play doh from them last week.}

I also took on the task of decluttering my digital life, which proved to be a much simpler task than I anticipated. I am still working on my social media accounts, but the majority of my files and photos and e-mails are now under control. 

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