kgianforti, where did you get the tipi kit? I think my girl would love that!
We've been homeschooling/unschooling for a few months now and things are finally coming together, as far as establishing a (loose) routine, balancing DD2's needs/demands with the time I need to spend 1-on-1 with DD1. DD1 just turned 6, DD2 is no quite 4, so I'm kind of doing kindergarten with both of them right now.
We do a journal page every morning after breakfast. They both have their own unlined, over-sized notebooks and drawing/writing supplies. They choose a picture to draw and I help them write a couple of sentences about it. Sometimes I give DD1 a topic so I can tailor her sentences towards recalling things we learned the day before. Other times they choose their own subject to journal about. DD1 does the calendar every morning. She fills in our activities and appointments for the week, counts down the days to whatever she's excited about, and whatever else comes up.
I just started doing a weekly topic, too. Last week we studied the rainforest, but mostly focused on Chico Mendes, who is her hero. I thought that would be a good one to start with. This week we are going to learn about some local birds. We're going tomorrow to a bird observatory at the nature preserve here and I thought we'd choose three birds to learn about their nesting and feeding habits, make bird feeders with their favorite seeds, stuff like that.
I'm still unsure about how much of a curriculum I want to follow. I think tonight I'm going to order Singapore Math, partly to give me a better idea of where she's at with those skills, and also to give us a little more focus in that department. I feel like reading and writing come up naturally throughout the day but I want to make sure she's being challenged in other ways as well. So far she loves "homework"--any activity I give her, pretty much. She loves to pretend to be her older cousin. He hates homework, so she pretends to moan and groan and then "resigns" herself to sitting down to the homework. I have to be his step mom or his teacher and "force" her to do her school work. lol! Whatever works is fine, and I want to take advantage of and encourage her enthusiasm for schoolwork.
I love reading what everyone else is doing. Keep posting!