Night Owl says, "People need to read this stuff!"
So, here I am, ready to share our first two weeks of school with you!
The past two weeks have been a lot of fun!
The added structure of having things we *have* to do every day has been
beneficial in allowing the boys to appreciate their free time even more.
Here's what we've been up to!
The boys water painted some special postcards,
and also made birthday cards for our sponsor boy.
We studied Israel during week one,
and made Israeili Fruit Salad which was just "kinda tasty."
This week we studied Haiti, and made Haitian Coconut Ice Cream
with toasted coconut topping.
It was "very tasty!"
I continue to absolutely LOVE Writing Tales.
On the left is Mr. Sunshine's rough draft.
On the right is his expanded rough draft.
He did so well adding in extra detail, using direct quotes, and really telling a full story.
I'm so excited to see how the rest of his stories come together as our school year marches on.
Busy working on their Bible pages on a rainy Thursday morning.
We've been trying to make use of our porch a little more.
It's in need of a desperate remodel, but is completely function for school on days like today.
It was nice to hear the rain falling.
We've studied 6 people from history so far.
Above are Night Owl's notebooking pages on Paul.
This is one of Mr. Sunshine's science notebook pages.
We placed all of the images in a brown paper bag, shook it up,
and then randomly picked one slip out at a time.
The purpose of this experiment was to show that creation didn't happen "by chance,"
but instead, by God's grand design.
It was neat. We all enjoyed doing this.
I am always finding fun science kits at our favorite thrift.
This week we decided to bust out the solar oven!
The kit came with a really wonderful informative book on solar energy.
We learned that countries in Africa are exhausting their tree supply,
because they've been using trees to cook.
Some organizations have started donating solar ovens (similar to our little model)
to these African countries to help conserve trees. Pretty neat!
Now, I will give myself props for actually putting the solar oven together correctly...
(with the boys help, of course!)
however, I failed at USING it correctly.
The food was supposed to be underneath the little shelf it's sitting on. Oops!
We'll definitely have to try it again in the near future!
Even if we didn't use the oven correctly,
the s'mores were still a hit!
We took a mini field trip to our local nature center too.
Below, the boys are busy working on their nature notebook pages.
And here are a few nature center photos from Mr. Sunshine's camera...
Right before this mama deer crossed our path,
her beautiful spotted babies walked by.
It was so cool!
We also saw turkeys, turtles, chipmunks, squirrels, woodpeckers, an oriole, woodchucks...
And this last picture just makes me laugh.
I am super observant (or at least I think I am!) in normal life.
Anyway, Mr. Sunshine snapped this photo of a squirrel.
I think we were probably busy spying the squirrel and turkey
(who was also in the area, but not pictured here)
When we got home, I looked through his camera and couldn't believe we missed the deer!
Ha... total photo bomb. Nicely done, deer!
Thanks for journeying along with us!
We hope you're enjoying your summer.
What fun adventures have you been up to?