Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring Activities

Years ago a friend and I had little get-togethers on the first day of each season. It was sweet and fun (except the winter one... that time of year is a bit crazy, but we did it anyway). It helped the younger kids understand the beginning of the new season.

So... I decided it was time to start that tradition back up. My fellow homeschooling neighbor and I planned three sweet activities for the kids on the first day of spring. We were all eager to have the party since the day before it was in the 70s. BUT for the first day of spring, we had a very chilly and yucky day. That prompted a great discussion about what spring is like and how seasons transition. We are homeschooling moms, so every opportunity is a lesson. The kids just love that. Seriously. Or not.

Anyhoo... we made some edible bird nests with eggs; some cute butterflies; and planted wildflowers (naturally, I can't show the potted wildflowers because there are names all over the pots and you could be a psycho trying to figure out my kids' names).

The butterflies turned out darling, but Princess added a little something prompted by our study of insects currently going on in science (Apologia: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day): a "sucking mouth" or proboscis. She was very proud. I was too.

Is was a fun time and educational time. Definitely a nice homeschooling memory.

From Our School to Yours: Take a bit of time on the first day of each season to talk about it. You don't have to have a party or do a craft, you can just take time to talk and look around. Naturally, a little something (craft, treat, activity) will help the younger ones take notice and remember better.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Egg Differences

Our hens are finally all laying. Finally. They are safe and earning their keep. One girl seems to be an over achiever. We aren't positive which one it is, but one hen is laying eggs much larger than the rest. The fresh eggs are usually about the same size as the store bought kind. Interesting, no?
No?

Aw, you probably watch American Idol or something and have a warped opinion of interesting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Garden Step I

I've begged for a raised bed or two for a vegetable garden this year. We had a nice little garden at the Old Camp, but didn't build one here yet. I tried a little something last year in the front yard and it was a death field. No harvest. No beauty. It was pitiful.
So, after being motivated by our neighbors, I started asking for one nice raised bed. My Sweetie agreed it would be a worthwhile project, so he and the kids started building.
Math. Problem solving. Science. Bonding. All at the same time. Wahoo!I'll keep you updated on the process/school project.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Abacus

I just love watching Faith figure out math with this new style of math curriculum (Right Start Math). We're both learning, actually.
I like watching the gears in her head move just as she moves the beads on the abacus.