Indoors on an Icy Day

Other than a walk to explore our ice-covered world this morning, we’ve been indoors staying toasty since midday yesterday. I’ve tackled wayyyy too many loads of laundry and the kids have been playing games, reading, schooling and creating a little “Hobbit Hole”.

The littlest angel has been working on her handwriting while I fold laundry.  Today she copied a simple prayer from the Seton Homeschool Kindergarten Catechism.  It was sweet listening to her sounding out the words to the Glory Be as she carefully checked the book to make sure she was spelling correctly.
I generally have her do her best job with minimal assistance and then we go through the copywork editing it together afterwards.  At this mid-Kindergarten stage we both check for capitals only at beginning of sentences and proper nouns, adding space between words, making sure letter stems are the correct length, and making sure letters like a, o, n, and w etc. fill up/fit neatly between the mid-line and the base-line.

She’s still in that phase where some of the prayers come out funny with misspoken words.  Lately she mixes up Glory Be TO the Father etc with the Sign of the Cross “In the name OF the Father etc” and makes the Sign of the cross saying  “In the name of the Father and TO the Son and TO the Holy Spirit”  I try hard to keep a straight face and fail miserably most of the time!
The little evangelist can exuberantly explain to anyone that she makes the sign of the cross to remind herself of grace and her baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but correct prepositions escape her.  I’ll continue take correct understanding over speaking with bonus laughs any day… wouldn’t you?

My older darling thought she would start her South America Unit Study in another world.  Reading and re-reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has led to various forms of imaginative play including today’s sheet-tent hobbit hole in the corner of the bedroom.  Hands of a Child has their South America Unit Study discounted to $9 so I’ve paired this notebooking unit with some homemade Map Study of the continent.
I’m interested to see what questions and research interests this fuels.  I’d like her to pick a topic of interest at the conclusion of the study and do a little digging at the library to write up a report.  This is what my 5th grader calls sneaky teaching… sure that’s me, keeping her on her toes- so terrible me making her love learning.  Ha!  With her school teacher and I both developing her mind, she doesn’t stand a chance to hate it.

 

 

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny for today’s Yarn Along at Small Things

My knitting has been sadly relegated to last place for many weeks. All other crafting and sewing took priority in preparation for Christmas. I found out the hard way that knitting a new-to-me lace pattern that requires customization should never be done when tired or when there won’t be time to finish a section of a row. I think that in total I have ripped out the lace 3 times. I seem to be on a roll again as of Sunday and am now carefully marking my pattern to keep track of my place. I had almost given up on the lace and moved on to the mindless circle knitting in the arms but a knitting friend patiently helped me find a few mistakes and start afresh.

 This week I’m reading Joan Pagano’s Strength Training for Women. I like this one because it lists a category of exercise… for instance Upper Body shows a series of exercises in thumbnail pictures broken up into rows based on difficulty level. I don’t like flipping through a huge book to remind myself of good weight training ideas- having a two page spread of my options seems so quick and easy to follow. Whenever I need to pull myself out of a rut or start exercising again it is a wonderful motivator.

A Winter Walk

A light overnight snowfall after an evening of blowing rain left us with a beautiful morning for a walk Friday. The little ladies enjoyed the crunching and cracking sounds of the ice and snow under their boots. These boots don’t get much wear with mild winters but it was so much fun to have an excuse to wear them!

Do you remember not being able to sleep at night because you could see the first snow of the year falling outside your bedroom window? My wee ones confessed to staying up watching it. Their excitement had not diminished by morning so what I envisioned as a winter walk was initially a run.

 

Then it was time to explore. The majestic magnolia trees are a draw in any weather and lend themselves well to imaginative play- what a magical place for shelter.

The sunlight was very bright and the temperatures were hovering around freezing. Do you see my little friend sneaking into the picture below? One moment she wasn’t there but when she saw me pull out the camera she quickly snuck in behind her sister.

On the walk home we made some mini-snowmen… or rather ice men and we saw robins enjoying the mud and worms left after the storm.

The glassy ice over a puddle was irresistible… what does it feel like? What will it do if I push it just so?

The chunks of snow turned to ice were carried like prized treasures on the walk home until cold fingers dropped those frozen finds along the path. It is so hard to believe it was 70 degree weather last weekend and now we have snow and ice! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.