Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gearing Up for Another Great Year!

This year we will have a 7th, 5th, and 3rd grader. I can't believe how quickly they are growing.

Since moving to a sweet country home 2 months ago, I absolutely see this homeschool year being a little different - in a wonderful way. We plan to work the land and eventually have livestock, too.  We have a fabulous ecosystem to explore here. There's two ponds, a creek, and lots of woods and fields, too. It's definitely a wonderful place to raise children to enjoy and appreciate nature.
A mama doe and her twins. We enjoy watching wildlife on the farm.

We also look forward to traveling with my husband and visiting places we've never seen. For example, this fall we are going to Utah. We can't wait to explore the land and learn all about Utah. We hope to be true paleontologists while we are out there, too!

And!! Caraline has joined a local private school's competetive volleyball team for the coming season. She's beyond thrilled about this opportunity to be welcomed onto their team as a homeschooler. Plus!! Ryan will play his first season of tackle football in the fall, and Jonathan will continue playing NFL flag football with his teammates from last year.

We will be educating mostly classically with a lot of Charlotte Mason's philosophy thrown in as well. I do believe they complement each other beautifully.  There's so much more we are going to be getting into this year! I can't wait to share it all with you again!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Playing Hooky (kind of) from School!

We got a call while on our way to co-op this morning that my brother-in-law, an Iraqi war veteran and Blackhawk pilot that we are so proud of, would be landing at an airport near us to refuel!

He had spent the past three and a half months out west for fire season. Firefighters would direct Uncle Johnny as to where to strategically dump hundreds of gallons of water, gathered from a lake and held in a basket underneath the helicopter, during a wild fire. 

So, I quickly finished my before co-op duties, and asked a sweet friend to take over my assembly duties. Then, with the blessings of my fellow co-op members, we headed out to watch the landing and refueling and get a tour of the Blackhawk. How cool is that?! Plus, My awesome husband was able to met us there! 

Sometimes you have to deviate from your existing plans. It's ok and good! I'm am thankful our schedule is flexible!

After the tour, I had to be back at co-op to attend to my duties. Thankfully, my husband was able to take the kids out to lunch with Uncle Johnny and the crew. 

Afterwards, my sweet ones got to go back to the airport and watch the take off. It was the best spontaneous field trip we've ever had! Thanks to Uncle Johnny and my husband for making it happen!

(The kids giving Uncle Johnny a good bye hug before take-off.) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Highlights: Lots of Family, Tellus Science Museum (again), Coyotes, and a Major Decluttering

This week was super, super fun! My sister and niece visited for a whole week! It was absolutely awesome having them here plus their cute little hamster Snowflake, snugly little puppy Stormy, and sweet little dog Ellie. We played a lot, learned a lot, and my fabulous sister even helped me clean - a lot! I am not a great organizer. She is. I am thankful she enjoys getting rid of stuff and cleaning up the mess. She kept me on task and helped with ...letting go... We were able to donate many, many things. It felt so good!

Tellus Science Museum

We talked about Tellus so much that my sister and niece (all of us!) decided we just had to take a field trip there. We spent all of Wednesday at the museum. We had a blast showing them around.
Jonathan came home with a Gold Panning Kit (great Christmas gift idea!). He spent hours being a prospector. He chose to not use water in the beginning. He watched the person running the gift shop use the kit dry at the checkout desk and decided he would mimic his method. Jonathan did pretty good, too.

Awana and a surprise!

We went to our first Awana meeting for the year and brought my sister and niece. We have a great Awana program at our church and I was so pleased to share how we run our club with my sister. This will be my third year as a leader. I've served in Cubbies, Sparks and now T&T.

 It was an interesting night for sure since a film crew for a popular A&E show was using the back  of our church parking lot as a staging area. As we were leaving, we saw a handful of people camped out on the side of the road with signs that read, "Autographs Please."

A cute puppy.
Here's a picture of one of our guests, sweet little Stormy.
Arcade Fun
Saturday afternoon we took my sister into the big city to do a little shopping and treated the kids to some fun at Dave and Busters. This place never gets old. I enjoy the racing and skee ball type games, too! We ended the night with a nice dinner with my dad and one of his very good friends.

We got in a lot of science this week. Besides the turtle Ellie the dog found - that spent a night lost in our house...long story. (Thankfully we found him early the next morning and released him unharmed.) Plus, the youngest kids were practicing their coyote howls inside our fenced backyard one afternoon and actually called up a pack of coyotes - a neighbor saw 3 to 4 of them. No one was harmed and apparently the coyotes have since moved on to another hunting area thank goodness. But boy was that ever the topic of conversation for a few days.

We finally got around to making our crystal experiment this week, too. We made a hot water and salt solution and then placed a paper clip tied to a string into the water. Hopefully after a few days of evaporation we will have some good crystal formation!

And our Luna moth caterpillars are getting so close to making their cocoons! Look at how BIG this guy has gotten!

MFW: Creation to the Greeks

We completed all of our history and Bible studies for week 7. We learned all about God's covenant with Abraham, the destruction of Sodom, the birth of Issac, Hagar and Ishmael being sent away, and more about hieroglyphics.

We used all of the MFW history resources, and then I added in The Greenleaf Guide To Old Testament History.  A friend had recommended it  a couple of years ago and I bought it soon after to aid in my own Bible study. It is a great resource for pulling more from the story through questions and the guide even gives a little more background information for some of the passages. This just helps us dig a little bit deeper into the scriptures and is a great narration starter. I plan to continue using this guide through the rest of the year.

We also looked through a book called Hieroglyphs without Mystery. It's an interesting read for sure!

We studied the Greek word tropos which means turning and learned many English derivatives of the word.

The kids completed a few English and reading lessons and then we just enjoyed our family!

This week I am linking with our friends at Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday.

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