Playing, Grandloves, and My Favorite Book~

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Calla continues to grow and adjust to everything around her.
If she sees one of the other kids busy with a task, she wants to do it too~
Making Potholders and Play with MUS Blocks

EC has really taken off with the looming as has everyone!
The photo on the right was such a heartwarming moment.
Evie looked up and said Will was teaching her to read~

We were thrilled to go out to love on the boys for Savannah on Monday.
They were SO sweet and look how much they have grown~

I saw this book on Amazon while browsing for a new book and immediately bought the Kindle version.
I was about halfway through and decided I HAD to have it on my bookshelf!
It most definitely will be my top book of 2017 and will read again for sure!!!~

We continue to spend every afternoon and lots of mornings lately in the pool.
Here are 6 of them on the same tube~

Mama has been bringing Max, Addie, and Slate down to swim each morning~
And I think it's clear how much everyone loves it!
Including me and Mama!!!!!

Pioneering, Nature, & Horse Study~

Friday, July 28, 2017

As we continue our Playful Pioneer study, the kids continue to love weaving
so we added some beautiful scans of yarn~

Just in the last week EC has gone from 'I can't draw' to 'I am really great at drawing!"~
This Nature Connection book was one we had on our shelves but I hadn't put much emphasis on it.
It has been a great catalysis for the great boost in self confidence~
And I plan to use it through the year with our nature journals.
It is divided into months so very easy to follow!

EK continues with her Beautiful Feet Horse Study.
We read the books together and she does the work independently.
Here she is drawing for fun one of the illustrations in the book~
Definitely going in her Art Notebook~

Mornings continue to be such a sweet time for the little girls.
Here EC is teaching the others school and they complete their Explode the Code Notebooks where I had written $5 secretly.
They each get this reward for finishing it and another is already on the way~

As we continue with our Peaceful Preschool Study, our letter was B and we focused on Butterflies and Bunnies.
They made bunny puppets and put on a puppet show for us~

The chapter in Farmer Boy this week are all winter ones so we studied winter in July~
Our science project was to create ice excavations so they all froze an animal in a block of ice then excavated using warm salt water and a paintbrush.

For Friday Free Write, I had them write a science report explaining what we did~

 Don't you just love EC & HM's 'fancy' handwriting?~

Our yard continues to be full of nature study~
 We have a huge moth nest up in our trees so the kids stand under and watch each day.
Our butterfly bush is covered in butterflies so they are captured, observed, and released to fly away.

We've had a great week and can't wait to see what comes along next week!!!

A Week of Wonderful~

Friday, July 21, 2017

Setting the expectation before they rise and shine is key whether you homeschool or not. 
Have a plan or the plan will be made for you.
Every morning I set the table with our Bible/Hymn study and clipboards~

It has been such a wonderful month learning our hymn: It Is Well.
This week I read All is Well as we discussed what it means in our own lives~

The bitty girls' tray work included:
Tenzi Number Match, Sorting and Matching Bugs, Building ABCs~

We began B work with Bears and Butterflies using our new The Peaceful Preschool study~
 For the butterflies, we traced a B on the fold of our paper, opened to squeeze paint, then pressed to create symmetry.
Once it was dry, we closed to cut on the lines to create a B Butterfly~

We also continued our Playful Pioneers study as well.
On Monday I had them find a passage in a favorite book to copy for writing~

One of the chapters in Farmer Boy was about Almanzo's birthday so they wrote about their favorite bd memory~

Hands down our favorite activity all week was Weaving from a Loom~
 I remember making these in 5th grade too!
They worked all day long and by evening, they could start a new project
and add new string as they worked~
 It is a favorite past time around here for sure!

For Friday Freewrite, I had them write a passage about a winter memory to go with their winter art project~

I laminated all the art from the week, and they loved adding it to their Art Notebooks~
It was a wonderful week of study and can't wait for what's coming up!!!

Little Moments~

The boys are such big helpers with the little girls, especially when it comes to getting our math done on the weekends~

The life of the party don't you know~

A strong brother is good to have in your corner~

And I couldn't keep our house running with little teams of twos and threes~
Little Moments add up to Big Memories!!!

Great Finds @ Target~

Monday, July 17, 2017

We hit the jackpot @ $spot Target this week~
Can't wait to incorporate them into our tray routine!
Evie and Calla were up way before everyone this morning so out came the finger crayons~
The ABC stamps and dice sets came from my favorite school store: The School Box!

Savannah's School~

We all went out to help Savannah in her classroom on Monday.
It turned out perfect, and we loved being with the boys~
 The kids were thrilled that BC got to come home with us for the night~
Being with my people is always the BEST!!!

Friday Free Write~

Friday, July 14, 2017

Little Girls and Big Things~

Three little girls sure make our days brighter around here!
Someone's always sitting on top of Macy~
 and meeting us right at daybreak to start the day~

Big things would be this BIG mess we've had for a while waiting for our new bookshelves to be installed~

And today was the day!!!
I have to say I cried when I walked around the corner for the first time~

As soon as the cabinet builder left, EK and I worked until evening getting our books shelved~
Trim will be added to give the shelves a built in look!
Calla walked in to say, "We have a Li-Berry!"
I have dreamed of floor to ceiling bookshelves forever!
Now we can enjoy a beautiful reading room with all our books in one place!!!

The Playful Pioneers~

Thursday, July 13, 2017

For the older kids I chose The Playful Pioneers again literature and project based study of the Little House books.
We began with Farmer Boy this week~
 You know as well as I do the little girls want to be right in there with us working on this study and we are welcome to have them!
We are listening to Farmer Boy on Audible because we LOVE Cherrie Jones' reading voice.
We heard all about Almanzo's farm so we drew one of our own using Farm Anatomy book~

We also read books about Native Americans and wrote about mocassins~

Also read and wrote about horses~

The biggest news this week was the completion of our new bookshelves in our Living Room~
It was a wonderful week, and we can't wait for next week!!!