I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.
I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.
I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.
I’ve seen streets flood.
I’ve had the power go out.
I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.
We throw Hurricane parties.
Until we have kids.
Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…
Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:
We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!
These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!
It’s been so fun sharing it with them!
Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.
We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.
They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.
Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:
This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.
They were quite simple:
Two toilet paper rolls
Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)
Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames
And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition
This week in Emma’s school work for HIPPY, she had to work on her balance.
Which meant I had to make bean bags (one for her head and one for each hand).
At which point I asked her teacher, “Do you know where I can just buy these since I’m pretty sure I can’t make my own bean bags?”
She assured me I could and told me I could use my hot glue gun. SOLD.
When I was growing up, kids who were homeschooled were always labeled as “weird” or un-socialized.
I think the mentality of that has changed so much since then. There are so many more families choosing to homeschool their children. And there are so many more resources available. I even have a Pinterest board for Homeschool Preschool now!
When I first started thinking about homeschooling, I had no idea where to start or what to do.
I had a friend of mine who told me about HIPPY. It stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and it’s a state-funded program (free for parents!).
Every week, we have a HIPPY coordinator come to our house and give us a “packet” to complete with Literacy, Math, Motor Skills and more.