I might just be getting the hang of this homeschooling gig. In addition to the usual morning lessons, this week we ventured into an impromptu Apple Week...
Apple picking, apple concocting (pie, crisp, sauce, cider), learning about Johnny Appleseed, apple poems, a few apple books and videos, and even the discovery of the law of gravity based on a falling apple. (Should I clarify? We didn't actually discover gravity, that was already done by someone else.) :)
We tried our hands at watercolor paintings. That was fun. (The step by step lesson can be found here.)
And we all agreed: independantly - not all that impressive, really. But collectively? They are fantastic!
If you want to play along, or bookmark some resources for next autumn even, here they are: our local library has this apple farming video and this gravity one, this Johnny Appleseed book we enjoyed, Apple Farmer Annie, and of course, Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss, and about 3 dozen more, if you think to request them from the library sooner than I. :) For our poetry, we liked printing out this template, and the younger ones used this and this for their handwriting lessons. Here's some chemistry we haven't got to yet, but it looks fun. If you happen to plan ahead by more than 5 minutes (like me), there are a ton of activities and lessons to be found.
1. Most excitingly - use your imagination here... Nie was in Chicago and can't say the details. PS- Set your DVR's to record Oprah for a while! Oh how I love her... (Nie, not Oprah.)
2. This lovley lady, Misha, has plenty to say. She's a wonderful writer. And has a wonderful heart, and what an interesting life! Last winter I emailed with her a handful of times, and then needed to drop something off to her. My husband who happened to be in the car said "Do you know her?" No, not really. He was perplexed as to why we hugged at her door, then spent ten minutes inside. She is that kind of person, so sweet, you'll have to hug her. And wow, look what she and her husband are doing! I LOVE this!! And side note: she lives in the exact same floor-plan house that we used to. But her's is sooooo darling, just read all of her blog for glimpses. I command you. (And please, Misha, seriously, when do you come over to decorate my house?)
4. I finally found a $75 off $100 purchase coupon for Old Navy. Check here on Thursdays (maybe roughly 4pm - 9pm) to try to get one for yourself. Hello autumn sweaters! (I've found many $50 off over the last few weeks too, and my Christmas shopping is nearly done. Wrapped even. I kid you not.) Also, just for practice, try this - In the center picture, move the white arrows until Amy, the mannequin with the navy blue cardigan is in the front. Then move the "A" from the Q&A and drag it onto her cardigan. See?!
(I should add, it's not just a matter of finding the coupon, but finding it quickly, as soon as the site is re-loaded each week.)
5. Starting to think about Christmas yourself? Last year I needed something super-frugal, and did this. Go here, BlueTricycle, pick out your favorite stationary print for around $4, then print as many as you want. Get a stack of cardstock and some envelopes, and print to your heart's content, then tie up bundles of them with baker's twine. Your friends will think you are so clever!
Yesterday we picked 45 pounds of apples. Today Bella, I mean Mady, made her first apple pie. (Home Ec. homeschool style is awesome). And my sweet Mady is awesome.
And then we had an impromptu harvest-potluck-picnic in my front yard with the neighbors. Dinner for 13 in ten minutes flat. (People often ask us if they can live in our hood. The answer is yes, we are accepting applications... ).