nature

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Most of our science for the lower elementary levels we are in is done by nature study.  Going out in nature, observing plants, animals, clouds, trees, and more; reading about animals, studying field guides, drawing things we see in a nature notebook, just paying attention to the marvels of creation.    A few of my favorite

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Summer is a big season of science and nature study for us.  Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear the front door slam and little feet running in exclaiming, “Mom!  Come quick but grab the bug book and your camera first!!  Hurry, hurry!”  I am thrilled that the kids love to explore the

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Weekend Wanderings

We just had the best weekend! It started out pretty normal, Friday morning we had Toby’s 7 year well-check visit with the doctor.  He’s being referred to the eye doctor again and it looks like come September he’ll join the ranks of us who need glasses.  His sight in his right eye is 20/70.    Saturday

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Fruits of our labor

As we all know, growing our own fruits and vegetables requires a great deal of patience. This year I am so excited to see the pay-off from all those years of patience.  We started making changes and adding to our property years ago, envisioning the homestead we someday hope to have.  Each new year brings

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Natural Air Freshener

When my house smells good, it just feels better, warmer, more inviting. I am not a fan of all of the plug-in or battery powered air fresheners that require refills. They usually tend to be costly, unless you find great deals on them with coupons. I prefer to not have those chemicals floating around in

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Here's what we're doing in....

Science: Nature study and the exploration/appreciation of God’s creations are such a huge part of our daily life that science just flows right into our lessons without much trying on my part. We do use a “science curriculum” if you want to call it that. However, aside from doing the lessons/experiments that are in that

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Ever get the feeling you're being watched?

Last night the kids and I had just came in from playing outside after church and dinner. Mark was working late. I got Toby settled into a bath, Lilly was playing dress-up in her room and I was standing at the kitchen counter sorting through mail and misc. papers when I just got this feeling

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Sure it's normal......for us.

Last night as I sat in a church meeting chatting with some friends, I came to a realization….what is completely normal for us, is apparently just not so for most people. My friends and I were chatting about the new things we have experienced since last year at this time when we met to start

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Critters

When we are not dressing up like clowns in mulberry juice…. this summer has found us busy cleaning up the homestead, which has led to finding several new critters, like this huge garter snake Mark came across while cleaning around the barn. He has been amazed at the number of garter and brown snakes hiding

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Time keeps on slippin slippin slippin...

It’s popsicle time again! My sister joined us at the zoo and for a picnic lunch last week for a fun time had by all! Thanks Zia!Toby’s art class ended last week with a super cute Art Gala at his teacher’s home. We all brought food to share and the teacher had the kids’ art