Monday, February 28, 2011

Attitudes

For the most part the attitudes here in our school are really good. Are my students excited to get started in the morning? Not usually. But, they don't generally give me any trouble once I establish that we are, in fact, getting started. And then things move along rather smoothly until lunch. We usually get the majority of our schooling for the day done by then.

But then there are those days ... typically Mondays ... when the attitudes are stinky and I want to scream! The attitudes are usually prompted by a tiresome weekend of friends, xbox, late nights, sleeping in, sporadic eating. And, yes, that's my fault because I allow it. But, after a week of working so hard I feel that it's important that he they get the opportunities to do those things, especially since there is not a lot of socialization that goes on during the week.

But all of this justification doesn't make the attitude any easier to handle.

So, I think I will give him them 15 more minutes, will go discuss the importance of a good working atittude especially since he they had the weekend off, and then we'll get started.

But I think I'll have one more cup of coffee first. Because, it's definitely Monday.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up ~ {Observations}

A lot of people post about the February homeschooling blahs, but I really don't feel as though I have had them. I have a great deal of excitement about what we are learning. And the kids seems to, as well. But then mid-week this week I hit a brick wall of exhaustion. And on Thursday I called school OFF on account of rain (and when I say school, I mean our homeschool and I kept my two public school kids home ... and it really was raining.) We took a pj day. I sat in my favorite chair and got caught up on some DVR'd shows and some computer work. I felt much better and was ready to go again on Friday.

Here's what we did on the other four days ...

Dawson ~ 8th Grade

We are moving strong through The Middle Ages. It's pretty interesting! This week we learned about the fall of the Roman Empire, the attacks of the barbarians, the reign of Charlemagne, and the rise of the feudalistic society. Yesterday we wrapped up our week by watching a video from The History Channel International called "Holy Grail in America".


Dawson almost completed his faux stained glass project. He just has some cleaning up to do on it. Here is a sneak peak into the masterpiece.


He is also writing a "mystery play", although I have given him a lot of freedom with it. Really, for me, I just want him to get a sense of how to write a play, any play. So, he chose to write something about an American Idol competition.

In science we are still studying Plant Science. I am working really had to be sure to present everything to him in a way that he will really understand it and retain it, because I know that for me it can be confusing. We are drawing diagrams and looking at diagrams and even watching some animations when necessary. This week we studied pollination, fertilization, germination, seed dispersal, cones and spores. Our herbs are coming along nicely!


In literature, we finished The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, and started Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Dawson thought that The Door in the Wall was kind of boring. It did a great job of setting the scene for Medieval times, but it didn't have a lot of action or emotion. We've only read the first chapter of Adam of the Road and we are hooked (it might be because there is a trusty dog involved!)


 For personal reading Dawson is reading The Merchant of Death by D.J. McHale, the first book in the Pendragon series.



Brynne ~ 1st Grade

We made this a whole week of Observations. It was so fun!

First we observed birds in our backyard. We started by re-watching Your Backyard  by Crowe'sNest Media and then sat outside and took photos of the birds visiting our backyard feeders. That day we saw Carolina Chickadees, male and female Dark-eyed Juncos, and a male Cardinal.

On Tuesday we observed the sun by making a sundial out of a paper plate and a straw. We checked our sundial at noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 and colored the shaded area made by the straw. We observed that the sun moves all day and that a sundial looks like a clock. We discussed how people of old used sundials to tell time.


On Wednesday we read the book Backyard Detective by Nic Bishop and Brynne used a magnifying glass to observe the different bugs that are in a typical backyard. She also played with her own bug collecting kit and collected items from our yard.



On Friday Brynne made observations of a paper sack containing an item by using her five senses. This is what she wrote:
  • It feels "hard". (felt it through the paper sack)
  • It sounds "bouncy". (shook it in the paper sack)
  • It smells "good". (smelled it with her eyes closed)
  • It tastes "sweet". (tasted it with her eyes closed)
  • It looks ... and she drew a picture of it (finally looked at it!)
  • It is "Smarties."
And she said the thing she observed as being the best was that she got to eat them!




In writing, Brynne wrote a letter to her penpal at BrainInTrainin and told her about her and "Maggie's" trip to our State Capitol. She did a story starter of "At the Capitol I ..." and she wrote "saw many seals." (She really loved seeing how many state seals she could find during our Scavenger Hunt.) And for dictation Brynne wrote, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

She also practiced properly writing her letters by using a wipeable mat I got at Target in the Dollar bin.


In Math we haved moved to learning numbers to 100 by grouping tens and ones. This was the first time she worked on a new assignment that I don't think she COMPLETELY "got it" right from the start. We got out our Lego's and she used them to make groups of tens and ones to complete her workbook pages.


 Then on Wednesday we got out our new grouping sticks. She LOVED, LOVED, LOVED using those and as soon as we started using them she picked up on the concept quickly! I will be writing a review of this product on Monday.


There was some impromptu learning going on this week, too. I love that! While making her "O" mini-book, we decided to put the pages in alphabetical order based on the "O" pictures on each page. Then while playing with her wipeable letter map, she decided to sort the letters based on the colors of the letters.

And finally in history we picked back up reading Meet Josefina. We took some time and made some castanuelas that the Spanish Americans used when dancing at a fandango. We followed the instructions for making Castanuelas (Castenets) here.


This was definitely a busy week despite our day off.

I observed that I do too much all the time and that I need to start taking a little bit of time for myself to avoid exhaustion and burnout. We are implementing a new plan with our school schedule starting on Monday.

To see what other homeschools got done this week, go visit Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

For the Birds ~ Week of February 28th Books and Activities


Next week we will begin by looking at some of the different State birds, by reading United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbott. Of course we will concentrate on the State bird of Oklahoma, the Scissor-tail flycatcher. We'll learn it's specific characteristics and call by visiting All About Birds and Birdzilla. And we'll do a fact and coloring page.

Then we will go on to do some additional studies on the State of Oklahoma. I checked out two at-level books from the library that we will read and discuss.

We will make a tornado in a jar.

We will go the grocery store and try to identify Made in Oklahoma (MIO) items.

We will listen to "Oklahoma", our state song, and try to learn it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Harper Collins Children's Books {Living Books Tool}

The more and more I homeschool, the more and more I am buying into the Charlotte Mason Living Books concept ... just read a great book and learn. How easy is that?

We've used Living Books extensively this year, mostly with Dawson. It's easy with historical fiction. And then I heard about Living Books for math... for young learners. Honestly, it hadn't occurred to me.

This week Brynne started learning about grouping numbers ... hundreds, tens, ones. We've used legos and bundled sticks (a review is coming up on one of these products). So I decided to browse our library electronic card catalog for possible books to go along with this concept, or other math concepts. I chose about six books.

On the back of one of the books I saw a reference to Math Start and a website. When I typed it in it redirected me to Harper Collins Children's Books.

First of all, there are a lot of resources there! There are book guides, activities, author tour dates and many other things.

In the search box I typed in "Math Start" and it pulled up 70 books. Now, I am a cheapo homeschooler, so I won't be purchasing any of these books. But, I do now have a list of math Living Books that I can request from our public library. And, then I can use any of the lessons guides and activities provided on the website for those books.

For instance, one of the books I checked out from the library was Missing Mittens written by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. (This book is really about odd and even numbers, but it proved to me that Living Books for math really do exist. There was another one called A Pair of Socks that I am going to get for my public school son to read, because he has had some difficulty with the "pairs" issue.)

I can go here to get additional activities to do with the Missing Mittens.

You can also browse the books online before you purchase them or check them out from your local library!

This was a nice resource to locate. Thought I would pass it alog.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oklahoma State Capitol Scavenger Hunt ~ Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


I posted about our trip to the Oklahoma State Capitol Building last week, and how I prepared a Scavenger Hunt for the kids to do to help keep them occupied while we were touring the Capitol. It turned out to be a great idea because the kids really got into it and I can see how they could have been really bored after a while.

The reason I prepared my own Scavenger Hunt was because I had done a search for one and could not find one. I was surprised someone else had not already done this.

So, because of that, I thought I would post mine in case anyone else would want to use it in the future.

1st Floor
  • A lady sitting on a bench
  • Oklahoma's state wildflower ~ Indian blanket
2nd Floor
  • Lots of men looking to the center of the room
  • The "boss" of Walmart, Mr. Walton
4th Floor
  • Two round "pictures" on each side of a door (indians on both)
  • A painting showing "prairie life", a woman feeding chickens
5th Floor
  • Battleship "Oklahoma" with bomber planes
  • Man planting a tree
Bonus ~ anywhere (tally how many total you can find)
  • State seal
  • State flag
  • State flower (mistletoe)
  • State bird (scissor-tail flycatcher)
  • State tree (redbud)
If you are happening upon this, please feel free to use it. You can go here and click on the various floors to see photos of the items above.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Plant Fertilization ... huh???

Dawson is studying plant science and today was the 'ol fertilization topic. We read our notes, looked at a couple of diagrams and he said, "Huh?" No, maybe that was me.

Anyway, we had a general idea as to what was happening, but to be able to put it into words, or diagram it ourselves, might be pushing it.

I wanted a way for him to better visualize what was going on. So I found this .. an animation of the pollination and fertilization process (the life cycle of angiosperms).

I looked it over and it made things much clearer for me. I'll have Dawson watch it tomorrow. Just a note .. I chose to watch the non-narration version because the narration version uses the big, authentic scientific words for every little thing and it's a little much for an 8th grader and his mama teacher. But I do know that I can now read him his notes while he is watching the animation and he'll have a better understanding of the process. Or at least I will. And isn't that half the battle?

The internet is a wonderful thing.

The Young Scientists Club - The Magic School Bus activity kits {Review}

As part of my opportunity to review CSN products, I chose some Magic School Bus activity sets called The Young Scientists Club. We have not used these sets yet, because I actually have plans for them for next school year.

As soon as I received them, though, I became immediately inspired!

The first one is The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body activity kit.


Ms Frizzle and her students take children on a wild ride into the human body with these breathtaking experiments. This exciting kit includes a life-size poster with 8 sheets of body part stickers! Seatbelts, everyone!

Features:
  • Winner! 2007 National Association of Gifted Children Gifted Child Holiday Pick List, Dr. Toy’s Best 10 Educational Products and 100 Best Children’s Products Awards, 2007 Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine, 2007 Father's Day Seal of Approval from Mr. Dad eChoice (Editor’s Choice) Award, 2007 Seal of Approval and Award of Excellence from The Toy Man, Three iParenting Media Outstanding Products Awards, Three 2008 Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) Honors, Two 2007 Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Awards!!
  • Bend bones, make joints, map taste buds, expand lungs, build a stethoscope, measure lung capacities and heart rates, perform the iodine starch test, spin glitter, simulate synovial fluid, create a human body poster.
The Human Body is the first science unit we will do in the fall. We will read The Magic School Bus books and watch the movie having to do with the human body. We will also read other living books on the subject. These experiments will be perfect to go with the unit!! I am so excited to get started!!!



Ms. Frizzle and her students take children on a wild ride into the secrets of space with spectacular experiments. This thrilling kit includes an interactive space poster with sheets of planet and star stickers. Seatbelts, everyone!

Features:
  • Winner! 2007 National Association of Gifted Children Gifted Child Holiday Pick List, Dr. Toy’s Best 10 Educational Products and 100 Best Children’s Products Awards, 2007 Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine, 2007 Father's Day Seal of Approval from Mr. Dad eChoice (Editor’s Choice) Award, 2007 Seal of Approval and Award of Excellence from The Toy Man, Three iParenting Media Outstanding Products Awards, Three 2008 Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) Honors, Two 2007 Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Awards!!
  • Construct a night-vision flashlight, design a solar system mobile, build a constellation box, draw constellation cards, recreate the phases of the moon, make a model of a solar eclipse, observe magic beads change color, assemble a working telescope
After we complete our unit on The Human Body, we will be moving right along to a study of space, using this kit! How fun does this look?? Again, we will read The Magic School Bus books on space exploration and watch any of their videos, as well. We will supplement with other living books on space. It will be so fun!

It's everything I can do to not get started on one of these units right now! But, I already have plans for the rest of this school year and really want to use these next year. For now they are just sitting in their boxes on the shelf waiting to be cracked open and used!

I would highly recommend these products and am sure these will not be the only two kits we use.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Birdzilla

And no, I'm not talking about me.

Although my family might disagree. They call me the Bird Lady because I am obsessed with taking care of our backyard birds (especially when we had our huge snow storm) and am always filling our bird feeders, making more bird feeders and stopping everything to make everyone look at a bird, whether it be at home or in the car.

We really wanted to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count, but time just got the better of us. Maybe next year. Plus, I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to identify the birds.

Then I came across Birdzilla while reading one of my favorite blogs, Handbook of Nature Study. Am I the only bird lover who has never heard of that site???

It's awesome! It has an online book for each state with the Top 50 native birds. The pictures are amazing! It describes nesting and gives fun facts and gives an audio of their songs. I looked at it for fifteen minutes and was, like, "yeah, we have that .. and that .. and, oh, that's what that is!" Love it!

Check it out!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ {Post Snow Days Catching Up and Exhaustion}

We took off 9 days because of the biggest snowfall in Oklahoma history (35" outside our doors).

So this week, we were back at it in a major way! We also had two field trips, so to say this week was a calm one would be a total lie! In fact, it was exhausting! But, we got tons done and learned a lot! So, we're all happy (although I had to go to bed at 8:00 last night because I was wiped out!)

Here's what all we accomplished ....

Dawson ~ 8th Grade

We are getting right into The Middle Ages in our A World of Adventure curriculum. We are really concentrating on note taking. Up to this point I would read Dawson the information and then he would take notes. Then I would attempt to prepare a study guide from his notes so that he could take quizzes. It became increasingly difficult for me to read his notes. And he told me that he couldn't make sense of them when he went back to review them. Now I am reading him the information and writing the notes on the white board so he can see how to take several paragraphs of information and compile it into a small, well-organized area.

We have started The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli. Dawson has done a charcoal sketch of his interpreation of a door in a wall. He has written an essay about a friendship in the book. He has researched the Punch and Judy show, as it is referenced in the book. And he has started writing a mystery/miracle play. He is currently working on adjectives.

The science unit we are doing in conjunction with The Middle Ages is plant science, because of the use of the excessive use of herbs and plants during that era. So far Dawson has dissected a flower and drawn a diagram of it, studied the parts of plants, planted some herbs, learned about germination, photosynthesis, fertilization and pollination, and has some lima beans soaking and hanging out in the sun to chart their growth.



In Fine Arts, Dawson completed his charcoal sketch. And he is currently working on a stained glass project. Due to ease, we chose to do faux stained glass that we read about here. So far it is turning out really cool and I can't wait to see the finished product.


Dawson is just about to finish his second Life of Fred textbook, Decimals and Percents. Today I ordered Pre-Algebra with Biology that he will complete by the end of this year. He has really enjoyed this curriculum and I never have to beg him to do his math assignments. We will continue with Life of Fred next year. If you have a child who loves stories and adventure and can't stand repititious busy work, then your child will love this curriculum and will learn a lot!

Dawson is still working steadily on his spanish and typing assignments and is improving in both areas.

He finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick this week and loved it!


Brynne ~ 1st Grade

I realized this week that we had completed all of Really Reading 2, a free reading download by The Tanglewood School. And guess what, she is completely reading. For the first time this week she went to the library, perused the shelves, chose a book she wanted to read, checked it out, and read the whole thing in the car, cover-to-cover.


This week we kind of completed our study of adoption and the letter "N" from the week before, and combined a couple of weeks by moving on in our For the Birds study and learning about Oklahoma for our field trip to our state capitol.

Since Dawson was coming back from snowboarding on Monday, Brynne and I had the day to ourselves. It was Valentine's Day, so we worked on our Valentine books and activities (The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond) before we headed to Eli's Valentine party at school:


It's raining hearts!


We did our last Valentine book and activity on Tuesday reading Adeline by Bobby Strickland and Kathryn Rathke and making a heart and straw "God Loves You Too" necklace.


On Monday morning we also watched the movie Stuart Little to wrap up our study of A Mother for Choco and the topic of adoption. Brynne loved the movie and it helped her see how you can love someone as your own child, even if they don't look like you.


Our focus book for For the Birds was Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. We did some comparisons of birds and bats, comparing Stellaluna with The Ugly Ducking. We made a chart of their specific characteristics and then circled the characteristics that were the same. Of course the biggest characteristics were that bats are nocturnal and hang upside down from trees. To demonstrate nocturnal, I took Brynne into my dark walk-in closet and had her take five steps forward. She was scared and reluctant. Then I held a small flashlight next to her ear and turned it on to demonstrate how nocturnal animals can see in the dark. I also held her and hung her upside down. She finished the sentence: "When I was hanging upside down I saw ... a dog." (One of our puppies was under her, looking up at her.) Then she drew a picture of him.

For math Brynne and I played a game called Fat Bat. We modified the rules a bit and played it like this: We each rolled a dice and wrote down the number we rolled. We kept doing this until one of us rolled a "1". When that happened we added up all our numbers and the one with the highest number won. The coolest part about this? She said, "I want to add them all up." She counted on her fingers and added up 7 numbers in a row to get 29. I was so impressed!


The other big project we did this week was studying the state symbols of Oklahoma. We were going to be going to Oklahoma City to our state capitol on Thursday for Homeschool Day. I made her a little notebook containing color sheets of the state symbols with a manilla folder cover bound with yarn. We took it with us to the capitol so she could easily identify items. I also prepared a scavenger hunt for her (and made copies for the other kids at the last minute) and our tour guide used it to make sure we found all of our items. You can read all about our trip to the capitol here.



To finish off our week we finally had our Coop Valentine's party that had been postponed due to the weather. You can read all about it at Taulman Times: Special Edition found here.


Whew! See why I went to bed at 8:00 last night???

It was a crazy, crazy week, but so much fun! We are all thrilled to be sitting in our pjs today just chilling out and resting (and getting caught up on some housework!)

We are linking up to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Thanks Kris for hosting every week!

Friday, February 18, 2011

For the Birds ~ Book and Activities for the Week of February 21st


One of the things I love most about homeschooling is the freedom to change things up when a change in circumstances arises.

We had every intention of participating in The Great Backyard Bird Count that started today. But, with us taking off 9 days of school because of the snow, and then working so hard this whole week while going to the state capitol building yesterday and having a Valentine's party today, I just didn't feel like we were prepared enough.

And, next week our letter-of-the-week is "O". So we are going to study Observation. One of the main ways we will study that topic is by doing an unofficial backyard bird count each day next week. We are going to re-watch Your Backyard  by Crowe's Nest Media, to familiarize ourselves with the different birds in our region, and then spend 15 minutes each day observing the birds in our backyard and taking pictures of them. Then we will sit down on Friday and do an official count of the different birds that visited us. Hopefully by doing this we will be completely prepared to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count next year.

Observing birds will be only one form of observation we will do.

Our focus book this week will be Backyard Detective: Critters up Close written and illustrated by Nic Bishop.


I bought Brynne a little bug study kit and we will collect some bugs and weeds and other things and observe them with a magnifying glass. (In fact she already found it and is using it as I type.)

On one sunny day next week we will do some observations of the sun by making a sundial and participating in the activities found here.

And our final observations will be with our senses. We will use this hard candy and paper sack activity found here.

So, if you are following along in our For the Birds study, next week will be changed up a bit with an emphasis on observation. I am really looking forward to this set of lessons!

Then next week we will move on to the focus book United Tweets of America and will study the different state birds. Because Brynne enjoyed the little amount of study we did on Oklahoma last week getting prepared for our trip to the capitol, we will do some further studies on Oklahoma by using some children's library books:

Feel free to join us in a study of your state!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Capitol Day

Six families from our Homeschool Coop drove to Oklahoma City today for Homeschool Capitol Day. It was one of the funnest field trips ever!


We left at 6:45 this morning so that we could get to the Capitol by 9:00 a.m. for the House and Senate Sessions. Each meeting took time to recognize all of the homeschooling families in attendance.



And we had an extra special treat ... one of our moms' brothers is the new Senator in our district. He was so very accommodating to us! He met with us in his office after the meeting and had his assistant take us on a personal tour of the Capitol.


I had prepared a scavenger hunt for the kids to do, in an attempt to keep the younger kids engaged (all that art and "big people stuff" can get boring to little ones fast!) I just chose two pieces of art from each floor for the kids to locate, giving clues to find them. Then for "bonus" they were to see how many times they could find various state symbols, like the flag, seal, bird and wildflower. It was really cool because the Senator's assistant asked me if he could have one of the scavenger hunt sheets and he made sure we hit the parts of the Capitol that had those items.

After our tour we met back up with Senator Brinkley and he took us down to the Senate floor and to the Senator's lounge. We even got to step in and see the Governor's office!


We were so well-taken care of and felt so honored to be there! And the kids were amazing! I was so proud of all of them!

We left the Capitol around noon and headed down historic Route 66 to have lunch at Pops, an iconic restaurant that reminds you of something you would see on the movie Cars. They have hundreds of unique bottled sodas for you to choose from to drink with your dinner. Brynne had a hot dog and I had the yummiest turkey burger. It was a really fun place to visit!



The kids had such a great time, but I think the moms had the most fun of all. We all said that we thought it was great that our kids could come on our field trip with us.

I highly recommend that you visit your state Capitol if you get the opportunity. Contact your state representatives from your district and have them show you around! Do a little mini-study of your state and its' symbols to engage your children.

I know that this trip was a stepping-off point for many studies about our state. And I know that it will be something Brynne never forgets!


I know I never will!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Regrouping due to snow days

Here's what school was like for us this week ....


Yeah, nothing. We had another 10" of snow, on top of our 24" from last week, so our public schools have been out since last Tuesday the 2nd. It is impossible to get my two homeschooled kids to think school when my two public school kids are not having to do anything. Since we stay on their schedule (so we all get out at the same time at the end of the school year) we have now had 9 days off school. We haven't done a thing but play, watch movies and make a mess.

Now it's time for me to regroup. It's going to be in the 60's this weekend (yeah, Oklahoma), so we WILL have school next week! Dawson and I had actually gotten ahead in school, in anticipation of his snowboarding trip with my husband. But the days he was going to miss school have been snow days, so he is actually ahead.

That leaves Brynne. We are behind on everything. Next week we will concentrate on For the Birds (trying to get somewhat caught up) and Valentine books and activities. We'll get lots of math and reading in through those activities. We'll get back into the full swing of the 3R's the following week. It's all good.


So if you have been following along with us on our For the Birds study, this is what we will be doing next week.


We'll read Stellaluna and do a Diagram comparing the bats and the birds. Then we'll read The Ugly Ducking to compare the two main characters and how their differences really made them special.

Additional bat activities will include:

* Color-by-number and dot-to-dot (counting by 2's) found here.
* Bat word search found here.
* Play Fat Bat found here.
* Stellaluna Batty about Bats activities found here.
* Watch Stuart Little to wrap up our discussions about adoption from last week (and it will tie in nicely with our Stellaluna story from this week.)

We'll rewatch our video Your Backyard in anticipation of Great Backyard Bird Count February 18-21.


And this is what we will be doing for our Valentine books and activities.

It's Valentine's Day in the kingdom of Zeeland where Adeline Addison makes her home. All of the creatures, including the lovable pig, Hector P. Swine, have valentines for Adeline, but they mysteriously say the same thing. Adeline wonders what they could mean until a mountain of cards reveals an earthshaking truth: "God loves you most."

With this book we will make a "God loves you most" necklace with paper hearts and straw pieces strung on yarn.


From the illustrator of "If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie". One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
We will make felt stuffed hearts by stuffing them and sewing them embroidery style with yarn and then hang them from our kitchen light fixture so as to have an appearance of raining hearts.

The last thing we will concentrate on will be a state book about Oklahoma, that I will put together for Brynne. On Thursday we will be visiting our state's capitol for Homeschool Capitol Day with many members of our Coop. This is an important day for us to be able to demonstrate to our state leaders how important home educators take their role, and how grateful we are for allowing us to teach our children according to the standards we believe to be best for each of our individual children. In Oklahoma we are virtually unregulated as homeschoolers, and we want to keep it that way!

This post will be linking up with Weekly Wrap-up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.