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DIY: Homeschool Car Magnet

Our family started considering ourselves homeschoolers last year, but this is the year that my oldest, V, is Kindergarten-eligible so we are “official” in the sense that we have declared our homeschooling status to the county. Last year, the kids wanted a school name and we settled on Fontanafax Adventure School. This year, their request was to have a school magnet to put on the back of our car. So, we made one! Magnets made to cover air vents are large and heavy-duty, so we used that as our base. Through a couple of discussions, we came up with this design:

Homeschool Car Magnet

The overall arrow shape represents our faith and being people who are always growing up to be more like Christ. 

The sky, sun, mountains, and trees shows our value for time outdoors, caring for creation, and having adventurous spirits. We are learners everywhere we go.

The icons on the bottom were harder to agree on. What best represents our goals?

The book was a must. We practice child-led learning, and loads of books are the key that opens endless doors of curiosity. Through library visits together (and selections that I pick), we always have a a buffet of books around to tantalize. From those, the kids pick what interests them, and Dave and I help them dig in. We take a Waldorf-inspired, more European approach to reading, which is no formal literacy lessons until ages 6-7. Instead, we just read and love books together (or browse through them apart) and let curiosity drive with the adult offering instruction in response (e.g., “Mama, I drew a green mamba like in Akimbo and the Snakes. What are the letters in Africa, so people will know where it comes from?”). V added his favorite letters (V, E, T, in our family; cousins C and A; L for a friend.)

The earth is representative of ourselves as global citizens. We want to be participants in our local culture, but recognize that it is not the only way or  “right” way by default. We want to learn about people, places, things, and experiences all over the world. In our approach to life, we want to tread lightly on the earth and live simply as participants in economic and environmental justice. 

The light bulb is about the spark of ideas. Through leaning into the kids’ interests, we can harness their curiosity and enthusiasm into engaging with all sorts of materials, applying different subjects, going places to learn more, consulting experts, etc. For example, a recent interest in mammals led to reading a field guide and then a visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to see see the Hall of Mammals which led to a study of Theodore Roosevelt who was a major contributor, which led to looking at American history and the idea of the frontier and native peoples. V is now interested in sketching animals. Math concepts came in with comparing sizes of animals and thinking about timelines of history. Ethics and global citizenry came in when talking about Roosevelt’s tremendous hunting conquests and what that would look like in a modern context. The light bulb also reminds of us of Thomas Edison and ingenuity, perseverance, and the benefits of challenge and  failure as a pathways to learning.

Materials

  1. Discuss and sketch out your logo on paper.
  2. Pick a size and shape for your magnet. Use ruler and pencil to draw shape on the magnet sheet. Cut it out.
  3. Draw design on the magnet in pencil. 
  4. Trace over the design with permanent marker and color in. 
  5. Erase visible pencil marks.
  6. Paint over the magnet with Modge Poge using a paint brush. Let dry.
  7. Stick magnet to your car and smile with glee!

 Home School Car Magnet

 

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About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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  • Alexa Hutchins September 20, 2016, 1:24 am

    So wonderful to read about all of the thought that went into this!! What a lovely process. Thank you so much for sharing.

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