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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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curriculum review – the art of argument by aaron larsen

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Being a homeschool mom for something like 20 years now, I have used many programs for Beginning Logic.  I have found The Art of Argument to be my favorite. I am using it presently with a group of about 10 late elementary school to early high school students. Although this is a complete homeschool curriculum that could be simply be given to your child and completed on their own, I am finding having a group of homeschoolers to work through it together is quite the best. Logic is a subject requiring great conversations. which can be, well, um,...

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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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these are my days – a homeschool breakroom

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Quite a while has been spent at the beach with this boy these last few days. Our neighbor gave him an old skim board his boys had long grown out of. He loves it. A lot. He watches for the water to be just so… throws the board… runs….  jumps on…. and glides toward the crashing waves. It’s kind of like skateboarding. The goal is to do tricks similar to those one would do on a skateboard. There is lots of falling. Brother joins in before heading out to surf. His eye is always on the waves. He’s...

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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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this girl and christian and art

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A conversation was had today.  A conversation that frequents this homey home. It’s a conversation about Christian and music. Or Christian and art. Or Christian and really anything. But it usually starts with the topic of music. For this family swims in music. Some in this family sing and play piano. Some play guitar and mandolin. Some would like to do drums if we only had drums. This girl mostly just pushes the ‘play’ button on things or listens to her family of music players. I am not the connoisseur of music. In fact, this...

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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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gifts kids can make – I-pad case tutorial

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gifts kids can make – I-pad case tutorial

  This girl is a believer in making gifts that are useful, and finding ways to involve my kids in the process, hoping to encourage them toward a lifetime of creativity and thoughtfulness. Kids like to feel proud of what they make. Keeping it useful helps. How many gifts did I produce as a kid that are still floating around relatives homes. I’m pretty sure they just keep them to be nice, cuz let me tell you, they aren’t pretty. It’s one thing to make an ornament for the tree, bringing it out each year to remind one of...

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