Welcome to March! It’s finally starting to get warmer here in Pennsylvania, and that and some fun plans we had earlier in the month made February’s wrapup post a little later than I’d like. It was a fun unschooling month filled with animals, friends, ancient Egypt, and a huge milestone. I hope you’ll check it out!
(If this is your first time catching our month-in-review posts, welcome! Check out our archive of previous wrapups here for some more info on why we take this approach to documenting some of our unschooling learning adventures.)
Books and magazines
We are actually big into magazines in our family, and this one was well worth the subscription. It sends us down a bunch of history- and geography-related rabbit trails every month.
Specifically, both of the last two issues had articles on ancient Egypt. We read about Akhenaten, the pharoah written out of history, as well as more about King Tut, who Ashar had read a lot about during one of our first years homeschooling (cute cameo photo of this here). Even cooler, Ashar remembered, when we picked up the Akhenaten article, that some scholars believe he was Tutenkhamun’s father!
Movies and TV
- Quantum Leap – This has been a HUGE HUGE HUGE hit for us this month, thanks as always to Netflix. We have talked about a ton of historical and social justice issues.
- The I.T. Crowd – Ashar and Kaitlyn and I had watched this before, and she rewatched it with my mom this month.
- Parks and Recreation – Ashar was watching this one on her own, and finished it in February.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Continuing our way through the movies. I finished the books, so now it’s just finding the time to watch the rest!
- Collateral Damage – What, an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Ashar had not yet seen? Now she has.
- Another big hit for us this month? Game shows. Specifically The Chase and Family Feud on GSN. If you like trivia, I highly recommend The Chase. We have a ton of fun trying to beat “The Beast.”
- In the past couple of months, Ashar has also gotten into Saturday Night Live, and February featured Ashar’s future presidential preference, Bernie Sanders, which she loved.
- Amadeus – This was another Netflix find. I remembered loving this movie and the story of Mozart and Salieri when I was Ashar’s age, so I talked her into watching it. She liked it too, and we had a good time looking up the real story as well.
Places, projects and odds and ends
- The presidential race is pretty much a daily topic of large discussion in our house. I’m so thrilled that Ashar cares about what’s goin on and is forming her own opinions about who she supports and what she wants to see in the coming four years. As it happens, my grad-school class this semester is touching on a lot of related topics, so I try to make sure I talk about those with Ashar too.
- In 4-H, Ashar made a squirrel feeder and was elected vice president at her Wildlife Club meeting!
- James Bond got revisited as we worked together on a post about Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig in honor of their March birthdays.
- New friends went to dinner at the Olive Garden with us, and we all had a great time!
- The Lehigh Valley Zoo, as seen in many pictures with today’s post, was a hit. Chris and Ashar went there in mid-February on a fairly nice day. We’d been there a few years ago and she was excited to go back!
- The Secret Garden was performed by our local community theater, and one of Ashar’s friends, Paige, was one of the leads, so we went to check it out. It was great!
- Art gallery goodness included work by either Ashar or me or both of us on display at three (!!!) downtown York art galleries this month.
A homeschooling milestone
February 29, 2016, marked the four-year anniversary of our Leap-Day Leap into Homeschooling, which we took on February 29, 2012. If you’re interested, here’s our very first blog post, because of course I started writing immediately (I’m such a dork). And here is a look at our first full month homeschooling, when I wrote almost daily!
I’m so excited that we made this leap. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
So what’s new with your family this month? Drop me a comment! I love hearing from all my “blog friends!”
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7 thoughts on “Unschooling: Our February 2016 adventures”
Love the paintings! Watercolor right? How long have you been showing in galleries?
Oops, on the right, so acrylic then?
Man… feeling silly, I was right in the first place.
Haha, Crystal, they’re acrylic inks on a synthetic paper that resists liquid. I love them! I’ve also done watercolor and traditional acrylic, but this is my favorite. I’ve been doing gallery shows for about two years. Sarah had been entering youth shows for maybe 3 years, but about 2 years ago started entering her work in adult juried shows (when they allow it for people under 18) and local galleries, and has been thrilled to be accepted to many!
It’s so nice when the weather finally warms up here in Pennsylvania. We went to our local zoo and our oldest got to enjoy some time outside hiking with friends. I can’t wait to mainly live outdoors again with the kids and go exploring.
That is DEFINITELY what we are waiting for too!
Also under the TV viewing … “Friends”! Many episodes. But then we finished “Friends” with the “The Last One” in March, and so now we’re sad.