Thursday, September 1, 2011

Week in review

We're back in the groove.  This week was our first full week of school and what a grand week it was.  Truthfully Monday wasn't the best despite a great start last week.  A Momma who didn't keep order in the morning mixed with a little girl who didn't want breakfast cooked up to a very frustrating time.  Tuesday was much better.  I am blessed to have little ones who love to learn.  Little ones who love to be at home with their Momma.  
Jonathan blossomed under the guidance of MFW k program.  I am so proud of my guy.  He has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and at times it's difficult for me to keep up with his hunger.
 We began to work on animal patterns this week.  Some of the creatures have been simple for the children (and their Momma) to master while others have proven to take a bit of time to figure out.  While they...ahem..."play" (wink wink) with the pattern blocks I read to them.  We've started the Little House series.  I adore that they love stories and being read too.  That has not always been the case.  Both of the kids didn't seem to like being read to until roughly 3.  At that point I never could seem to read enough.  I treasure having them at home and being able to curl up in the rocking chair or on the couch and reading.  And as if that isn't delicious enough, where else can a young Miss attend school in a mask that her Gee-Gee and Pop-Pop brought back from Italy?
Nature study is nothing new to our household.  I have, at times, put aside other studies in order to dive into a subject in nature that holds the kids' interest in it's grip.  What is new however is our own nature notebook.  The kids have been looking forward to this.  We have a drawer that is our "special art drawer".  It contains pencils and color pencils that are exclusively for our notebooks.  Wednesday morning we were outside by 7:45am with excitement bubbling over.  This week we've been discussing things close to the ground.  Slugs and snails seem to be what the kids are most interested in.  We have had a worm habitat and recently an ant farm. I can now say that this Momma now knows more about slugs and worms than I ever thought I'd want to know.  Frankly, I no longer see them as simply icky, slimy creatures.  Don't get me wrong, I'll still put ground eggshell and diatemacious earth out to prevent them from eating the greens in our garden.
This weekend we are headed to the mountains for camping.  I plan on sneaking our nature notebooks into our gear and know that we will most definitely have a wonderful time looking at all of the wonderful things that are close to the ground.

linked to homeschooling highlights in MFW at:
 Discovering Their Gifts


  1. You are so right.. it is a privilege to read on a couch and wear dress up clothes during school. The joy of 'home' school! I am looking forward to seeing more of your kids nature journals.
    Thanks for linking up. Kattie at will be hosting next Thurs linky.

  2. Gotta love the slugs!! We just had a leopard slug habitat on our kitchen counter last week... :0) have to admit they were fun to learn about! Thanks for linking up and sharing!