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Tadpole Tales~

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When I first started teaching K way back in the day, Scott always helped me have tadpoles in our classroom to observe.
One evening after he and EK came back from the lake they kept talking about the millions of tadpoles they had seen.
I knew for sure we would bring some up for the kids to observe each day.

We took the kids to the lake last night so EK and SJ could dip lots of tadpoles~
 They loved squishing their toes in the mud on the bottom.
The lake has really come up and looks beautiful. Scott has to pull the dock in almost daily~
 This morning the girls worked on their tadpole to frog/toad observation journals~
  We are very excited to watch and write our Tadpole Tales over the next few weeks!!!

Funday Monday {Camping Day}~

Monday, April 29, 2013

The girls sparred a big interest in packing backpacks yesterday, spent the night in sleeping bags, and came downstairs ready to camp this morning~
 What to do but declare it Camping Day!
I had to get my brain pumping out some creativity... We pulled our Curious George Goes Camping book and had a read~
  It was a hit! We made a list of important camping rules and researched poison ivy on the Ipad. We learned a rhyme {Leaves of 3, Let them be!} and made our very own poison ivy plant~
 Don't you LOVE Evie's rendition of poison ivy!!!

We talked about all kinds of nature and animals we would see on a camping trip and decided we should take a hike. After everyone was dressed, we headed out~
  Over to our neighbor's HUGE pine trees and collected pine cones to make bird feeders. We lathered peanut butter all over them and when it came time to add the birdseed??? We didn't have any... so we loaded the truck and headed to the store... bought the seed, went home to roll our feeders, and hang in a tree outside our sunroom. They have been watching for birds ever since.

After lunch we made 'inside' smores and little littles were off for nap. The girls wanted more so I printed a few things to cover the 3 Rs (reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic) and they headed into the tent to work~
It was a little young for my two so I just used their printables and made up my own activities
EK read them Just Me and My Dad and then they sang a song~

SJ asked to sing by herself~


I printed a graph for them to roll and record then taking most, least, equal with some # sentences thrown in.
They read a story together and dot painted words from a word list then made a What Am I book of all the things they would need for a camping trip.
Still asking for more, I suggested they take a rest for a while and this is what I found~
A GREAT Camping Day

This weekend I found a beautifully written article Tidal Homeschool in which blogger Melissa Wiley describes her kind of teaching... it really touched my heart the way she described times of High Tide and ones of Low Tide.
Melissa wrote: "And we have low tide times when we amble along the shore, peering into tide pools and digging in the sand, or just relaxing under beach umbrella. The children wander off in directions of their own choosing; they dig and poke and ponder. One of them may crouch over a rock pool and stay there for days, studying, watching. Another will run headlong into the waves, thrilling to the pull on her legs, splashing, leaping, diving under and emerging triumphantly farther out. Or a child might prefer to stay close by my side, drawing stick pictures in the sand or building a castle. All of these things may be happening at once. Sometimes it looks as though nothing is happening: there’s just an array of bodies on beach towels. But oh, the nourishment there is in a time of quiet reflection while the soul soaks up the sunlight! "
 I felt like today was a day to run with THEIR idea for the day and make it a learning experience for all. Sometimes we just need to step away from the norm and go with the child's needs/ideas. Again SO thankful I have the opportunity to spend my day teaching, guiding, and nurturing the gifts God has entrusted to me!!! 
 
 



 

Camping Day {Impromptu}~

The girls sparred a big interest in packing backpacks yesterday, spent the night in sleeping bags, and came downstairs ready to camp this morning~
 What to do but declare it Camping Day!
I had to get my brain pumping out some creativity... We pulled our Curious George Goes Camping book and had a read~
  It was a hit! We made a list of important camping rules and researched poison ivy on the Ipad. We learned a rhyme {Leaves of 3, Let them be!} and made our very own poison ivy plant~
 Don't you LOVE Evie's rendition of poison ivy!!!

We talked about all kinds of nature and animals we would see on a camping trip and decided we should take a hike. After everyone was dressed, we headed out~
  Over to our neighbor's HUGE pine trees and collected pine cones to make bird feeders. We lathered peanut butter all over them and when it came time to add the birdseed??? We didn't have any... so we loaded the truck and headed to the store... bought the seed, went home to roll our feeders, and hang in a tree outside our sunroom. They have been watching for birds ever since.

After lunch we made 'inside' smores and little littles were off for nap. The girls wanted more so I printed a few things to cover the 3 Rs (reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic) and they headed into the tent to work~
It was a little young for my two so I just used their printables and made up my own activities
EK read them Just Me and My Dad and then they sang a song~

SJ asked to sing by herself~


I printed a graph for them to roll and record then taking most, least, equal with some # sentences thrown in.
They read a story together and dot painted words from a word list then made a What Am I book of all the things they would need for a camping trip.
Still asking for more, I suggested they take a rest for a while and this is what I found~
A GREAT Camping Day

This weekend I found a beautifully written article Tidal Homeschool in which blogger Melissa Wiley describes her kind of teaching... it really touched my heart the way she described times of High Tide and ones of Low Tide.
Melissa wrote: "And we have low tide times when we amble along the shore, peering into tide pools and digging in the sand, or just relaxing under beach umbrella. The children wander off in directions of their own choosing; they dig and poke and ponder. One of them may crouch over a rock pool and stay there for days, studying, watching. Another will run headlong into the waves, thrilling to the pull on her legs, splashing, leaping, diving under and emerging triumphantly farther out. Or a child might prefer to stay close by my side, drawing stick pictures in the sand or building a castle. All of these things may be happening at once. Sometimes it looks as though nothing is happening: there’s just an array of bodies on beach towels. But oh, the nourishment there is in a time of quiet reflection while the soul soaks up the sunlight! "
 I felt like today was a day to run with THEIR idea for the day and make it a learning experience for all. Sometimes we just need to step away from the norm and go with the child's needs/ideas. Again SO thankful I have the opportunity to spend my day teaching, guiding, and nurturing the gifts God has entrusted to me!!! 

Simple Sunday~

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Scott's dad always said.... More rain, More rest. That was indeed true today. I spent the majority of it sick on the sofa~

The littles enjoyed a pj day. EK and SJ played camp out all day and now sleeping tonight in sleeping bags on their floor. It is still raining and I feel a little better. Looking forward to a new day tomorrow.

 

Cousin Time~

Friday, April 26, 2013

We LOVED having Max and Addie over to play this morning~
 We started inside but within the hour, we headed out remained there the whole morning...
even through lunch~
 My kids all said~ WOW Mom, we sure are having lots of picnics... I can't think of anything better to do in the spring!
Better enjoy it now because come June-August... hot as blazes!

Always Learning~

Even after we've put in a whole morning of school, the girls often ask for more when the younger three are down.
Sometimes I send them off to do their own thing and other days I oblige and head right back in there.
I think among my favorite things about homeschooling is the kids are Always Learning
We started a new routine just in the past month~ book basket reading before bedtime.
 The girls have baskets of books at the end of their beds and after the bedtime routine is done {bath, pjs, meds, teeth, prayers}, they hop into bed for some reading time.
Some nights I read to them and others they read to themselves OR each other!
They choose what goes in their basket and love changing them out time to time. 
EK's is full of animal stories and SJ's has every Pinkalicious book in print!
LOVE that they LOVE reading so much and are...
Always Learning!  

Thankful Thursday~

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful for a helpful girl that took over her dad's chores while he was out of town~
 Put his coat on and went out to feed both dogs... LOVE her!

Thankful for a very smart President singing girl that LOVES everything school~

Thankful for two boys that LOVE each other and work hard at school too~

AND thankful for a sweet baby that makes me smile ALL DAY LONG!!!~

Thankful for big girls and Scotty too!
I am blessed!!!




Thankful Thursday indeed!  

 

Singing and Learning~

The girls have been learning the Presidents through song and I stopped by School Box to get them a placemat with the photos.
They even sung their song for the ladies in the store :)
and this morning they were SO excited to sing so I videoed~
 The boys are pretty excited too now that they know all those words the girls are singing actually have pictures~

Both boys are learning their numbers as well as counting.
I wrote the numerals 1-4 on their fingers so they could see and touch the numbers all that day.
Payne especially LOVED that I wrote on his hand!
Watch them count~
 and you KNOW Evie had to be in on the action~
LOVE they enjoy school and learning so much!!!

A Day Away

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

P&E had their second round of immunizations today so we went into Gwinnett. It was traumatic for both but we got it done and ran like crazy! :)

We ran errands: lunch and Target~

Ice Cream~

And finished with the perfect visit~

Nana and Mimi!!!

 

Afternoon Routine~

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Now that the weather is warmer~
 As soon as everyone is up from nap/rest and school is complete, we grab snacks and RUN outside~
 We even made it ultra simple tonight, ordered a pizza, and stayed outside until bath time. 
A Great Afternoon Routine!

Happy Earth Day~

Monday, April 22, 2013




Happy Earth Day~

Today we read Miss Rumphius {FIAR book) and discussed how she/we can make the world a more beautiful place~
 Such a sweet story of how Miss Rumphius planted Lupines all over the place... making 'her' world more beautiful!
When doing this book in the past, I have asked kids to write about how they would make the world more beautiful... today I realized that is a pretty big order so we talked about the importance of thinking about it and deciding later.

We cut out our on worlds {Earths} and added crumbled tissue paper representing more water than land... they all wanted to add snow for Antarctica. We traced our hands in red for love, folded down our fingers for love sign, and wrote I Love the Earth on it.

We've been singing lots of songs from Dr. Jean's Sing to Learn CD and one of our favs is The Continents!

The Continents
(Tune: "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands")


We've got the whole globe in our hands.
We've got the whole globe in our hands.
We've got the whole globe in our hands.
We've got the whole globe in our hands.
We've got North and South America
In our hands.
We've got Europe, Asia, Africa
In our hands.
We've got Australia and Antarctica
In our hands.
We've got the whole globe in our hands.
 
  
We are thankful for the Earth and plan to enjoy this unit all week!

 
 

Simple Sunday~

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What do you say when five little kids ask to go swimming in a FREEZING pool... 
 {knowing if we say no, we will have to explain 1000 times why}...
and the why being it's FREEZING which really doesn't matter one bit to any of them... SO we said YES and they swam/played all afternoon. Payne and Evie LOVED it and we think it is going to be the best summer ever!!!
The perfect Simple Sunday!!!

A Beautiful Saturday~

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Captured with Instagram~

The morning began with adoption vidoes~
 Daddy took the girls fishing~
 Took photos in our backyard while on a golfcart ride~
 What a difference a week makes... pool looks MUCH better!~
 Little bit had a tiny bathroom accident while outside so we just came in and took a kitchen sink bath... she LOVED it~
And we were thrilled to get photos of Amelia on her way to Phi Mu Formal @ Chateau Elan~
  A Beautiful Saturday for sure!!!

Evie and Lucy~

Friday, April 19, 2013

While waiting to travel for your waiting child, a family lives through connections and updates with other adoptive families.
This was such the case while waiting for Evie. Through all the red thread connections we have all over the world, God allowed special people to love us through the wait! One was the Kelli Bloomquist who traveled for her son and was able to get photos of Evie and her best friend, Lucy~
 Lucy in pink~
 Evie in red striped coat~
These photos helped us hang on while waiting. It also gave us a glimpse of a very special 'sister' loving little Evie in her China home. 
 
Now my precious friend Annie Hamlin is waiting to travel for Lucy and this week she received photos of Lucy's birthday party. One of the photos was a beautiful one of Lucy smiling... the first Annie has seen of her happy. It broke both our hearts that our girls had to be separated when they were so incredibly close. I couldn't be happier for Annie to have these new photos!!! 
 
AND I couldn't wait to show Evie this morning when she woke up. I printed the photo and gave it to her. I was thrilled to get her reaction seeing her sweet friend again~ 
It was obvious she remembered Lucy and carried the photo around all morning. I can only imagine how amazing it will be when they are reunited one day very soon when Lucy is HOME forever with her sweet family.
  

Happy birthday to~

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our beautiful niece... Rebecca Kate Muckenfuss~
~Sweet 16~
YOU are beautiful inside and out!
We are so proud of you and love you SO much!!!
{I snatched all these photos from your Instagram feed.}
GORGEOUS!!!

Cornhole~

Today we threw a little gross motor into the activity choices... 
the Inside version of Cornhole.
All that was needed was beanbags and a container~
   EVERYONE loved it!