Our state is full of places that hold “homeschool days” and places that give cheaper tickets/better seats to homeschool kids. I’ve always wanted to live a million other places, (not that anything is wrong with our state, it’s just in my nature to want to be anywhere but where I am), but I have yet to find a place better suited for the way we homeschool than here.
The Daniel Boone home was having a homeschoolers-only day last week! We planned this a month in advance so that Zack could make sure he was able to go with us. So, the four of us took the drive and made a day out of it (and it didn’t rain!).
The first thing we did when we arrived, was a garden scavenger hunt/nature drawing. Zack joined in, too!
Afterward, they got to color their sketches and we got to guess the names of unique vegetables (we did pretty good!).
Zack was enthralled with this old kiln. It stood next to a potter’s house (an actual house no one used, of course).
Our favorite part was the woodshop! The three guys presenting in the shop were all funny and very informative. We could’ve spent an afternoon hanging out there.
The church was so beautifully restored. Zack could’ve spent a good deal of time exploring the little details – even the clock was incredible!
The church station involved music. The group before us played a different song, and we could tell the lady took time to make her lesson historical and interesting. We all learned what a limberjack is and the girls got to ‘play’ one along with the song. She sang a rhyme from the late 1700s while playing the dulcimer. She was such a happy and fun lady.
The girls got to make Indian cakes (old fashioned donuts, basically) and learn about open hearth cooking and watch their food being fried in front of them, in a really old cabin! The ladies at this station were a lot of fun, also – and so patient with the kids!
Mae’s face! Zack’s face!
The girls put honey and cinnamon sugar on their Indian cakes. Most kids stayed and ate their donut at the table, but a new group of kids had just walked over, so we took ours to the house that was paired with the cabin. It was breezy and quiet and just about the loveliest snack time there ever was.
Next stop for us (it was a go where you want when you want situation) was the Inn. They had a display of rifles from the era, a lesson on different guns and their purposes back then, and a demonstration (just powder, no bullet) of the loading and firing of the rifle which I’m sure Zack remembers the name of, but I don’t, sorry. It was loud!
The man said they also bring out the canon sometimes! That would’ve been cool, too.
Rae was hot, so the girls ate their lunch on the porch and then we took a tour of the two-room Inn. Also very interesting! Particularly, the beds/bedroom. The dining area (one of the two rooms) was cool, too, but Rae wanted to go sit down again, so I left with her. I hear Mae liked it.
At the General Store, we learned about the traveling of the wooden shoe from Holland to France and then to the states. The original steel-toed boot. (The Dutch brought them over too, they just pretty well stayed in and around Pennsylvania).
We also learned about currency in those days. He lived in the time when the treasury was being established but it would be a while until it spread out this far west, anyway. He supplied paper money from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and other areas in various amounts- which led to a talk about bartering versus trading.
The girls got to learn about grinding up corn and wheat to make flour and they each got a turn grinding up corn for cornmeal and learned where grits come from!
I didn’t take any photos of the candle dipping station, ’cause it was packed with tons of kids, but the girls each got to dip their own candles (which we’ll either keep for memories or use this fall)!
After that, we were pretty exhausted, but we walked next door to the final place, Daniel Boone’s home (He only lived in Missouri the last twenty years of his life – which I learned from Google, not the tour). We couldn’t miss seeing the big ol’ house.
This girl was also tops at her engaging storytelling and questioning skills!
We bailed at the kitchen tour. We let the girls spend some of their money at the gift shop before taking the long drive home.
– There was also a dressmaking station where they learned about wool, making yarn from it, and they got to make a craft. It was crowded, so we skipped it. Mae was bummed, but maybe we’ll go there first next year.
I went into May with no plan of any sort. I even tossed out any schooling notions I had written out. We still held lessons, but they were thought up on the day of, after breakfast and chores, and usually completed after the freedom of play.
One of the big highlights involves my sister! She invited us to Six Flags for Mother’s Day! It was still very cold out, but boy did those kiddos have fun together! They even braved the cold water and experienced their first flume ride of the year (or ever in the case of my girls) before heading home!
^ Flip-flops and a beanie ^
We still have coats, hats, and wool socks out, as it has only been hot for one week, and I just don’t trust that sweatshirts won’t be needed again.
The can’t-make-up-it’s- mind kind of weather is what we’re used to and it encouraged our spontaneous mindset and helped us get creative with our daily doin’s.
The girls had friends over (when their moms needed a sitter- win-win!). I’m still in awe of how well our girls play. I had zero imagination as a kid (I think my brothers mocked any original thought I had and I became a follower – which suits me). Their daddy, however, is as creative as they come. I’m desperately trying to guide the girls into listening and including behavior, so they grow up giving and getting the encouragement Zack was (and is!) always given (his family encourages me every single time I see them, too! – and my brothers are incredibly nice to me now, haha).
They truly are wonderful sisters to one another. I’m of course holding my breath for the day that changes. But, maybe it won’t?
Well, that thought got away from me. Let’s move on, yeah?
Cattails turned into fairy wands.
We took many many walks and trips to playgrounds.
My mothers Day gifts! Zack said Mae spend her sweet time reading every card until she found one with just the right words. Ahhh. Rae, no doubt, picked me out the pink hedgehog planter – with plant. Girl knows I love me some fresh foliage. (Also, Miss Maybe, always close beside me)
Mae’s finds ^. She’s very observant.
Tornado season has begun with a vengeance for some towns near us.
For us, so far, we’ve been able to enjoy some lovely storms and the vibrant sunsets and clear skies that follow.
The first hot day of the year happened on Zack’s first day of summer break! What are the odds? (It’s usually still too chilly to swim when the pools open) Miss Maybe, it turns out, is not a fan of the heat. Not her thing. Soon enough, fair-skinned-Rae might be parked inside next to her as Mae begs her to go out and play.
Critters! The girls are in Heaven!
I could do without the hornets, wasps, and mosquitos, but…
Rae presents me with an Avengers bandaid every time a mosquito bite presents itself! Woot! I don’t have the heart to tell her that it isn’t really a bandaid situation. – and I went through a box in three days. Ha! Dern pests.
We helped a friend out and watched her lovely kids for an hour a day for the last few weeks of school. Rocking a baby for an hour a day is so wonderful. She is such a happy girl. Their son calls me, “My Jade,” and is totally smitten with the girls (Rae in particular).
A post about watching G & A for a day is back here.
We took a small day trip to the Daniel Boone home today, as it was “Homeschool Day!” AND! Zack was able to go along with us! There will be another post later about our time there, but I will say, it was fun!
Zack begins a month of teaching summer school next week and our anniversary is on Sunday, so we are taking the girls for a fun couple days of swimming and camping this weekend to celebrate before life rushes us forward towards busier days.
We spent the long weekend up with Zack’s family. The girls had just learned how to ride bikes and wanted to try riding on a smooth surface – ha. They did an incredible job! Mae never wanted to get off the bike and Rae, well, she enjoyed it but preferred playing Barbies with her cousin, Lauren, inside.
Mae and I fit in a few Mom-daughter rides around the neighborhood and even rode up to a Walgreens with her and Sadie. We stopped by that pond up there every time and watched/chased ducks and the girls skipped rocks.
Zack, Logan and I went out together to watch a movie one of the nights. He’s so great. He reminds me so much of Zack! We all know you can’t have too many Zacks.
The two of them were able to spend a lot of time with one another, driving around (Logan gets his permit soon!), playing video games, and whatever else they do.
We all made it our to Uncle Rich’s famous get together!
Despite feeling like a zombie at this point in the trip, I was such a fun time. Zack and I spent most of the afternoon hanging out with the kids. We took them to two of the playgrounds behind their house, as well as on a long walk, and to toss many a frisbee on the baseball field.
I got so much quality time with Sadie bug which was such a treat! I even got to hold Morty several times. He’s such a stud.
We also played Marbles in the driveway, made Frosted lemonades, took Maybe out for walks, discovered a bunny’s den, got to see baby raccoons, saw old friends at church, and managed to make a mini-date out of purchasing some floor for the girls’ new rooms (yay!).
First of all, thank you for reading up on your childhood. I hope you have been finding some value, and occasional humor, in the words of my younger self.
NOW. This is important. So focus.
I need you to go outside (or to the rock collection you hopefully have within arms reach.) Grab a couple of pebbles. Maybe a twig, leaf, or pinecone as well.
Now. Go next door to my house (hahaha). Shove your findings into my jacket pockets, tennis shoe, and/or purse. I am SURE TO BE in need of such a surprise reminder of the days I am living today.
Thank you! I love you. Bye.
I don’t watch the boys regularly anymore, but, I am their sitter when needed. It is so nice to see our favorite boys and get a day with them now and again (all to ourselves!).
A is old now. He is jabbering and can walk while holding onto hands! AND holding his own bottle – which he is almost done with, ’cause he old.
And how ’bout those strawberry curls???
Rae showed G her toad, “Mr. Green.” He was smitten and continually went over to the window to check on him (by just looking at the tree). When his mom pulled up to take him home, he ran her over to the tree to show Mr. Toad off and make sure to ‘tuck him back in’ to his spot before heading home.
School is out for the summer. I really hope we get to spend plenty of time with them in the next few months! We love them so so so so much and miss them terribly already!!
* Not photographed – G got to decorate his own little pizza for lunch, they played with bubbles and chalk, watched a movie, painted a wooden car, scooted on the skateboard, and of course enjoyed many a minute on the indoor swing!
APRIL! I don’t usually appreciate spring as I should.
However, this year I am IN. TO. IT.
April was kind to us. Easily my favorite month of 2019 thus far. Here are the final highlights (For me. Maybe I should start adding more of Zack’s daily goings-on?)…
Our hens are officially laying eggs every day! Several of them tend to lay double yolkers!
We can’t let them roam as our previous hens have, ’cause our dog really wants to eat them, but they seem to be enjoying their first spring from inside the coop.
We received the sweetest handmade card from a fellow art teacher we had over for game night last month.
We’ve added morning snuggles and conversations to our routine (Soley because Mae began to crawl in bed with me after hearing Daddy’s alarm). It’s such a great way to wake up.
I wrote about our spring break here.
It is gardening seasoning! We spent the month clearing the neglected areas. George has been right there with us as we hang about the yard. We sure do love that guy.
Bailey has been sleeping so much over the past few months. I’m not sure what to think about that.
But, she also prefers to remain close to us. It makes us all so happy to know our pets adore us.
I wrote about our times on the trail back here.
When standing up straight, Mae is as tall as our broom.
She’s very happy about this.
Also, her high pants make me chuckle and her “My mom gives the most amazing hugs” shirt makes me smile.
These girls still love hats and I still completely adore them in hats!
Rae looks so O L D in that photo. Her feet have grown a size and a half since her birthday last November! Yeesh.
Many an evening was spent on the porch. We watched moths try and get at the lights, heard frogs come out and sing for us, and – my favorite – watched bats flutter overhead as the sun set.
Those lashes and Pippy freckles! So pretty!
She ate half of her yogurt. Based on the rest of the week’s similar eating habits, I think her growth spurt is over.
Lady bought herself a whittling starter kit! A longtime dream come true.
We took the girls to see Avengers End Game!
Both ladies got their hairs trimmed a few days ago. Nothing too crazy, but boy, do they look fresh.
We’re cleaning, playing board games, reading just-for-fun books, and hopefully giving their bedrooms some walls today!
We completed nearly every lesson outside this month! It felt like summer school. A welcomed change from the typical rainy April (though, we got plenty of that, too).
Rae, fine-tuning her chopping skills.
Me, holding my breath pretending I don’t doubt her abilities one ‘tweensy” bit.
Frodo, tossing a worried glance my way.
We are still trying to catch up on our Little Passports packages. We began our month studying Australia, so, we had to use up an afternoon just tossing Mae’s (authentically Australian) boomerang Rae got her for Christmas.
Along with boomerang practice, we had a picnic and studied lichen on headstones and trees, to go along with our study on symbiosis.
After finding a small book of phrases in Hebrew among our book collection. Mae has taken it upon herself to learn it and greets nearly everyone with a “Shalom!”
Their new devotional, I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God, goes over forty of God’s names while also highlighting major stories from the Bible, and discusses how it applies to our lives in this current time (simply, for younger kids. Mae often adds her own elaborated examples).
We finished Luke last month, and have begun back at Genesis. Unless I decide otherwise at some point, we will just read on through the Old Testament (skipping Psalms, as we read those last fall)
One of our many days spent at the river. On our days outside, away from home, we keep it simple. I will bring along a Bible, the devotional, a chapter book or a few short stories for Mae to read aloud for her independent reading, a chapter book for me to read aloud (This will be one of the Narnia books for the next few months), and workbooks – – generic all subject worksheet types, our history reading and workbook, or one of science hands-on books)
Some poem painting to go along with our Australia lessons. (The beans are to add a bit of aboriginal design)
Mae is in a baseball phase, so we did a study on “Babe” Ruth.
^ She grew roots just by leaving it in a cup of water for a good while.
The girls also practiced reading, cooking, math, and piano each morning.
NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
For chapters six and seven we added a study on beavers.
The girls made shields and practiced some archery for chapter eleven.
We still have a few more chapters to go. We will end with a tea party just as we began with one.
We are really loving these book studies!
Zack has three or four weeks left before the summer break, but we will, of course, keep going. I’m scheming of some fun things we can do and ways he can join in, while trying not to neglect May.
^ Baseball in Grandma’s front yard before church. ^
As we packed Saturday morning, Maybe sat in the car for hours making sure we didn’t leave without her. Precious girl.
Easter morning, before church, the girls and I played ‘baseball’ and drew pictures with chalk. (Rae is drawing Maybe with a bow)
Zack, the girls, and I went early to breakfast at church. Shari was teaching the children that day, so the girls got to have Grandma as a teacher!
After the service, everyone met back at Shari’s for an incredible lunch.
Zack and I took the girls (Maybe included) on a walk after lunch.
We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting under the tree taking with Shari and Aunt Chloe. Mae climbed the tree and the girls took turns hiding empty eggs for each other.
We also fit in a few rounds of Dutch Blitz before Chloe headed home.
By the time we left for the journey home, we were all exhausted! Certainly, a day well spent!