I was really excited about the Big Sur Half Marathon. It was my goal race of the season, a new and beautiful course, some super fast exciting people would be there (Kara Goucher!) And it’s known to be a fast course so I envisioned a PR day. The only bummer going into it was that my husband had to scratch (not race). This was supposed to be his big race of the season (and he has the Olympic Trials coming up in February) so needless to say, he was bummed. He is fighting an injury and finally decided on Wednesday it just wasn’t going to happen. So that put a bit of a damper on the weekend, but we (husband, myself and our two girls) still decided to all go 🙂 Continue reading
Running has taught me a lot about habits and discipline, which today I realized show up in other areas of my life besides running! Go figure 🙂
This afternoon, I knew I needed to get school work with Elizabeth done and all I could think was “just get out the door” which in terms of running means “put on your shoes and GO, before your brain catches on to what you are doing” and in terms of home school meant, “just sit down, start working, before you decide you are too tired. It will be over before you know it.” And guess what. It always is! Continue reading
I call this post my “developing educational philosophy” because, guess what? I am still learning! This one idea though, of letting connections to material come naturally and organically has been on my mind for a bit, so I wanted to share my developing thoughts. Feel free to check back in at a later date to see if it is still working!
This week we learned the “major groups of invertebrates”. For my 4 year old, that basically meant learning “some animals don’t have bones! And here are a few examples!” I didn’t check out books about invertebrates from the library, I didn’t even make an art project about worms or snails or octopi (though that would be simple and fun!). We just learned that such animals exist and sang a silly song to help remember their names. We drew, and we read books, but they didn’t necessarily line up with what we were learning this week. Continue reading
My husband won the Portland Marathon! It was actually his third time accomplishing this feat, but my first time getting to be there to see it. In fact, get this – this was our first time EVER flying together! What?
September was our first month making a monthly goal tracker for our 4 year old. She loved it. The end of the month got a little less enthusiastic, but that is the great thing about setting monthly goals – a new month! She is already super excited about her October goals, she helped pick them out. 🙂
And she knows momma had her goals too! Except she doesn’t like that I use “X’s” because to her, an X is a bad thing. Too cute 🙂 Momma likes her Xs, and loves when she checks them off! Continue reading
Latin: printed out visual cues for the different sounds from SuzanneShares.com. These helped us a TON!
Science: created a “Caterpillar Camouflage” data sheet to go along with our pipe cleaner hunt 🙂
Fine Arts: upside down drawing. Selected books from the library that had simple drawings emphasizing basic shapes. students got to pick a few to copy upside down!
A little overview of what we did this week!
Bible – We finished our previous bible and started our new one! It is the Big Picture Interactive Storybook Bible. We love the pictures and it has a question for each story.
Morning Board Time – continued with shape, color and (added this week) letter of the day, for Rebekah, age 2. For Elizabeth, age 4 – sight word and character trait of the day. And filled in the calendar!