An Autumn Yarn Along

I have not done a Yarn Along in almost three months!

The main reasons are that I have not been crocheting and I have not been reading much.
And while I’m still not reading as much as I’d like, I did pick up the sweater I began crocheting two months ago because the weather is cooling down and it would be nice if Eric could wear it before the spring.

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I’m about halfway done with the body and then all I have to do it crochet two arms and add some buttons.  So…. it may be done before winter is over.
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And since I can’t read while I crochet, here is a photo of what I was watching while I crocheted last night:  Once Upon a Time.

So, what have you been reading and making? 

A New Approach

Until I became a homeschool teacher, I did not understand how time consuming the constant reevaluating is that a teacher must do when teaching a variety of ages and learning styles.
On top of the 20-30 hours a week that I spend homeschooling, I also spent several more hours prepping, researching, picking curricula, grading, and reading.

And then there are all the hours dedicated to listening to the children read or explaining what they have read, and all the extracurricular activities: soccer, gymnastics, P.E. educational field trips, and of course, Classical Conversations every Monday.

This week, I decided to change thing up a bit.

IMG_20141017_130325I had some very helpful advice from Ma F at Crafty in Coffeeland this week, and it coincided with my decision to buy some different curricula.  I want to follow the Classical model, and I feel that doing so means we need to change things up around here.

Having been educated as a Secondary English teacher, I was not schooled in Classical methods.  My default method really does not align well with how I want my children to learn and be taught.  The Charlotte Mason approach goes very well with the Classical style, so I have adapted a few things to go along with the curricula that I purchased from Memoria Press.

We are continuing with Classical Conversations, just as we have been, but I am changing my approach a bit. I am going to begin the day with a Morning Basket (I’ll share more about that later) and use the CM memorization system to learn our scripture passage for Classical Conversations.
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We are also beginning a more intensive Latin course.
While we do learn some Latin in CC, I really want a more comprehensive approach while the kids are young.  Having taken Latin when I was younger, I know how much this helps with deciphering unknown words.  And, since David is reading at a high level for his age, he really needs this ability.
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We begin the new approach on Monday.

Now, back to the hours and hours of work I have ahead of me this weekend.
Thankfully, it is all for the benefit of the children and our homeschool, so I don’t do it begrudgingly. And… I’m a bit of a nerd and love lesson planning.  

Har-ber Village

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While we were in Arkansas for my husband and father-in-law to attend a conference, my mother-in-law, the kids and I went to Oklahoma to visit Har-ber Village.
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The Village is located on the shores of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.

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During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history and ecology, and view antiques, collectibles and reproductions in exhibitions representing the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the local four-state region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas) (from the website).
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Several of the Village’s HISTORIC BUILDINGS were relocated to the grounds, including a schoolhouse, jail and 16 log cabins. Other log structures were built to house collections and are typical for the mid-to-late 1800s—a courthouse, a bank, a stagecoach inn and a church built with bricks hand-made before the Civil War. Other replicated buildings include a mercantile, jail and hanging gallows, a doctor’s and a dentist’s office, print shop, post office, drug store and more (from the website).
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While we explored the village, the children did a scavenger hunt.
Everyone had a great time!
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Here is my entire album of Har-ber Village

Generations

We were able to make the long trip to Kansas to spend some time with my husband’s relatives.
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Nathaniel and I had not seen his grandparents since 2005, right after David was born.  It was so good to see them again, and they were exactly as I remember them.  I truly love my husband’s grandparents; they are incredible people.  I feel blessed to have them in my life, especially since I no longer have any living grandparents.
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Every Monday, we receive an email from them and are assured of their prayers for our family.  They have five children, and each child’s family has a day of the week that is especially dedicated to their prayers.  Nathaniel’s father’s day is Monday.  Every morning, we know that they are praying a little bit extra for us and our family.
What a special blessing to being the week with!

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They spent time with the children, talking and sharing their faith and wisdom.
It was such a special time.
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When Great-Grandpa met Eric James for the first time, he said that he is a very special boy and that there are great things in his future. Knowing what a wise man he is, I feel very certain that he is true. You may remember that it is Nathaniel’s paternal grandparents who chose Eric’s middle name: James. (His maternal grandfather chose his first name as well).

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Four Generations!

And We’re Back

My website was down for a few days.  Sorry about that.

We have a lot going on here right now.

Sweet baby boy and I are both sick, and a few of the other kids have coughs/colds.  My husband pulled a muscle in his back and has been to the chiropractor several times.
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On top of that, we are fixing up the house a little bit:
painting, replacing toilets (the ones that came with the house were awful)
and putting new floors in the bathrooms.  
The upstairs bathroom and our bedroom/bath had never been painted since the home was build.  It was about time.

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Even though our local schools are on fall break, we are pushing ahead with school. We did take off three days two weeks ago when we went to visit family (photos to come soon).

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They kids have also been very creative recently!
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We’ve had lots of rain this past week, and the kids have continued to play outside, despite the wet weather. They used water guns to write on the deck with water and played so many different imaginary games.

Hopefully, with the new week will come the sunshine!

Old Cabin in Virgina

This past summer, we met our families at a mountain resort in the Blackridge Mountains in Virginia.  We stayed in a lovely cabin in the woods and went on many fun adventures.   Right near the resort was an very old cabin.  I had fun taking photos while we explored the cabin.

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