Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chasing the Spark, Movie Time, and Frogs~

Much of the best learning cannot be proven, measured, or easily demonstrated. The kind of encounters that form our children's hearts, minds, and souls occur as they come in contact with great books and learn to ask hard questions- and their minds are trained to think logically and well. ~ Teaching from Rest (Sarah Mackenzie)
 I am the queen bee of rabbit trails and chasing sparks. 
Today we were reading history from two books and read about the Pope in Columbus' day. 

Ek asked about the Pope. I
t was just natural to chase that spark. 
None of it planned but everyone was engaged and learned much while making connections~
 I want to encourage anyone reading this that curriculum is not what drives our children to learn. 
It is their interests and chasing the spark they ignite. 
Reading good books and answering their questions~
 The spark today was a question about the Pope➖Pope Francis➖Argentina➖The Vatican➖Rome. 
Talked about Amelia going to live in Rome for a summer and watched several YouTubes. 
It was a GREAT rabbit trail and don't care we didn't get to the other books I had stacked.

We even had ingredients in our fridge to make our own pizzas too!!! You get the picture. .

We finished reading Charlotte's Web so we enjoyed a movie afternoon~

And we wonder why our pool is green with algae???...
Could it be all the frogs and turtles we keep finding in there?
These two just can't get enough of it!!!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blueberry Picking~

Every year about this time the blueberries are ripe and we HAVE to pick!
We always pull out Blueberries for Sal and added our Food Anatomy book~
 Then we were off to pick in rainboots~
OH AND swimsuits of course!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nature is Our Heart~

I guess if we picked one thing EVERYONE loves it would be nature.
They can find so many things to fill their time like...
repainting their horses~

Playing with plastic animals and looking them up in a field guide~

Just a few of the read alouds we have been reading while they play or paint~

Drawing in Nature Journals is also one of our favs!
We saw this cool art technique to outline the drawing with WASHABLE markers then paint with water on top~

Evie and Will are working on Reading Eggs each day~

Everyone working although I'm considering moving their desks back to their rooms~
Nature is our Heart!!!

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!!!