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Yup he’s ours! We’ve claimed him because we see him every time we travel to the next town when we cross a bridge over a particular creek. We all crane our necks to catch a glimpse of our friend. Sometimes he’s in the water clearly trying to fish. Other times he’s out on the bank hanging out. Herons are in these parts to mate and take care of their young, but I imagine he’ll be heading south soon.
In fact, since my trip to Orlando I haven’t seen him and I thought perhaps he’d left already. We were all overjoyed to spot him in the water today! It was R7 who suggested we add him to our nature journals today and what a great idea. I told her I’d add him to the blog because well this is the only place I’ve ever been successful journaling anything. I’m just not a diary kinda girl. I think it’s more fun to write for an audience so there you have it. True confessions…
Growing up in the general region of the Chesapeake Bay herons are a common sight. But I will admit that this bird brings great joy to my heart every time I see him. Thanks be to God for His awesome creation and everything in it!
And Mr. or Mrs. Heron…if this was the last citing for the season, well, we’ll see you next spring!by
This week for FIAR we are studying the middle ages with Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl. What a fun book! Today we had a medieval feast by roasting a chicken and J2 did a fine job of showing off the use of no silverware! We also had a discussion about the feudal system and why there were kings and castles and knights and of course a duke and duchess.
Using castle cards by Klutz R7 and I-5 made their own castles.
R7 remembers the rules to chess very well and E9 aims to teach her some special moves this week like castling. I-5 will learn chess basics. A few years ago E9 had a real thing for chess and still plays occasionally with his grandfather via computer (even using netmeeting to see each other during play).
E9 was really into knights and castles at one time so we have plenty of go alongs. Check them out! I highly recommend them all!
I think I finally have found a place for all the books and fun stuff for the week to be displayed on a Sunday night. It was cool to watch the kids check everything out on Monday morning and both R7 and I-5 have been perusing the books all week. R7 has her page marked in several books. The coffee table is nice and big and at kid level and maybe it’ll keep everything else- as in clutter off of the table!
Today E9 made a salt dough map of The Alps. Neither of us had any experience with salt dough so it was fun to make sure it was the right consistency to make mountains. He started with a nice piece of cardboard on which he had drawn a map of Europe- well a rather cropped version of Europe because he wanted to fit it all in and was afraid he’d run out of room. So, it’s a zoomed in version. I wish I had taken a picture of it before he began to sculpt.
We used a recipe from the Kid Concoction collection. I picked this book up at the MOPS Convention. Apparently, they only sell it where they speak and I was assigned the job of escorting the authors to their room. I had also signed up for the their session and it was easily one of the best there that weekend. If you ever have the opportunity to see the Thomas’ show off their recipes, make sure to listen and enjoy!
I-5 has been working on RME lesson 6. Today was a review of the lesson with its letter sounds. We’re taking it slow because with his speech history some sounds may be more difficult and after all, he’s only 5!
We use StartWrite software for our handwriting. I love it because you can make anything a handwriting activity in any font both manuscript and cursive. I can also make handwriting paper which has been so useful.
In the past we’ve used Handwriting for a Reason, but this is so much nicer and doesn’t require consumable workbooks- just plenty of paper!
So, we’ve been working on the letters that have been introduced with RME and this is today’s work. I-5 is working hard at articulating the subtle differences between M and N. Then he drew the soccer net as his picture. I will say he had to work out a backwards upper case N…did I mention he’s a leftie? Sometimes he likes to start from the other end of the paper and write completely backwards too…I never realized how hard it is to be a leftie when you are just starting out! He’s getting better though!
Thank you to Hollie in SC for awarding my blog with the You Make Me Smile Award! I have gotten to know her a little bit on the FIAR boards and we have a few things in common. We are both married to VT engineering grads and our oldest sons were born ten days apart. I will say it’s been fun to encourage people through the boards that I may never meet in real life, but what a blessing they have been to me as well! A description of the award is on her blog:
This is what the person that created this award says about it- the thing that I love most about blogging is that I learn so much about a person just by reading their blog. I have met MANY wonderful people with wonderful stories to tell,and I am grateful every day for each person that I have the pleasure of crossing paths in life with.I wanted to create something special for the top ten people who have inspired me through their blogging; the stories they tell, and the lives that they lead with grace and dignity. I visit their blogs for inspiration and encouragement.Although there are MANY people I want to give this award to at this very moment, I am going to choose eight bloggers:
Kate in MD– Kate is a new rower and I just love her blog. Of course, it does help that she finds herself in Maryland which is close to my heart!
ShaunaCO– Has a fun blog that I want to visit more often. She was also a great helper to me when I was setting up my own blog.
Ami– from the FIAR board is a very creative lady and I love visiting her blog AND her website www.homeschoolshare.com. Thanks for your labor of love Ami!
Shannon– again that new blog is just humming right along. That dinosaur unit totally rocked and I’m looking forward to what comes next!
Candace C– as always I like checking in on what her kids are up to. She is one creative and adventurous mom!
Jen in SC– Has a fun blog about her school and home and what better name than Good Fruit?
Sheri– her blog always makes me smile whether it’s something funny that one of her kids says or does or the work she posts from their school days.
Jackie– is another VT fan I just have to say that makes me smile! You may not like FL Jackie, but that is one gorgeous cape cod you have down there! C’mon up our way for some crisp apples and crisp days!
Thanks to all these ladies for making me smile!
E9 has been a busy student reading about Marie Curie’s early life and studying some geography of the region. He started his notebook pages so we’ll share some here. Our notes on this study will be here and there and we hope to finish by the end of October.
Each week he does several assignments per chapter in addition to his weekly spelling work and his dictation. Usually once a week (sometimes twice) he copies down several paragraphs of the text while I read it to him. He’s getting pretty good at plowing on through. The text is chosen based on the grammar concepts that I’d like to work on with him. When the passage is complete, we go over his writing and misspellings are pointed out. His punctuation, particularly the use of commas, is coming right along. Typically he places them just right based on how the passage is read and if he’s missing one I just need to say, “You know that sentence actually has three commas.” Then he’ll take a look and add missing comma into the correct place. I wasn’t sure about this method of teaching grammar, but I’d have to say it is working very well for E9. We use a book called Learning Grammar through Writing for our scope and sequence. Later in the week, he has to correct any misspelled words and answer questions or make lists, etc. based on the grammar concepts of the week. For example, today he had to correct two misspelled words which in this case lead to a discussion about the word medal vs. metal. That was a hot debate…whether medal even existed though I assured him it did! He identified why the word “and” in one sentence was italicized. He wasted no time in telling me it is for emphasis. We reviewed why there are commas in the long version of writing out dates. The one thing we may need to tweak is his definition of nervous breakdown. His reads, “When a person is having one, they freak out.” I’ll have to check on that!
He’s been working on learning a little about Russian Czars and a lot about lakes. Here are some more notebook pictures. I’m still working on training this new photographer so bear with us!
Lists of man made vs. natural lakes.
E9 made a book on the world’s largest lakes both fresh and salt water. He made cards for each one telling the name and its location.
These two pictures above describe the science of physics both classic and modern. Marie’s dad was a physicist as was Marie.
What a fun time we’ve had with Mirette and her teacher Bellini! The setting of the story is Paris, France. We’ve had the chance to map out Europe and France as well as the career of the famous tightrope walker in the story. Above is I-5’s map pages.
The kids colored a flag of France and inside the flag booklet are pictures of the Eiffel Tower where the famous Bellini once walked the rope. We reviewed compound words, talked about boasting in addition to other vocabulary words, went on a copper hunt, and identified complimentary colors.
On our last day we will make a circus poster advertising the kids’ death defying feats. I wonder what they’ll come up with! We’ll also learn that the shortest distance between two points is a – say it with me– LINE!
Mirette on the Highwire by Emily Arnold McCully- this is our FIAR study book for the week.
Starring Mirette and Bellini by Emily Arnold McCully- the sequel to Mirette about a trip to Russia before the revolution.
Mirette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully- yet another sequel to the original and I think the plot is obvious! Great story…
Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans- the story of Madeline and Pepito and how they end up traveling with the gypsies to perform in the circus.
The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein- the true story of Philippe Petit, a french aerialist, who spent nearly an hour walking on a tightrope he’d thrown between the buildings. Which buildings? The former World Trade Center towers as they were being finished in 1974. The book was published in 2003 and begins, “Once there were two towers side by side. They were each a quarter of a mile high; one thousand three hundred and forty feet. They were the tallest buildings in New York City.”
So, over the summer E9 worked on a unit study about baseball. Everyday he would learn about a new baseball legend and a major league team. He got the chance to practice his cursive writing using a famous baseball quote. He even mapped out how many miles it would be to get to each stadium from our house. Baseballs were placed on our US map to signify where each team plays.
He had fun with it and hopes to do one similar with college football. I’ll get right on that!!
The time has come for me to be off to the sunny state of Florida for the MOPS International Convention in Orlando. I’ve been involved in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) as long as I’ve been a mom and have held many leadership positions.
This year I began a new phase as a MOPS mom by becoming a Field Leader. So, I help to train local leaders and I’m a liaison between MOPS Int’l and the local groups. There are six groups in my little council and it’s been very exciting!
So, I’ll be enjoying this year’s convention while I work there too and Field Leaders go a day early for our training. I’ll be taking a break from blogging while I’m away since we are a desktop family only…
Lord willing I’ll be back on Sunday to blog about it all!by