NATURE IN OUR OWN BACK YARD
Did you know that the California state bird is the Quail? These pictures were taken from our Greatroom windows. Emry and I were sitting at the table one afternoon and Emry said "look Mama, Quail!" I didn't believe her until I look out the window and saw it with my own eyes and one even jumped up on our snow-covered deck. We have seen this family 2 other times over the last 2 summers but never in the winter. I was amazed, the birds were beautiful, much more beautiful than in the summer and they had a brillant dark blue around their necks, not noticable in the photos.
A MATH SELF PORTRAIT
Here you see an Emry self-portrait out of math rods. The assignment was to make something out of the rods--she was not happy with this task but whenI came back into the kitchen she had made herself and a dog and said "look Mama, it's me and my dog (no, we don't have a dog)."
Also this month we have been doing a unit study on George Washington, I wanted to include pictures of the lapbook we are making but we are not yet done with it--so next time. Along with the unit we played some children's games popular in the colonial period like Leapfrog, Marbles and Blind Man's Bluff. We also finished reading the biography of George Muller--what a wonderful, wonderful testimony of God's provison for George, his family and thousands of orphans. Our current read aloud is the Thornton Burgess book The Croooked Little Path--A Book of Nature Stories.
Emry continues to progress in her reading surprising both myself and her when she can randomly read a sign or some other literature. Some people might think "I could never teach my child to read" but I must say, "you can!" You just provide the tools and the time and the child does the rest.
Check out the 2 toddler wiggits on our sidebar. I found some great toddler activities (but I bet my 2 older ones would enjoy them as well) here--just the refreshment our home needs.
Until next month.....