Something that lives a long time…

This was a fun Sketch Tuesday assignment!  We learned a lot about whales with our Apologia Zoology II curriculum, and had a great review with our recent read-aloud Seabird, and our study of the South Atlantic.  Somewhere in all the books, study and videos we remembered that whales live a long time!  Grace decided to sketch the Bowhead Whale, which does not migrate to the South Atlantic like other species, but stays up in the Arctic regions.  We found information on Ask.com which quoted a Wikipedia report describing a bowhead whale specimen caught off of the coast of Alaska, found with “the head of … Continue reading Something that lives a long time…

The farm at dusk

Sunday morning my sweet daughter presented me with a hand drawn gift for Mother’s Day – A beautiful sketch of the farm at dusk, complete with shimmery sky (stars, you know) and golden sparkly windows in the cottage, the little apple tree and alpacas coming out of the barn.  “Alpacas?” you ask.  Yes, well, there is an extensive, often convoluted, certainly ambitious, and exceedingly flexible plan for the farm that includes bees, lambs, horses, pumpkins, Christmas trees, chickens, a hotel and alpacas.  The list changes as interests change.  For the longest time it was to be an Angora bunny farm.  This interest was fueled by the show … Continue reading The farm at dusk

Sketch something purple…

One of my favorite Charlotte Mason Homeschool Bloggers is Nadine at Practical Pages.   She posts encouragement, tips, notebooking pages and lots of wonderful ideas for adding life to learning life through drama, art and music.  Just recently she posted some wonderful sketches that she and her children prepared to include in a link up called Sketch Tuesday.  Sketch Tuesday is put together by Barb at Harmony Art Mom.  Each week, Barb posts a “sketch prompt” and artists of all ages, styles and experience send in their sketches which Barb then posts for a Sketch Tuesday Art Exhibit on Flickr.  It’s not a competition, so there is no pressure!  Grace loves … Continue reading Sketch something purple…

Getting Out

One of my goals when I started homeschooling Grace was to spend at least one afternoon a week on a field trip.  We live in an area rich with resources and seldom take advantage of them.   As a youth, my family lived in Fairfax County, a relatively short drive from our nation’s capital city, and I have wonderful memories of family trips to the Smithsonian, the monuments, the bike trail along the Potomac, and the many wonderful parks. Despite the initial enthusiasm, it is all too easy, to get bogged down in the academic routine, and with Ian’s afternoon medical appointments (two a … Continue reading Getting Out

Time is running out…a study in personification

Grace and I are feeling our way through the whole Language Arts thing.   We use Shurley English because of the excellent sentence graphing and organized approach to writing.   We enjoy the Sonlight Language Arts because of the creativity and variety in the assignments, and we’re using Wordly Wise for vocabulary building and test preparation.  Last summer we started Wordsmith Apprentice, and will pick it up and finish it off this summer. This past week the Sonlight Language Arts curriculum had a study on simile and personification.  After reviewing lots of neat examples and working on writing a few sentences of their own, the students are encouraged to draw an … Continue reading Time is running out…a study in personification

Art Class

While it is true that Grace is taking a wonderful Studio Art Class at Homeschool Plus, there is absolutely nothing like taking advantage of current events to provide enrichment to your child’s homeschooling experience.  Snow days are no exception!  Here Grace worked on an art project – a sculpture of a cat with a ball of yarn – using snow as her medium of expression!  Which is fancy homeschool talk for making a snow cat!  Note:  There are absolutely no printables, no lapbooking or notebooking pages, or other resources attached. Continue reading Art Class