Friday, March 29, 2013

An Herb Kind of Day

This last week was our kind-of-Spring-Break. We did school 2.5 days, had our Obachan come for a visit, and spent a day at my dear friend's house, where we made all sorts of lovely herbal concoctions.

Using herbs is something I love doing for my family; we do use some traditional medicinal remedies, but I like to try herbal stuff at home before we run to the doctor. (Of course if someone is turning blue, having trouble breathing, or has an infection, we are right there in line at the doctors.)

Prevention is the key to good health, and we started out with a good one that day.

Elderberry Syrup



This lovely stuff simmered on the stove for an hour and made us all think about the holidays, with it's cinnamon and clove smell.


After it cooled we strained it....


Then we bottled it up in jars, to sit in the fridge, and be dolled out by the teaspoon to help fight colds and infections.


The main goal of the day was to make tinctures. Tinctures are basically an alcohol extract, made by soaking the herb in alcohol that is at least 80 proof. It is then stored in a dark place for 6-8 weeks, shaken occasionally, and then the liquid is strained and the tincture is ready to use.

When the process is done this stuff is pretty potent, so you would mix a teaspoon or less into tea or water to drink.

Of course you need this stuff to make tinctures...


We made a variety of them...

Hawthorn Berry




These help maintain cardiovascular health and are an excellent source of antioxidants.



Pau D'Arco

We can use this herb in two forms: the tincture and using the bark to make tea.



Pau D'Arco boosts your immune system, treats fungal infections, and is good for coughs.


Saw Palmetto

This stuff treats urinary and reproductive health issues.



Comfrey



I love this stuff. I have a bush of it that grows in my backyard and we use if for sprains, strains, bruises, bee stings, and infections.

My friend found these in the back of her pantry and since we had the vodka and bottles out we made homemade vanilla.


This will be ready in about 8 weeks.




The last thing we made was a tea. We mixed Nettle and Alfalfa...


And added spearmint...


To make a lovely tea.



Nettle is good for allergies, and has lots of calcium and iron. And the Alfalfa is good detoxifier and is also a good source of calcium and vitamin K. We added the spearmint because we didn't want the tea to taste like we were drinking grass.



Of course we had to try some...


...it was lovely. In the summer this would be delicious iced, with a squeeze of lemon. It can also be added to any other tea as well.

A hard day's work.


And two hard workers.



Places I would recommend to get more information...

Bulk Herb Store
Mountain Rose Herbs
WholeHealth MD
Wellness Mama


Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That the weather is lovely outside today. We have some high clouds, but the sun is shining and it is a pleasant 68 degrees.

What we're learning: This week we are doing a modified school week. There is no co-op, but we will still be working through a literature guide for the book Things Fall Apart, Dasher will be doing her astronomy unit study, and all of them are going over rabbit and avian bowl questions and facts.

What I'm watching: My Sweetie and I found the move Argo at Redbox over the weekend...we both really like that movie.

What's cooking: This week I am making Pesto Chicken, Baked Potato Soup, and an Indian Feast.

What I'm buying: I need to run out and buy a couple of those little boxes for index cards....all our 4H study material we turn into questions and answers on index cards and they have become quite unorganized.

What I'm creating: Right now? Clean laundry. The washing machine is humming upstairs, and my big pile of laundry in the hallway is slowly shrinking...

What I'm planning: To start working in the garden soon. My Earth Box finally came, which is where I plan to put the tomatoes. A couple weeks ago I started two kinds of tomatoes, eggplants, and basil from seed and the little darlings are about 2 inches tall now. I hope to start zucchini, cucumbers, and more lettuce in the garden soon.

What we did this last weekend: Saturday we did some things around the house...it had been on my list of things to do to go through the bathrooms cupboards. It really needed to be done...holy moly we found stuff that had expired in 2006! Then we went to our first Supper for Six in the evening. Sunday we went to church and then up to our friend's house for volleyball and fellowship.

What I'm looking forward to: This week we will take a day or two off school for spring break. My Sweetie, Mr. Lego, and I have decided to take swing dancing lessons with our church so we have a lesson Friday night, and then our 4H Sectional Presentation Day is Saturday.

A picture to share:


~This morning we went out and visited with the goats....as you can see they are slowly getting used to us.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Adventus - Music Instruction

If you know me in real life, you know that I love music. And eons ago, before life got busy with homeschooling and mothering, I taught beginning piano. Music is very near and dear to my heart and so when this online product came up for review from Adventus, I knew I wanted to try it out on my brood of learners.


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What It Is:

Adventus has produced a fun online computer program, called MusIQ Homeschool. It is designed to teach children of all ages about music, composers, theory, and keyboard instruction. There are three different programs that I received: Children's Music Journey, Piano Suite, and Ear Training Coach.

The Children's Music Journey consists of three volumes or levels. Meant for ages 4-10, these fun and animated lessons teach note value, the musical alphabet, rhythm, intervals, and so much more. Here is how it works: you will create an account and password for each child. They will then watch a short lesson, taught by an animated composer. The approximately 5-minute lesson is interactive, using both a plug-in keyboard and the mouse. After your child has viewed the lesson, they can choose where to go next. There are 4 different "rooms" or choices...

Practice Room: This is a place where Miss Melody will guide your child in practicing the techniques they learned in the lesson. Through songs and games she reinforces what was taught.

Improvisation Room: This interesting room has a side bar full of instruments, and a CD player-type control panel in the center. Your child can choose a guitar, violin, banjo, flute, or even a full orchestra as an instrument and play a song on the keyboard. There are even percussion instruments to use as well. This can be recorded and saved into the Library Room.

Library Room: This room truly is a library; here your child can hear songs by their composer-teachers, songs like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,  or Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. You can also view previous lessons and songs.

Game Room: This is obviously the fun room. As your child progresses through the lessons, games on this page become unlocked. These games are interactive and supplement the lessons.


Piano Suite is meant for an older student and can be used from ages 8 to adult. This program begins at the beginning with an overview of the piano and pitch, and then goes up six levels to the circle of fifths, triads, and inversions. In this program you can choose from:

 Piano Player: This page is where you can play songs. You choose the level you are on, the category of song, and even have control over the metronome (speed) and size of notes.

Theory Thinker: This part is the lesson section; there are 6 different skill levels to choose from. An off-screen voice teaches these lessons with visual aides being shown on the screen.

Composer Corner: Like the Improvisation room above, this is a spot where you can write music, but in a more advanced way. There is a grand staff and places to choose key signature and speed.

History Happens: Here your child will learn about composers, their music and life. There is also a historical timeline with figures in the pdf lesson plans to print out and use.

Games: What course would be complete without games? Fun ones such as Music Concentration, Grand Staff Battle, and Word Play help teach the theory concepts.

I also received the Ear Training Coach; this resource for intermediate students helps to develop their musical ear with interactive games and exercises. Things that are covered in this program are sight reading, melody and rhythm memory exercises, and interval training and recognition.

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What You Get:

With the both Piano Suite and Children's Music Journey software you will also receive the pdf lesson plans. These are extremely helpful in guiding your children through the sessions. There are suggested questions, review ideas, and lists of materials needed. At the end of each of the lessons are one to three printable worksheets for your child to do. There are book suggestions in the lesson and in the appendix of each level are printable alphabet cards, music game cards, and other helpful flashcards.

There are two ways to purchase this software: you can get monthly access to the lessons for $10.95 a month or you can buy the software to use as long as you wish. If you purchase the monthly access you will need to have a MIDI piano keyboard. Children's Music Journey is sold as a bundle with the three levels and a MIDI keyboard on their website for $279.80; you can also purchase individual levels for $69.95.  Piano Suite also comes with a MIDI keyboard and is sold for $189.95. The Ear Training Coach is available for $34.95. You will need to have a system that supports Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 Macintosh OS X.

How We Used This And What I Thought:

I had all three girls in this program. The younger two, Dasher and Nutsy, have not had any music training yet so they both started at the beginning with Children's Music Journey level 1. They each had their own accounts and so could go at their own pace. I had them do music for 10 and 15 minutes each day, 4 days a week. Basically they would do watch the lesson and visit the other rooms one day, then the next day I would talk with them about what they learned (using the lesson plans) and then they would do a couple of activity pages. And I have to say this was a big hit for them. They really looked forward to their music time and enjoyed the lessons. I saw Nutsy able to identify middle C and copy simple rhythms patterns. Dasher did very well with this program as well; she especially enjoyed the games and Improvisation Room. Dasher tends to get a bit frustrated when she can't get something right and so I appreciated it that when she made mistakes the teacher in the program wasn't negative and would just say, "Careful!" I do plan to have both Nutsy and Dasher continue learning music through these fun and interactive lessons.

I have been teaching Bookworm piano for a few years and so I started her at level 2 in Piano Suite. She followed the same pattern of doing music lessons 4 days a week but moved pretty quickly through the lessons. She liked the composer lessons and enjoyed learning more about them. I liked the systematic way that this program progressed, and even learned some new things myself.

She did have some problems with this program though. Her lessons in music had so far been done on the piano and so she had a hard time transitioning to the keyboard. She struggled with the difference in key weight and the inability to change the volume or give feeling to her song-playing. The other thing that we had trouble with was that there was a slight delay from the time that she played a note on the keyboard and when it registered in the program. This proved to be very distracting when she was playing pieces with the piano player feature. This also made portions of the Ear Training Coach program useless, since it always marked her down for playing the notes late. I did call the company to see what solution there might be to this problem and I found that I could either buy a $89 USB key to configure the keyboard and computer, or I could go through a lengthy process of compressing and configuring multiple downloads from the internet. This was disappointing but not devastating; I do plan to have Bookworm continue to go through the lessons, play the games, and learn more about the composers, but she will do her piano playing on the piano with her own music.

This program would be a good fit for younger children and does a great job teaching about music theory, composers, and music history. This would also be helpful for those homeschoolers who don't have a piano or can only play on a keyboard.

Check out what others thought about this product by clicking below.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Merry and Pippin

It's goat season again.

You would think that not making weight last year in our county fair market goat competition would deter us, but no, we have swallowed those crazy pills once again and are taking not one, but TWO goats to fair this year.

One for Mr. Lego and one for Bookworm.

And we are a bit smarter... this year we made sure we bought a whether (instead of a doe like last year), and we found a decent goat farm, where the breeder had them on pellet feed in a pen, instead of out in a huge field on pasture only.

But first we had to catch them.


A few weeks ago we came out here and picked out our goats. They were still not completely weaned then so they stayed with their Momma's for a bit longer, but now they were ready.

Bookworm found hers....


...and caught him.

Meet Merry.


Everyone helping, trying to pick out Mr. Lego's goat....except me of course, I had to document the occasion. :-)





The Momma goats were friendly and would come up for a scratch on the head.




 Even Nutsy got in on the action.



Goats, goats everywhere.... the poor things didn't know what to do with me; I would stand right in the middle of the herd while the rest of my family corralled them around, trying to find the right one.



Finally!

Meet Pippin.



Before we left we got a booster vaccine, lice treatment, and instructions from the breeder.


Come on cute, wittle guy!


We got them into the carriers and then home with no incident, unlike last year's fiasco, where we had a wild goat running through an elementary school.

So the 2013 goat adventure begins. They are staying not too far from us at our friend's house, and the kids will be able to go a couple of times a week to feed them, work with them, and train them.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: It is another week. We might get a little rain here tomorrow, but it is mostly in the mid 70's this week, which I hope should motivate me to get outside and get the rest of our garden ready.

What we're learning: This week the older two are going to start studying the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe in literature, while the younger two are learning about stars, the sun, and the universe in their unit study. We have co-op this week, and the three older ones are starting to study questions on rabbit knowledge for 4H.

What I'm watching: My little seedlings are coming up! Every one of my Romas came up, more than half of the Beefsteak tomatoes, the basil is coming up too, but only 3 eggplants so far. We also started lettuce and chives outside, and they are peeking up too.

What's cooking: This week I am making a fun dish that the kids like called Tex-Mex Pasta, another day I'm making Salsa Chicken in the crock-pot, and next weekend I'm making Sukiyaki.

What I'm buying: We went to our library's used book sale over the weekend...I found 2 Cooking Light annual recipe books, and an old Frugal Gourmet cookbook too. The kids found some good ones as well...I think we got about 20 books for around $12.

What I'm thankful for: I am so thankful for the freedom we have in this country to choose how to educate our children. And I am so thankful for those around me who encourage and help me through our homeschooling journey.

What I'm creating: I need to lesson plan for my part in our co-op; we are going through IEW's Student Writing Intensive. So far I have been pretty impressed with the writing assignments that the kids have been handing into me.

What we did this last weekend: We had a busier Saturday...the girls and I went to a baby shower for a friend from our church, we went to our library's used book sale after that, and then out to the goat farm so the older two could buy their market goats. Sunday we went to church and Sunday school, then to a friend's house for lunch.

What I'm looking forward to: We have two 4H meetings this week; one of them is a county-wide rabbit meeting and Mr. Lego and Bookworm are helping to lead it....they'll be talking about fair and how to get ready for all the competitions. I am also looking forward to co-op this week; I am very blessed by my homeschooling friends.

A picture to share:





~Spring is almost here....

Friday, March 15, 2013

Touch Math

Teaching math is much more than just opening up a textbook and filling in the answers. Only one of my children has been able to learn math this way; the other three needed a more involved curriculum that gave them a more multi-sensory approach. And Touch Math does just that.



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What It Is:

Have you ever thought of mathematics as a language? Well the creators of Touch Math do, and have developed a strategic way to teach math. What makes Touch Math a unique math program is the Touch Numerals. The curriculum begins by teaching about the TouchPoints on numbers. Each numeral, 1-9, has TouchPoints, which correspond to that digits value. Each of the TouchPoints on a number is counted in a consistent pattern; this really helps your child learn and remember how much each number is worth. Once your child has mastered understanding numeral value, addition and subtraction begins.

The First Grade Homeschool Module has four units and covers many topics:

Unit A
  • Counting to 120
  • Mastering TouchPoints
  • Adding and Subtracting within 5
  • Adding and Subtracting within 9

Unit B
  • Introducing Place Value
  • Adding and Subtracting within 13
  • Adding and Subtracting within 20

Unit C
  • Adding 2 Digit Numbers
  • Adding2 Addends
  • Subtracting 2 Digit Numbers
  • Adding and Subtracting with Strategies
  • Adding and Subtracting  within 100

Unit D
  • Measuring Lengths
  • Telling Time
  • Representing Data
  • Defining 2-D and 3-D Shapes
  • Fractions in Geometric Shapes

Within each of these units are modules, which contain the worksheets. Some of which are guided and meant to be done with your child, while others are meant to be done independently. The teacher manual is scripted for ease of teaching, with suggested hands-on ideas and questions for you to use.

What You Get:

 I received all four of these units as downloads, which included implementation ideas, worksheets, answer keys, assessments, and math vocabulary lists. You can buy all four units for $199. 95.

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These conveniently come in an email to download. The curriculum also contains lots of help for the teacher. An extensive introduction and overview are very constructive, and give direction to the program. I especially appreciated the overview page for each module, which at a glance explained the objective, listed the math vocabulary words, and showed the materials needed. These four units are the core curriculum, but Touch Math does offer many other helpful manipulatives.

The 3D Numerals are large, plastic numbers, with raised TouchPoints.  They are $79.00 and come with a Teacher's Guide CD which includes reproducible student worksheets and activities to help learn the numbers.

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I also received the TouchPoint Posters. These 8x11 cardboard posters are very versatile. Obviously you could put them up around your house or in the area where your child does school. They can also be used in a more tactile way by providing small markers (checkers or buttons) for your child to use to place the TouchPoints on the numbers. One set which includes all ten numbers is $43.00.

The Desktop TouchLines  for $19.00 are another helpful resource. These vertical strips, which are approximately 11 inches by 1 1/2 inches, have the number line (1-9) on both sides. On one side the numbers are vertical and on the other side they are horizontal, which makes it easy to either place on your child's desk or on the dining room table.

The Touch Numerals are another helpful manipulative. This sturdy foam set contains 3 sets of numbers, and enough colored dots to place TouchPoints on all of them. Base 10 containers are also included which is very helpful when adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. And the Teacher's Manual has ideas to help your child learn skip counting, re-grouping (carrying and borrowing), and division. This set is $99.00 and even includes all the operation signs.

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Another great manipulative is the Math Fans. These provide a tangible way to teach number value, money, fractions, and even geometric shapes. Each set which is $239.00 comes with two sets of 1-9 fans, ten 10's blocks, and one hundred block. A helpful CD gives instruction on teaching counting, greater than/less than, addition and much more. Reproducible worksheets, lesson plans and suggested activities are also on the CD for the teacher's convenience.

The Student Number Cards were a big hit in our family. Maybe it is our love for games, but my younger two had a blast playing with these cards, arranging them in order, and lining them up to match their worksheet math problems. You can purchase a set of ten number cards for $24.00.




Nutsy's favorite was the First Grade Tutor Software. This interactive CD contains activities, pretests, and reviews. She liked being in control of the mouse and moving the TouchPoints onto the numbers. This CD follows the same course of study as the main curriculum, and only seeks to reinforce what is being taught in the lessons. You can purchase it for $99.00 and see sample videos here.


And finally the Touch Math FlipCards. For each unit there are 3 FlipCard sets. These correlate with what is being taught and give a visual flashcard for your student to study with. Each set is $19.00 and includes between 50 and 100 cards.Some of the sets in the first grade material are Fractions in Geometric Shapes, Comparing Numbers, Adding and Subtracting, and Place Value. You can see the entire list of FlipCards here.



How We Used This:

I had Nutsy do this program with me. She has dabbled a bit in a textbook-type curriculum and had pretty much gotten up to adding numbers 1-5. We started slowly with this curriculum; after reading about the methodology I realized how important it was for her to grasp the TouchPoints. We got out the 3D Numerals and the posters, and got to work understanding how to recognize number value. The Tudor Software was especially helpful as well; she used her mouse to place the TouchPoints on the numbers, and then counted them in the correct sequence.

 Dasher would join us periodically (the manipulatives looked so much fun!) and really liked playing with the foam Touch Numerals.  She has always really struggled with math and has literally had to memorize the math facts, even though I pull out every manipulative I can think of when I teach them to her. It was during one of these play times that she had her own Aha! moment. She was lining the numbers up and placing the dots on the numbers like she saw on the TouchLines, when all of a sudden she realized that the number four meant 4 dots. And the number five meant 5 dots. She then used the Student Number Cards to create math problems, mirrored them with the foam numbers, and then saw all the dots and added them together. She got very excited, understanding that each number wasn't just a squiggly line, but had a meaning behind it. Now she is older and the excitement wore off quickly, but it did make me think how she might have taken to this type of a program when she was first starting math and how it just might have made things a little easier for her.

We did spend a couple of weeks on learning the TouchPoints; I then skipped Nutsy to Module 4A - Adding within 9. We did the worksheets together and reinforced the concepts with the FlipCards.Towards the end of this module the TouchPoints were removed and she was doing her math problems without them. We did use the CD software during our review period; this was very helpful when she was learning the TouchPoints but we were disappointed to find that she couldn't skip ahead like we had done in the curriculum. But regardless, the CD was very helpful in reinforcing math concepts. We also ended up mixing and matching the manipulatives; like I said, the manipulatives are not completely essential when using this curriculum, but they are helpful in reinforcing the concepts.





What I Thought:

This curriculum has so many components to it and all of them very helpful in teaching math. It does have a unique approach: the TouchPoints. If you think about it, we as adults know what the numbers stand for but some children, and even young ones with special needs, just see lines on a page and have a hard time putting a numeric value with a each number. The TouchPoint system takes some of the guessing out of math, and turns it into a tangible, visual, and kinesthetic exercise.

The foam Touch Numerals were very helpful, and with all of the operation signs that are included, this manipulative will be useful for many years. All of the FlipCards are useful; I am looking forward to using them when we get to the fractions and the measuring modules. I found it very helpful that on the back of each FlipCard set were suggested activities to do.

I found the First Grade Homeschool Program to be very helpful to me as the teacher; at times I felt like it was too scripted for me, but then there were other times when, glancing at the manual, I was able to re-word the question or statement and have it make more sense to Nutsy. There were times whn I wished that the curriculum was available to purchase as a hard copy; we only have one computer in our home and with four homeschooling students all using it at different times, it can get tricky. She was also ready to do more of the guided pages independently, but that might have been because she has had some experience doing math. The manual also had some real-life ideas to use to reinforce math, such as making up addition problems about the cars on your street or doing a neighborhood number hunt. I am not that creative of a person so I appreciated these fun ideas.

Overall I really liked this program. I would especially recommend it if you know you have a kinesthetic or hands-on child. All of the manipulatives can be purchased separately and can help to supplement any math program.

Touch Math also provides Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second grade programs...other members of The Crew reviewed those grade levels and you can read what they thought by clicking below.


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest and humble review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.



Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I just don't get the time change. It was dark this morning when I had to wake up, and I will just tell you right now that trying to peel my eyelids open when it is still dusky outside is next to impossible.

What I'm reading: We are really enjoying My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. Here is a typical sentence from the book:
Eventually the warm wind and the rain of winter seemed to polish the sky, so that when January arrived it shone clear, tender blue; the same blue as that of the tiny flames that devoured the olive logs in the charcoal pits.
I love reading books that read like this; full of vivid descriptions and rich vocabulary.

What I'm listening to: Right now Mr. Lego has all of us listening to David Garrett. He is a very talented violinist that likes to play robust music....I usually put him on when we are cleaning the house.

What we're learning: This week we are finishing up our chapter on the digestive system in science; I am reviewing this cool online science resource and we are finding experiments to do to help us learn more about our bodies. Nutsy finished her first Explode the Code book, and Dasher is really enjoying an Astronomy unit study we are doing.

What's cooking: Tonight I am making Cheesy Chicken Chowder. On the menu later this week is Vegetarian Curry, Donburi,  and on Thursday I'm planning to pull a couple of jars of my Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Sauce out of the freezer, which I'll mix some sauteed Italian sausage into and serve over pasta.

What I'm thankful for: I am really thankful for the cup of coffee I am sipping right now. Like I said earlier, I am seriously struggling with the time change.

What I'm planning: In the next couple of weeks I am planning to start a monthly photo post on my blog. I really love photography, but I need keep working at it and experimenting with my camera. Plus I need to figure out how to put those watermarks thingys on my photos too...

What we did this last weekend: We had a nice quiet weekend. We took a couple of walks, ate yummy food, and played with the kids. Sunday after church we all walked to a park where there was lots of basketball-playing and rollerblade-skating. Then my Sweetie and I had a ping-pong tournament which was super fun.....you don't need to ask; the person who always wins won, and it wasn't me. :-)

What I'm looking forward to: We have co-op this week and we are starting over in history at the beginning. My dear friend Kate will do a brief overview of creation and then dive right into Egyptian and early Bible history. And then this next Saturday we get our meat goats which is the beginning of another 4H animal adventure....

A picture to share:



~This was what happened this last week when the girls found my bag of pillow-filler in my big sewing box...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That the older two did a great job at our 4H county presentation day. Bookworm got a gold and Mr. Lego got a blue....the judges kick it up a notch for seniors and do expect them to excel, which is as it should be. Sectionals are in a month and so Bookworm is fine tuning her speech...

What I'm listening to: The shower going upstairs, little girls stirring in their room, a boy eating breakfast in the kitchen.

What we're learning: This week the older two are wrapping up their literature unit on The Hobbit, I am doing an Astronomy unit study with the younger girls, and we are learning about the respiratory system in science.

What I'm watching: The rain clouds rolling in. We are going to have a couple of days of rain this week; we are a little behind on our rain totals and can definitely use it.

What's cooking: This week is a crock pot week as I have two dishes I am making in it: Chile Pork Verde and Sweet and Sour Tofu. Other things I am making? Cheesy Penne Pasta with baked sweet potatoes and Butternut Squash soup.

What I'm buying: I need to go out on the next couple of days and buy some bread. At co-op this week, we are having home-grown and home-made grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Yummm.

What I'm creating: I was hoping to get out and do some seed planting this week, but we have rain coming tomorrow. But I can at least get some seeds and fertilizer and plan it out.

What I'm planning: To use my SLR camera more. It has been sitting in its case for a couple of months now, and I need to get it out and use it at least once a week.

What we did this last weekend: We went to presentation day in the morning; I judged a room full of Interpretive Readings and My Sweetie judged Illustrated Talks and Demonstrations. Home to do stuff around the house and Chicken Spinach Quesadillas. Yesterday we went to church and heard a convicting sermon on prayer, then Sunday school and our monthly fellowship meal. Then over to the assisted living center for a devotional service, then to my dear friends' house for fellowship and games.

What I'm looking forward to: We have a 4H poultry meeting tonight, and the officers meeting tomorrow night. Co-op is at my friend's farm this week, and we have a quiet weekend ahead.

A picture to share:


~Mr. Lego and Bookworm at Presentation Day