Abby

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Mama of 3 boys ↟ Secular and eclectic homeschooling ↟ Knitting ↟ Pattern designer ↟ Exploring nature ↟ Peace

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It’s so fun to view little critters up close in our bug catcher and viewer. Though, this guy wasn’t so little! 🐝.
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H is in first grade - and I enjoy doing simple country studies with him for geography.  Each month we focus on a new country.  I printed this cute little passport that has customizable passport stamps: 
http://www.fiarcircle.com/downloads/lessons/passport.htm
We start the month by coloring the flag.  This site has coloring pages that have some information on the flag as well: 
http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/countries-cultures/flags-of-the-world
In addition, I like to play traditional music from that country, perhaps make some food, or talk about the art (http://artcuratorforkids.com/art-around-the-world-in-30-days/). I always tell him about the native language(s) spoken there and play a sound clip as well as show him what it looks like in writing: 
http://omniglot.com/writing/languages.htm
I read some basic country facts - the national geographic kids site has country profiles - and so does factmonster.com. 
It’s great to look up photos and landmarks from the countries we study - and they are pretty easy to find online.
Another fun thing to do is read stories from the countries we study.  The book ‘Around the World in 80 Tales’ looks like a good one - though I have not read it yet!  It’s on my list to check out from the library 😊. This site has a good list of children’s books for different countries too: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/07/22/around-world-childrens-books

We keep it pretty simple and fun - as he is young.  But learning about different cultures around the world help children become globally minded people - and we love it! 🌎
Some days we end our homeschool day and I think ‘we rocked it today!’ Some days each lesson is a struggle - but we get through it alright and all is fine. And some days getting anything I actually planned done is a near miracle. Anyone else feel this way - or do you rock every day? Today H hasn’t gotten up off the couch and says he’s not feeling well. We are already taking all of next week off from our lessons because my mother will be visiting. So today we will just do the best we can. Right now they are snuggled up watching a BBC Life episode for a science lesson. We will see what else I can manage today while still allowing him to get the rest he needs...
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Beeswax leaf mobile. Why did it take me so long to make one of these? Hopefully no one touches it...because I didn’t realize how fragile they are when you string them with needle and thread! These are leaves I gathered on a beautiful hike we took on Sunday 🍂🍁.
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Beautiful, wonderful mail today. 💚 @wildandfree.co.
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Our current read-aloud book. This is our first time reading it. H (who is 6 1/2) was really hesitant - believing he would not enjoy it. But he is! This is an old copy I grabbed from my childhood home, I think, on my last visit. Someone clearly once used it as a coaster 😄. See the pretty bookmark? I made it last night with some extra leaves from our hike after I dipped lots of them in beeswax.
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My favorite season. I love Autumn 🍂🍁. We took the boys up to the canyon for a cold and lightly snowy hike. But I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole time. The colors were amazing. And that fresh, chilly air! It’s food for my soul. I gathered several leaves to dip in beeswax so I can enjoy them for weeks.
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Two little boys still in pajamas busily at work. One making a very scary Halloween book (with cute pumpkin shaped blank books found in the dollar section of Target) and one drawing a picture - which I’m certain will turn out to be very frightening as well! 😂😱 Later we are heading up to the canyons to take a hike and see the changing leaves. 
What are your Sunday plans?
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Aahh! Fresh new sidewalk chalk! 🌈 .
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We drove out to visit my midwife and see her pigs and cute little 2 week old piglets. H used the opportunity to ask her about raising pigs and how delivering piglets is different from delivering babies - the last thing he needed to do for his bobcat badge in the Wild Explorers Club (interview an expert on what they know). Oh those piglets were SO cute! The daddy pig was off in his own pen - but when two of his babies were brought to him at the fence he was so happy and nuzzled and kissed them (2nd pic). He’s a good daddy pig. 🐖 .
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Exploring nature in the backyard. 🌲 Looking for living things - by seeing, hearing, smelling, and touching. I loved peeking out the window seeing him run around with clipboard in hand - W following close behind. My boys. 💚
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Thrift store book finds! I love finding good books used. 📚