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Amber on the Mountain

imageWe’ve jumped back into school work after lots of fun this summer. Our Five in a Row book for this week is Amber on the Mountain. It’s a sweet story about a girl growing up in the Appalacian Mountains who feels lonely because mountain people live so spread out. She wants to learn to read because she thinks books would help her loneliness. A family comes to live on Amber’s mountain while the father is working there building a road and the daughter befriends Amber and teaches her to read. The skill does not come easily to Amber but she perseveres. And later once her friend has moved away, Amber teaches herself to write so that she may continue her friendship.

We found the Appalacian Mountains on our map, discussed friendship, determination when learning a skill and read some books about reading and libraries. We also learned a little about mountain culture, namely music. We listened to people playing banjos, fiddles, guitars, a dulcimer, the washboard and the spoons. We even tried playing the spoons ourselves.

We discussed similes and listened for them as we read our book (crazy as a doodlebug, mountains poking through clouds like a needle stuck in down, words peltering like rain.) There are lots scattered throughout the story. We also learned about mountains, the 5 kinds and how they are formed. We watched a few short video clips and read out of our Childcraft encyclopedia. We discussed mountain road building and the special grading techniques needed to make a road you don’t “roll clean off. Like walking up a wall.” We also practiced drawing mountains.

We continued with our separate math with RightStart and reading lessons with All About Reading level 1.

And Weston decided it would be fun to write down car license plates from our immediate house area and record then using the keyboard and iPad. It was a fun way to get him practicing handwriting and letter recognition without him even realizing it was work.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Warm Days at High Lodge

We spent Tuesday afternoon at High Lodge. The play equipment and trails are always fun though I’m looking forward to the crowds being less after the Labor Day weekend.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

New Recipes

I’ve been on a new recipe kick recently. This past week we’ve tried roast duck with raspberry sauce, carrot and rutabaga mash and broccoli; Greek grilled chicken, cucumber salad, naan bread with tzatziki sauce; and sausage stuffed mushrooms.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Snails

Weston found some snails trying to crawl in the back door. He played with them awhile before letting them go back outside.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Simple Days

We haven’t had much going on the last week or so. Laundry is caught up. It’s the last few weeks of summer so friends are scattered all over. We’ve started back in with our math and added our reading lessons in too. It’s all clicking together so far. I’m looking forward to Weston becoming a reader. We’ve been enjoying the books of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles as read alouds. I’ve been hammering out the last bit of big picture school planning for this year. And I discovered that since Weaton is now 6, he’s allowed in the racquetball courts. So we have big plans to learn some racquetball. Below are a few pictures from recent math lessons about learning to tell time and a photo of Weston washing dishes because “he wanted a job” and it “looked like fun.”

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Last Baseball Game 2016

We made it back from vacation in time for Weston’s last baseball game of the season. He had a great time playing baseball this year.

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Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Scotland/Edinburgh Trip Day 10

Today after breakfast we headed to Belton House, known for the largest adventure playground in Lincolnshire. A long drive later we were ready for a good leg stretch. Belton House delivered. So much so that we never even made it to the house. We climbed and bounced, splashed and balanced, saw some deer and rode a train.

We ended our day with the last baseball game of the season.

 

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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