We took a day trip to Gibraltar and it was amazing.
One of our highlights of our trip to Spain. ( although Gibraltar is not in Spain)
We went on a boat ride to see wild and free dolphins. Most amazing experience! It was so amazing there were so many of them and they all looked so happy. They surrounded the boat and followed us out to open sea. Apparently they love doing this , it is fun and it is a lazy way for them to get around as they catch the current of the boat. It was a very choppy day so hard to get good pictures but I was so emotional seeing so many of them … and so many babies with their moms… the males apparently stay out in open waters more. We tried looking for whales but we were not that lucky that day. Maybe next time!
Also as a bonus we had a water boil advisory just recently … and I found out it was due to e-coli … I discovered that my berkey filters e-coli 99.9999 % so I wasn’t freaking out too much when I learned about the boil advisory a day into it.
Honestly, I haven’t really put much effort or thought into this … I have let this kind of happen on it’s own.
I had started trying to do spelling drills with my oldest a few years back ; where I would ask my oldest to spell out a word on our chalk board , but this only worked out for a few days as he quickly said he disliked it .
I have a great board with letters on it and they sometimes like to play with them and make words.
I have found the best way is just through play. We borrow games from the library that help to teach to spelling; like boggle and scrabble. And they sound out words with the letters and sometimes they get them wrong but most of the time they get them right.
Another advantage of homeschooling today as opposed to decades ago is technology. There are many apps that can help. My son likes playing one called word scramble; where he has to find all the words with the letters in the circle.
I also feel that many apps even if not spelling related directly help to show spelling indirectly.
I feel that spelling is easier just learnt through life rather then as a subject itself; also my feeling is not to push a child to learn to spell. I vividly recall being forced to learn to spell and the anxiety it gave me. I think each child learns different things at a different pace and personally I see how my boys are very different here. My 9 year old loves writing and spelling; whereas my 11 year old not so much yet. But he is starting to show interest and is getting there slowly , whereas he is an amazing reader and reads faster and better then I do, so I am really not concerned 🙂