Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Poetry Teatime~

A skillet cookie, fancy dishes, and our favorite singing poem books~
Make Poetry Teatime the best!!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scripture and Sign Language~

Our new memory verse this week has been fun.
It was another song on our Hide 'em in your heart CD and sung with letters.
I had a thought to teach them how to sign the letters~
We dot painted the verse and hung in our schoolroom.

{I have videos but can't get them to load.}

They even learned to sign their names.
There were lots of conversations around this topic and learning was at a high!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nature Study~

Remember all the caterpillars we found this past weekend?
EK could not stop searching her Nature guides and books~

 So we ran with it today by pulling all our books, enjoying a scavenger hunt for Luna Moth facts on our IPods (idea from Julie @ Brave Writer),
 and watching our latest Wild Explorer Club video~
 As they found facts about Luna Moths, I wrote them on our white board
then everyone sketched for their nature journals (which is our WEC assignment)~
Again everyone worked on their own level and created a beautiful entry for the day.
The afternoon will be spent exploring nature out in our yard just like they every day!

Wild Explorer Wednesday~ {First Day of Fall}

Today was the first day of Fall so we celebrated with books~
 Exploring outside searching for fallen leaves~
 Spending time in the 'hideout'~
 And creating art on the breezeway~
 We each shaved fall colored crayons onto wax paper then folded to melt with the iron.
Once cooled, we traced leaf shapes and cut out beautiful fall leaves~
 Then we read Leaf Man and created the cutest leaf creatures~
 We laminated them and added to our Art Story Notebooks~
Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poetry Teatime~

Today we made sugar cookie animals and Calla loved it~
Once they were ready to bake, we read poems while smelling the sweet smell~
Everyone enjoyed decorating with icing and sprinkles and sweet ice tea!
We are in the south don't you know!

While everyone did their bookwork today, I dumped two boxes of macaroni in a tub~
Pouring, spilling, and singing kept her busy for a whole hour!!! Score!

A New Reader~

If ever anyone wanted to learn to read, Evie is that person.
And she doesn't want to start with BOB books...
She dreams of reading chapter books.
So who I am to squelch her dreams.

I posted about this a while ago, and she kind of lost interest.
Today she was back at it and wanted a new sight word GAME.
I wrote two words on a big sticky note and when she found one,
she said the word and gave it a check.

I kid you not... she worked on this all morning and even asked for another
to be used with another chapter book.

In my opinion, half the battle of learning to read is believing you can.
Evie is well on her way!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Caterpillars Galore~

The kids (and Amelia) found all kinds of caterpillars this weekend~
So we pulled our Very Hungry Caterpillar book and made Eric Carle our artist of the day~
 Everyone painted, added tissue paper collage, and wrote something so we could laminate them~
For our Story Art Notebooks.
Sometimes taking a rabbit trail or going with interests trumps all the other things planned.
A lovely day with my kiddos.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our School Week~

Tuesday was our first Poetry Teatime with Calla, and she thoroughly enjoyed it~

Our read aloud for now is Because of Winn Dixie.
We have loved reading and comparing to the movie.
EK and SJ follow along while I read as well as take turns reading a chapter for us~

Wednesday is Nature Day, and we still LOVE Wild Explorers Club.
This week we were to draw maps, and they turned out great of our yard~

Our memory verses are so fun this year since we added music.
This week I found the beanbags and we marched around balancing on our heads~
Galatians 6:9
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. 
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Art & Self Portraits~

While we watched Because of Winn Dixie Friday night, we noticed a theme of 10 Things About...

I thought it would be awesome for each of the kids to make a list of their 10 things
and added them to a self portrait that they drew~
 They all did such a beautiful job~
(Calla didn't paint one but wanted her photo taken:)
 This was our art day so we laminated them and added to our Art Stories Notebook~
It had been a while since we enjoyed this practice so it was delightful for them to look through all the beautiful art they had created.
I wondered if this was even worth the time and expense it took...
their Joy proved it definitely was!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Sabbath Week~

There is a thought in the homeschooling world that schooling for 6 weeks and resting for 1 keeps a peaceful, restful crew.
It is endearingly referred to a Sabbath Week: A week to rest, refuel, and refresh the family.
Because we pretty much school year round
and honestly think we have been going since the beginning of July on this new year
and we had a busy dr/BC week, it was the perfect time for our Sabbath.

As the week wore on, it was hard to keep a strict no learning rule
because these children truly thrive on a routine such as our Wild Explorer Nature Wednesday!
Our assignment for the week was to choose a hiking stick, strip it, and smooth out for our walks.
Daddy was totally in charge of this~

Friday night we instituted a Brave Writer idea of Friday Family Movie Night.
I chose Because of Winn Dixie because it will be our read aloud next week.
I thought it would be a great idea to have images in their minds as they listened.
They loved it~

Amelia helped us make our hiking sticks personally awesome with branded names on them~
 They turned out beautifully~
SO even though we were on Sabbath, we were learning too!!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Free Write Frenzy~

We continue with the Brave Writer Free Write.
Today we used our watercolors from nature walk to fuel our writing~
 The thing I noticed this week is how they each went from the negative thoughts of nothing to write~
To a finished piece they are very proud to both share and add to their journals!
Thank you Julie Bogart @ Brave Writer!!!