Saturday, November 28, 2009

A couple weeks ago Fern and I where exploring the letter E. So we made some animal ears together, here is my cutie!! Miss. Bunny
Miss. Bear
Miss. Silly Bean!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sometimes you just need a different view, you know what I mean? A few years ago I stumbled upon something good, but I did not know how good. I needed a different view to really know how good it was. To get that different view I had to kick a few rocks and bump my head a few times. Also the pleading, praying, fasting, seeking, and searching needed to be done. And thankfully that different view came. I had always known, it just wasn't the right time yet. And so after all the trying and failing we are succeeding and really enjoying it! It is the right time.
I have always been pulled towards the Waldorf schooling, but did not know how to make it fit our lives and our faith. The last few years have given me that, and so we have returned to using the Oak Meadow Curriculum this year and it feels so right, like coming home and snuggling under a warm blanket. Of course there are still stones and growing pains, getting use to schooling with a new babe on my hip or at my breast is... exciting. :) As is blocking out life and it's stresses. But it is right, and it is so nice for everything to come together! Finally! :)
So things may be a little different around here, there are a few new links, but it is still just us enjoying each other and learning as we go!
And if you have not had enough of me, there are a few more of my ramblings in the newest Oak Meadow Newsletter, page 5. :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our summer science has been pretty hands on lately, how about yours? Fern with her woolly bear caterpillar!
The boys have caught 3 salamanders which we kept for a few days each and then returned to the "mud pit"!
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The kids also got to learn a bit about the human body too as we welcomed the arrival of our new little girl. They were really fascinated with the umbilical cord and placenta, the midwife took the time with the kids and let them touch the placenta and umbilical cord and explained all about it. They thought it was great, but I will not gross out the faint at heart and post the pictures! :)
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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, we are! I am getting things ready for the new school year so watch for that soon! Also it is not too late to sign up for the homeschool BOOK-IT program, it is FREE!!!



Saturday, May 09, 2009

BOOKS GLORIOUS BOOKS! (sing to the tune of food glorious food from Oliver!)
Today was the big library sale in the neighboring town, and I got some good finds! Unfortunately only 2 on my school "needs" list, but still lots of fun! :) I got 38 books and one VHS for $39.50. Not bad.
A couple great finds where for Dan, his stack is up at the top starting with Jonathon Livingston Seagull, under that are three black covered boos, they are all old German book, one a dictionary from 1958, and a grammar book (he loves German grammar), and then an old text book. He was stoked and I got a few big kisses for those!
I got all but two out of the Little House series, a few classics for me, some fun books to try to tantalize Riley with (Super Fudge, Ramona the Brave, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), and a few to put away for later!
All and all I'd call it a success! :)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Do you remember pattern block from kindergarten? I always LOVED them, so a few years ago I splurged and bought some nice wood ones from Lakeshore. Then when I was at my sister in laws house she pulled out cool pattern block picture cards for the kids to use, they were really neat. So I went home and looked into buying some, they were a little pricey so I did an Internet search and found a cool mom who had made her own (sorry I have lost the link) to print out of free. I laminated them and they have been great! I have them saved on my computer so if you want them just email me and I'll send them as an attachment!
Well Riley has out grown the pictures for the most part, but he still loves to use the blocks. So here is his most recent creations... his photography too... This is the Star Wars Millennium Falcon...
and an X wing Fighter with R2-D2 in the back!


Monday, April 20, 2009

I saw THIS great idea over at Soule Mama, and so here is our "Spring Books". The kids think it is tons of fun, the same old books seem new in the box and I picked up a couple new books too! Do you have any favorite spring themed books on your shelves?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We took a trip to the State Capital today!And taught our children to protest!
Read about it and see more pictures on our OTHER blog!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Well Jake and I got a little time together, with out anyone else! Amazing hu!So Jake "read" me Make Way For Ducklings, he did really well!
Then Jake painted Mr. Mallard, he was so excited that I knew how to make green even though we were out of green paint! It is nice to be super mom occasionally! :)

The for lunch he got to have a picnic inside and listen to a couple of his audio books, he LOVES these!!
All in all Jake and I were able to spend some quality time together and even do some fun "school work", I love school work like this!!
So that was a few quality hours in the life of my sweet 5 year old!



Saturday, February 07, 2009

What a winter we have had (and are still having)! With temperatures in the teens quite a bit it is just too cold to go out at all. This has severely limited our nature study as you can see over at our nature blog, but the other impact is just the SEVERE cabin fever so bad that you just don't want to do anything! The thought of sitting down and doing a math page has not tempted any of us. Mostly our chapter book reading (we just finished The Secret Garden and have jumped into Prince Caspian from the Narnia series!), art/drawing time (We are LOVING our new art supplies from here, I wish I had some too!), and music time (although not our composer study, I never did get a CD and the kids are wanting "rock" music, lately being the Muppet Show sound track, so maybe I should call this P.E. instead because all the dancing gets our blood pumping!) :) So how do we get the math in?Riley is all about cooking these days so during our last trip to the library he asked the librarian if they had children's cookbooks! This book has been his favorite so far, Pretend Soup and other real recipes! So his math and science and such have been coming from cooking up a storm! Here are some blueberry pancakes he made for us, very yummy although we will have to quadruple the batch next time! Now that will be quite the math lesson!!
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What is your schooling looking like this season?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

We enjoyed learning about China and celebrating the Chinese New Year! The kids loved finding out about there animal and were excited that the new babe will be born in the year of the ox! :)
This was a great book we found at our library, it is put out by the Boston Children's Museum which is suppose to be fantastic! We have also been reading The Story about Ping, and we found this old VHS tape at the library and had a blast watching it!

So Sunday night we had our New Years Eve feast! We had dumplings which represent gold bars and prosperity!


This was our prosperity platter (little fingers had already gotten into it) and I forgot to pull the tangerine and honey dew melon out to put on there! Opps! Starting on the left and going clockwise, dried black mission figs, dried pineapple, dried dragon fruit, dried edame, dried pomelo, and the center are multi grain crackers with soy sauce!



Sorry I forgot to get a picture until we had dug in!! Here are our noodles and veggies, you eat noodles on New Years for a long life! I'd hate to have rice that night! :)
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The next day we enjoyed a bit more fun!
We were awaiting guests so we had the front door decorated!

We made lamps Sunday night after dinner and hung them up!

Then with our friends we watched a dragon dance video and them made our own dragons! Riley's on top, then Jake's, then Fern's! You tube has some great dragon dance videos! :)

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Here is our own for your enjoyment, and yes Riley is my ham!



Sunday, January 04, 2009

So while my Dad was here last month I asked him one day to read this book to Riley, we found it at our library and was pleasantly surprised at the great illustrations and even the explanation was pretty good! BUT, there was a reason I asked Daddy to read this to him! In the middle of the book while reading about wiring a light switch and all, Grandpa jumps up and says where is a screw driver!?!
And then the science lesson moved to taking apart my house!! This really helped Riley understand what the book was talking about and he and Grandpa have built an awesome memory too! THIS IS WHAT HOMESCHOOLING IS ALL ABOUT!!! And even better I stalked them a got a photo so Riley will always have it! :)
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I am sure you all have noticed but I have our new artist, composer, and scripture memory up on the side bar. Just a couple notes about all of it, I have since found (much to my dismay) that the pictures are not good enough quality to print out, so if you were going to use them you will have to wait and I will search the internet for better quality ones. So sad because it is a big time taker and I thought I was done with it! :( Second, if anyone near or far has a recording of Ravel (does not have to be the one pictured) and wouldn't mind ether making me a copy or letting me make a copy I would greatly appreciate it! :) CD is preferable but cassette is just fine too! :) And third for those of you who are not LDS, I am sure you have no clue what scriptures we are using! :) We are using The Doctrine and Covenants which is latter-day, or modern revelation. Mostly received through the latter-day prophet Joseph Smith, but also from a couple other latter-day prophets. You can read more about it HERE and HERE! :)
I hope the new year brings new fun and incite to your homeschool!

*Pictures have been fixed for the artist study! :)