David has been reading The Hobbit aloud to the kids. (Despite the incredibly violent movie adaptations, the book is written for children.) Our daughter is LOVING the story and now all imaginative play involves hobbits, wizards, and dwarves. Daddy is in heaven!
I’ve found that quick status updates take a moment, while blog posts take me a while. (Especially recently with my laptop’s hard drive on the fritz.) As a result I’ve been posting more on Facebook and less here on my site, particularly since we started “officially” homeschooling. That makes me a little sad. I’m going […]
I feel like I can finally take a deep breath: the baby and our Christmas Tree have peacefully coexisted for over two weeks now. I just wasn’t sure how that was going to go down. To make the tree baby safe, we only placed ornaments on the top two thirds. True, our tree does look […]
This autumn we studied ‘leaves and seeds.’ With colorful leaves and dried seedpods littering walkways across Sonoma County, we gathered specimens everywhere we went. We may not have correctly identified all of them, but we had such fun spending time outdoors, learning together. We made bark and leaf rubbings… Separated seeds from their pods… Labeled […]
We started off the school year with a typical math textbook. We figured we’d try it. After all, repetition can be a way to learn (i.e. memorize) arithmatic. As the year has progressed we’ve been doing less workbook and more hands on math activities. The difference in our daughter’s interest, passion, and comprehensive in math […]
Hanukkah falls early this year, starting on Thanksgiving (and the day I met my husband eleven years ago!). Suddenly that’s less than a week away. Over the years we’ve done some fun kids Hanukkah projects including: A quick and easy no-sew felt menorah, Simple menorah decorating project with items from the pantry that our toddler […]
Hello, mid-November. Where did you come from?! The last few weeks has been a whirlwind of visits with family and friends. David’s mom came to help us while he had knee surgery (which went well and he headed back to his daily yoga practice two weeks post-op). Each visit was wonderful, although I admit that […]
Halloween shall be tricky for us this year. For the past month our daughter has been gluten-free (like me!) and it’s made a world of difference. It’s not that she was sick before. On the contrary, she has an incredible immune system and is rarely ill. We’ve just finally completely cut out all gluten from […]