Weekly Wrap-Up

          It’s raining – I hope the temperature drops! My life this week was a continuation of building habits:  a morning walk, starting the day with breakfast, Bible and Scripture memorization practice, hands-free during school , and planning the Charlotte Mason elements of next year’s schedule. In our homeschool this week Grace finished up her compare and contrast essay on Ibn Battuta and Benjamin of Tudela, as well as her Missionary Biography note-booking pages on Mary Slessor.  I’m seeing a lot of improvement in her writing organization!  We also finished our Read Aloud “Journey to Jo-burg” … Continue reading Weekly Wrap-Up

Guest Post: It’s for the birds…

Project FeederWatch, created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is not only a great way to help scientists study bird populations, it’s a terrific way to share one of my favorite activities, bird watching, with my awesome homeschooled daughter and learn a bit more about the creatures that visit our little backyard corner of God’s Creation.  We studied birds extensively last year with Apologia Exploring Creation Zoology 1 Flying Creatures.  Project Feederwatch is a great way to keep that learning current in a fun way doing a little Citizen Science! The process couldn’t be simpler: after signing up, choose two … Continue reading Guest Post: It’s for the birds…

The Hawk

My office, and Grace’s schoolroom, is the former sleep porch perched upstairs in the back dormer of our 1919 Bungalow.  When we look out our windows, we are surrounded by trees.  In the summer, it is a cool green leafy tree house.  In the fall, we watch a squirrel cirque du soleil performance, as they run, play and leap with total abandon in search of pecans from my neighbor’s pecan tree, often sporting nuts hanging from their mouths or clustered in their cheeks!  In the winter, it is a study of bare branches on two sides, and evergreens on the other with the swooping of bird wings … Continue reading The Hawk

Taking a nap…

Actually, I did – take a nap.  In honor of the Sabbath, I rebelled against all expectations (self-inflicted and otherwise!) and curled up with my Netflix Season 3 disk 1 of Burn Notice. Yeah – I know – I’m really behind!  I made it through one episode before I fell asleep.  But, enough about me!  Take a look at the photos we took of a little raccoon friend who decided to climb the oak tree right outside the Schoolroom/Office windows and take a nap for the day!  Now while I get annoyed when raccoons get in the trash, or attempt to make a home in the dormer eaves … Continue reading Taking a nap…

Farming ants…

 Yes!  and it was actually pretty fun! Setting up and maintaining an ant farm in order to watch the behavior of social insects was one of the projects in the Flying Creatures curriculum we worked on this fall – and so you are asking – why are ants in a flying creatures curriculum?  Well, Grace informs me that the Queens fly in order to establish a new colony, with the male ants who have emerged from their pupa stage (conveniently) at the same time.  They swarm, mate, and then the males, well, they die (sorry!) and the Queen begins a new … Continue reading Farming ants…

Beautiful Bugs!

Sometimes not.  Yeah, I know.  But we really enjoyed the section on insects in the Apologia Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, Zoology 1 book.  We started this study in mid-summer as we were dipping our feet into homeschooling.  It is actually the second section in the book, but author Jeannie K. Fulbright suggests working through these later chapters when insects are out and about!  The initial  “ick” factor has almost been dispelled by knowledge (interesting how that works!) and an informed appreciation of God’s creatures and the amazing way they fit into God’s design! We developed an increased awareness … Continue reading Beautiful Bugs!

Post Scripts

I am here at my desk on Friday night of Labor Day weekend.  We didn’t go to the farm (in southwest Virginia) because we thought we were getting a hurricane in our coastal Virginia town, and of course, if there’s a hurricane coming you have a choice.  Either stay home to watch the water rise in the yard, and put buckets under the leaks that are inevitable with 100 mph winds and a 90-year-old house, or if it’s really bad, leave.  Well, since it wasn’t predicted to be that bad, we stayed home, buckets at the ready.  Not that I’m disappointed exactly, but now … Continue reading Post Scripts