For December our theme is “Winter”. It only made sense to focus on another transition in the seasons to go along with our “Fall” theme from October. As if to agree, this past weekend we ended up getting some of our first snowfall of the season! Normally, when we have a theme that focuses on the season we do a lot of nature walks/outdoor play time throughout the month and especially as our first “introductory” activity. However, this week when it snowed we felt it was a bit too cold to let the kids play outside (although we do have their head to toe snowRead More →

If you’re anything like me, then organization is NOT your strength. I love the idea of being organized and I definitely believe in it’s power of keeping you sane, but it’s not something that comes naturally to me. And as we all know, with kids, organization is key. What, with doctor’s appointments, school records, and hundreds of other things, some kind of system is necessary. Up to this point, I’ve been using this expandable file folder to keep all of our documents in one place…and clearly we’re running out of space. Plus, it was highly inconvenient. If we needed to go to an appointment forRead More →

Last week we wrapped up our November theme of Community Awareness. It was a fun theme full of field trips. As mentioned in our last recap post, we started the month off by using our savings to buy cat food and donating it to the local cat shelter. We then took a trip to Detroit Kid City. This is a wonderful little local gem that has an old-fashioned Detroit setup for kids to explore and play make-believe. They have a supermarket, school house, post office, bank, and so much more. It’s not a very big space, but they’ve been able to fit in a quiteRead More →

Last week, we wrapped up our “Fall” theme. The activities were more science/sensory focused as we observed changes in the season. This month, in recognition of the upcoming holiday season, is “Community Awareness”. You might have seen in some recap pics I posted before, the pic of the kids putting coins in a money bank. Actually, that “bank” was a prayer clock in the shape of the Muslim holy site, the Kaaba. The clock rang out during the time of each prayer time (Muslims pray five times a day). The clock stopped working, so we cleared the inside out and slit a hole on topRead More →

We’re back to update you on our homeschooling adventures! Last week this website was undergoing some work, so I had decided to hold off on regular posts. We’re still working on the website, but taking a short break, so here’s a quick recap of these last couple of weeks: Continuing with our monthly “Fall” theme, last week our theme was “Fall Changes”- specifically, regarding weather and temperature. Our main activities were waking up every morning and checking to see whether it was warm or cold outside, wearing appropriate clothing for the temperature, and of course, playing outside and observing how the leaves continue to fallRead More →

As you may know, when we were in Saudi Arabia we held storytime sessions at our home and we got a great response! You can read more about those sessions here & here. Then, we came back to Michigan and held our first session at the Farmington Public Library, which was a wonderful experience as well because of the library’s highly interactive children’s section. NOW, we’re going for something new. For our next session, we’re going virtual through Facebook Live! This is going to be a new experience and I’m totally excited to give this a shot! The structure of the program will be theRead More →

This week was a pretty rainy week. We stayed inside mostly. I also was feeling a little ‘under the weather’ again this week and decided to take a step back and focus on self-care. I was sort of anticipating it so I had intentionally planned a lightweight homeschooling schedule for this week so if we ended up skipping or delaying any activities it wouldn’t be an issue. The theme was “Fall Crops”. We were going to paint pumpkins, cut them open, count the seeds, and make pumpkin pies and cookies. We were also going to talk about other types of foods common in the fallRead More →

What a wonderful week to explore colors, weather, and everything nature-related! Last week we started to explore fall a little through some crafts, but this week we really got hands-on with backyard explorations, color walks, Hay Day festivities and more. We also caught up on a couple of the activities we missed last week. We started the week off with just exploring the backyard. We observed how the leaves changed into different colors, fell off the trees, how they’ve become “crunchy” as we stepped and jumped on them. We also observed how the weather became windier. We collected leaves, sticks, and dirt. We came acrossRead More →