History: Teaching Battles to Young Children

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Our main history book right now is An Island Story by H. E. Marshall. The book is GREAT. Each lesson is a story; one chapter may cover a king’s entire life briefly while some kings have many chapters. Some stories are easy to understand and make you want to jump into the book and live the history. Wars and battles are just… confusing. Which king belongs to which country? Why were they fighting? Who became allied with them? It is difficult to read the story and still help my littles understand who, what, where, why, when, and how. 

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Chicklings and Ducklings

With spring underway, our bird count has grown from 30ish to 47.

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Cooking with Fractions

I was chatting with a homeschooling friend a few days ago about how we try to interest our children in the subjects that we were least happy with (okay, we hated) when we were in school. She mentioned that her daughter wasn’t thrilled with math and fractions were a bit of a hurdle. Bella has really seemed to understand fractions, and it is mostly due to her love of cooking. I’ve had the pictures for this post (and the general idea for a while), so now seemed as good of a time as ever to write. 

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Potato (or Broccoli) Cheese Soup

cheesy potato soup picMy recipe for Potato Soup can also be used to make Broccoli Soup. It comes from my Mom and is the BEST recipe I’ve ever had, and I will never, never, ever, ever switch to another.  Continue reading

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Goops and How to Be Them: Teaching Manners

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Do you know  Project Gutenberg? Project Gutenberg is an online library of digital books that have been published and are now digitized by volunteers. This library contains true treasures, such as Pilgrim’s Progress, Treasure Island, and the Burgess Animal Book. I get much of our literature there; it saves us a lot of money! 

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Nature Study: Ocean Salinity and Water Density

egg salinity densityWater is a superb solvent; 3.5% of the volume of our oceans are minerals such as salt. We discussed how these minerals can travel from the tops of the mountains and through the rivers to ocean. (Remember our water shed demonstration?) Evaporation and the addition of fresh water greatly change the salinity of water. 
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Wagon Loads of Hay

Declan follows me outside nearly every day to help with the animals. He especially enjoys using his wagon to carry hay or water to Renoir (Pierre AuGOAT Renoir).  
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It’s not an easy trip, but he has made it twice now, all on his own. 

“It is very heavy, but I sometimes like helping. I have to pull it a little bit far. Well, a lot far. I only do it at sunny days. Renoir likes his hay and this will be something that he needs, too. My green wagon is kind of perfect for the hay.” -Declan

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Learning to Ride a Bike

Declan has graduated from training wheels and trikes to a “big kid” bike. He pedals down the driveway…IMAG0812_1

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Mud-licious and Puddle-wonderful

She came in with a wide open mouth and a tongue covered in mud.  She wasn’t crying, but smiling.
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Enjoying Folk Songs

Every morning, we listen to the songs that we are learning. Declan’s favorite song is always a folk song. I hear songs like The Keeper Did A’Hunting Go,” Billy Boy,” and Barbara Allen over and over throughout the day. Folk songs are such entertaining stories and quite often humorous, like On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at,” where a man is seen without a hat and is told “you will catch your death of cold, be buried, be eaten by worms which will be eaten by ducks which will be eaten by us which means will have eaten you!- all because you didn’t wear a hat on Ilka Moor.” Continue reading

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