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Stupendous Fives and Sixes!

on June 28, 2014

Kindergarten Curriculum Plans for 2014-2015

Hooray for Kinder and five and six year olds!!! What a fun age to teach! We are joyfully diving into living curriculum by Simply Charlotte Mason next school year, and will be using the books listed on SCM’s free curriculum guide (1st grade books, although much of SCM curriculum is designed for “family study” and can be used with any age). I hope that some of you will decide to join us in this exciting Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool adventure! If you need some ideas for next school year, whether your child is kindergarten age or not, I would love to show and tell all the wonderful books we plan to use in each subject next fall, so that you can glean for your own curriculum planning.

If you like Charlotte Mason ideas, but feel unsure about how to teach all the various subjects, brush up by checking out the post Teaching Subject by Subject on Simply Charlotte Mason’s blog. Or if you can, splurge on SCM’s thorough training DVDs, ‘Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way’. I do not have these DVDs but I would love to get them someday. However, reading Home Education, Volume 1 of Charlotte Masons series, has been the best thing I have done so far to gain a more solid understanding of Miss Mason’s methods, and quite inexpensive training to boot.

First and foremost, Charlotte Mason is a 12-year Christian Character Building curriculum. Books are chosen for the literary quality with which they were written, and even more, their ability to develop the whole person and inspire character. Just look into the curriculum materials I have pictured for each subject area–literature, poetry, Bible, history, geography, reading, and science–and you will find that it all teaches character development!!! For all those years that children are getting a CM education, what’s really being trained more than anything else, is their character. If you agree that character development is your aim as well, then go ahead and read on about Charlotte’s 20 guiding principles for education to see how aligned you are. Realize that some (perhaps many) of her principles go against our common educational sense, but since we know traditional modern pedagogy is failing our children, let us open our minds to trying something different, and trust that if God is leading us this direction, we will come to experience the wonderful fruits of a CM education with time and trust, just as SO many other homeschool family’s who fully adhered to CM principles have.

A Charlotte Mason education is more than using living books and going on nature walks. It is only when used as a balanced whole, that Charlotte’s methods give the best results. Many CM families will vouch that the ‘more or less’ way of following Charlotte Mason doesn’t yield nearly as excellent results. For best results, don’t pick and choose through her tried and tested principles and methods, making a novice assumption that some probably won’t work for you.

“Charlotte Mason was right and my assumptions were false”

Anne White, a seasoned CM homeschool mom, writes on Ambleside Online, “…..Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods are so firmly rooted in the Christian view of a personal God, the created world, and people (as individuals created in God’s image) that they must work because they are true, because they fit the way the world works from a Biblical viewpoint.”

“When I began reading what Miss Mason herself had to say about her methods (rather than reading what others had to say about it), there were a few things she said that didn’t mesh with my own assumptions, so I did not at first try them. However, the more I used Charlotte Mason’s methods and saw good fruit, the more I began to wonder about those other things. One by one, I gave them a try, and I generally found that Charlotte Mason was right and my assumptions were false. Here are some of them:

Short lessons–I thought it best to keep going until we tired of a subject. But my kids are fresher and stay interested longer with short lessons (10-15 minutes for younger children)–they have better retention, too.

Slowly reading through a book a few pages at a time instead of sitting down for a gluttonous feast of cover to cover reading (it’s oh-so-fun that way!)–I thought it was ridiculous to make a child quit reading a school book if she was having fun with it. But I find that when I slow my children down with their schoolbooks, they think about the material longer, harder, and deeper. They remember details better, as well.

Unit studies–Charlotte Mason really did not much care for most unit studies. She has some very amusing things to say about them. I was using a unit study curriculum when I first read the six volume series, and I thought she was mistaken. But the fewer unit study projects I do, the more real learning my kids do, the more time I have, the less mess there is to pick up! Miss Mason talks about letting the kids make their own connections. The more I step back and let this happen, the more amazed I am at how many connections the kids make that I never thought of.

Dictation–I never did prepared dictation in a steady, organized fashion until around 2003. Since implementing it. I’ve seen big improvements in my girls’ spelling and writing skills.

Drawing–I thought drawing was something you either could do or you could not do–not a skill that could be taught. I tried some easy teaching programs, and found that the children who had the benefit of those programs did draw better than those who did not. They are not artists, and I didn’t stick to the programs as much as I should have, but there is definitely a difference.

Narration on every single reading–this is so important! I see much better retention, better interaction with the book, greater interest in the story, improved language skills, and better understanding of the material.

Show and Tell Time

Alright, let’s get to the point! Below I list all the areas of study we will cover in kindergarten and include pictures of lesson books, spines, reference books, living books, etc. that we plan to use for each area. I also include an “extras” section for most subjects– optional movies, links, CDs, games, extra books, etc., to further enrich our studies as time permits. My bookmarked research on the computer this year, emptied into one convenient place for you, and me too. The great thing about SCM lesson plans is that they are basic, like skeleton plans. Some people look at them and say that’s not enough, but many of us look at them and think perfect, they leave room and time to explore my child’s interests and lots of “extras” too. I think that’s important!

I basically bought all books pictured on this post from either Simply Charlotte Mason or AbeBooks. Most of the “living books,” I bought used very inexpensively from AbeBooks, and saved more than I could have by buying from Amazon used (I saved about $100, most books were half the price of Amazon). So try AbeBooks first!

For younger ages/lighter workload, foundational background, or alternative curriculum ideas, also see:

  • Welcome Back to School, my 2012-2013 curriculum post for “Thrilling Three’s and Fours.” Every area of study listed there has been the foundation of our Charlotte Mason preschool.
  • Fabulous Fours and Fives, my 2013-2014 curriculum post. Our Charlotte Mason curriculum plans are built up from the previous year to prepare us for kindergarten this year.

For a peek into our school supplies, other than books, like math manipulatives and art supplies, see last years post:

  • Getting Ready for School (A few of our supplies Noah doesn’t need anymore, but most will still be used in Kinder and beyond, and for next year I won’t need to add very much to what we already own.)

As far as a schedule for kindergarten for all you schedulers, I will blog later this summer, because I am still figuring that out right now! I can tell you this much: the plan is to do the next thing. Whenever we finish chapter one in a book is when we will move to chapter two. I will definitely not be scheduling out chapters and page numbers to cover each day 9 months out in advance just to make sure we squeeze every last drop out of our books by the end of the year. I feel suffocated by that kind of “planning”, and much prefer the flexibility of “do the next thing.” Life happens and staying flexible for important things that come up is an advantage of homeschool. We will just stay faithful to setting aside 4 mornings a week to do all of our book work, and 1 day a week to go out and have fun on a field trip or nature get away (Fun Fridays!). I will be planning which days of the week I plan to teach which subjects and a tentative time of day for each.

Bible, History and Geography:

“History is a subject which should be to the child an inexhaustible storehouse of ideas, should enrich the chambers of his House Beautiful with a thousand tableaux, pathetic and heroic, and should form in him, insensibly, principles whereby he will hereafter judge of the behavior of nations, and will rule his own conduct as one of a nation.”
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“The fatal mistake is in the notion that he must learn ‘outlines,’ or a baby edition of the whole history of England, or of Rome, just as he must cover the geography of all the world. Let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the lifetime of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”
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“….it is only as we have it in us to let a person or cause fill the whole stage of the mind, to the exclusion of self-occupation, that we are capable of large-hearted action on behalf of that person or cause.”
–Charlotte Mason
 

Click on pictures to find book descriptions.

Bible: Bible story book, commentaries, hymns, scripture memory (not pictured), and Bible/History lesson plan book.

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History and Geography: Lesson plan books, maps, history spine (Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors), and ……..

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Lots of living books!

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What’s great about the history spine, Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors:

“A living book that explores Ancient Egypt in a way that is suitable for younger students, yet interesting for older; that presents what the Egyptians believed, yet honors the one, true God; that doesn’t sensationalize the pagan customs, myths, or mummies; that traces the history of this ancient civilization, yet agrees with the Biblical account of creation and the beginning of mankind. The best part is that Lorene Lambert’s fascinating narrative also tells the stories of the other civilizations that existed alongside Ancient Egypt—her neighbors, near and far.” -Simply Charlotte Mason

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Bible Extras:

History Extras:

          More Ancient History Living Books:

         Movies to Supplement Ancient History:

          Well Written/Interesting Biographies :

. . . . . (we will deviate from ancient history here)

  • Childhood of Famous Americans series – Tells the stories of the childhood of many of our American heroes.
  • Landmark series – A most remarkable series of books about history written for children. The thing that makes them great is they asked real adult experts on each subject to write them. Irresistable. A very, very few mention       evolutionary ideas – the ancient history ones.

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Habits and Character:

“The habits of the child produce the character of the man.”
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“As has well been said, ‘Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’ And a great function of theeducator is to secure that acts shall be so regularly, purposefully, and methodically sown that the child shall reap the habits of the good life, in thinking and doing, with the minimum of conscious effort.”
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“The mother devotes herself to the formation of one habit at a time, doing no more than keep watch over those already formed.”
–Charlotte Mason

We will devote ourselves to the development of one character trait a month as we have done all through preschool (see our preschool masterplan). I will choose traits that need the most development in my children from Charlotte’s list and then we will work on them over a 9 month school year. We will most likely focus on the following traits next year: neatness and order, courage, generosity, obedience, self-control, courtesy and kindness and manners, usefulness, truthfulness and prayer, thanksgiving and praise.

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We bought these two quick reference charts from Doorposts so that we can handle discipline situations Biblically and teach our children Bible verses that apply to the issue at hand.

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Service opportunities (better known as chores) will become a big part of our habit training this year. Our children will learn how to be good “employees” through Service Opportunities (ie chores). With Stewardship Street, they can learn to be faithful stewards of their earnings. We will be crafting our own milk carton stewardship street this summer, which will resemble the scene you see on the front cover (7 houses or “piggy banks” to hold earnings from seven important categories of stewardship–tithe, charity, living expenses, spending, short term savings, long term savings, and dowry). Noah has his own wallet now and can’t wait to get started. With all the crafting and chore training required to get started, this is a great summer project. That way we will hopefully have our Service Opportunities system up and running more smoothly by fall.

Math:

This will be our third year using Kathy Richardson’s series, and although next year we will probably delve into all 3 books, the main focus will be on the newer content of addition and subtraction in book 2. Noah has always enjoyed our math lessons from these books because they are hands on, full of variety, and the author really does understand how kids develop number concepts. You can find all kinds of sample lessons from the Pre-K book and Book 1 in “monthly lesson plans” under “categories” on our homepage.

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      Math Extra:

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The Arts:

“…..the appreciation of the humanities (culture) is not a luxury, a tidbit, to be given to children now and then, but their very bread of life.” –Charlotte Mason
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“…..we grow accustomed to what we are surrounded by. Our children’s sense of beauty and appreciation is being formed by what is around them. If they are surrounded by fast-talking, fast-moving cartoons or touched-up photos of pouty, anorexic young people, that is what they will get used to. That is what will cultivate their tastes, and soon that is what they will prefer because it is familiar. Picture study gives us a simple yet powerful tool to influence our children’s sense of beauty, to cultivate within them a taste for what is good. Charlotte Mason said that one of the parents’ jobs is “the cultivation of the power to appreciate, to enjoy, whatever is just, true, and beautiful in thought and expression.” –Simply Charlotte Mason

All Things Bright and Beautiful — Free art, music, and poetry appreciation studies all done for you at the blog All Things Bright and Beautiful! I am excited about this wonderful site provided by a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom who simply wants to share in order to help other homeschooling families who may not have time or motivation for the artsy extras. It looks great, costs nothing, and so I think we will use her studies to beautify our homeschool mornings everyday at breakfast. I will also try to grab a book from the library containing works from the current artist being studied on All Things Bright and Beautiful so that all our picture study doesn’t have to be done on the computer. Next school year we may choose to study artists from the site that depict animals and nature, such as Robert Bateman and James Audubon, since we are really looking forward to starting up our own nature notebooks.

Living Audubon biography picture book

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We will also choose one poem a month to memorize and recite.

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Handicrafts:

Love that Charlotte includes handicrafts as a school subject! The American Boys Handy Book looks like it could be an interesting resource to use with Noah, but so far the plan is to keep using our “Activity Brainstorm Page“, which is listed on our homepage menu. The craft projects include holiday, seasonal, and themed ideas which are an ongoing collection of various ideas I admire while searching around on the internet. We are somewhat winging handicrafts because our family enjoys crafting, and I think we will always have our hands in projects whether they are assigned or not. Ideas conveniently, and sometimes inconveniently, abound as Noah never seems to stop thinking of things to make and do (nor do I).

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Reading (with Readers):

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Pathway Readers

Sweet readers that teach morals and spiritual values while providing insight into the life of the Amish people. First Steps and Days Go By are the readers we will use in kindergarten. I also pictured the other two readers we have been using. (Don’t forget SCM offers Delightful Reading if you are looking for a complete reading curriculum too. It worked well for us last year!)

       Reading Extras:

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Literature:

“Ideas must reach us directly from the mind of the thinker, and it is chiefly by the means of the books they have written that we get in touch with the best minds.” –Charlotte Mason

“For the books that we read aloud as a family, I do not require a narration. I want us to simply enjoy these classics together, to share the experience, to build memories, and to store up common ideas that knit our hearts together” –Simply Charlotte Mason

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

         Literature Extras:

  • Librivox — free audiobooks, like My Bookhouse, take some of the pressure off mom having to read aloud all day! (just watch out for poor readers since audiobooks are read by volunteers). Lots of classic, well written books here since many older books can be found free in the public domain.

          Literature suggestions for boys from Hal and Melanie Young:

  • Jungle Doctor series by Paul White – Absolutely fascinating! Very respectful of the indigenous people without pulling punches toward their enslaving false religion. Exciting, funny, engaging.
  • Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchens – Based on his life growing up with six brothers, the Sugar Creek Gang is a great way to show your boys what it means to be a Christian as a boy. Fun, funny, enjoyable, an essential part of childhood in our family. The new series by Pauline Hutchens Wilson and Sandy Dengler is not as good. (I hear the audiobook is great)
  • Little Britches series by Ralph Moody – The poignant, entertaining story of a boy whose father dies after they move to the West and how he helps support his family and then himself. He doesn’t always do what’s right, but he learns better! Great read alouds!

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Handwriting:

We will be spontaneous in selecting sentences to copy for handwriting practice. I think copywork phrases can be successfully chosen from favorite selections in literature books, scripture verses, poems, nature studies, or hymns–especially ones that really stand out to us, or our children. This way handwriting is more personal and inspiring. Picking selections ourselves should really only take a few more minutes than using pre-selected selections in a copybook.

We will continue to use the Draw and Write Notebook from Handwriting Without Tears because I like the simple lines, and because it was the next logical step after using HWT Double Line Chalkboard for the past two years of preschool (which proved to be a really great way to learn how to write letters). These two products from HWT have worked great and were all we really needed for handwriting!  This is a picture of Noah’s last handwriting sample from Pre-K this year in the Draw and Write Notebook:

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Creation Science and Nature Study:

“He must live hours daily in the open air, and, as far as possible, in the country; must look and touch and listen; must be quick to note, consciously, every peculiarity of habit or structure, in beast, bird, or insect; the manner of growth and fructification of every plant. He must be accustomed to ask why––Why does the wind blow? Why does the river flow? Why is a leaf-bud sticky? And do not hurry to answer his questions for him; let him think his difficulties out so far as his small experience will carry him. Above all, when you come to the rescue, let it not be in the ‘cut and dried’ formula of some miserable little text-book………As I have already tried to point out, to get this sort of instruction for himself is simply the nature of a child: the business of the parent is to afford him abundant and varied opportunities, and to direct his observations, so that, knowing little of the principles of scientific classification, he is, unconsciously, furnishing himself with the materials for such classification.”
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“This is the mother’s chance to train the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and to drop seeds of truth into the open soul of a child, which shall germinate, blossom and bear fruit, without further help or knowledge of hers.”
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“No-eyes comes home bored; he has seen nothing, been interested in nothing: while Eyes is all agog to discuss a hundred things that have interested him.”
–Charlotte Mason on Nature Study

I am thrilled about nature study! Outdoor Secrets is so very sweet for littles. And its so much fun getting out in the wild blue yonder on all kinds of outdoor adventures.

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Beautiful living books used with Outdoor Secrets Handbook.

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Field Guides and reference books for nature study/walks. I still need to get a lot more field guides.

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Nature Studies out in the field includes regularly notebooking a few words about intriguing nature finds, and learning to draw/paint one small find at a time with watercolor pencils, watercolors, or colored pencils. I plan to keep a notebook alongside Noah since Charlotte recommended mothers to experience notebooking alongside their children.

“Yes, you can take digital pictures instead or look at close-up illustrations on the Internet, but there is nothing that will encourage you to look so closely and carefully than trying to draw for yourself the object that you are looking at. Use the field guides to help you label your drawings. Over time you will gain at least a “nodding and naming acquaintance” with God’s creation in your yard. And that is time well spent.” (SCM)

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Highly acclaimed 106 Days of Creation and its companion books for whenever we finish Outdoor Secrets.

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Moody Science DVDS (set of 19)— I really want to get this set of great creation science videos!

        Science Extras:

        Nature Study Extras:

  • see “Fieldtrips” below for some fun local nature study ideas
  • Enature.com — Online Fieldguide to help ID all those nature finds
  • Great Living Books for young children that are free in the public domain:

……………..The Storybook of Science (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..Among the People Series (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..The Burgess Animal Book (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..The Burgess Bird Book (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..Arabella Buckley Books (Audiobook, E-book)

Fieldtrips:

Also see last year’s fieldtrip ideas, check bayareakidfun.com, and current East Bay Park Activities periodically for more fieldtrip ideas

Anytime Trips:

Discover and Go Program — Discounted museum admission offered through the library

Delta Discoveries — Every Saturday from 11am til 2pm at Big Break Regional Shoreline

Village Theatre in Danville — Preschool Performance Series

BMX Track at Memorial Park in San Ramon and Bike Park in Pleasanton

Diablo Rock Gym — Kids Weekend Belay

Worlds Biggest Dinosaurs — A creationist dinosaur museum in Southern California. See their recommended article and booklist.

Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos

Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland

anaturemom.com — a mom who blogs about fun bay area nature places to visit

On The Calendar Trips:

July

East Bay Parks Outdoor Discoveries — “Astro Summer” for ages 3-6

Family Theater Festival at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts

August

Japanese Cultural Festival August 10-11

California Symphony 6:30 pm Thursday, August 28th at Todos Santos Plaza (free)

September

Tarantula hikes on Mount Diablo

Visit an apple orchard in Apple Hill

October

Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Fire station fieldtrip

November

Free homeschool days at Monterey Bay Aquarium (make reservations in Sept.)

Hike Stream Trail at Redwood Regional Park to find hibernating ladybugs

December

Visit creeks in winter to find frozen ice, and visit waterfalls after rainfall to find rushing waters (Noah’s ideas)

Attend a performance of The Nutcracker

January

Whale Watching at Point Reyes and other spots along the coast, early morning is best

Newt and Salamander walks hosted at various East Bay Parks, or get out right after a rain, and search in the stream behind Tilden’s Environmental Education Center (near Little Farm)

February

Monarchs for kids at Ardenwood Historic Farm; also can see monarchs over wintering at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Muir Beach, or Natural Bridges State Beach.

March

Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Marsh Meander at Coyote Hills Regional Park

Daffodils and beautiful gardens at Fioli, a country estate in Woodside

April

Tadpoles in the creek at Round Valley Park

Sunol Regional Wilderness Spring Wildflower Festival

Bees/Honey tasting at Tilden

May

Search for ducklings, goslings, and their nests at Newhall Community Park

Bird Days provided by many East Bay Parks

Little Yosemite waterfall hike at Sunol Regional Wilderness

June

Butterfly Festival at Coyote Hills Regional park

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“The end result of a Charlotte Mason education is the children ‘find knowledge so delightful that it becomes a pursuit and source of happiness for a lifetime.” –Catherine Levinson

Love, Love, Love This Baby

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3rd Swing? Maybe 4th…..1st Picture (3rd Baby)

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Faith Did a Good Job With Her Watercolor, We Were All Happily Surprised

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An Honor to Have Tayler’s 94 Year Old Great Grandma Come to School One Day

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Tayler Loves How Her Family Drops By School Often

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We Crafted Gingerbread Boys to Help Us Retell the Story We Know Well

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Darling Little Lamb

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Girl Turning Brave

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Planting Our Garden

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Horseplay with Noah

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Cooking Project–Greek Honey Yogurt Mixed with Whip Cream and Topped with Dried Fruit, Toasted Coconut Flakes, Nutmeg, and Lime Zest

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Our Prayer Posters Serve as Visual Aids & Hang By Each Child’s Bed; I Love How Faith is Especially Faithful to Use Her Poster

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With Three Small Children I Think I Would Spend Every Last Second of My Day Cleaning and Cooking If It Weren’t for Help From Noah, My Right Hand Man

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I Guess Its Time for Some New Dress Up Clothes

Noah has never been into role playing until recently. Now he says he wants a Roman Soldier costume, an army uniform, an astronaut costume, a new fireman costume, and an armor of God/soldier of Christ costume. Oh my!

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An Easter Service Invitation for Our Neighbor

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Dying Easter Eggs

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Glittering Just a Few Eggs Was a Nice Touch

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 “Easter Eggs” From Our Chickens for Neighbor Lois

(She Has Moved Into Assisted Living Now and We Will Miss Her!)

The cute little basket we made from a pint sized cream carton and scrap book paper.

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Our Resurrection Egg Hunt At School

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Our Easter Garden Basket Tradition Was Revamped (And Thus Also Very Affordable) This Year

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We Invited Over This Wooly Hebrew Abba To Lead Our Messianic Passover Seder on Easter 😉

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Family Egg Hunt on Easter

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Book Lover

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Cutting Practice with Spiral Snakes

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Thanks Tayler, Cutting is Easier With Help

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Putting #1-59 in Order on Our Hundreds Chart

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Domino Addition

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Watering Our Sprouts

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“I am Sorry You Fell Down Faith,” Gift from Noah and Tayler, and then a minute later…..

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“I am Sorry You Tripped Over Me Tayler,” Gift From Faith (and Noah). A minute later Noah Gets hurt…..

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FYI: The Black Widow has a Brown Widow Cousin. Also pictured, the tiny harmless male Widow, killed by the female when Dean shook her web (all 3 found living under the kids’ sand table).

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My Sweet Attachment

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Special Nature Treasures Discovered: Leaf Skeleton and a Giant Puffball Mushroom

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My Chicken Girl

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Noah, “Mr. Eyes”, Found a Birds Nest in Our Side Yard

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Daniel Sitting by the Creek at Round Valley Park

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Noah Enjoys Throwing Boulders

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Water Snake!! Found by a calm, cool, and collected Mr. Eyes.

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Daniel Starting to Feel a Little Too at Home at the Creek

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So Much Fun Collecting Tadpoles and “Frog Eggs”!

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Bummer, Our Tadpoles Only Lived a Few Days 😦

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Scads of Snails in Our Yard…..Noah Follows a “Poop Trail” to Find Even More

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May Was Such a Fun Month of Art…..Color Mixing, Pantone Color Book, Painting Butterflies

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Noah’s Butterfly

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Noahs Second Butterfly

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 Very Pleased With Noah’s Final Butterfly Painting, Symmetry and Wing Shape being the Goals

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Our Method Of Achieving Symmetry: Freehand One Side, Trace the Other

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Color Mixing Involved Creating Lots of Shades of One Color; Tayler Mixing Up Shades of Green

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 Using Her Greens to Freehand a Butterfly

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Tayler’s Symmetrical Princess Like Butterfly

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 Two Families Blessed to Continually Experience the “World as Our Classroom”

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So Pleased with Kiddos Growth in the Area of Drawing; Noah’s “Train” and Faith’s “Family” for Grandma on Mother’s Day

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To My Shock, Chef Noah Decided to Pile Raisins On The Meatloaf When I Stepped Out of the Kitchen For a Minute (Believe it or Not, It Turned Out Quite Yummy)

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