Jan 31, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
The winter is getting to me these days. I am feeling isolated and blue. I miss my friends in St. John's. I miss my family that I haven't seen in years. I miss trudging up the hill to the center to visit with other moms. I love my girls and Prince Charming, but the last few days I have been feeling blue. I can't keep my house clean for more than a few minutes. I tell myself that it is a necessary evil of the joy of having three beautiful girls, but I don't remember my mom ever letting the house get the way that I can't seem to get it out of.
I need better storage solutions. I need more space. I need to have a place to go when I want to visit and chat. It is cold and snowy and dreary and I want to go out with my girls to a park and have a picnic or to take them to the splash park, or to have a barbecue and get to know my neighbors. I can feel it creeping into our homeschool too. I know I have less patience than I should. I am not the kind of teacher I want to be. I want to skip past this year and get to the new waldorf-inspired curriculum I have planned for next year to see if that helps us as much as I think it will. I guess I just want to get out of today and skip ahead a few months to warm weather at least. Maybe I won't feel so isolated and alone at that point.
There you go, it is a pretty depressing post, but I have been feeling that way for a few days and I just wanted to get it out there and maybe shake it off a little too.
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Well can you believe that my first baby girl is now NINE years old?!? I can't. She is such a sweet, caring, energetic, great kid. I am proud of her and I love how much she loves her baby sisters. Here are a plethora of pics of her through the years.
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
So to top off my day, while the family's supper was cooking I decided try to roast a few slices of potato in the oven (an experimental recipe). It was a bit of a disaster (blame the klutz in me today) and as I was trying to take out one of the slices to test whether it was done, I dropped it into the gap between the oven and oven door. I tried to close the oven door to see if it would fall all the way through, and banged the oven rack with the remaining potato slices on it and all the rest of the potato slices fell through the bars of the oven rack with one of them landing on the element and even catching on fire.
So how was YOUR day?
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
At this moment Princess Snifflefritz, my 1 year old, is laughing and clapping as her big sister entertains her.
At this moment Princess Belle, my soon to be nine year old, is enjoying a quiet moment to herself.
Life is good . . . at this moment.
Jan 22, 2011
I have discovered a cute trick which helps to preempt the tantrums Princess Magpie has been having. Whenever she is doing something that I want her to stop, rather than telling her not to do it, I ask her to help me fix it. So, if she has moved the chair into the living room and is standing on it to get at things she shouldn't, I ask her to help me move it back. I pretend it is so heavy and that only her little two year old help will work. She loves it and pretends to grunt and groan moving it back. It also works when I am finished vacuuming. She loves the vacuum and hates when I put it away, but if I ask her to help me put it away, she gets excited. I am loving this trick. I get celebrations and smiles instead of temper tantrums!
What are your thoughts? Do you know of any other Waldorf Inspired programs? Do you like them?
Edited to add: Princess Belle just does so much better with a creative approach to learning. Right now, she is going through a book that she got for Christmas filling in the blanks to create a new story. She is coming up to me and verifying that she has the correct type of word (noun, verb, adjective, plural). She is doing language arts and has no idea). She thrives in creativity, and that type of approach to learning.
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
I love the sound of my two little ones (aged 2 1/2 and 1) giggling together down the hall. I love that even at this age, they enjoy each other so much. I can just tell that they are going to be good friends. When I was pregnant with my baby girl, I remember dreaming about the days when she and Princess Magpie would be playing together, enjoying each other and I just love the sound of their baby giggles.
Jan 18, 2011
Today she requested to learn about the human body so I put aside the things I had planned and printed out some pages I had printed from "Homeschool Bits" . She was thrilled. (I have a sneaky suspicion that she really just wants to use the poster we have on the wall of the Human body. LOL)
Jan 17, 2011
I also can't resist the smile that greets me when I go in to rescue Princess Snifflefritz from her crib.
Jan 16, 2011
Here is one of the shelves. I LOVE how I have everything in containers, keeping all the clutter contained and organized!
I love that there is a big table for Princess Belle and a little desk for Princess Magpie. And all of the unicorns in the window make is a little girlly for all my girls.
I really like the posters and the map that I have. I can't wait to get a globe too.
I really am just so happy with how the final product looks. Of course, we will be getting a bigger white board but the one we have will do for now.
Jan 15, 2011
Princess Belle loved the idea that it was about ZOMBIE ants and she really enjoyed the unit! It was a fun way to begin our year back at homeschooling.
It really is a FUN unit study that is technically for kids ages 8 to13 but really it is applicable for students of all ages.
We had fun as we began to dig into the awe-inspiring yet peculiar (and gross) limited life of zombie fire ants. From learning about scientific research and natural habitats to animal classification, I really learned as much as Princess Belle did.
We really had fun having the chance to study stinging insects and the likes of zombie-monster creatures too!
With the Zombie Fire Ants we covered questions like:
* When out of control, how can scientists restore balance to the natural world?
* What’s so special about phorid flies, and how do they fit into the ant equation?
* Okay, so how does a fire ant morph from a hard-working colony participant into a zombie-like creature?
* If regular fire ants cause havoc, why create a zombie version?
* And a whole lot more!
The Curiosity Files really are great, they are amazing visually and the conversational-style content pulled us right in.
And as Princess Belle is always a hands on type of girl, she really enjoyed being given a chance to use her acquired knowledge by observing ants up close in a handmade ant farm. The crafts, recipes, and activities were a lot of fun for her.
Since she is Autistic I found that the way that the activities were a mix of visual regions, auditory regions, touch regions, and motor skill regions helped her to really retain what she was learning.
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