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The singing has returned.

Wow has November flown by! I can’t believe we have almost completed our first semester of homeschooling. This has been such a rewarding and amazing few months.

I adore the classes at the Microsoft store in Northpark. They host these for our homeschool group and the kids just love them! This time we learned how to build a flex sensor that lets you control a robotic finger with your finger. VERY cool!

 

On this day we enjoyed learning about a bug’s life cycle and stages at the Perot Museum during one of their homeschool science days.

Taking time to re-investigate the robotics and gem floors of the Perot…we stumbled into the (oil) drilling section and took the ‘tour’ of a rig. Being my husband’s industry made it that much more interesting to learn about.

We were riding scooters near where we live in the city when we stumbled upon this fine shop called Jackson Armory. They were incredibly kind to take time to show us a few of their oldest weapons. Since I would never remember the name of this impressive piece photoed, I noted the tag info:  AR Code MG42, Berlin-Borsigwalde, Mauser-Werke. The clerk told us that it had already sold and was going to its new home in Mass. They also have a tiny room of antique, rare books. We had the good fortune to see a Fore-Edge Book. If you are in Snider Plaza, I highly recommend taking in well-behaved children to see their treasures…..and it doesn’t hurt that Yummylicious is across the street!

AR Code MG42, Berlin-Borsigwalde, Mauser-Werke.
AR Code MG42, Berlin-Borsigwalde, Mauser-Werke at Jackson Armory, Snider Plaza, Dallas TX

This month at the DMA we learned about the secret language of flowers through the big, beautiful murals of Edward Steichen: In Exultation of Flowers.

In the studio, Jennifer taught us how to make art using paint, flowers… and gold!

It was that time again…..time to start from scratch with Zhen! This time Sebastian and I decided to use google to find a landscape image that he really liked and wanted to be inspired by. We discovered this painting, The Loneliness of Autumn by Leonid Afremov. It will be an 18″ by 36″ and I can’t wait to frame and hang it with the other two he has completed.

Sebastian is still loving his coding time with friends once a week at Techie Factory and Thanksgiving week he even got to attend a Techie Factory day camp with several more friends that were out of public school. They are having all kinds of winter camps too….should you be interested!

The Thanksgiving holiday was good to us. We spent time with extended family and friends. What a treat to have so many loved ones around us.

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My nieces, Sebastian’s cousins spent the Thanksgiving weekend with us. We took them to Spark, Farmer’s Market, the big AMC ‘with the good chairs’ and Yummylicious too many times!

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This month the beatboxing and music making from my son’s mind & soul came home. I don’t know where it has been over the last 24 months. This month it returned. 🙂 I am so thankful to get to work with and teach this joyous and loving creature.

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The joy has returned to learning.
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Yayoi Kasuma, Warhol & note on Health

Well if you haven’t made it to the DMA yet to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit, you should take 45 seconds of your life and go check it out. 😉 Yep, that’s what you get once inside, 45 seconds. Spend the first 20 or 25 just taking in the infinity of pumpkins and make sure to have your camera app open before you enter. Then your last bit of time can be spent snapping a few photos.

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Exhibit
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Exhibit

We found ourselves at the DMA for a homeschooler’s class on art and the senses.  The class discussed pieces of the collection found on the 3rd floor made of silver.

John Bramblitt, an artist joined the class to offer his unique perspective on ‘viewing’ art when one has lost the sense of sight. The kids discussed the other four senses and how art can still be enjoyed even when it can’t be seen.

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Discussing how he ‘Views’ art.

John shared that when he eats different things he ‘sees’ various colors. He then uses this ‘sight’ to create his paintings. The hamburger painting represented all the colors he ‘tastes’. The kids then used scented watercolors to create their own paintings. Jennifer Sheppard in charge of this program does such a wonderful job at pulling together multiple concepts into these lessons. We appreciate her so much!

In our own art world, Sebastian is making rapid progress on the Dali. I expect it to be complete in another week or two. Here are photos for two weeks worth of progress.

When Sebastian finishes the Dali, we are trying to decide what the next replica will be and our search took us to learn about Andy Warhol. Sebastian and I read this book about Warhol and Sebastian wrote a short book report about it.

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Meanwhile, coding at Techie Factory proceeds on with friends. They love programming Dash the robot.

 

These past weeks have been full of fun October festivities. Birthdays, carnivals, cold, cozy nights visiting friends and of course Halloween!

If the craziness of October wasn’t enough, we MOVED. Ugh! It was a short move just a few streets over to a new, modern flat in the city, but I FORGOT how painful moves can be. All in all, it’s over and we all survived. Sebastian was a HUGE help and got to use his measuring skills as well as handyman skills doing little projects for his dad and me.  These are the days that I am especially thankful for the flexibility of homeschooling. Time for us to do the things life requires as a family without external pressures is such a blessing.

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Since I want the focus of our blog to be on homeschooling, Sebastian, and our education journey, I don’t touch on my other interests or hobbies, but I am an avid researcher and advocate for alternative health. I could start/write a whole other blog about my journey, experiences, and research on the topic. In relation to homeschooling, I want to share a component that involves health. Over the summer I discovered that Sebastian had very high lymph blockage and really needed to focus on detoxing. He has learned so much about his own health and is an active, willing participant in improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He dry-brushes, saunas, detoxes via ionic footbaths, sits through Rife sessions, takes time to reflect/meditate in nature, and makes a choice to abstain from wheat, gluten, and GMO food at every opportunity. Homeschooling gives us the opportunity to see that these lifestyle choices are supported every day. We are choosing to detach from ‘mainstream living’ and engage in a more aware, stressfree and ‘dis-ease’ free existence. I encourage everyone to re-evaluate their life’s pace, consumption habits (both food and stuff) and be sure you prioritize for your best mental and physical health.

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Geocaching, Nighttime Hiking & the Crow

Mondays have started to turn into one of my favorite days of the week. They are typically quiet since we don’t return to the city until Tuesdays and it is nice to have this almost forced ‘scheduled-activities break’ day. This week we filled it with soaking in as much of the warm, fresh air and radiant sunlight as possible.


I have been adding to Sebastian’s academic load and boy, has he caught on! By that I mean, he wakes up, immediately brushes his teeth, comes to find me and ask for the day’s work. He now flies through double-digit addition & subtraction, that used to weigh him down. It is clearly time to move on to new math topics but it has been exciting for me to see his confidence skyrocket as he grasps and excels at these previously challenging subjects. We finished our unit on measuring (cm. vs in.) and will move into fluid & temperature measurement. In science this week, he learned all the planets as we have been reading and studying the solar system. We are also studying the basic functions & identifying of all the major organs and systems in the body.  As a science major, this stuff is right up my alley! A few weeks back we incorporated an app into our Spanish studies called Duolingo. This helps push him a little farther in sentences & grammar than just translating our spelling words. He also finished book 3 of the Diary of Minecraft Zombie series and will start book 4 in the new week. Please keep in mind this boy was still in kindergarten easy readers at the end of his first-grade year. To say I’m excited about his growth in reading and comprehension would an understatement.

This week there was progress made on the Dali! I’m starting to see the resemblance to the original, The Persistence of Memory.

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This is who I pick up post art class. Happy excited Sebastian, ready for dinner with his family.

On this day we were at the Crow Collection of Asian Art for a homeschool class about art installation with Danny Skinner.

At the Crow
At the Crow

This beautiful sculpture by Soheap Pich was made from rattan and bamboo in Cambodia.  The cannonball tree was the inspiration. Danny found the piece in New York when he secured it for display in Dallas. It comes apart into five pieces and was transported by truck to the Crow.

We heard inside stories about how works of art in the museum were installed. This piece of hand-carved red sandstone is the facade of a residence from the Mughal period, 18th Century India. Danny was telling us about its incredible weight (equivalent to four elephants) and how it is specially secured and supported on the second floor of the Crow.

Then students built sculptures of their own and used different tools art handlers use to install their works of art. This was very exciting for all the kids as they were able to display their pieces in the Crow’s display cases. Sebastian named his art ‘The Phone Coming Alive.’ He said the black pipe cleaner is the frame of the phone and the colorful pieces are the ‘Alive’ part. 😉

Coding class at Techie Factory included a STEM building challenge. They constructed structures to support this box from sticks & tape.

STEM Building at Techie Factory
STEM Building at Techie Factory

Another unit of study took us geocaching! We started with a lesson about the compass and how it works. Then we hopped in the cart and took off to find TREASURE.

Off to go Geocaching!
Off to go Geocaching!

While we didn’t find any treasure at either of two spots we went to, we did ALMOST find it at a third spot. We have learned a lot about how we need to dress and supplies we need to take when hunting. Long pants, sleeves, bug spray, and flashlights are a must if hunting in the woods while the foliage is still thick. We DID find a friend to join us AND some amazing views!!

I learned that “Native Americans would bend trees in order to create trail markers that formed an early routing system, which served multiple purposes. From indicating that water and food was nearby, to warning travelers of rough country ahead, these landmarks were important features in navigating the early Americas.” We saw one while geocaching!

Native American Trail Marker Tree
Native American Trail Marker Tree

To my delight, Sebastian was invited to attend a mile, nighttime trail walk at the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. Afterward, they learned about the night sky & constellations. Thanks again to Nicole, Penelope & Pierce for inviting Sebastian!

Night at Hagerman
Night at Hagerman

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week! ~Natalie

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Coding, Skating & Dali, Oh My!

The week’s highlight was right in our backyard at Northpark Mall, the Microsoft Store. One of my fellow smart, homeschooling moms, Andrea, was resourceful and booked a class at the NP Microsoft Store for our group.

Sebastian coding at Microsoft

They taught the kids all about the ‘Hour of Coding‘ website and the kids went through the beginner’s Minecraft module, Minecraft Adventurer. You can access the same program right from your own computer since it is web-based. There are lots of other popular themes besides Minecraft too. Sebastian and his friend, Ella pounded through all 14 lessons.

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Sebastian & Ella concentrating at coding.

The each received their completion certificates and then got to access the actual Minecraft game from the Surface Pros they were using.

Hour of Code Completion Certificate
Hour of Code Completion Certificate

Sebastian even went to the front of the class to demonstrate coding for one of the lessons. <proud momma> I can’t thank REBECCA enough for capturing that moment in permanent digital bliss for me!

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Sebastian coding at the front of the class.

The Microsoft education coordinator, Ashley agreed to host more classes for our group and everyone is SUPER excited. Since our classes are in the middle of the week, the mall is not so crowded and after class who doesn’t LOVE lunch at La Duni where the kids can run in the CenterPark Garden.

While at the MS coding hour, I also learned from another mom, Robin about two great coding resources. The first is for learning about coding for apps and it is called TouchDevelop. The second is access to Scratch (a coding language) via MIT’s website found here. We haven’t had a chance to dig into those yet but will report back when we do.

On our fine art day at Zhen art, we were able to start a new painting. I could not be more pleased with the instruction Sebastian receives from Zhen the owner/teacher.

Zhen & Sebastian starting a new piece.
Zhen & Sebastian starting a new piece.

We have been studying Salvador Dali and his exotic, mind-bending work. Sebastian chose to replicate The Persistence of Memory painted by Dali in 1931.

The Persistence of Memory by Dali
“The well-known surrealist piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of “softness” and “hardness”, which was central to his thinking at the time.”

Sometimes you have that ‘kind’ of day and the greatest thing about homeschooling is that you make the rules so why not have a DOCUMENTARY day! We had one of those days and ended up learning all kinds of cool things about the Hubble telescope in a piece called VAST. Then we moved on to Journey in Space, HD 4k……We are SOOOO tiny! There are more galaxies than grains of sand on earth. Unbelievable! We enjoyed these films so much we went out one evening star gazing and dreaming up plans for future star watching nights. We stayed up WAY too late for a school night! These are the moments childhood should be made of.

This was the week for our monthly skate date at Thunderbird Roller Rink. Sebastian only used the ‘walker’ about 10 minutes, in the beginning, to get reacclimated and then he was on his own.

We found ourselves at the Dallas Arboretum to meet-up with friends from our homeschool group and I decided to knock out my fall photo shoot with Sebastian and the Arboretum’s gorgeous pumpkin displays. Here are a few of my favorites of my muse, Sebastian. #SRP

Over the weekend we attended a Minecraft swim party at the Allen natatorium. What a fun indoor pool! I may have to inquire and see if we can set up something in the week for our homeschool group! 😉

A celebration for Sebastian' sweet cousin.
A celebration for Sebastian’ sweet cousin.
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A Quieter Week.

This was a welcome week. We had fewer outings and it was nice to downshift this week’s pace. We hit math, double-digit addition (with carrying) and subtraction (with borrowing) up to 100 pretty hard. I am super pleased with the progress we have made in the math department over the last 5-6 weeks. Now that I understand his learning style more, I’m not sure how he would have fared in a classroom with 22 kids. He soars under the one-on-one attention. I continue to feel validated on this decision to homeschool.

Sebastian finished the 2nd book in The Diary of a Minecraft Zombie seriesOn this day he had finished a tricky math quiz, so went out to lunch at one of his favorite places, Hopdaddy. While we waited for our food, Sebastian read to me from book 3.

This week was the big reveal of the completed ‘Meet the Blue Dog’. Sebastian was SO excited to show his dad the final work of art. We have decided to continue on with replicas of famous work and intend to frame & display them in our home. How cool!?!? Famous works of art but by SEBASTIAN! Since next week he will start a new piece, we made time for an outing to the UP library to find books on famous artists. While there, we found a book on George Rodrique, artist of ‘Meet the Blue Dog’. We learned that ‘the blue dog’ was named Tiffany in real life, a spaniel & terrier mix. His paintings for her started and transitioned to ‘blue’ as he dealt with her death and his grief.

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Sebastian’s replica of George Rodrique’s work.

This week at Techie factory, they worked with the video game creator Bloxels. Sebastian created a character for the game and then got to play it in another student’s world. He loves going to Techie Factory. In case you want to try it out, they are having a parent’s night out this Friday the 6th and they have ‘day camps’ on days that there is no school, like upcoming Columbus Day the 16th. You can still register for either event.

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Creating a Character

We did make it to the Dallas Museum of Art’s ‘Who Are You?’ class. We learned about portraits and created our own self-portrait using a cut-out silhouette profile. You were to fill in the white open portion with things ‘all about you.’ Sebastian spent a lot of time creating his ‘Terraria’ masterpiece, hence the almost empty head. :-/ DMA will have another event in October for homeschoolers if you are looking to add to your calendar!

This year we were able to get homeschool (free) tickets to the fair. The process to apply starts earlier in the year, so when it comes around again for next year, I’ll post about it. Opening day was Friday, September 29th for the 2017 season. Opening day is a gem day to go. It isn’t ‘top of mind’ yet for people to do….so crowds are light, workers are happy, grounds are clean. Take note come next year! Interesting an article popped up in one of my homeschool groups about how to incorporate the fair with STEM & Social Studies curriculum. “The online curriculum combines the unique culture of the Fair with Texas history and agriculture, incorporating it into a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) for grades 4 through 12.”

The week finished with my husband getting the chance to share memories with Sebastian by attending a football game at his alma mater, SMU.  I’m told they played the Connecticut Huskies and won (28-49).

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Showing love for his Alma Mater, SMU.

I love the memes and postings about homeschooling that friends are sending me…keep them coming! received_10155296822169051.jpeg

Yep, we have some canned answers to avoid situations like these too, but if I have the time and think the audience is receptive – I will always share my insight, beliefs & knowledge on homeschooling.

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or I might add to that last line to say …’to progress at the speed of the fastest child in the class.’ Hurry, hurry, we have to cram all the STAAR prep down their throats that we can! Thank God we broke free! Fingers crossed that you do too!

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DFW, Homeschooler’s Life

I continue to be amazed at the plethora of educational outings available to us in the DFW area! If you are in North Texas and not in any of the homeschool groups, you really are missing out on finding out about all the activities to take part in. The key places to look are on facebook under ‘groups’ or on meet-up. On either platform, just search ‘homeschool’ along with your city name…..and if all else fails, join us in the central Dallas group, Hip Happy Homeschoolers or DFW Unschooling Families.  If you are a homeschooling family that is hoping to get on the road, then the Worldschoolers group is a must too!

This week we continued with our worksheets from Education.com. I am enjoying the ease of accessing these sheets. Select ‘Workbook‘, then grade level and print what you want out. I did pay the $60 for a year’s access, but I think the free version does let you print a few out per month too. Since many of our activities and downtime involve a screen, I enjoy using a pencil and worksheets. Our Mini has become our mobile classroom. Since we frequently driving between Lake Texoma and Dallas, we are able to get worksheets, reading, practice spelling and Spanish all done on the go!

When we got back to Dallas this week, we hit the ground running at the Perot. It was a BIG day. We spent 5 hours at the Perot! They had a homeschool day and set-up lots of stations for the kids to visit. They had mini ‘lectures’ and activities and gave a little certificate if they completed all of them. Be sure to check out the next homeschool event at the Perot on November 6th.

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This was Sebastian’s favorite exhibit. If you wish to re-create it on your own, here is more info on creating your own ‘Bouncing Smoke Bubbles‘ and just in time for “spooky Halloween hands-on science”

After the Perot we attending our weekly Fine Arts’ class, where our Meet the ‘Blue Dog’ is coming along nicely!

Another day started at Spark! I would describe this place as an urban, indoor playground with a steampunk feel. The offered a homeschool day that incorporated free play and a short class & activity about how Pablo Picasso used geometric shapes to create works of art.

Of course, Sebastian re-created a ‘mob’ from one of his favorite video games, Terraria.

The play area is not for the faint of heart. It took Sebastian a little time to mentally prep for what we later referred to as the ‘Fastest Slide in Texas’!

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Before we left we had to visit one of my childhood favorite toy’s, the ‘Light Bright’. At Spark, they have the ‘GIANT’ version.

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He said he made this heart for ME. #ILoveYouToo #MiVidaMiCorazon #SebastianMyLove

Another time, we were at the Dallas Central Libray learning about marine mammals presented by the Alaska SeaLife Center via a Skype session on the ‘Discovery Wall‘. What a cool tool! This was done on a giant screen, and the presenter could see us in real time, so they and the kids could ask questions and interact with each other. Additionally, they were given supplies and constructed a seal from clay.

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In coding class this week at Techie Factory, Sebastian learned to program a robot called ‘DASH’.  He was just thrilled with himself and tickled to show me what he had accomplished.

Finally, a new friend and fellow homeschool mom that I had the pleasure of meeting this week, introduced me to an app called PEARachute. After you click the link, I recommend selecting the $0/month plan just so you can log in and see what interests you. “Pearachute is a monthly membership that lets parents discover, book and drop into the best kids’ classes in DFW.” From what I understand, it has only been active for about a year, so the options are continuing to grow. I like the feature where you can select a future date and see what may be available to you. It gives you the chance to learn and try a place that you may not have heard about. I have yet to try a class through it, but will update when I do!

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Worldschooling, Dallas is our Classroom.

We made it through another week FULL of activities, friends, learning, and adventure. Here are some highlights from the week.

Last week marked the beginning of our Fine Arts class at Zhen. I was so impressed with this place. The lobby felt very ‘gallery-like’ and the students use real tools, like a variety of adult size brushes, acrylic paints, and 18″ x 24″ canvases. Sebastian was the only boy and 19 girls. The teacher is there to guide and give direction to the students as they re-create a painting of their choice. The instructor helped us select George Rodrigue‘s Meet the ‘Blue Dog’ as our first project & artist to study.  The bottom is a picture of the original and the photo with Sebastian is what he completed during his first session. Over the next week or two, while Sebastian completes this painting we intend to study the life and work of George Rodrigue.

We meet friends from our homeschool group at the Children’s Garden in the Dallas Arboretum. Sebastian and I had not been to this part of the gardens before. He had a delightful time exploring the treehouse and exhibits.

We were at the Arboretum to attend their fungus class.  It was a great small group, hands-on class all about mold and mushrooms. Afterwards, we were invited to take a look at this super cool, moving globe. The operator showed us past weather and specifically Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma form and move across the ocean to the US.

This particular day continued on with getting to re-visit our old stomping grounds at UP Elementary where we picked our friend Parker. The boys are attending video game club together where they get to play, talk, explore, learn, and grow their video gaming skills along with other kids. Then afterward they are taking a coding class where they learn computer programming using Scratch (developed by MIT) and Blockly (used to program robots and drones). In my dream world, Sebastian would have more and more classes about programming.  The co-owner of this great school, Techie Factory and I have been talking about a homeschool program, so if you are a fellow HS family local to North Texas and interested, write me for the details. From what I understand there is still space for others to join either of the after-school programs too!

Later in the week, we headed out to Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. Well if you know this area, you know it is in the mall with Rainforest Cafe. Sebastian hasn’t been to this restaurant in several years, so it was a treat to see his excitement and reaction to all the ‘animals’.

Sealife was having ‘homeschool’ week so in addition to exploring the aquarium, we were able to attend a class on Cephalopods. We learned that an Octopus is thought to have about the same level of intelligence as a dog. They can fit through some amazing tiny spaces, too!

Fall is in the air and my boy loves gords! We had a marvelous day exploring with our friend Mason at Klyde Warren park, visiting the Farmers’ Market downtown and having the most delightful, healthy lunch at Mudhens.

Then we were able to visit the Dallas Museum of Art and take in beautiful pieces like Water Lilies by Monet. They had a lovely children’s area for the boys to burn off some creative energy with building tools and pegs.

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Water Lilies, 1908 by Monet
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Resting in the kid’s area.
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Building things.
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Pegs, board & string, so fun!

On this day Sebastian was working on adding sentences to his story. I left the room to attend to a task and when I came back, Sebastian said he had finished his writing and jumped on into the math for the day. I was so pleased with his initiative to start the next task without being asked.  As you can see on the 2nd page, he did all the subtraction problems as addition problems. It was a good lesson on reading directions since he had to re-do that page!

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Just a few more takes of my happy little learner studying compound words and his money math.

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Cooking & Community

Sunday was a perfect day to have a cooking class! We decided to make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins and boy were they tasty! (Recipe below). We opted for ‘spelt’ flour, DID include the cinnamon, organic, fair trade semi-sweet chocolate chips (instead of vegan), 2 tbsp more sugar (vs stevia), and organic rice bran oil (instead of coconut or veg).20170909_204609

It was a great lesson on reading the amounts (fractions vs whole), what they mean (tsp vs tbsp vs cup) and what tools are used to measure them (spoons vs cups).  We talked about the ingredients (organic/non-GMO vs GMO), how and why we chose them over traditional baking ingredients, how an oven works (electricity, heating & elements), temperatures (F vs C) and then we finished up with what to do with all these beautiful muffins. I decided to use the moment to talk about giving and sharing. We printed our recipe, wrote a little note on the back, bagged-up our muffins and went out to find friends, family, and strangers in our neighborhood to share with. In the end, we only kept 6 and my waistline is thankful!

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Kickin’ off into September

We love September. Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends at the lake and is always near my husband’s birthday. Therefore it is such a celebratory time for our family.

 

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Cliff & Sebastian

 

Here is our classroom by the lake at dusk.

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On top of our normal work, we had several, new adventures. We started the week with a visit to an old stomping ground. Thunderbird Roller Rink! The place I learned to skate at 10yo or so. It was HYSTERICAL to watch Sebastian learn to skate with the assistance of a ‘walker’. When I first put the skates on him, he looked like a cat shaking wet paws. He couldn’t control the new weight on his feet.

I skated after him for two hours as he gradually improved and gained confidence. By the time the event was over he was finally able to make a ‘walker-less’ lap…..not without a less than graceful ending.

Mid-week we were excited to meet-up with one of our homeschool groups for our PE/Recess and engage in jumping activities. Stuntman jump, basketball, bull riding, general large tramp jumping and the best was trampoline dodge ball. (I played too!)

He needs a little more practice on the bull!!

We are having a very mild and beautiful September here in North Texas. Another afternoon, we made a trip to the park to investigate & discuss living vs. non-living organisms. Our trusty USB microscope came in handy to inspect some living and non-living organisms up close.

This face full of happiness and smiles makes it all worth it!

By week’s end, we were on to the 2nd book in the series Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, reviewing money/coin’s addition & subtraction, adding to our short story ‘Funland’, typing & publishing a birthday & science blog, finishing our review of adjectives & verbs and completing the week’s quiz.

As all good stories end, let’s watch our hero bike off into the sunset!

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End of our First Week!

Well, we did it! We made it through our first official week.  I am very encouraged by the progress we have made in such a short amount of time. I have learned much about my son. Where he is at in various subjects, his strengths, and his weaknesses.

I am really enjoying the flexibility to do what we want when we want. As it started we seemed to begin with our written work and venture out in the afternoons. Then that got thrown off. No problem! We picked up in the afternoon, doubled on a subject the next day and finished up some things on Saturday.  Back on track!

Here are some snippets from the rest of our week:  Had our first spelling/Spanish/math(coins) quiz.  Downloaded and played with the Google translate app. (Android, Apple) Practiced math in our Minecraft workbook. Money exercises on dry-erase cards (Target $1 bins). Started on nouns in a new grammar workbook. Examined, photographed, and identified six stones from my collection. Sebastian typed up and published his 2nd blog post about our rock analysis.  All in the company of Minecraft spider, bunny, and creeper.