Perhaps you are wondering if we’re still homeschooling here at Russell Homestead. It has been awhile since I’ve rambled about what’s going on with the homeschool books. Yes, we’ve been diligently working our way through My Father’s World kindergarten (with only a few days off when the goat kids arrived!) We are hoping to wrap things up before Jolly’s puppies arrive in late April/early May.
So, what have we been up to? Here’s a brief overview.
We learned about frogs while learning about the letter f. Our highlights from that unit were learning the life cycle of a frog, playing leap frog, and making a play dough model of a frog’s life. The lesson for the frog, quite fitting and applicable, was “I use my tongue wisely.” A few photos from our frog unit….
Next, we learned about foxes while learning about the letter x. We learned many, many facts about foxes while reading all about the four kinds of foxes. We compared foxes with dogs since foxes are members of the dog family. We discussed animal habitats and classifying animals. (We used a great free classification resource from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Find it here.)
We just wrapped up a unit on vegetables and the letter v. We read many books all about vegetables and learned the main parts of a plant. We discussed the term “vegetable” and what it really is. I remember learning in one of my college science classes that vegetable is a grocery store term. All vegetables are some part of the plant – the fruit, the stem, the leaves, or the roots. We did do a vegetable & fruit sort using cards from Homeschool Creations because the classification (even if it is just a grocery store term) is important to understand.
The highlight of the vegetable unit for sure was potato stamping. I took sweet potatoes and shaped the ends into a triangle, square, & a flower-like shape. I also left several in circles. Then I turned AJ & CJ loose with the potatoes and plates of paint. Their creations turned out lovely, and they thought it was just the most fun thing ever!
We did lots of other lessons with homeschooling, but between getting back into our goat milking routine & bottle feeding Abe, I didn’t take time to document them all! We are hoping to wrap up school in about 3 weeks.
I’ll close the post with a picture of EJ from yesterday – hard to believe our baby is half a year old already! He was all smiles for me, but wouldn't look at the camera.
4/15/2017 08:38:19 am
GOOD MORNING VANESSA, CERTAINLY MISSED YOUR BLOGS WE JUST HOPE YOU WERE NOT SICK. ALSO HOPE ALL THE GOATS ARE ALSO WELL. GREAT BLOG KEEP UP THE EXCEPTIONAL WORK. MAY YOU & YOUR FAMILY HAVE A HAPPY & BLESSED EASTER.
4/15/2017 08:48:17 am
BABY GOATS...IN WATCHING A LOCAL NEW STATION THERE WAS A YOGA CLASS GOING ON AT A FARM HOUSE & THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE CLASS BROUGHT IN SEVERAL BABY GOATS. WHAT AN AWSOME SIGHT THEY WERE SO LOVABLE WITH THE CLASS MEMBERS & ALSO IN ADDITION TO THE YOGA CLASS THEY ALSO HAD A BACK MASSAGE FROM THE BABY GOATS. THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE CLASS LOVED THEM IT WAS SUCH A HAPPY SCENE. NEEDLESS TO SAY I THOUGHT OF YOU WHEN I SEEN THIS & JUST THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY HEARING THIS SINCE YOU RECENTLY HAD BABY GOATS.
5/1/2017 02:02:15 pm
Thanks for stopping by & commenting, Colleen! How funny-baby goats giving back massages :) They do have little, dainty hooves & they love to skip & jump around! Ours are all doing fabulous - soon ready to go to their new homes. We will miss them, but we will be glad for all the milk from their Mamas!!
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Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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