One of the many great things about home schooling, is watching the children interact with each other. They enjoy teaching each other what they can. Mark is teaching Adrian how to use a camera.Â He thought of putting it on the tripod so Adrian could get some good pictures.
He requested a dinosaur cake, so I made a brownie and let the kids decorate it with their toy dinosaurs.Â It was the best looking cake I have seen in a long time! Adrian thought it was perfect, just what he wanted. It tasted great with the chocolate chip and the raspberry chocolate ice creams he chose.
“You can eat them. You can plant them. You put them in the dirt snow and they turn into seeds. They grow into a chocolate chip tree. The tree is blue and the chocolate chips are black!”
I found the following poem while looking for new ones for the kids to memorize. I thought it fit very well!
Little Brother’s Secret
By Alfred A. Knopf (1924)
When my birthday was coming
Little Brother had a secret:
He kept it for days and days
And just hummed a little tune when I asked him.
But one night it rained
And I woke up and heard him crying:
Then he told me.
“I planted two lumps of sugar in your garden
Because you love it so frightfully.
I thought there would be a whole sugar tree for
And now it will all be melted
O the darling!
Learning to read and do math is important. Learning by doing and experimenting is so important too.
God designed boys to work. Learning to work hard while enjoying their work and improving on their best is a lesson too few of today’s boys ever learn.
As a friend said, “You can read about how to maple syrup, or you can make your own.” If you want to see how we made our own, please check out Mark’s blog. Learning to make maple syrup is a lot of work, but the end result is delicious!
Mark has been fascinated by The Nutcracker since he first heard the music and watched the ballet. The first time he watched it on television –I think he was three– we thought he would be bored and fall asleep. He stayed up till midnight watching it!
We go to see the ballet when we can. Unfortunately, we could not go this year. But we will enjoy the music a few times before Christmas.
Since the first year the church decorated with this Nutcracker, we measure the children’s growth each Christmas by it. Of course, Mark was the one who asked to take that first picture.
Not sure why, but Frosty the snowman is very popular at our house this year. The children love to sing the song and Adrian keep looking for “Frostys” while we drive at night. Adrian is fascinated by this toy at church and gets very excited when it plays Frosty.