Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Homeschool Coffeehouse

This morning we had Coffeehouse for homeschool.  We probably do this once a quarter or so, usually on a Friday, but this week Wednesday worked better.  We all get hot drinks, sometimes we stay in our pajamas, and we curl up with quilts on the couch or in the recliners.  Then each of the kids takes turns presenting all the projects they've been working on over the last few weeks.  This may include artwork, book reports, lap books, science or history reports, creative writing assignments, etc.  It's generally very casual (as you would guess from the pajamas and the quilts).  We have other times when the kids are expected to memorize their material, work on their public speaking, and present their reports in a more professional way.  Coffeehouse is just a fun time of sharing.  They can read from their papers without being told to make eye contact, and I rarely make any corrections of anything they share, unless it's obvious that they just don't know what they are talking about, or unless they are being so silly that nothing is getting done.  This casual day usually does lend itself to quite a bit of silliness, though, and just some all around fun.  Learning is supposed to be fun, right?

Here are our Swirling Snowflakes Mini-Lapbooks that we presented today (these are FREE this week on Kindle - check one post down on the blog).

Sometimes instead of doing a full lapbook, we put all of our mini-books on sheets of card-stock and keep them in notebooks.  This saves some time and storage space.  We are doing this with our "Systems of the Body" lap books so that we can keep all the information from the different systems together in one notebook.  We started with the Skeletal System.

And finally, some sketchbook artwork:

What ideas do you use to make homeschool projects and reports fun?

Happy Homeschooling!  :-)

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