Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cows and Such~

Today we read Chapter 2 in On the Banks of Plum Creek for our Playful Pioneers study~
 and our topic for notebooking was Cows.

We used our Farm Anatomy book and watched a few YouTube videos.

We have a lot of experience with cows because my family owns a dairy farm
and I grew up a farm girl.
My dad and brother still run the farm and sell milk.
Scott and the girls go up every other weekend and help feed the calves~
We had good conversations about farming and connections between the story and real life while everyone drew cows in their nature journals~
 I even joined in! Everyone passed the Farm Anatomy book and copied something from it~
Encouraging children to be confident in their drawing can influence so many areas. They are doing so great!
And just maybe Evie will find surgical gloves during rest time and make everyone utters to milk~
Now that's FUN!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Our Reading Stack~

This is just a snapshot of the table after one morning of reading all the things they wanted to read~
Also beautiful sketches by Evie and SJ while listening to all these wonderful things!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Organization & Fun Writing Activity~

Over the last couple of weeks, we have added two kinds of organizational tools.
1. Table Time Baskets which hold our workbooks for morning work and
2. Sketching Bins (Michaels) for our art supplies and nature journals~

For Writing today we cleared our letter board to create a birthday message.
I made a bag for them to pass around with one letter of Mimi's name and they had to think of a word to describe her then spell it out on the board~
 I thought their ideas were pretty creative!

We also continue to copy awesome quotes (precepts) out of this wonderful book~
Lots of great writing going on around here!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Calla's Learning Time~

Calla is a young five year old who has only been home less than two years.
I have not pressured her at all to do the things we do on a daily basis although she has all the things they do in case she takes a notion.

She does watch her sibs closely and follows their lead often.
She loves her table, copy paper, and pencils/crayons~
 I can find her drawing away most any time.

In the past week she had to go to the hospital for a procedure on her heart scar~
I took lots of photos that day and printed them for her keeping journal.
We talked about each photo and wrote the story.
She goes to this place in her journal and reads over and over!

Keeping journals are just a place to keep special memories and stories.
I love helping them learn their stories are special and need remembering!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day~

Today we celebrated Dr. Seuss with books and YouTube videos.
It sparked SO much reading~
 Especially with Call who read this book over and over to Holly~
 Which in turn sparked the writing Fire~
 For everyone~
I'm finding the more I DON'T make writing a THING, the more likely they are to do it on their own.
Their authentic writing in all its forms is one of my favorite things!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Moss Nature Study~

Our Nature topic today was Moss.
We read about it but knew the best teacher was nature itself so we all went out searching for moss~
 We used our favorite books to identify all the varieties~

 Our project was to create a terrarium and EK let us use her fish tank~
 Look how beautiful it turned out~
 The little kids took the extra moss and decided to have a moss garden~
We printed the moss photos and cut each one into small pieces so everyone would have one.
We glued them onto a page in our nature journals.
We have that day all recorded!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Sign of the Beaver~

As we have read Little House on the Prairie, the big girls and I have enjoyed a book club together.

EK & I read on our own with our Kindles~
While SJ listened via Audible while reading along with her Kindle.

As we finished chapters, we came together for a narration and discussion.
We made connections and told other stories as well.

As EK came to highlighted passages, she copied them into her keeping journal.
When we finished the book I had SJ give me a complete oral narration
and EK wrote her's out~
I have since typed it out and she has placed in her keeping journal as well.

We loved the story so much and look forward to our next historical fiction afternoon book club!!!