Pancakes and balloons were two of the ways we made our first day of first grade an extra special one. The pancakes were in the first grade "1" shape. The balloons each had a little note attached saying one thing we will learn or do in first grade. Some of the notes were "listen to fairy tales", "learn to play the flute", "explore the sun, moon, and stars", "write books", and "learn to knit". We are very excited for our new first grade adventure!!!
To celebrate the first day of first grade, our family held a first grade flower ceremony. Each member of our family was given a wildfower. We each took a turn carrying our flower over a special path. At the end of the path, we placed our flower in the vase. This was to symbolize that we will all work together at our homeschool and we all play an important part in the love and learning at home.
We celebrated Kevin's birthday with a festive pancake breakfast in the morning. Then Kevin went golfing with his dad, Audrey, and Ethan. Later, we had a strawberry country birthday cake to top off the day. Happy Birthday, Daddy!!!!
We spent a few warm and sunny days at a nearby lake this summer. They were so much fun! We have to remember to do it more often next summer. We hiked around the lake, waded in the water looking for fish and tadpoles, swam, and played in the sand.
Audrey's Daisy Troop had their Kindergarten Daisy Awards Ceremony to celebrate all the fun and hard work they put in this year to earn all of their petals. Each girl got pinned (their first year Daisy pin) and were given their fun patches on a cute little name banner. Then we enjoyed some Petal themed treats and crafts. It was a fun and memorable night!
For one of our Friday homeschool co-op days we met our friends at a park for a picnic lunch. The kids all had a great time playing together on the playground and in the sand. Later, we all went over to The Outdoor Campus for a Fishing Fun class. We learned a lot about how to fish and fish identification. Then we went out to the dock and practiced. Audrey and Ethan both caught a few fish. Audrey was especially interested in touching each fish that was caught. Ethan did not care to touch them as much as Audrey.
Audrey had been planning and dreaming about her butterfly garden for a while. So, when she planted her butterfly garden this spring, she was all smiles. Soon after, she added a butterfly beaded wire decoration and a butterfly water dish that she painted herself. In these pictures her butterfly garden had just started to bloom. Now, however, her garden is in full bloom. It is such a bright and cheerful place to be. And the butterflies agree!
One of the most beautiful flower gardens we have every seen is right here at a nearby park. We went exploring for bees and butterflies and just to enjoy the amazing array of colorful flowers. Audrey also took some time to sit down and sketch some of the flowers and one of the many busy little bees. It was so wonderful to get such a close up look at them. We could even see the pollen sticking to his legs.
"Little bees work very hard making golden honey.
Sipping nectar from the flowers when the days are sunny.
They are busy, busy all the day. Zoom, zoom, zoom.
We do not have time to play. Zoom, zoom, zoom!"
~from Sing a Song of Seasons by M T Schunamann
After our trip to the honey farm we have been as busy as bees. We spent some time learning more about bees. Audrey told me that it was the best thing we learned about all year! First we made homemade beehive bread. We made one of our favorite bread recipes and then rolled it into long "snakes" and twisted the rolls together into a beehive shape. Sadly, there is no picture of the finished bread because it looked terrible. However, it tasted just fine. Then Audrey used honeycomb sheets of beeswax to make her own "day" and "night" beeswax candles. We also made a beeswax votive candle with flower petals. Finally, we made our own honeycomb shapes with "honey" (tissue paper) inside. We needle felted a wool bee to go with it. It now hangs in our playroom and looks so cute. I wish I had take a picture of it!
This post is all about my sweet Sophie Rae. Sophie is 19 months old now. She is so sweet and so crazy at the same time. She loves to give kisses and snuggles. She loves to smile for the camera. In fact, she will sit in her favorite picture taking spot (the ottoman) and say, "Cheese!" when she wants you to take a picture of her. She adores playing with her baby dolls. She holds them, rocks them in her arms, and says "shhh". She lays them down and covers them with a small blanket and says, "nap, nap". She will feed them with her spoon and bowl. Sophie also loves trying to keep up with her big brother and sister. She runs around the house along with them. She loves to bounce and jump. She will count, "one, two" and then do a big jump and land flat on her bottom. Sophie also loves her belly button. She calls it her "button". We are not sure how this fascination began, but she plays with her belly button like some babies suck their thumbs. She will pull up whatever dress or shirt she is wearing to reach her button. She has been playing with her button so much that it got red and puffy. So now we have to put ointment on it and make her wear onsies so that it can heal. Sophie know what she wants and gets very frustrated if she can not get it or do it herself. Sophie really enjoys going to the park and swinging and sliding. She asks for the park by saying "wheee" which of course means she wants to go down the slides and say "wheee". Sophie also loves our chickens and looking for rabbits in the yard. She calls them "rabbies".
Hi! I am Allison. I am a happy homemaker, wife, and mother to four sweet babies. I am also a Classical, Christian homeschooling mom trying to make every day a celebration of love and family. I love to bake, cook, garden, read, do art, and spend time outdoors with my amazing family.
Our story of loving and learning at home...
"Let them be little, 'cause they're only that way for a while. Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day. Let them cry, let them giggle; let them sleep in the middle, oh, let them be little."
- Written and Sung by Billy Dean