Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Monday Morning!

Hello All!!

I hope you had as beautiful a weekend as we did!!  Fall is in full swing here in the Northeast and the leaves are a fallin!!

We had a fun, family filled weekend that was also very productive.  With children, our lives are in a constant state of flux.  Last fall, Kendall decided she wanted to pack away all of her American Girl dolls and accessories.  She was finding that she was not playing with them and they were taking up an incredible amount of real estate in her room that she wanted to re purpose for other things.

Silently it broke my heart as she lovingly placed items into the plastic storage bins as it seemed to signify the end of a piece of her childhood that she'd enjoyed for so long.  But, that is part of growing up so I embraced her choice and helped her pack.  Fast forward to yesterday when she asked to go in the attic to retrieve her dolls and some of their things.  She and Ty have been playing with them non-stop since yesterday.

That is a classic example of our state of flux.  It happens with all of the children in a variety of ways - all.the.time.  It keeps us on our toes for sure!!
The older children and Ian went to a lacrosse game with their grandparents, aunt and uncle on Saturday morning and then I met them all once Ari woke up for some visit time.
Yes, they are going as Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf!  (or as Ty calls himself The Little Good Wolf!)
snuggled down at Grandma and Popeye's!
His favorite game - playing with beads!  
Reading and playing!
Reading some new books from Auntie and Grandma!
lol!!  What a face!
Sunday, Kendall and I took a morning walk with Ari and Katie and then we headed to Barnes and Noble (our second home!) to pick up a couple of books for this week's lessons.  Once Ari woke from his nap, we all went to a local reservation where we take pictures every year and we've been doing it since Kendall was born!  We used to go here long before we had children and walk our dog Billy. It's a beautiful spot with so many different areas to take great pictures.  I marvel at how grown up our children look year to year and I love that I have the photos from the same spots each year to be able to compare.  
My girls joining me on my morning walk!
morning snacks!
a quick trip to Barnes & Noble!
family photo shoot
Our Monday started pretty usual.  I skipped my morning walk as it was pitch black out (and freezing) and I plan to do it later today with the children.  
Rebecca joining us for morning yoga!
We are starting our unit on the beginning of life - Evolution Revolution!  We are focusing on how single cell organisms formed after the Earth began and then we will focus on Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.  The children are excited as am I!!
tree pose
We did our morning yoga stretches, pledge and calendar review.  Then we started out with some basic wet watercolor techniques to get everyone warmed up for the day.  After this we did our handwriting and grammar lessons.
tricky words!!!
her handwriting
learning palette
We then moved onto the Learning Palette and Learning Wrap-up for math.  Kendall continues to work on multiplication while Ty is working on basic multiplication along with addition and subtraction.
heading into gym class!
a quick glimpse!
Ari took a great morning nap today and thankfully did not sleep all the way through his gym class! We've not been able to go in weeks as I refuse to wake him up unless it's absolutely necessary to do so.  But today we made it!!  YAY!!  The children brought their chapter books and enjoyed D.E.A.R. time while Ari ran and ran and ran some more!
hi Daddy!!!
We took a family walk when we got back and then had lunch together.  One of my very favorite parts of being a homeschool family is having the luxury to eat our lunches together.
family walk!
her fashion is PHENOMENAL!
he's getting very brave!!
After lunch and our walk the kids had hot chocolate and treats!!  A fine way to end a cold walk!
Katie photo-bomb!
my lunch of apple and monkey salad!! (banana, unsweetened coconut, peanut butter and peanuts), and coffee
This afternoon was filled with reading about the beginning of life.  We snuggled on the couch and read and read.  
Kendall has decided that she's homeschooling Sarah, Rebecca and Saige!
Tonight will be a relatively relaxing one.  Kendall has her sewing class so Ty and I will just hang out!  See you all tomorrow!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Friday and a Wrap-up!

Hello All!

Welcome to FRIDAY!!!  We have worked really hard to get to this day and I'm really proud of the kids and how hard they've worked these last couple of weeks!  I presented them detailed, specific and somewhat advanced material.  They listened, took notes, discussed, asked GREAT questions and learned a LOT.  Yay for them!

Yesterday afternoon the kids had a GREAT time at Lego club.  They built free form for an hour with lots of other kids.  I headed upstairs with Ari to play in the children's section.  We had a blast!
loving the library!
We sat for 30 minutes playing with these trains...
Good lord the rainy weather really does a number on my already crazy hair!
choo choo!
sweet creation!
awesome house!
someone loves playing with the camera on my phone!
knock knock!

The sky here was INCREDIBLE last night after all of the crazy rain we had.  Ian sent me a picture as he was on his way out of his office and it looks like a picture that was altered but it is in no way!  It's incredible.
view from my deck
It was Tyler's parent evening and he decided that he wanted to make the cards for THIS card drive. We'd talked about it earlier in the week and just didn't have time to squeeze it into the school day.  Oh my heart,  I'm so in love with their compassion for a cause - of any kind.  So we sat down and created cards.  Kendall joined us and it was just a fabulous time.  I used to create every single night but now that we're homeschooling my priorities are obviously different and I spend my nights cleaning up the classroom from the day and setting up for the next day's lessons and projects.  When I'm done it's about 9 pm and it's time for dinner, a few minutes of relaxing and then bed.  All to start again at 5 am when my alarm goes off.  So it's great when my kids want me to create with them as it forces me to sit for a few and work the creative side of my brain for non-school reasons.  Yay! 
creating, creating, creating!
love the focus
deciding which of my "Mommy markers" as they call them to use (Copic Markers)
he absolutely LOVE
Below are the outside and insides of the cards that K & T made.  The first three are hers and the last four are his:
This morning started pretty standard.  Walk, breakfast, morning routine.  School started with our spelling quiz then Solar System test.  Ty was very focused on the test so he missed the spelling of Mercury (which he's been spelling correctly all week) but besides that they completely rocked the test out!!  It took them about 30 minutes to answer all 27 questions.  They focused and worked hard.

a beautiful morning!
Test time!
done and waiting for her brother to finish!
yes...they both did fantastic!!!
they were relieved to have it completed!
As a wrap up and a big reward for their hard work we made alien marshmallow pops for a cooking project.  The kids had a fantastic time measuring, learning how to mix and melt the chocolate so that it doesn't seize up, and decorating their aliens.
treat making time!
We moved onto making Oobleck after this!  Our recipe included 2 cups of cornstarch to 1 cup of water plus food coloring.  They played with this for easily an hour +.  We talked about the fact that on some of the extremely dense planets where the gases are compressed with such force that they behave like a liquid metal perhaps the Oobleck might feel like the liquid metals!
yes...their hands are SO blue!
They literally played with this for 2 hours after making it, then another 2 hours when we came home in the afternoon!  Their hands are completely stained blue and purple and it's just awesome! 

We have an afternoon filled with a visit from Uncle Ethan, a family walk and a visit to our friends to play, jump and hang out, then Acro class for Kendall and Boys Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop tonight for Ty!
Ty's face in this picture cracks me up...
A weekend of fun lays before us and then next week we start Evolution Revolution!!!  The beginning of life!!