We've been working on setting up our new classroom area (wow, I'm still amazed that we have a dedicated "classroom" area) and the kids have all sorts of ideas, as do I! I certainly got a lot of inspiration from the photos that were posted by other homeschoolers on The Homeschool Channel's Facebook page. You can visit their page at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/thehomeschoolchannel?ref=ts. We have loaded up on books from at least 2 different libraries! I am so thrilled that the kids love going to the library!!! We're currently working on learning about hurricanes and tracking Hurricane Earl. I don't think it's going to affect us much, but thought it would be useful for them to track...they are going to learn about mapping skills - latitude and longitude, how storms form, how they move, what things determine intensity and more, well hopefully. Some other things we'll be working on is continuing our studies on Shakespeare, starting a study on WWII (I found a GREAT book that not only teaches them about WWII but has 21 activities to reinforce what it felt like to live during that era...things like extending butter (to learn about rationing", planting a victory garden and so much more.) http://www.amazon.com/World-War-II-Kids-Activities/dp/1556524552
We've also got books on Drawing, Frogs & other animals, and Bullying. One other thing we are learning about, and not sure this is a subject we'll be able to learn from a book, is how to respond to people who question what we are learning and why. I'm sure this will always be a struggle, especially between homeschoolers and public schoolers. I'm not trying to pit one group against another, but I know that it is a reality. And for the first time, we are experiencing it. My kids were pretty upset yesterday when some of the neighborhood kids told them it was stupid of us to be tracking Hurricane Earl since it wasn't going to hit us. But like I said before, they are learning so much from tracking and it opens it up for us to learn about other hurricane related information. We can also talk about Hurricane Katrina, which I still cannot believe happened 5 years ago already, and how important preparedness is and how devastating the results can be when you're not....oh the possibilities this could branch off into!!!
All in all, it's going to be a GREAT year of learning and I'm ready to get going!!!