Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Learning about the Aztecs and making feather fans.

 Bathing chickens.

 We actually lost two of our chickens yesterday. They were the last two left of our original three. I am not too sure what happened, but I think the younger chickens may have had something to do with it.

We learned about why we have night and day and seasons.

 A play-dough Earth and a flashlight sun.

 Naia started up fall ball!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What homeschooling looks like when cooler weather arrives. Hallelujah!

The last couple of days have been quite cool outside. The kids camped in the tent last night (not for the entire night) and we did math in the tent this morning. It is still too hot to be in the tent in the middle of the day, but not too hot to play out front in the dirt.

Here is Lynni doing her math in the backyard yesterday. She is still adjusting to the noise (scream) level in our household and I thought she might be able to focus a bit more outside.

 In the tent last night.

Math in the tent this morning.

Experimenting with light and color is always fun!

 With tent gymnastics mixed in...of course.

Playing in the dirt with the grubs.

 Quick art break for Naia.

 Tracing each other on the sidewalk with chalk.

 Math with grubs (and other creatures).

 Taven talking to his friends telling them "it will be okay."

 A book and some rocks. What else could one possibly want?

 Naia yelled "Oh no! The ants! They've got our grub!" In other words, homeschool science class.

I am so thankful that my children and Lynni are not stuck in a classroom all day. Everyday, I am thankful for that. Fall should not be spent inside. Life is precious and our children are meant to EXPERIENCE it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall

The night before the Autumnal Equinox the kids cut the grass. Fall for us means a lot of playing outside and the kids have been wanting to play soccer and softball in the backyard.

 Today, the first day of fall, was spent mostly outside.

 Cleaning up.

 Bird watching.

 Dragonfly love was in the air.

 Flowers were blooming.

 And we found that the little bridge near the pond had been painted specifically for the Rainbow Warriors!

 Back home, we checked in on our beans and colored some of the leaves we collected on our walk. Beans that were placed in the dark had no color while those placed in the sun turned green.

 The girls copied a poem.

 I taught Lynni how to needle felt.

 And hand sew to finish her necklace.

 Lynni's mom bought the kids pretend money and so they set up a "harvest market."