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October 2015: Month-At-A-Glance

My apologies on the delay in getting this out. I suffered from the flu in October and was unable to write many blog posts. Better late than never I suppose!

October’s fall colors and crisp air charmed us this year as we headed into the backyard to rake up pine straw and jump in the leaves. The kids squealed with delight when we had our first snow. We pulled our snowsuits out of storage and built the first snowman of the season.

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Picture 26We recorded the first snow in our Calendar of Firsts.

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Picture 30Inside, we got cozy around the table and had a great month of homeschool and learning.

Homeschool: Bible / Character Study

Our Bible lessons centered around stories of loyalty and faithfulness this month. We read the story of the faithful priests in Ezekiel and Abraham’s obedience to take his family to the Promised Land. We talked and read Psalms about God’s faithfulness to us.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Homeschool: Handwriting and Literature

Peanut expressed interest in beginning copywork this month. Previously, I had her copy isolated letters on a whiteboard. This month I started her out with copying Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See by Eric Carle. She copies 3-4 words a day.

Bud memorized The Wise May Bring Their Learning this month and also used this as his copywork.

For Bud’s literature read alouds this month we read:

  • Charlie’s House, by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert DeJong
  • Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt
  • Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla

He has really fallen in love with the fantasy genre so he loved the last two books.

Homeschool: Fine Art Studies

We all enjoyed attending Bud’s first violin recital in October. He sang a song using a good bow hold. He also graduated from the box violin this month to a real violin. We continued our composer study of Mozart also.

We went to a wonderful event called Tiny Tots in Denver where the children were literally surrounded in a large room by a symphony orchestra. They had an opera singer and professional dancers that enhanced the music.

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Picture 699We enjoy our “Tuesday Tea Parties” each week. I make cookies, treats and tea and the kids listen to poetry. We each choose a poem to read and then clap after the reading.
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We also enjoy our artist study each month. This month we looked at some of the works of Georges Seurat. We talked about pointillism and compared these works with other artists we have studied such as Monet.Picture 19

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Picture 22The kids look at the work of art for about a minute and then tell me what they saw. They many times compare the image to something in their own life.

Homeschool: Science

We visited the Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colorado to see a garden designed to look like Monet’s paintings. We loved seeing the water lilies and rose garden.

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Picture 142Our natural history book this month was Henrietta Hen by Arthur Scott Bailey. The children continue to love these books. We have read about 10 of the first edition copies now.

Picture 138Homeschool: Math

We continued working through the lessons in RightStart Level B with Bud this month. He continues to love this curriculum and has said that it is his favorite subject.

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Peanut loves to sort beads and make necklaces and patterns while I teach Bud his math lesson.

Picture 140October Fun

We enjoyed many other things through regular life this month. With the weather turning cooler we are enjoying more indoor activities like puzzles, books, and cooking together. In addition Mimi came to visit for Squirt’s 2nd birthday. We celebrated with a fun lunch and Elmo cake.

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