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an interview with grandpa

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  My youngest is reading the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  , the story of an African American family living in the deep south during the 30′s. The author Mildred Taylor was given a love for telling stories by her father. One of our main assignments for this book, was to interview an older person. My son chose my dad, for a great story teller he is! We met with him for lunch. I love the face he is making in this first picture. I am glad I caught it. This is the face of the man who told me stories when I was a kid. Silly...

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nature journal – joining in

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nature journal – joining in

Today was our first Nature Journal Class for the year at CFT, a one day a week homeschool tutorial. The weather was beautiful. And my sweet little class of girls was quite lovely, especially for a mamma that no longer has sweet little girls in her own homeschooly home. Finding my favorite grand sized decaying log that has been felled alongside the creek by our meeting place, we all found a comfy spot to sit. Pencils in hand and paper ready for being drawn upon, I pointed out our surroundings of leaves and logs and ferns and webs and such....

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a bookish day – homeschool begins

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a bookish day – homeschool begins

This is not a pretty Paisley and Lace day but rather a bookish homeschool mamma day. A different kind of beauty, I suppose. For books of all sorts lie quite all over this little not very tidy house, as tomorrow is day one back in the homeschool world of mine. Only two remain in this homey school and my years teaching my own are easily numbered on one hand. Once upon a time, so very long ago, it seemed this girl would always be homeschooling. Now I marvel at how quickly it has gone and how diverse and changing and challenge filled and...

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another homeschool day continued

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Our weekend at JCL continues… Saturday morning at JCL began with a spirit rally. This is only about half the room. It was crazy loud. And, being a rather smallish group, we didn’t exactly win the contest.   In order to get in the room, one had to be in a toga. Even the adults. I didn’t look quite like these guys. I tend to not be the dressing up kind. And being the only one with a camera, there are no pictures of me. I did wear a toga, but it consisted of a torn sheet thrown over the shoulder of my regular clothes, and a...

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another homeschool day

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  Today we took a little field trip. It started where all field trips should begin… at a fabric store. You can see what I found on my instagram photo. If you want to see more of my little world you can follow me there. I instagram more than I blog.   Right across from this glorious fabric store is Andale, a family favorite. We have been going here since my big kids were little kids.   Today, it was just me and the brothers.       We shared the vegetarian nachos. We topped it with heaps of their amazing...

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these are my days – santa cruz mission fieldtrip

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This girl and her boy and some really great homeschoolers and their lovely mammas … recently went on a field trip to our local mission… My youngest was able to try his hand at branding with no worries of big old cows getting grumpy.    This amazing cowboy is actually a cowboy. He can lasso for reals. And tell quite a good story. These boys are trying to sneak into his rope-circle. They got to try a mini-lasso of their own. My boy makes faces while working hard at things. Just like his mamma. Leather working was a favorite...

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nature journal – trees week 1

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Tis the season for trees, don’t you think? The next few weeks will be a little sciency. Let’s see what we can learn about trees while we draw in our journals. Trees grow in three ways. They grow taller by adding more cells to the tops of its branches and it reaches toward the sky. They grow wider, making a new ring of growth each year. And they grow deeper. Just as they reach up into the sky, they reach down into the ground in search of water. Do you ever wonder how big the roots are? Some trees have as much below as above. That...

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Nature Journal – native plant identification

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This week’s Nature Journal assignment is to make a handful of flashcards with plants indigenous to your area. Make note on each flash card of it’s name, latin name, unique characteristics, and how it was used by dwellers of the pioneer past. If you have a student of Latin, have them figure out what characteristic of the plant the Latin word identifies. For this assignment, try to stick to bushes, as we will do the same with trees, flowers and birds later in the year. It is good to be able to identify the plants around us. Hold on...

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nature journal – textures

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nature journal – textures

 This week’s nature journal assignment is all about texture. Before embarking upon your great outdoor adventure, draw lines with ruler and pencil, dividing the page into several shapes. Once complete, journey out into the crisp winter world. Notice the textures all around. And fill your pre-drawn shapes with these interesting and unique compositions. Take a good 5-10 minutes on each shape. This gives enough time to really notice and draw the intricacies with great detail. This is also a good lesson on filling the whole page, which...

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a preschool thanksgiving featured on design mom

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a preschool thanksgiving featured on design mom

Today, this little Paisley and Lace Thanksgiving project is happily featured on Design Mom. Check out Gabrielle’s most loveliest of blogs. Not only is she traveling in France for the year with her family, but she also shares oodles of great, thrifty holiday and everyday gift tutorials. I think you will like her creative goodness! You will be inspired. This girl is. The original Preschool Thanksgiving post is here. My boys and I spent a whole morning with a few loved families of young ones celebrating Thanksgiving in a hands-on way that...

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