Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
I came across this pic of Earth and just had to put it on !!!!!! Just look at him!!!!!!! It was last year in April I think ( that is to say April of 2006). I'm kinda tired (I got up early this morning ) so I'm gonna go to bed. Sweet. Sweet. Bed!!!
p.s. Now i will tell all of you who are new to reading my blogs that i am a horrible speller and i don't care so if you don't like my spelling, get out of my blog! thanks :-)
Monday, September 3, 2007
I am really starting to get the whole unschooling thing. This is the theory of letting your children self lead and self teach. I am still doing some minor "work with them" little things like having them write a letter once a week to someone. I also assign them little research projects, like find 3 facts about cicadas or measure the distance from here to there on the map. I also am teaching Wind some computer skills, he just typed up a master grocery list with prices in excel. things like that. i do intend to do a formal math curriculum but this should only take less than 20 mins a day. Here is my point. First let me tell you i woke up at 8:30 am. Everyone was fed and dressed, the laundry was folded and the washer was running. Everyone was on their way outside to vaccume the pool and sweep the desk. Wish every morning could start off this way. So then they came to ask if there was anything else i needed done. they had something they wanted to try. They are outside right now trying to make plaster casts of cicada holes. i don't even know where they found out about it but what a great science project. its a holiday and i had no intention of doing "school" but thats what its all about isn't it. They are having fun! and learning comes naturally when you are having fun, check out the pics, cant wait to see how it turns out.-M.E.
p.s. i just like the way the diapers look hung out on the line, i'm a dork!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
So i wrote this great long blog yesterday and i then proceeded to erase the whole thing by accident! uuggghh! that really erks me! So here goes again. We started our first history unit and we decided to start with the Cherokee Indians and the trail of tears. This area is loaded with cherokee history and the trail of tears starts in Chatanooga. We got a fictional biography of a cherokee boy and his story of the trail of tears. The story is based on fact. The boys think Pa and Gram should read it before they come. So Friday we went to the birth place of Sequoyah. He is the man who invented the Cherokee Writing system so that they could communicate by written word for the first time. Then yesterday we took a ride through some of the Cherokee national forrest and the Cherohala Skyway. Its a road that goes through some of the forest and up on top of the ridges but we didn't get that far. We stoped on the river so the boys could explore and i could feed Fire. then it was time to head back home. The trail of tears is a horrible black mark on our country. This is when the americans decided they wanted the land the tribes had and proceeded to force them to leave and move to the otherside of the mississippi. Over 4000 native americans died on the voyage and this # doesnt include the ones who died in the "camps" waiting to be moved. It is a horrible story but i think it will make for a great lesson. I am hoping to learn more about the cherokee people themselves and their ways of life. i would like to find some recipes and some crafts to do with the kids. Plus i am sure we will visit the trail of tears and some other museums.
On a side note. Fire doesnt seem to love riding in the car allthough we were in it for a long time. On the way home he started to cry, like really cry which he never does. I turned around and Water looked like he was going to be sick. He was so upset that Fire was crying like that. he thought maybe something was hurting him. It was really sweet but i told him it was a good thing Fire wasn't like him when he was an infant or he would never make it!
Now i will tell all of you who are new to reading my blogs that i am a horrible speller and i don't care so if you don't like my spelling, get out of my blog! thanks-M.E.
Deana thinks my name should be Mother Earth, thanks deana i like it!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
ME LIKE WEBSITE!
I have a new goal. I am trying to read all 7 harry potter books in less than a year.By the looks of it ,I am.So if you haven't read them ( I'd be surprised!) read them!Also, for those who know and for those who don't I am writing a book.But I will give no more spoilers because of what Wind has wrote. It is sometimes hard being a brother of 4(Fire,Earth,Wind,Water)but I get over it.
Today was our first official day of school if you can call it that. We are keeping a mellow schedule leaving plenty of free time to explore interests on their own. Today we worked on letter writing, budget planning, geography, science, math, computer and home ec. Yesterday Wind wrote a letter to iiams to express his concerns about their continuation of animal testing. This was something he wanted to do on his own. Water is working on a letter to his 3rd grade teacher and Earth, well he played many a game of candy land and drew his own version of a map depicting where we live and where gram and pa live. The day was definately a little crazy. Earth has taken to dramatically throwing himself on to the floor at the slightest idea that he might not get what he wants. Today it was carrot zucchini bread (more and more) and playing candy land NOW!
Fire is now just about two weeks old. He is all in all an easy baby allthough nursing is not going so well. i look at this as Gods way of letting me know i don't know everything even when i think i do. He doesn't cry much though and he sleeps very well at night.
The days seem to be going fairly smoothly, so far. The boys are starting to complete their daily routine (personal chores) without being reminded. They have also fallen into a good routine with their household chores and are completing them faster in the AM. I still need to order their math and science curriculum. Also getting my car fixed will definately help with finding good educational breaks from our every day. Daddy has been getting home pretty early so he has been able to spend lots of time with them either in the pool or making dinner or just hanging out. This is especially important to Earth. He even gets up and has breakfast with daddy at 6 or 6:30 am while everyone else is sleeping.
My goals for this week: figure this blog thing out, get the boys on a good schedule, get this house back in order.