Homeschool Update + March Kiwi Crate

We are still trucking along with homeschool, and it’s going so great! My child is learning the (ridiculous) rules of the English language like a champ, and we just had our first ‘reading in the wild’ experience the other week. What I mean by that is she read something out of the blue on her own. There was no prompting, or encouragement of You can sound that out! We were just at the gas station, her in the car seat while I pumped the gas, when she started frantically knocking on the window. I opened her door to ask what was up and she exclaims, “Mom, I can read that sign!!” She points up to a sign and reads out loud, “Eat here and get gas”. (Let’s all take a moment and appreciate how hilarious that sign is, am I right?) Anywho, she was SO PROUD of herself, and the look on her face of HEY I COMPREHEND THIS filled my heart right up with pride.

Homeschool update - working

For the past two weeks we’ve been studying dinosaurs! (Along with the regular math, language arts, writing, etc.) She’s always been a dino fan, so we took a couple weeks to focus in on some things. Namely learning the terms herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore along with the word ‘paleontologist’ and what that is. We also discussed the different theories of how the dinosaurs died out, and the evolution of dinosaurs. We also learned a lot about fossils, and ended our dinosaur studies with making our own fossils!

Homeschool - fossil making

Mixing together the dough! I found this fossil project on education.com, which is one of the few things I’ve actually paid for during this homeschool venture. I signed us up for a subscription and it’s been wonderful – unlimited printables and access to so many activities and plans! Not a sponsored link up there, just a cool resource!

Homeschool - fossil supplies

With the dough made, we proceeded to stamp in some objects – we made prints of her robot dragon’s feet, hands, and the side of his face, along with shells, a pinecone, and a beaded necklace.

Homeschool - fossils

Then it’s just time to wait for them to dry!

We are also still sticking with (and LOVING) Kiwi Crate. I realized I never wrote up a review for February’s crate. Whoops. March’s box was SO COOL – it was a project prominently featured on their site and I was hoping we’d get to test it out sometime. In fact, it’s the header image of this post!

Homeschool -Arcade Kiwi Crate magazine

Β THE CLAW! Also known as the Arcade Box.

Homeschool -Arcade Kiwi Crate - contents

The contents! Two balls of yarn, very sturdy wood pieces for claw building, the nuts and bolts for claw assembly, patterns for claw assembly, stickers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and a couple other odds and ends needed for the claw.

Homeschool -Arcade Kiwi Crate - assembly

My child was so excited to build this that we dove right into assembly! The level of grown up involvement was listed as pretty high for the claw assembly. However, she was able to do the majority of the assembling herself. My involvement was mostly reading directions; while Kiwi Crate does have excellent picture instruction along with words, the pictures on their own just weren’t enough for the claw assembly. But she was happy to be building it herself, and didn’t at all mind having the directions read to her.

Homeschool - Arcade Kiwi Crate - pompom wrapping

Once the claw was built, we moved on to making the little pompom aliens. She started by wrapping and wrapping….

Homeschool - Arcade Kiwi Crate - wrapping done

…and more wrapping until the whole yarn ball was wrapped on the frame! (Check the bottom right corner of the photo for a peek of the great picture directions!) Then it’s just the wrap of a pipe cleaner, snipping with some scissors, and sticking on some googly eyes and voila!

Homeschool - Arcade Kiwi Crate - pompom alien

A happy little pompom alien to grab with your claw! The box came with enough supplies for two aliens. Then, playtime!

Homeschool - Arcade Kiwi Crate - claw arm grab

The mechanism for the claw is quite fun…a pulley system with rubber bands to open and close it.

Homeschool - Arcade Kiwi Crate - claw arm play

She loved it! I am most definitely still adoring Kiwi Crate. I can’t recommend it enough for people who homeschool, or anyone looking to add in some educational fun to your or your kiddo’s life. There are different boxes for different ages and even specialized ones for older kids focusing on different science or art themes!

While I am an affilite of Kiwi Crate, this box was purchased with my own money, and the review is my own honest opinion. As an affiliate, the links in this post are affiliate links. All income from affiliate links covers costs here on the blog!

We are slowly winding down with the school year, which means the dreaded meetings at the public school are coming up soon to decide if she’ll start off in kindergarten or first grade. But you know what? I’m actually feeling okay about them. I trust that the staff will have my kiddos best interests at heart, and I know that I certainly have her best interests at heart and I will do what I have to to make sure that she has a great school environment to thrive in! I’m so, so thankful that I decide to take this homeschool adventure. It’s definitely not an experience I will forget!

 

  • gamerwife

    Good on your little girl for making that claw all by herself. And that reading story is priceless. Go you and go your little girl!

    • Kay

      Thanks Mariko!

  • Kay you have to do what is best for your little one! If that means she goes to public school next year then so be it. I was told to never beat yourself up about choices you make with your kids. I love, love, love, that your little girl was so excited about reading! That is really amazing and you are setting her up for success in life! that is a really proud moment mama!

    I think the whole time we are here traditional school will never be an option because of the quality of education here. I believe a strong foundation no matter what age is very important. However, I have found a truly amazing co-op that gets us out of the house several times a week. We’ve gone to places I’ve never been on this island that is a very good thing. My son begs to learn at the co-op rather than at home because the trips are so fun. We celebrated Pi day today and tomorrow we are going on a nature walk.

  • Danielle Knapp

    I love reading your homeschool posts – hopefully the public school will let her advance to wherever she needs to be. That Kiwi Crate looks fun too πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Thanks Danielle! I think I like Kiwi Crate as much as she does haha. πŸ™‚

  • This looks so cool!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Thanks Mandy! Definitely a box of fun.

  • OMG!!! This is gorgeous! First: I love your home schooling journey. I’m seriously considering it for the future if I end up with kids. Second: the kiwi crate is amazing! I’m going to brainwash my cousin xDDDD This would be amazing for her kids! As a kid I love doing stuff and creating creatures, so, I think this crate would be awesome for her kids too πŸ˜€

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Pepi! And yes, Kiwi Crate is SO MUCH FUN haha. I get just as excited as she does! We are going to stick with it (even after she starts public school) and I’m excited to see the older age level boxes!

  • This looks so cool I love it! Also that is so exciting about her natural reading! My friends little girl is in that stage with sound and letter recognition and it’s so cool to watch how proud she is of herself and what she can do.

    • Kay

      I just love it at this age…their brains just take it all in, and you can practically see the wheels turning as they learn to comprehend new concepts. It’s amazing!

  • christine

    Ah DINOS! Loved them as a kid too. Very cool fossil project, love that she used her robot to make footprints! And anothed awesome Kiwi crate. I adore these updates, because I think if we ever had kids I would absolutely homeschool … so thanks again for sharing! Great to see you find so many resources through unconventional channels!

    • Kay

      I’m so glad you enjoy them! I don’t do a ton of ‘mommy blogging’ here, so I never really know what people will think of these updates, but I love to share it and I’m so happy people seem to like them! I’m so glad I decided to begin this home school adventure, and it’s definitely made some seriously cherished memories. Though I am also really excited for her to start public school in the fall, and most importantly, SHE is so excited to start it too!

  • So fun! The little pom pom guy looks like a soot sprite, hahah!

    • Kay

      I totally agree! My cats love them haha.

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