I wanted to do a homeschool photo journal post, but looking through my pictures, I hardly took any homeschool-related ones in the last week or so. I did take a lot of pictures on the days we did the Great Backyard Birdcount however, so that’s why this post is full of bird photos. We did three days of the count ~ info is here, if you want to try it out next year ~ and watched for about 15-20 minutes each day. We pretty much saw the same ten birds again and again. But it was still enjoyable.
I’m not sure if I have ever formally introduced our dogs here? We have a black lab named Yoshi…
And a Welsh Pembroke Corgi named Audrey…
This African violet ~ every year about this time I think of tossing it because it looks so disheveled and unlovely. Then it surprises me with a tiny purple flower.
We tapped our trees last weekend and have been getting a ton of sap! I am hoping to finish off a batch this morning to make our first syrup of the year.
Yesterday three of the kids took the National Mythology Exam. They think they did pretty well. I am looking forward to having a bit of time freed up in our schedule now that it is done.
A few plans for the days ahead
We have a few too many plans for the days ahead. It’s one of those horse show/gymnastics meet/lots of errands/family visiting type weekends. And a full day of prep for those things today. It’s all good though. I love watching my kids get out there and do their thing.
I really need to plan something else for Christopher’s science; I just need to set aside the time to do it! He is on his last week of Book Shark science. I was thinking I’d just have him jump right into his high school biology, but I think I’m talking myself out of that. I may just get a science kit or two to tide him over till next year. Rose and I are about to begin a row of Owl Moon
, which seems quite appropriate for this time of year. Grace, Christopher, James and I have been reading The Hound of the Baskervilles
together, and what a fun book it is to read aloud! James was mad because today we had to stop on a cliffhanger:). We just wrapped up a few weeks of studying the art of Norman Rockwell, but I haven’t decided who we’ll study next. And by study I mean our regular picture study
, we’re still keeping it simple.
In the kitchen
I made a coconut chickpea curry
in the slow cooker this week (and last week). This recipe is so good! And easy! Rose helped me make some neat little cherry pies
I found on Pinterest for Washington’s birthday. It was a busy day, so we needed something simple. They were quite good. I had the idea a couple of months ago to start saving my Pinterest ideas to boards named by month. So for my February board I save candy making ideas, Valentine crafts, and things like the little cherry pies for Washington’s birthday. This has really inspired me to actually do the things I pin.
Watching & reading
We have a little stack of documentaries from Netflix we need to watch, but I can’t seem to find time to do it. Without the kids we started watching Homeland
. I am currently reading The Bear
, and while disturbing to be sure, it is very, very good. Rose and I just started reading Stormy, Misty’s Foal
, only realizing partway through that we probably should have started with Misty
. Oh, well.
Posts I’m working on
Our row of Harold and the Purple Crayon
, March plans, and a mid-year eighth grade update.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!