Science: Fall Days 5 and 6

We took the last couple of days to get caught up on Science.

Yesterday, we went on “A Leaf Hunt”.

It was such a fun activity.

I started off by asking the kids to “Find a leaf that_________.” I gave the clues as to what kind of leaf I wanted them to find. “Find something that sends nutrients through the tree.” It also helped them practice listening for descriptive words, and listening skills. After finding a few leaves this way, they wanted a turn. Each kid gave clues as to what types of leaf everyone else needed to look for.

We collected our findings in a “nature bag”.

It was pretty late in the day, so when we got back home we set them aside for today.

Each kid picked out a leaf, today, and they created a leaf rubbing art. We talked about the parts of a leaf. Then, they labeled the parts of a leaf.

They ended up using different things they collected to create and build.

They had a ton of fun, and this activity kept them busy for quite a while.

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Science: Fall

Day 1: Read, Read, Read

Today, we read fall books to prepare for the week ahead.

For us, choosing books off of https://www.getepic.com/ has been a life saver. I downloaded the app. . . And, ahead of time, I chose fall books on each kid’s reading level. Then, they read them at their own pace, while I’m working with another kid on something else.

Then, we review one of the books together, hit on the main points, and answer some comprehension questions. I also love that the books on Epic has quizzes, so I can use that as well for comprehension checks.

Epic works best for us, because we have a small space. . . and there are a ton of digital books. I pay one monthly fee for all 3 kids, and don’t have to pay per book!!

Once they read one book, other suggestions come up. I love this, because they can keep reading to extend their learning. And repetition is important.

We will continue reading the same fall books all week, and they will have the option to choose new ones.

Another great idea is to hit up your local library. Same concept applies. Re-read and re-visit the same books throughout the week.

26 Days of Thanksgiving

I’ve been contemplating all day, if I wanted to continue with the tradition of posting daily during November…

And, I decided I need it more this year than any year…

This year has been hard. It’s been different.

There has been so much uncertainty, with traveling, COVID, and the upcoming elections.

SO…I’m going to do it.

I need to focus on a heart of Thanksgiving this year more than ever.

Feeling the same? Please feel free to join me!!

HIStory: What’s your favorite part of your day? (Part 1)

Most days, I ask everyone in our family a variety of questions. Sometimes, it depends on the day, how many and which ones I ask.

Usually, I start with “What’s your favorite part of today?”

I love hearing my husband and my kids’ responses. I can usually have a guess at what each person will say but sometimes, they surprise me.

And sometimes, they ask me back “What was your favorite part of the day?”

One day, my husband and I were getting ready to pick up our kids from school.

We were scrambling to get ready to head out of town for a weekend to head up to my sister and brother in-law’s house.

It’s become a tradition to head up there in November and go to Silver Dollar City and a festival at a local farm, Sycamore Creek Family Ranch ( https://sycamorecreekfamilyranch.com)