making their own foosball table

Many of you have asked me to share more details about our homeschooling days. I’ve been hesitant to post anything because for so long I was still figuring out what was best for my kids and for me as their teacher. Homeschooling and homeschooling curriculum can be a hot button topic. I needed to figure out what worked best for us without hearing too many outside voices and opinions. This is our third year to homeschool. The initial plan was to just do it for a year because one of my kids had some things we needed to work through together.

Now, here we are in our third year and honestly, I hope we don’t stop. It has been such a great fit for our family. This is our second year to be a part of a Classical Conversation community. Basically, Classical Conversations works as a foundation that we build the rest of our curriculum on  – adding to it a few subjects. Each week we meet with our CC community. The kids are each in classes with about 8 kids and a tutor. We go on field trips and do all kinds of fun extra stuff with our community that I would be unable to do just homeschooling on my own. Classical Conversations is not for every family, but for now it is just the right fit for us.

Each week the kids do some kind of presentation in front of their class. They are given general guidelines (persuasive, narrative, informative, demonstrative, impromptu). It has been incredible to watch my kids transform in their public speaking skills. I have a couple that felt at ease the very first time and a couple that have worked through a lot of nerves and fears to confidently get in front of their peers each week.

All that to say – this week they all had to do demonstrative presentations. I often try to steer them to the same topic when possible because it helps with planning. For this week’s presentation, they are demonstrating how to make your own DIY foosball table and how to play it. I found the tutorial on the blog UCreate – it was a huge hit with all 5 of my kids.

2.15foosball-012.15foosball-022.15foosball-03The original tutorial calls for using a shoebox. My boys wanted one a bit bigger, so I got a box from Hobby Lobby. It was in the party supply area…always use the 40% coupons when you shop at Hobby Lobby! Click here to read the tutorial by UCreate.2.15foosball-042.15foosball-05

It was super simple to make and the kids have been playing it nearly non-stop. One day I will craft with washi tape and pretty paint again, but for now this was pretty fun too.

I decided I would go ahead and start tagging my Classical Conversation posts now. I’ll probably create a pinterest board too. I don’t know how parents homeschooled before the days of pinterest!

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  • Nina - Cool such selfmade Fußballstadium!

    Bye

    Nina

  • Ashley Smith - This is great! Thanks for sharing. My boys are going to love this and I love that we have everything we need for it. It’s freezing up here in MN and it has to be essential to run an errand!! 🙂 This is our second year homeschooling and doing CC too and I was searching Pinterest last night for ideas for this week’s memory work and I said the same thing to my husband. I don’t know how people did it before without all of these tools!! I just purchased the Latin and English John 1 to song last night. It’s the same music for both the English and the Latin so you don’t need to learn two separate songs. It’s enjoyable to listen to as well. The songwriter’s name is escaping me so I’ll look it up and e-mail it to you. It’s only 99 cents. We were just in FL for the month (I just took finished your photo class!) and we were able to join another CC community down there during our stay. They used these songs and the kids know there Latin so much better after using them!

  • michelle hill - I love hearing about your homeschooling experience!
    I don’t know much about homeschooling, but its so intriguing and interesting hearing it from your point of view. Thank you for sharing a little piece of it with us today.

  • Jenny B. - That looks like fun! I have a few friends who are doing Classical Conversations, and it sounds really interesting. Our school is “Classical,” but doesn’t use the CC curriculum. Our boys go to school two days a week and we do school at home three days a week. It’s sort-of like a modified homeschool, but not really since I mainly facilitate homework and help with projects on our at-home days rather than introduce new lessons. It’s a great balance for us. I’m glad you are feeling good about your choices. That’s so great that it’s already been three years and you don’t want to stop! 🙂

  • Jenny - What a fun project!

  • Marisa - Oh, this is fantastic! My kids have always wanted a foosball table, but we have no room for a traditional one. We’ve got a 4 day weekend coming up, and this will be perfect to fill up some of those hours! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Jennie - So fun! Just showed my boys. They oohed and ahhed over the table a minute and then one boy says, “Is it summer there?” He saw the barefeet and short sleeves in the pictures. 🙂 Bunches of snow and cold here in Nebraska has them thinking Oklahoma must be in the Southern Hemisphere! 🙂

  • Becky @ U-Create - Thank you so much for the shout out to U Create…Looks like you guys had a great time making this!

  • Lacey Meyers - How fun! Ashley, I really hope you’ll continue to share more about your homeschooling because as a blog reader, fellow-homeschooler, and friend, I appreciate what you have to say. 🙂 I admire you in all aspects of what you share on your blog and feel like you often open my eyes to ideas and perspectives that I wouldn’t otherwise have. I am so thankful for you and the example you set. 🙂

  • Diana - My Mom homeschooled for 10 years before the days of even the internet. I don’t know how she did it. Up to 5 grades at a time, keeping the house in order. I mean, she was a teacher before staying home with us but still. Impressive.

  • Adrienne Steinocher - We went to the library a lot!!!!

  • Ashley - LOVE that y’all do CC! I’ve been looking into it in our area… VERY intrigued and glad to know y’all love it!

  • Tiffany Gardner - Thanks for being brave enough to post a homeschooling post. This is our first year of homeschooling after 6 years in public schools. The posts that you do share with us about homeschooling have made me feel not so alone and have really encouraged me. We also belong to a CC in OKC. So thankful for that community. You are awesome!!

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  • Wilson - 😮 Great idea! jeje

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  • Amy Cornwell - I love this, my kids would have a blast with it. Genius!