Thursday, October 27, 2016


Being outdoors in the fall is the best! We had a hotdog picnic outside of Costco and it was great. 

After naps we played in the front yard and at the playgrounds in our area. I love the crisp air and lack of mosquitos!!

And check out my garlic I planted! Yes! I heard it is one of the easiest things to grow, so I thought I would try it out! It often sprouts in fall and pauses in the winter and then finishes up in spring. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Green tomatoes

41 degrees. There is no hope for these tomatoes. Bring them in! Hello fried green tomatoes! Bring out the lamb skins!! Hello cuddly babies!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On these days we...

We do Math and Language Arts everyday, but on MW we do Science and Music and on TTh we do Art and Arabic. Today is Art and Arabic day. We study Arabic on our Rosetta Stone program and really enjoy it. If it is electronic the boys go nuts for it! After we have our lesson we write our and draw our Arabic words and stick them by the dinner table to study. It takes time to absorb new words, but these kids are getting there!

We made and studied the calendar today for Math! We wrote up our relatives birthdays along with all of our birthdays and we put them on the calendar and then we make a graph of them! This went over very nicely. :)

Everyday we study sight words, writing our weekly letter and number and then we read a few Bob books. They aren't a big challenge for Liam, but they are giving him confidence and it is good phonetics practice.
Today for art we did origami. Liam made a pterodactyl and I made Ezra a penguin. This little origami made easy kit is awesome!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Nature Cat Walk

We love the show Nature Cat on PBS kids. The boys get to watch one show on PBS each day on today they watched a show about hiking on Nature Cat. So during Mila's nap they got their hiking backpacks ready and they eagerly waited for the sister to wake up! 
We talked about the life cycle, potential pollution problems that can kill off links to the life cycle and how we can help. It had the potential to be too heavy for the kids, but they ate it up! The boys cut up the cycle and taped it to their art door. Since this lesson we have discussed good fish to eat and fish to eat sparingly a lot! A nature walk in the forest went along perfectly with this lesson so we took that Nature Cat walk.

decomposing wood!
Fungi that optimizes fallen trees
Beautiful leaves!

We paused at the bridge (the other side from the bike trail) and had some mandarin oranges snacks then headed home. :)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Field Trip Day

We met up with some friends of ours who also homeschool today and had a field trip to Hidden Pond Park! We got out our nets and dug up invertebrates from the pond and looked at them in our microscope! Then we used our binoculars to look at the wood ducks in the pond!

It was such a lovely early fall day and so we went out to Cafe Rio for lunch and ate outside! Oh how I love their niƱo quesadillas (free!).

We had a great afternoon rain, so we stayed in and played with some play dough.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

So Super. So so Super.

Decorated Toddlers

She is a full fledged toddler. Getting into messes and getting quite creative with her food. Its is a good  thing running water is plentiful because we are using it to clean up a lot!
I left that bread to cool, and when I came back we had this monstrosity!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nature Art

We have such a fun time on our nature walks! There are so many amazing colors to see this time of year! So naturally our art projects this week have been centered around nature. :)

It is a turtle!
It is a lion
submarine windows!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Dentist

We have a Dentist we really love here in Virginia. We found him by chance online and went to them last time we lived here. When we moved to Springfield we figured we would go to a dentist closer to us, but we were not as happy as we were with our Dentist over in Clarendon. So we went back! Dr. Roca and his father Dr. Roca run the most personable, family friendly practice I have ever seen. We have been to a number of dentists in our lives too!
I thought it was really neat that Dr. Roca let the boys hold the spit sucker for each other as they got their teeth cleaned. He really believes in kids being informed to lessen fear of the dentist and all the noises. I remember last time we were in Virginia he let Liam go up and down on the chair just to see what it was all about. This time Mila got the ride on the chair and everyone went home on cloud nine talking about how great the Dentist is. :)


We are getting our rhythm with homeschool. We are formulating our patterns and routines and figuring out how much formal school stuff can fit in the day with real life school stuff. It has been a good adventure so far and we are all pretty happy about that.

Here we are doing our liquids and solids science project, using heat and vinegar to release casein from the milk. It is basically ricotta, but our book said that years ago people used casein to make buttons!!

We had a fun measuring day and measured several things around the house. We bought supplies to make a huge ruler to take from house to house so we can mark how much the kids grow.
My little Bohmans this morning before a nice morning chat with Nana. Yes, homeschool is a nice thing for us!