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!
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
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.
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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Still enjoying fall around the homestead. Lots of ways to make an almanac or seasonal journal for school. Fun to study and document the flora and fauna of the homestead. Creation is awesome!
Grasshopper on dead sunflower stalk.
Grasshopper lurking for seeds and any green stuff left.
Lots of rain brings lots of mushrooms.
Life Everlasting plant.
Beautiful wild plants with brilliant flowers.
So who is going in there? Looks like an adventure into the the dark wood.
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A nice part of homeschooling is being able to take walks during the school day to observe nature, the changes taking place as fall arrived and the new plants on the scene. We enjoy the fall plants growing wild on then property along with some of the remaining summer crops. The colors are amazingly brilliant.
Once again our cat Sunshine has stolen the show and given a different way to look at the common expression “think outside of the box” to indicate outside the norm, detour tradition or the expected. We received a few orders for school today and while we were of course more interested the contents, Sunshine was more interested in the box itself. He thinks thinking inside the box is best and enjoys doing it very much. He has his niche for now, at least until the box is flattened and placed in a recycle bin. On the other hand, we could reuse the beloved box instead and allow Sunshine’s new chill spot to stay.
We have books stacked nearby for ease of access and Sunshine thinks its a great place to take a nap. He often provides comfort during the school day, resting close enough to hear his purring or sleep noises. He chose a good book to rest near, Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Biology and two dictionaries. Does that make him a ‘Smarty Cat’?
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creatures according to its kind cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’ and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:24-25 NKJV
Nancy Leigh DeMoss started a new series with lessons from the book of Joshua. I missed a large number of them because I was unable to listen at the time of day the program airs on our local station and I just forgot to check out the website for the current lessons. Thankfully, my schedule changed and I’ve at least heard bits and pieces of the programs. Today I prayed over the verses, Acts 11:22 “News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord”. I was struck by the visit Barnabas made to Antioch and the encouragement he offered the leaders of that new church and the new believers. The message he gave them was to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts and then he stayed to work with them for a while and a great number were brought to the Lord.
After spending time in prayer and getting to one area of prayer about my own spiritual growth, prayer time and maturity, I was prompted to visit the Revive Our Hearts website and look for broadcasts to listen to and notes to review. I found myself in awe that the program I began to listen to addressed this area so specifically. I am thankful for God’s Sovereignty and His provision. This broadcast is so timely and I believe as I go through the remainder of the broadcasts and lessons I’ll be further encouraged and strengthened in many areas to include being a wife, mother, homeschool mom, community volunteer, Good News Club coordinator and teacher. In the broadcast there is mention the prayer support needed and given to homeschooling moms. I pray that these programs can be encouraging to others as well.
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