Monday, June 26, 2017

Time on our hands...

There has been a resurgence of drawing around here..... Cole and Essy made a trip to the pond and these were the results of a few hours or drawing.

Gabe was busy working at Welsh Hill Farm today, clearing some bush and pulling saplings.  I don't know what that means but after 8 hours of it, he was pretty tired.  Cole will draw a picture of him sweaty and dirty later....

Cole's dragonfly

Bird on stick - by Cole

Nature Journal Entry by Cole.
I need ot note that if I had made this part of a school day, the idea of a nature journal with latin naming of insects would have been met with absolute defiance!  Somehow when it's Cole's idea, it's effortless....

Essy's Lupine sketch

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Canada's wonderland

If these aren't the most telling pictures of an awesome day at Wonderland... I don't know what would impress you....

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heading to the Bradens!

Now that things are wrapping up around here... summer plans are starting.  We are heading to Canada's Wonderland with the Braden clan and the kids are super psyched!

Normally our visits with the Bradens are filled with events and activities we don't normally get to do, but a few weeks ago Grandma Braden stayed for a long while and just came along side the kids during their school day.  She helped with math and came to the kids' recital.  

It was wonderful to have her here to help me raise these kids.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Schools out for Summer!!!

We are done.  Or at least we are stopping formal lessons....

After reading a really great book recommended by a good friend, Make It Stick, I have negotiated a summer game plan:

Summer piano and theory goals, Gabe in particular has two RCM exams to prepare for.
A guided reading list including one narrative math text, Life of Fred, for Gabe and Cole.  This list included any remaining school reading (Gabe has to finish one more science module)
Cole and Essy have computer programs goals: Reading Eggs and Rosetta Stone French for Essy and Keyboarding without Tears for Cole.

It went over pretty well..... The chocolate bribe helped.

Today and tomorrow are fully free days.  No lists, no piano, no nothing!!  We all needed a break to celebrate the change of pace.

Whew.  Done.

Band - 2017

Thank you to Mrs Shew for another amazing year of homeschool band.

We are so blessed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sombre days

We've had a fox take three of our chickens this week.  He is a sly and very determined little beast.  Suddenly Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Dahl, is not as entertaining.  The two hens were a sad loss, but on the Lord's Day, we buried Dash, Cole's prize rooster and it was very sad indeed. 

I am convicted that even if good, earnest, learned men, like Professor Scott, can persuade us to hope that "Death is nothing at all" our souls do not believe it.  Standing over the trench of a small and silly little grave, for a loved animal, it becomes nonsense to euphemize death.  

Death is un-natural.  It was not intended.  We do know it, we just hate it.  

Creation hates it, too.

God hates it even more.

Romans 8: 19-21
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Revelations 21:5  

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.

Happier Days at the Lanark County Fair