Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | December 12, 2014

Chickens Growing Up

Well the chicks are two months old and I moved them to a larger location before they join the adult chickens. This is the juvenile hangout.  They are so curious about everything, I enjoy watching them to see their gestures. 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 28, 2014

Thankfulness

This year my family gathered for two special occasions Thanksgiving the celebration of my parents 55th Wedding Anniversary!  I thank God for His living kindness and grace and mercy upon my parents life and their marriage.  I am ever mindful of the brevity of life.  To continue to have my parents alive and well enough to travel and spend the day with those of us gathered together to ask the Lord’s blessings is indeed in itself a blessing!

As we gathered we allowed the wonders of creation to remind us of our loving Creator and all He has provided.

 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 13, 2014

Watch “Almost Out #2″ on YouTube

Almost Out #2: http://youtu.be/0h8W1Xp7wh0

Video number two in the sequence of chickens hatching in incubator.

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 13, 2014

Fun With Chickens

The chicks are even more amusing as they reach the one month mark.  They flutter and flap around more often and stretching is now a big part of their day.  Pruning has increased and so has jumping.  In addition to those things, their beautiful markings are more pronounced and vibrant. 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 13, 2014

Watch “Almost Out #1″ on YouTube

Almost Out #1: http://youtu.be/VQxku_Nef7Y

We are recording the progress of the chicks as they hatch.  It is very interesting to hear the interaction between to chicks in eggs near each other.  There seems to be a call and response between the two chicks.  This is video number one in a sequence if videos until they hatch.

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 10, 2014

Performers at Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

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Natalie Daise of the program Gullah, Gullah Island.

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Children’s Choir and Dance Group

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Eveline Stevenson of Spirit of Old Beaufort Tours.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 10, 2014

Incubation and Embryology Exhibit for Penn Center’s Youth Day

Each year we participate in the Youth Day program at Penn Center during their Heritage Days Celebration.  We present information about animals on our homestead usually just chickens because they are small and easy to transport.  This year our exhibit about chickens included information on incubation and embryology.  As a home school this is like presenting at a science fair. A great deal of information is gathered and prepared for display and to present to all the school groups that come by. 

We had a great day sharing about the incubator that had 2 dozen eggs, baby chickens and grown chickens.  In addition we talked about the parts of the egg, stages of the embryo, the brooder after hatching, feed and care.

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http://allpoetry.com/Smells

This is our poem of study in literature class today. Smells and aromas can bring things, places, events, and people to mind. They can open the treasure chest of memories and summon emotions. Several smells listed in the poem are favorites of mine. I agree with fresh ground or brewed coffee, onions sauteing, but also the combination of bacon cooking and coffee brewing, freshly mowed grass, bread baking, the crunch of leaves in fall, honeysuckle blossoms, and fresh lavender all come to mind as favorites.  Smells! 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 29, 2014

Watch “You Might Be a Homeschooler If… 5 | Messy Monda…” on YouTube

We really like these videos by Blimey Cow.  They give us lots to laugh about as a homeschooling family.  We usually find that we only miss a couple things on the list.  This one was the closest ever to making all of them. If you are or were homeschooled, you would probably enjoy these videos and have a good laugh about our unique community and culture/subculture.

You Might Be a Homeschooler If… 5 | Messy Monda…: http://youtu.be/wwREyLmtaIw

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 29, 2014

Fall

Spring and fall are similar, both are good times to plant.  There are many plants that are fall crops.  Our family incorporates gardening into our homeschool day.  Spending time in the field with the kids, walking behind the tiller, planting and watering for the fall crop these thoughts came to mind.

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Fall Planting

Preparing soil for autumn crops,
Tilling, raking, hoeing
Metal tines spin, moving across anxious earth
waiting to welcome seeds,
The hopeful sower anticipates new life from dormant
Seeds that eventually spring upward.
Unseen germination, cotyledons, roots that grow and spread
Bursting through the warm earthen cover
New plants, new crops, new life!
“Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” Joel 2:23 (NLT)

 

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