Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #11 Field trips


"This week I’d like to invite you to share your favourite field-trip that you’ve been able to go on since you’ve started homeschool. I’d encourage you to include photos, but you don’t have to."

My favorite field trip so far......It would have to be to the apple orchard. The children, Nana, and I had so much fun. Especially after we went to Nana's house and made yummy applesauce. :D
It coincided nicely with out school lessons. It happened to be the week for the letter A and the unit happened to be...APPLES! It was fun to see my Sweet E learn that apples do grow on trees (she kept saying they didn't before we went to the orchard.) Granted.....we have only had a couple of field trips, but we are only into our 3rd month of homeschooling. Many more field trips to come. :D

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I love Homeschool!

After some struggles we had last week I figured this week would be best spent doing review and enjoying Autumn. So this week things have been focusing on this wonderful season. Yesterday we started working on a lapbook (not sure how it will turn out....first one I have done on my own->no instructions) and we made fall cookies. The children all took turns helping to make sugar cookies. They helped to roll the dough, cut the cookies, transfer to the cookie sheet, and paint them before baking. Here are some adorable pictures of the children. :o)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Count Your Blessings Monday (10/20)

"I am giving us an opportunity every Monday to not only count our blessings, but to share them with others. This is a way that we can encourage one another. Make a post on your blog telling us about your blessing. Please put a link back to this post (on her blog). You can add the URL of your blog post on Mr. Linky below. Many of our blessings we will have pictures of and we can share those as well. I think that many times we forget that it is a blessing to be able to breath, to get out of bed, to hold a baby... Share your blessings with us. They encourage others. We can share so many other things.... special gifts, recipes, let's take the time to share how God has blessed us!! -Marci"

It was easy to know what to write about today. For school this week we are taking a break from the structured curriculum and doing a review/autumn themed week. So I wanted to share the first thing that we did. With the help of Beloved the children's hands were traced onto red and orange construction paper and then cut out.
Then the children helped me to thread toasted oat cereal, silk leaves, and their hands onto some raffia.
Now our blessings garland hangs on the mantel. I forgot to say that on the hands we wrote blessings. Things like: grandparents, cousins, friends, food, bed, the children's names, etc. I hope to make a couple more this week as well. :D
Then, I don't know what to say about these next pictures. Hubby had control of the camera and got a hold of a scrap piece of paper from making the blessings heart.

The Blessings of Children.......

I think I will just let these pictures speak for themselves. I couldn't help but share them. ;o)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Autumn Hike

Today I decided to take the children for a hike since this would be one of the last nice days (weather wise) we would be having for a while. The children were excited to go back to Wolf Run. At first I had a hard time keeping up with the children because they started off running ;) (and I was carrying Little E.) They were so happy to walk the wooded trail this time.

As we were walking one of the upper loops of the trail we came across a tree that, I am assuming, came down in a storm. But instead of breaking in half, or being uprooted, it...I don't know how to describe was twisted. It was so intriguing to see such a sight. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it before.
I was a little disappointed in the lack of color on the trees. Almost half had already lost their leaves and there weren't too many reds/oranges. That's okay though, it was still a beautiful walk/hike. We walked for an hour which is more than enough for me since I carried Little E the whole time (which is why he wasn't in any pictures.) Tomorrow we will have a little break from school so I can spend the day with my friend Ginny. ;o) Thrift stores, Scrabble, and chocolate!

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Birdies

Still trying to get back into a routine after being gone for the weekend. But I just wanted to show pictures of the children today. This week we have started talking about the letter N and nests (and other animal homes). So today the children wanted to build their own nest. They "flew" around the yard and picked up sticks. (They were pretending to be young eagles and I was the Mama Eagle.) They are so proud of their nest that I wanted to share the pictures with you.

Here they are "flying" around the yard gathering things to make the nest.
They even put leaves in the middle to make it more comfortable. :D They are so happy with it.
And here is a picture of Little E just because he is so cute. ;o)