Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tick or Treat 2013

Last minute costume change from a ninja to an eighties girl, the ninja hood caused some vision stress. 
Boo does not like cotton candy but the gang is sure happy! 
 The best kind of mob at the door.
Absolute amazing houses this year.  
And when fun stopped being fun...
 The candy swap began!!! 
Another great year! Thanks gang, we love you guys :) 

cell science and Halloween

 Breakfast of spooks
 Morning pumpkin carving and creations 

 Cursive handwriting practice

 Pumpkin guts!!! 
 A spook buddy for cell science

 Cell Spotter's Guide

 And back to Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

back tucks on beam

For those of us not too familiar with gymnastics, myself included I had to look it up to be sure, the back tuck on beam is a level 9 skill and Boo is a level 6 gymnast which makes this already cool skill super impressive!!!

and some days go like this...

Today is a word Wednesday. 
We read in our Nancy Drew book.  We played boggle, read poetry, read picture books, listened to story shorts, watch School House Rock videos on parts of speech, did crossword puzzles, read more books, and when I finally said "We really need to get your phonics done..." I was presented with a poem about phonics.

Fanix (phonics)

I hate fanix

It is boring 
even when it is pouring

I think that you should put it in the trash
fanix gives me a big old ugly rash  

Monday, October 28, 2013

nature walk in yellow

As a parent it is easy to doubt yourself.  As a home school parent it is easy to let society doubt yourself for you.  Are we really doing the right thing by her? 

I believe we are.  

Today the school buses had already passed us by when she woke up and toddled up the stairs. A perfect autumn day. A Monday morning with soft clouds creeping across the sky, leaves dancing in the wind, and a Papa with a little bit of time to spare.   

She has everything I would every ask for her to have here in this life with us. 

Learning to skip rocks, dig clams, walking with nature.  We talk about seeds, native and non-native species, ecosystems, and balance.  

Our decision to give ‘natural learning’ (hands on Natural Science Mondays or as Boo calls it our hiking day) its own day was one of the best home schooling decisions we have ever made.  Our outings give her a chance to display and apply her knowledge.  She finds new questions to ask.  She seeks, she solves, she learns, and creates. 

I was thinking of school kids sitting in their desks as I watched my child walking beside her father.  I am so grateful for him, for this chance to be together while she is still so young and full of questions. To give her the world as her classroom.  

This is what our home school life was meant to be.  
This is where doubts don’t stand a chance.     

What a beautiful day to wander with a river.