Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Living Books and Toads

Using a Charlotte Mason education or homeschooling in general, you are often questioned about "textbooks." Here in this house we are anti-textbooks and workbooks in everything except math. Real books are the way to go! Sonia Shafer's definition of living books is this: "Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject 'come alive.' " We are experiencing first hand the pleasure of learning through living books. My decision to use Apologia or living books has been temporarily answered by the amazing things we are learning through The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad by Thornton Burgess. These sweet books are full of great information and yet so entertaining for the kids.

Thanks to this sweet little chapter book my five and six year old know so many neat things about toads! They have learned about mating calls and polliwogs. They were amused and amazed when Peter Rabbit caught Old Mr. Toad changing his suit and eating it! They know all about his sticky, long tongue and even where it's connected in his mouth. And just today we learned how he hides in the ground to hibernate. All of this through playful dialogue between Peter Rabbit, Old Mr. Toad, and other of Burgess' fictional creatures.

After reading about the toad shedding, we were even able to go on YouTube and watch a video of a toad actually shedding and eating his own skin. Technology is good for something!

I am really looking forward to reading more of Burgess' animals adventures and plan to use The Burgess Bird Book for Children for science next year.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nature Study: Goldenrod Crab Spider

We caught this spider that we are pretty sure is a Goldenrod Crab Spider. Notice the four larger front legs? Kind of looks like a crab. We found out this is probably a female because the males have red stripes. This spider can change colors to white or green and usually hangs out on yellow flowers awaiting her prey. She injects poison rather than spinning a web. I did see her once drop from a dragline when I was messing with her with a stick.
What are the chances that in less than 8 hours of having her, she shed her exoskeleton?! I thought she withered away in the sun and was very confused until I finally found her hiding in a nook of our bug box.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lily Plays the Piano

Here are a couple of videos of Lily playing the piano. Please forgive the quality. All videos and pictures have been taken with my phone.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another Step Into Our Days

I promised a new post! You'll maybe get a couple just to catch you up. I have a couple of videos I would like to share and a lot of pictures. I'll try not to bore you!

JJ is helping Momma bake banana nut bread. (with chocolate chips of course!)

Anna's upset. :(

Park day!

Our handsome soon-to-be Kindergartener.

Daddy is acknowledged for passing his P.E. exam!

TV watching in a box.

Lunch outside

Our pet you haven't met, Joshua Luke the rabbit.

The new kitten grew.

I took a book inventory of picture books.

And made a mess.

Mommy reads, too!

Another park day.

Math drills

Another handsome boy

Mommy and Lily go to a wedding.

Isn't she beautiful?!

Outdoor life

Working in the garden.

Wise words from Ms. Mason

Planning for next year!

This is a baby lady bug on Lily's hand!

Baby blue birds (no birds were injured in the taking of this photo.)

Mommy's obsession

More planning!


Hope you enjoyed this step into our days.