Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Big Brother is old enough this year to remember a little bit about previous years' celebrations and also to understand the story of St. Nicholas a little better. He has been very excited to read our St. Nicholas books this year and cannot wait for Sunday as he knows his stocking (according to Czech tradition) will be filled with a treat or two-- especially those chocolate coins!
Our book choices were gathered from Catholic Mosaic and the St. Nicholas Center.
- Saint Nicholas by Ann Tompert
- Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer
- The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi
- The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan
- The Baker's Dozen by Heather Forest
Last year we made several St. Nicholas crafts. Last year we made this mobile and this Czech St. Nicholas window decoration. This year we're doing some coloring, puzzles, and learning this echo story.
Also check out Seasons of Joy for St. Nicholas circle time ideas and some links to St. Nicholas songs!
I'll be sure to post pictures of this year's feast!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
- Turning Cold
- Getting Ready for Winter
- It’s Fall- Linda Glaser
- Story of the Wind Children- Sibylle Von Olfers
- Flower Fairies of the Autumn- Cicely Mary Barker
- Autumn- Gerda Muller
- Apple Pie That Papa Baked- Lauren Thompson
- Fall is Not Easy- Marty Kelley
- Ten Red Apples- Pat Hutchins
- Johnny Appleseed- Reeve Lindbergh
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf- Lois Ehlert
- Leaf Man- Lois Ehlert
- The Busy Little Squirrel- Nancy Tafuri
- The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin- Beatrix Potter
- Animals in the Fall- Gail Saunders-Smith
- Seasons of
’s Apple Tree- Gail Gibbons Arnold
- Apple Farmer Annie-
- An Apple Pie for Dinner- Susan VanHecke
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World- Marjorie Priceman
- Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden- George Levenson
- Pumpkin- Barrie Watts
- Pumpkins- Ken Robbins
- Cranberries: Fruit of the Bogs- Diane L. Burns
- Apples- Jacqueline Farmer
- Corn- Gail Gibbons
- Apples- Gail Gibbons
- The Apple Pie Tree- Zoe Hall
- Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm- Michael J. Rosen
- Mousekin's Golden House- Edna Miller
- Apple Cider Making Days- Ann Purmell
- The Scarecrow's Dance- Jane Yolen
- Old Bear- Kevin Henkes
- A Bunny for All Seasons- Janet Schulman
- Time to Sleep- Denise Fleming
- Has Winter Come?- Wendy Watson
- Three Pebbles and a Song- Eileen Spinelli
- When Winter Comes- Nancy Van Laan
- Too Many Pumpkins- Linda White
- The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything- Linda Williams
- The Pumpkin Patch Parable- Liz Curtis Higgs
- The Biggest Pumpkin Ever- Steven Kroll
- Pumpkin, Pumpkin- Jeanne Titherington
- A Tree for All Seasons- Robin Bernard
- Fresh Fall Leaves- Betsy Franco
- Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie- Jill Esbaum
- Apples for Everyone- Jill Esbaum
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The milk makers- Gail Gibbons
Farm Tales- Little Golden Book Collection
Farming- Gail Gibbons
Wake Up, Farm!- Alvin R. Tresselt
Farm Morning- David M. McPhail
Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round- Teri. Sloat
Market Day- Carol Foskett Cordsen
Horses- Elsa Posell
Farm Animals- Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Find It on the Farm- Dee Phillips
Chicks & Chickens- Gail Gibbons
Our Farm : Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm- Michael J. Rosen
The Scarecrow's Dance- Jane Yolen
Corn- Gail Gibbons
Wake Up, Big Barn- Suzanne Chitwood
Big Red Barn- Margaret Wise Brown
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Optimistic and cheerful starting out...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Nature walk at Rice Creek...
Visiting the orchard on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. We had some apple fritters, took a wagon ride, did the maze, and of course came home with apples...
The next day our namesday celebration continued with a playgroup featuring apples...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
When I walked into his room a bit later, I found he'd made a makeshift Geoboard out of his dresser! Guess it's time to pull out the real thing!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Our first day adding our next "layer" of school plans went awry yesterday. Real life reared its ugly side when I scratched my cornea over the weekend. I've been flying half blind since Sunday (typing with one closed now!) and I ditched our literature heavy plans yesterday. No reading for me, sadly!
M. still wanted to do "projects," however, so I pulled a few things out!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This week is part one of our day: the Morning Basket. Our Morning Basket is a combination of a Waldorf Circle Time and also inspired by this post at Wildflowers and Marbles. I really like this idea and think it will probably become a habit we continue throughout our childrearing and homeschooling years.
We have our morning basket time right after breakfast before starting on chores and other activities. This way, if we have appointments, playgroup, or another commitment we will still have covered what (at this point) is the most crucial part of our homeschool.
Here are the parts to our morning basket right now:
- Light a Candle: We didn't do this yesterday since we were outside!
- Morning Offering/Prayer to Your Guardian Angel: Our goal is to memorize these. We're working on the Guardian Angel Prayer first.
- Calendar/Weather: We use this calendar from Learning Resources. This is already part of our morning. M. loves to check the weather each day and find the appropriate picture. He often changes it throughout the day as our weather evolves!
- Joyful Heart Character Study: We are starting with Obedience. Yesterday we talked about Noah since the boys are so familiar with the story, then sang a song, and started a memory verse. I know he won't learn it through drills, but I expect it to become my mantra as we work on this habit and I know he'll pick it up quickly.
- Seasonal/Liturgical/Character Book: This week we're rereading The Sunflower Parable. Our giant sunflowers have had a bumper year!
- Fingerplay/Movement Game: To go along with our habit of obedience, we're playing Simon Says.
- Devotion/Bible Story: We're using My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions and/or a story from Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories or the New Catholic Picture Bible.
- Hymn: This week it's Jesus Loves Me which will be easy for M. to memorize.
- Blow Out Candle
From there, our morning will continue with our daily housework (Monday is upstairs bathrooms and bedrooms), some free play then the rest of our activities! I'll post more on those when we start next week.