Ok, I am addicted to Outschool.com- I completely admit it!
This was her second class and she’s learned 1 and half dances already.
The hula teacher’s link (Ms. Ash) is https://outschool.com/classes/weekly-hula-lessons-for-ages-3-6-tri2Ev6R?usid=xeOPVbLs&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
If you go to her profile, she has other classes offered as well and more spots available
I cannot possibly imagine homeschooling without a variety of chalkboards! They save paper (and trees) and can be used over and over again.
I prefer the Arteza brand chalkboard markers. They are easily cleaned, don’t drip, and are vibrantly colored.
All of the chalkboards we currently use (and other essentials) can be found (I purchased this on my own) on my Amazon affiliate list of HOMESCHOOL MUST HAVES here:
Yeah, I am obsessed with outschool.com and no, I am not a rep (but, gosh, I should be at this point. I’m in love with it!)
Since we’re stuck in the house all day and I am not willing to risk our health again by taking classes in real time. Outschool and Zoom classes really help fill in gaps in her education- and also give her opportunities to take classes that would normally not be available to us locally, like hula dance class and a live native French immersion class (which she also takes- more about those in other posts).
We have access to these amazing teachers from all over the world, just at our fingertips!
I adore Oak Meadow, but I concede defeat in some of the subjects, like finger knitting and recorder. Outschool really helps me (and gives me short breaks to do my work, use the toilet, eat food, maybe comb my hair, hide in the closet pretending real life is around the corner).
Today, she learned about cleaning the recorder, how to recognize notes, some music history, and the song “Hot Cross Buns”. They are working on the B/A/G notes right now-
Miss Debbie’s class link on Outschool is HERE.
If you try out her class or have other classes to recommend to us, please leave a comment below!
She took a finger knitting class today for the first time on Outschool.com.
Knitting and finger knitting are part of her Oak Meadow curriculum.
Here is an excerpt from a great article on the benefits of finger knitting for kids:
“Finger knitting is a fantastic, and addictive, activity for preschoolers. It builds dexterity and strength in those small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb—all critical for later writing skills. Finger knitting also encourages eye-hand coordination, concentration, and perseverance—all equally important for children’s development. (Interestingly enough, when a child is fully engaging their small muscles, their large muscles relax and they actually can sit still!)”
It was so good, Maisie asked Ms. Cindy if she could do a weekly class. She has never done this!
This is the link to Ms. Cindy’s class on Outschool.com. She was extremely engaging, patient, and lovely with the children.
Maisie made a little bracelet today. She wants to make another with beads next.
She bawled her eyes out when I read “The Three Dwarves” story to her for Oak Meadow’s language arts lesson today- the fair Queen in turned into a swan.
The letter G/g lesson had her drawing GEESE, though, and that confused her to no end.
Maisie and I have been banished to my rooms until the gifts are wrapped and the cleaning lady finishes her thing (ie, saving my life).
My Xmas Menu consists of 2 Prime Ribs, a honey ham (I don’t eat ham, but the rest do), and other yummy things I need to start cooking.
(Yes, I am Jewish. No, not everyone else is. We celebrate ALL holidays. If we’ve missed one that may be particularly fun, leave a comment below and we’ll celebrate that as well- a party is a party, y’all)
So, here are the highlights:
My Menorah (it’s a Hanukkiah, people, but Americans always call the Hanukkah one that) and our kickass Xmas tree- obviously right at the end of Hanukkah:
More pics of Desmond, the MINI Cooper Convertible, or what my father likes to call my ‘mid-life crisis’- We made this killer car seat pad from “British Fashionista” fabric to protect leather and I scotchguard-ed it.
He got a unicorn “cutie mark” (as Maisie calls it)
and other ridiculousness… I am restoring this baby MYSELF (yes, I am eclectic like that) and I also have a love of silly things.
Plus- VOILA! Changed out the faded boot emblem
Finally, my nail lady, whom we adore, bought Maisie a giant unicorn (to go with her smaller one). Maisie named it “Sweetheart”
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! (We do both Xmas and Hanukkah in our house, as we are multi-ethnic and have different religions. I want my daughter to grow up in a world of inclusivity, where all peoples and beliefs are respected)
We made new skirts and bows for Maisie (and also for friends):
We dressed in tea gowns and had a tea party:
Mommy bought herself a MINI Cooper S Convertible as a DIY project. I named him “Desmond” and he’s officially my new boyfriend. LOL. We play the Beatles “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” while we work on him. So far, he’s so much fun and I got a great deal on it. I’ve always wanted to restore a car/customize a car.
We whipped this adorable scotty dog Xmas skirt (with red and white polka dot lining) at the last minute before a holiday carnival we went to. I made a matching hair bow and a bow pin brooch to go with.
It took less than 1.5 hrs to do the entire ensemble.
I think this is my favorite fabric to date! It is adorable and has the requisite twirl factor that Maisie demands.
Honestly, I doubt I will ever buy her another skirt again, when I can churn these out daily.
The quality of my homesewn and designed skirts are far superior to the ones I can buy at the store. I don’t skimp on materials, everything is lined, it’s just amazingly easy for me to do this… and it teaches her how to sew, to boot!