Summer is here in the mountains at last! Our homeschool lessons have been scaled way back to allow time for plenty of summertime fun as a family. We are still doing our Morning Basket (scripture memory, Bible, character training, and read alouds), but just about everything else has been put on hold.
Our town has a great parade everything year on Fathers’ Day weekend. It is wonderful how it brings this little mountain community together. Our kids had a blast watching the many floats, bands, and horses march by.
We went up to Winter Park, Colorado for the day and enjoyed a hike along a beautiful bike path. The kids enjoyed playing in the cold rushing creek.
We have been starting to practice our narration skills this month during our Bible lessons in the morning. Narration is an essential part of the Charlotte Mason method of learning. Our kids are still very young so we keep it really simple and short. Peanut loves sharing her ideas and Bud is learning to give his perspective from the short readings we do. I am always amazed how well he comprehends the story and most of the time will point out the deeper character aspect and application that can be drawn. We have been reading through the first few chapters of Daniel and the kids are really enjoying the stories about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego.
Birds and flowers abound in our yard this time of year so naturally we have been observing and watching all month to see how things grow and change all around us. The most exciting discovery was a mother wren who made a nest under our deck and laid four eggs. We were sad to see two missing and the mother abandon the others about a week after she had laid them. We guessed a squirrel or other predator must have taken the eggs.
We also enjoyed looking at all the wildflowers in our yard. We do not mow or maintain our backyard so wildflowers can be found at almost every step. We learned about daisies and looked at their “white eyelashes”. We observed how they are “awake” during the day and close up to go “asleep” at night. We picked a few and looked at them under a magnifying glass, drawing what we saw.
We worked really hard this month on obedience and learning to obey immediately with a “Yes, ma’am” or “Yes, sir”. We did a special button jar activity to help develop the habit. Everytime the kids obeyed with a “Yes, ma’am” and immediately did what we asked them to do (or stopped doing what we asked) we would put a button in the jar. We the jar was full (after about a week) we took them to Baskin Robins for ice cream. We saw HUGE improvement and we are going to continue this on through July as well.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer too!