I can't get close enough to get a really good picture but here is the herd we watch in our yard most mornings. There was a buck with them but he seems to have deserted now that rutting season is upon us. The does are more skittish too.
Homeschoolers love books. If a homeschooling dad wants to romance his wife, forget the flowers, build her another book shelf.
My kids love 'em all. From goofy joke books, field guides, our set of old Child Craft encyclopedias, and Usborne books to great literature.
Each night as I make the rounds doing the final pick up I sometimes get frustrated at the piles of books out all over. "Why can't these children learn to put their books away. They just don't appreciate what they have. I had to walk 5 miles in the snow, up hill - both ways, to read a book when I was a child." Grumble, grumble.
Other times, like tonight, I look at those piles and think, "Wow, they read a ton today. They did not watch any movies or need computer games to fill their free time. They love to read, this is great."
But it's more than that. They are being mentored by some great minds. Tolkien, Wilder, Lewis, Henty, Wiley, Doyle... the list is endless, varied and rich. Books take them to exciting places or discover excitement in the mundane. The lessons they learn from books will help carry them through trials and help lead to triumphs. Truths learned in literature will lead them ever closer to God. Language in good literature teaches them how to express themselves well. When a person can do that, they may become part of 'the great conversation'.
There has been book talk on the blogs (always). Lissa goes back to the time she wrote the first Martha years book, Little House in the Highlands, during her tiny daughter's battle with cancer. Elizabeth writes about the influence the Little House books had on her childhood and the beauty of Lissa's books. Nissa has a great list of living literature for boys.
What a grand era we live in, to have access to so many great minds.
One of the children's new things is to write their names in the Greek alphabet. Nifty, what intellectuals! Except that I haven't learned the Greek letters so I am just as lost as Regina is with the cups. "Okay, whose name starts with that loopy looking note letter?" At least I have a better chance of figuring out the Greek than I did when they were into hieroglyphics.
Alex is learning Roman numerals. One of his morning jobs is to label cups so that we each only use one a day. This morning I walked into the kitchen to see that he had labeled the cups with the Roman numeral for each child's place in the line up, instead of their names as he usually does. Now I have to explain to Regina why her cup has a 'V' on it when she just finally learned to look for her 'R'.
I must be a 'whole to part' learner. (That sounds better than a backwards learner.) I jump in and do want I want to do for a while, then step back and evaluate what works best. This is my scheduling, organizing week. I was tired of painting so planning seemed like a good excuse reason to take a break from my paintbrush.
First we did the dreaded seasonal clothes change over. This time I took the tip of some other seasoned moms and stored the clothes by type and sex instead of the unreliable size. For example; boys- short sleeve shirts, girls- summer dresses. It will make it simpler anytime we need an item from the boxes. I also put a dryer sheet in each box to keep the contents smelling fresh.
To pare down the number of outfits, I made a checklist for the boys and one for the girls. I wanted to make sure everyone had what they needed, and weed out what we had too much of. Basically we kept 6 casual outfits and 2 church outfits, enough socks and underwear for a week, 1 pr. of tennis shoes, casual shoes and church shoes. That way I could easily make a list of what we still needed to fill in. (How does one kid end up with only ONE pair of socks?)
After years of planning on doing it, I typed up a list of all the dates of the liturgical feasts we want to remember to keep, especially the feasts of our name saints. I will refer to it during planning each week and pull out books or craft items we will want to use for an upcoming feast. I can also add items to the grocery list then. (After all, we're talking about feasting here.)
We started this and haven't finished it, but Monica and I are making daily boxes to pull out for the little ones while we do school. Just simple stuff. After Christmas we will change the contents.
Monday- play dough
Tuesday-paper, scissors, glue stick and stickers
Wednesday- lacing cards and shape sorters
Thursday-potato heads and cars
Friday-new coloring books and crayons
My last project before I get back to painting will be that ever-changing menu/grocery plan. This time, I'm sure I'll hit on THE ONE PLAN that will carry us through the winter. It could happen.
We invited local homeschooling boys to join us each Saturday this fall for flag football. Today was the first game. The overcast skies did not dampen the boys spirits, they played hard and had a blast.
The youger children and the girls enjoyed the excitement as well.
I found this blog through Bruggie Tales , which is a joy in itself, and could not stop laughing at the view of life through a three year old's eyes. Life in the Corner . Children are hilarious fun, who needs TV?