Monthly Archives: August 2015

Nature Fridays

We went to Gold Hill for a coffee at the Gold Hill General Store (they have lunch and pie, too!) and then for a lovely little hike off of Rainbow Lake Road. We went home through Nederland, so we had to stop at the carousel, which Glory recently announced was her “favorite place in the whole world”.

Jill, Sulien, Emmett, and Horsie in the little Aspen forest.

Jill, Sulien, Emmett, and Horsie in the little Aspen forest.

Glory on the trail.

Glory on the trail.

Emmett and Horsie next to a tiny Christmas tree.

Emmett and Horsie next to a tiny Christmas tree.

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August 23 reflections

Flowers on Gold Hill's Main Street seen on Nature Friday.

Flowers on Gold Hill’s Main Street seen on Nature Friday.

Successes this week include: Glory delving in to her academics and loving it, juggling teaching kids with a busy baby-toddler, getting out there for Nature Fridays, and sitting down with a latte to plan the next week and reflect upon this one (thank you sweet!)

Struggles: getting Emmett to do his work, which is not too long, boring, or too difficult. Everything gets easier with practice, as Glory has already seen, so we will forge onward and hope he will realize this soon!

Awesome things: Sparkle Stories (you can subscribe, plus listen to lots of free stories!) my planner (Mead weekly/monthly planner)

Projects/places: papier-mache, library, horse riding, mountains, Dougherty Museum, Sunset pool.

Here we go!

Our homeschooling journey is here, as we begin our first week. There will be more later about our books and supplies used, philosophies, hopes, and other information in the near future. But first, some pictures!

Our sweet little room, and making the daily schedule board.

Sulien putting final touches on the daily schedule board.

Sulien putting final touches on the daily schedule board.

Monday is Art Day. We did papier-mache, and Sulien busied himself in the yard.

Glory and lots of paint.

Glory and lots of paint.

Sulien picked some garlic.

Sulien picked some garlic.

Sulien had his first encounter with crayons.

Sulien having fun coloring.

Sulien having fun coloring.

Emmett spent quiet time reading outside.

Emmett reading in the cool backyard shade.

Emmett reading in the cool backyard shade.

And, the magic of the blog:

Emmett nicely doing his work--a rarety this week.

Emmett nicely doing his work–a rarity this week.

I’d like to say that workbook time always looks this peaceful.  The “academic” part of our day is 2 or 3 hours (not including whining time); the workbook part (grammar, spelling, and math) takes perhaps an hour of that, and the other part is me reading history to them and that sort of thing. The vast majority of our day is art, hiking, exploring, reading, and creating. (And did I mention riding horses?) This is certainly a better deal than the 32.5 hours per week of conventional school, plus homework, right? After the…intense complaining…he finally accepts that we are going to actually write things down (groan! ugh! injustice!) he’s just fine and flies through his work. Let’s hope for a week soon where we don’t encounter this.