Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Spirit Animal Reader and Writer~

Last week SJ began making all the green cloaks and spirit animals from the many books she's been reading (first influenced by EK)~
 She even wrote about it for her free write!
Today she came down for breakfast and declared she was writing the next book in the series~
She told she knew she couldn't really by an author at nine and I immediately corrected her... YES YOU CAN! Her face lit up and she's been writing ever since. She told me she knew she had so many mistakes so we talked about editors. She chose me to edit, type, and mail off her manuscript. So far she has filled two little notebooks and her dad is bringing home more.

Honestly I had thought about setting up a book making area and still might but there is no way I could have set up this scenario. Sometimes it's best to just let it happen all on it's own!!!

This just goes to prove giving children time and nurture to choose something on their own is worth it. In her time she believes she is an author. That's all she needs... to believe in herself. Celebrating this great milestone today!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Samson~

One of stories this week in The Child's Story Bible was Samson~
 The kids remembered we had it on DVD so we had to watch it~
while they copied a verse from the story and sketched.
Hiding the word in their hearts!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Poetry and Bible~

Shakespeare and Little Debbie make poetry teatime even more fun~
 And for Bible we are memorizing Psalm 100 and singing He Lives~
And the proof is it making a difference?
I hear them quoting and singing all day long!
Hide it in their heart!!!
{PS. Look at the little convo going on in the back:}

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Geographer~

Our new painting was The Geographer by Vermeer so rabbit trailed the prefix Geo and introduced an new math tool, the compass~
 Everyone practiced with it and EK/SJ practiced fractions too!
Circles was our medium for art~
And after the big circle punch party, a piece of circle art was laminated for the art notebooks!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spreading the Feast~

Charlotte Mason says, "To introduce children to literature is to instal them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child's intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find.”

We have been watching the birds fly to the bird feeders we hung in our tree.
I decided to lay the feast of curiosity for them by propping bird books and binoculars near by~
You can see what happened~
They got their nature journals and drawing materials to sketch without me saying one word~
Provide the feast... they WILL eat!!!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Vermeer Study~

We LOVE our Simply Charlotte Mason Art Study: Vermeer.
This week we learned about The Girl with the Pearl Earrings and watched a video about how pearls are formed~
 They all drew and painted something they chose and we laminated for our art notebooks~
 Pulling out the notebooks had them reliving all their beautiful art memories~
 We also took a day and wrote 6 word descriptions for our painting too~
I even had time to cut out our silhouettes and hang in our living room~
 One of my favorite things to make every single year!!!

For Fun Friday we painted our own rendition of The Girl with the Pearl Earring~
 I think everyone did a brilliant job~
Art study is definitely one of favorites school activities!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Little Pear~

This is one of our favorite read alouds mainly because it is set in China
and this week one of the chapters was exceptionally fun~
Little Pear was playing shuttlecock so we pulled out our beanbags and had a try.
It is a lot harder than it looks!!!