Friday, May 27, 2011

A Day With Dinosaurs

The boys have been interested in dinosaurs for a long time, so when a "Jurrasic Park" type display came to an area near us we took advantage of the opportunity to see them in person.

I don't think the boys have gone more than an hour without mentioning the trip a single day this week.

And as always the visit refreshed their interest and our weekly library trip was spent hunting dinosaur books and spending the week reading even more. It was difficult to not repeat dinosaur books we've checked out before on the topic since we've read so many, but we did pull a few old favorites along with "new to us" books.

Our dinosaur reads this week:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yarn Along

More yarning with Ginny...

I'm still working on the yellow lace shawl Omelet this week, but now with just 10 rows left on the chart B repeats. We're going to be in the car a lot over the holiday weekend so I'm attempting to finish up chart B and maybe even chart C on the trip.

My reading stack? Packed full with first grade materials for the upcoming school year. Everything is either here or on its way to us, and Ender has been really excited as each box has come our way.  I've already divided everything into terms, but I still need to turn those divisions into lists for each week that are actually useful.

I've been struck this week by how differently homeschoolers can see different curriculum. I think Writing With Ease is going to prove to be just the pace I'm looking for to introduce Ender to writing- not too much writing to start out with, but steadily growing with time. A homeschooling family in the studio saw my copy out on the table and asked about it, noting that they used it for awhile but put it aside because they thought it too slow. Slow is exactly what we are looking for for my son who will be a fresh 6-year-old in the fall, but not such a good fit for other families. I'm so thankful for the variety of materials available now!

Hunger Games was in my stack last week but it went quickly and I really loved it! Now I'm waiting for the other two books in the trilogy to come my way from the library.

Monday, May 23, 2011

One More Week

This is the last week of the school year in the studio.

Then on to summer.

My mind is full right now...

My mother-in-law

School plans for next year

How unbelievable it is that it's only a few short weeks until Ezra turns FOUR.

Studio plans for summer AND next school year

And the next two after that if we're being really honest,
because my brain is a crazy place that doesn't shut down after just planning what needs to be planned.

And I have my own "big birthday" in just 3 weeks...

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