Jan 8, 2013

You have got to be kidding me.

How is anyone going to get anything done around here with all these shenanigans?

looking at winter

Rain Stained Windows
Sweaters Everyday
Steaming Mugs Of Tea
Stormy Skies
and a big piece of peacock art, because I feel like it.

Jan 6, 2013

Week in Homeschool #16

This week is our first week back after our long winter break.  A short week, a week of adjustment.
Or theme this week is

We each wrote something special that we'd like to accomplish in 2013 and tucked it into this New Year's Star box.  Next year we will look at our goals, and see how we did.

We read books from our "winter basket".  We have a few others, but those are waiting for specific themes in the near future.

The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Gingerbread Man, illustrated by Bonnie and Bill Rutherford
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
In Winter,  by Jane Belk Moncure
Annie and the Wild Animals, by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett
Ten in the Bed, by Penny Dale
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams Bianco
Winter Waits, by Lynn Ploudre
Winter Song, by William Shakespeare

Our letter of the week:
D,L,N Review
Our Poem of the Month:


Our Snack of the week:

In Art study we explored:
 Saint Eustace, by Albrecht Durer.

In the Kitchen we made:
Russian Tea Cakes, aka Snowball cookies

In Art we created: 
  Watercolor, and salt winter scenes.

In Math:

We didn't cover Science, or History this week, and that's just fine .   This was a week that was all about finding our rhythm, and drinking tea.  I imagine that next week will be much the same.

There was a little bit more that I wanted to add to this post, but frankly, blogger is really bothering me today.  So.  There it is.

Jan 4, 2013

Winter Soup

Our winter counterpart to veggie/fruit smoothies is our Winter Soup.  It starts as we wander our favorite produce section each of my children chose a few items that interest them that week.   Once we have a rainbow of selection we add some grain, and something "special".  The something special might be white miso, or maybe toasted pumpkin seeds and sour cream.  When we work together to chop, wash, and flavor our soup each of my older children feel a complete sense of ownership.  This soup is ours, this soup is theirs.  They make this, and it's fantastic.  Every time.

Jan 2, 2013

A look at our holiday season

Our 25 days of Christmas included :
Visiting~ the city, Santa, family, a 60th birthday party, a 3rd birthday party.  Decorating~ wreaths, trees, cookies, a gingerbread house, our home, our hearth, our exterior, ourselves.  Making~ cookies, soups, family dinners, s'mores, gifts, ornaments, caramel corn, English toffee, peanut brittle, banana bread, tea, and So Much More.

Every day was filled with love, light, laughter music and magic.  Just as the holiday season should always be.

Jan 1, 2013

Week in Homeschool #14

 Here's what our fourteenth week of homeschool looked like.  11.12- 11.16

Our theme of the week was Thanksgiving

We read:
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, and Tapenum's Day.  My children love all three of these photographic day in the life of pilgrim, and native children of the year 1627.

Our letter of the week:

In Art Study we explored:

Raven Addressing the Assembled Animals c. 1590

In Science:
We explored (played with) cranberries!

In Math:



In our Nature Journals:
Used a pile of delicata squash, small pumpkins, and decorative gourds as his inspiration. 
Here he grouped an avocado, apple, and pomegranate and painted their shadows on the table as well. 

Ava had an explosive week in her nature journal.  She tried a few different techniques, with results she was very proud of. 
she grouped a pomegranate, apple, and avocado and painted their shadows.
She painted our hearth, although she didn't finish
 this is a lily from a flower bouquet
 and she rounded off her week with this flower bouquet

This was our last full week of homeschool before our winter break.
We had family travel from out of state to spend the holiday with.
We had a fantastic time.

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I am a thirty something mother of three. Hoping to raise my little ones to love the the slower things in life.