Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Horse Painting~

EK & SJ have been on a horse painting kick lately~
and they are pretty awesome at it too!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bear Hollow Wildlife Zoo~

Today we met Savannah and the boys at Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens~
 We loved seeing all the rescue animals and reading their stories~

 Shaylee was our personal tour guide reading all kinds of information~

 It was wonderful to be there with the boys~

 Ella seriously is becoming a Big~
Sorry for all the animal photos but the kids will want them in their blog book~
 It was a beautiful day to be with my people~

A great little outing for about an hour and half... we will be back for sure!!!
Mostly because it was FREE!!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fairy Tale Study~

I found a story podcast for the kids to have another kind of reading experience...
and it has spurred a fairy tale fascination!
Our first story was Rapunzel and then we watched Tangled~
They all sketched while watching~
and then we wrote story narrations~

I laminated them for their Art Notebooks~

We read several versions of the story and were able to compare all the story details~
While we were outside have a story picnic, Ella found this cute caterpillar which they all passed around the whole time~

Have you heard of Flip Up Fairy Tales? We have about 15 of them in our collection.
Most of them have CD recordings and this week I have been recording the ones that don't.
It has been so fun to see how excited they are to hear my voice on the CD~
I record on my iPhone using the Voice Record app then email recording to myself.
I add it to my iTunes account then burn to a CD... easy peasy!!!
Listening to stories on CD is one of the best ways new readers can practice with support!!!
Guess who loves it the most??? Calla!!!
We are planning to visit several fairy tales over the next weeks!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Puzzles: Activity Trays~

How many of us have a huge stack of puzzles our kids never touch?
Well, dump them on a tray and watch the magic happen!
Worked like a charm... I dumped the puzzles all day and they kept putting them back. Even this big map one. I loved hearing them talk about the place we had read about before~
Even the older kids were in on the action~
The trays have really been a fun way to add learning to our day in a super simple way!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vermeer Study Complete~

We finished up our last painting for Vermeer this week and painted some masterpieces too~

Good job baby Vermeers!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Afternoons Pour into Mornings~

Afternoons after snack, the kids head outside to play outside and swim.
Today Evie was out in the backyard catching tiny frogs and happened up on a snake skin taller than her~

She also saved a butterfly from the pool so everyone wanted to measure the snake skin and butterfly wingspan~

 The next morning we chose a nature book to draw from~

and drew all the wonderful things we have found in our yard~

 Nature Journals~
It will be so wonderful to look through these beautiful journals one day when they are big!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Morning Trays~

I have been putting out new activities about twice a week on the white trays~
 This week it was ABC building, matching beginning sounds, and puzzles~
The little girls go right to them when they wake up each morning.
It gives them something productive to do when breakfast is not quite ready!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Playing to Learn~

How do children learn the alphabet, sounds, and to read the easiest?
Playing to Learn.
I wrote all the letters on a dry erase board and told the girls all the baby letters needed their mommy
so they matched them all quick as could be.
Setting up invitations for them is all it takes!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nature Friends~

These are a few of the nature friends EK has enjoyed over the last week~
 Moth, Turtle, and lizard~

Lots of conversation spurred by these friends!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Art Monday~

Monday we love using our Picture Study Portfolios from Simply Charlotte Mason
and this week we studied a painting by Vermeer which lead to a discussion about treasure.
The kids remembered a song we have sang from Hide 'em in your Heart CD~
So we sang the song, copied the scripture in our journals, then drew a treasure~
we love with all our hearts... home, family, and Jesus. :)
We hang each print as we go along and they can name every one from Vermeer, Van Gogh, Monet, and Millet.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Activity Trays~

Activity Tray today was stamping farm words into play dough... 

Which spilled into many other words and everyone coming over to stamp.

Offering invitations is the key to interest. 

Placing it on a tray and not saying a word, 

is almost like a dare or bribe~ they always take the bait!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Exactly Why I DON'T Plan~

Yesterday after breakfast we read our Story Bible about David and the Giant.
We are also memorizing Psalm 23 and sang some worship songs~
When Evie suggested we measure how tall Goliath was~
Using a tape measure we marked his height then all the children, me, Scott, and Josh!
Then they drew him with all the things he carried to fight.
We converted his height into yards and inches as well as how much taller he was than all the people we measured.
It was a GREAT bible, math, and art experience all rolled into one!

We went back in to explore the Bible App for Kids~ Stones, Slings, and Giant Things.
They hear the story read to them, answer questions, and able to play games after that~
Even the baby can play!

We moved on to our sunroom for math and clipboard work then
an Activity Tray for the little girls.
I printed farm animal pictures for them to build words, play memory, and make little books~

Everyone came back together for Charlotte's Web read aloud, copy work, and Wilber painting~


I sat watching this baby water coloring a pig while listening to Charlotte's Web and could scarcely take in the miracle I've witnessed over the last year.

The 23rd is Calla Day. The day she crawled into our arms a little caterpillar and through a year of cocooning, we have watched a baby butterfly emerge.

It's beautiful! She's worth it. And there are millions more just like her waiting for their forever too~

We read lots of other read alouds as well as independent reading.
Exactly why I don't plan...
I couldn't plan this much beauty!
Thankful God helps make it happen.