Busy busy bees

It’s been a busy September for our household thus far and the outlook seems to indicate that things will remain status quo. Here’s a run down of what you’ve missed while I was slacking on my posts 🙂

We started our year of homeschooling right after Labor Day. Here’s a picture from our first day, along with a picture of our circle time area. So far we have been doing school three days a week, with the two other days reserved for classes outside of home (swim, ballet and gymnastics). As the kids are still very young, we do circle time, then a lesson in the morning, and we use the afternoon for free play.

Since we’ve started school, we’ve done units on spiders, frog and birds, along with a review on numbers, letters, colors and shapes.

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This was a felt “man with a beard” that I created to go along with this poem:

There was an old man with a beard
Who said ‘It is just as I feared,
Two owls and a hen,
Four larks and wren,
Have all made their nests in my beard!’

After two other Pinterest fails (I should have taken a picture of these eggs we had tried to do earlier in the week… awful!), I was pretty happy about how this one worked out!

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We have started decorating for Halloween — I know it’s early, but I figure if I don’t get started, I’ll never get around to doing it!

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I took M to a meet-and-greet with Princesses Rapunzel, Ariel, Elsa and Anna. She was a little shy at first, but as you can see in the video, once the singing started, she was all about it!

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Speaking of singing… apparently I have imparted my love of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” with my children…

M has been interested in singing and dancing so we started her in a ballet class and G-man and S in a gymnastics class. All three kids are also enrolled in a swim class. Whew! Talk about the Mama-taxi!

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As part of school, we’ve taken a few field trips to learn about the environment and, well, just to have fun!

This is Botany Bay, a nature preserve on Edisto Island — a place that seems almost too magical to be real. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend it.
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We also like to go down to the pier to see what kind of wildlife we can find. We almost always spot Great Blue Heron, Egrets, little sand crabs and oysters.

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Other days, we go alligator hunting. This one was just across the street from the house at our local lake. We also spotted some centipedes…. which of course the kids were riveted by. I, on the other hand, couldn’t stop hopping with the heebie-jeebies. Ick. The top three things that make my skin crawl are wasps/hornets, spiders and centipedes/millipedes. ****shudder*** We try to teach the kids to have respect for nature by observing it, rather than disturbing it. When it’s outside. If nature (i.e., BUGS) finds its way into my house, squishing, swatting and flushing are absolutely fair game. Just saying.

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We’ve also spent time outside picking cherry tomatoes off the two plants I planted early in the summer. There’s nothing like a vine-ripened tomato. Yum!

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This past week we celebrated the annual Harvest Moon Festival by devouring some Moon cakes, got G-man a haircut after his Daddy attempted to trim his hair with clippers (I’m never letting that happen again! Ha!) and visited with friends.

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The most exciting thing this past week though, was picking up our new boat! We had it custom made with all the gizmos and gadgets that hubby wanted so he is definitely over the moon. We had wanted to get it in the water on Friday but with it being so close to dinner for the kiddos, we decided to wait to take her on her maiden voyage and not rush (the way we did last time… lessons learned!).

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Next week we’re continuing our study of birds and hopefully we’ll get downtown to go visit the birds (and the new sharks) at the aquarium.

 

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