Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Poison Ivy Poems

Basically every year, while I’m doing yard work and gardening, I end up with a terrible case of poison ivy! 😒 Perhaps this year will be different… “Let nature be your teacher!” -Williams Wordsworth Learning rhyming words and poems through nature… As well as remembering  words of advice!! A park guide recently taught the kids …

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Tadpoles!

“Let nature be your teacher!” -Williams Wordsworth Instead of worksheets and memorization to learn the lifecycle of a frog – the kids are going to learn firsthand by keeping and caring for tadpoles… Which will change before their eyes! A fellow homeschooler at church gave me some freshly caught tadpoles. Simone thought she was hilarious …

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Mushroom FestivalΒ 

We went on our first Morel Mushroom Hunt under the guidance of an expert!     When we found our morels it was like finding the world’s best treasure!  We all found one (small as they were)!   Finding them as a beginner was kinda hard- we just got down on the ground and looked aimlessly …

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All about humming birds

We went to Rockwood Reserves for a class about humming birds. First we listened to an interactive lecture. The presenter wanted us to understand how fast a humming bird can beat its wings. So… Flap your wings for 10 seconds and count how many times you did it. The kids beat their arms 15, 25, …

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Volunteering at a Food Bank

Part of our unschooling homeschool philosophy is to be active in our community. I have found that by participating in frequent community events we are slowly but surely becoming more confident and less socially anxious! This is a big deal for my shy family! I am now part of a homeschool email group and received …

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Collecting a honey-bee swarm πŸ

I just did the bravest thing I’ve ever done! I held the bucket under a queen bee and her loyal swarming followers…  … while my friend’s husband, Tim, cut the branch the bees were on!   Close-up of the swarm I admit I was terrified and Simone claims that I screamed but really I just …

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Project Fair

We participated in our first activity with a homeschool group. I entered the kids into a project fair and it was held this evening. So, naturally, I waited till this past weekend to get the kids working on their project boards. The rules of the project board – display any topic on a trifold board. …

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Post-Rain Hike

This morning I took the kids to an essential oils make-and-take class where we made roller-ball blends.    It was fun and now we all smell amazing!  Simone’s blend was for her head tension pain (she gets them from car rides), the boys are seasonal relief, and mine is for congestion! Everyone can keep their …

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Thank you to a sweet and talented blogger

 A huge thank you and many hugs of thanks to Lara at annabellaboobop. She just sent my family a huge box of goodies! Curious what’s in the box? I’ll show you – after I tell you who Lara is! Lara is an amazing person and blogger! I love her tagline: Make Art Every Day! She …

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Biker Gang

5 bikes on the hitch and 1 in the trunk…  We are our own biker gang! LOL!!    We went on our first bike ride of the year! We rode for about 2 hours on the Katy Trail by the Missouri River.          Since there was a cool breeze, we wore gloves and …

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