Friday, October 14, 2011

Homeschool Mother’s Journal ~ October 14, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…The cold that wreaked havoc with my school schedule last week descended upon dh and I over the weekend.  And poor little ds4 developed a hacking cough that this mama did not like.  Thankfully he’s feeling much better, the cough was nothing serious…it just sounded bad to his mama’s ears Sad smile.

In our homeschool this week…Despite the fact that the teacher was under the weather {me}…school continued.  It was just a small cold, nothing to really complain about…but I still did Winking smile.  We completed four days of school  {just like I planned} and we are now caught up and ready to go on to the next week in our curriculum.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…baseball practice, the apple orchard for more apples to cook up, and the bank to deposit our yard sale proceeds Smile.

My favorite thing this week was…an unplanned drawing session that was inspired by the poem we studied this week.  In our Bigger Hearts curriculum we study a different poem each week, taking time to learn about couplets and stanzas and different poetic devices.  This week we studied the following poem:

Each in His Own Tongue

by William Herbert Carruth

A haze on the far horizon,

The infinite tender sky,

The rich, ripe tint of the cornfields,

And the wild geese flying high-

And all over upland and lowland

The charm of the goldenrod-

Some of us call it autumn,

And others call it God.

I have never heard/read this particular poem, and I am so glad that HOD introduced me and my kiddos to it…we all loved it!

Day 4 of our poetry study had the kiddos learning about imagery and they were supposed to draw the images that came to mind as I read the poem aloud to them.  What was probably supposed to be a brief 10-minute lesson turned into a 30-minute drawing session with a bit of classical music thrown in Smile

All three kiddos really got into their illustrations…even ds4.  After I read the poem aloud a few times so they could develop the imagery, I put our Best of Vivaldi: The Four Seasons CD into the CD player and played “Autumn”.  It made perfect background music for their drawing session.

What’s working/not working for us…Our Heart of Dakota curriculum…I am still in love with it!

I’m reading…a bunch of freebies on my Kindle Smile

I’m cooking…Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies {yummy!} and more apple goodness {mostly applesauce for the freezer}.

I’m grateful for…the overall good health of my family.


Michelle @ Changed By The Maker said...

Drawing and classical music is the best! I wish you had linked to the recipe for the Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip bars. They sound delicious. Maybe that's another post!

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Oh, I agree! Would love to see the oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip bars recipe! We just made apple-cranberry pie and it was delish!

PrairieJenn said...

What a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing it. I'd like to see your bar recipe too...that sounds like something we'd enjoy around here:)

Sarah said...

My 7 year old LOVES Vivaldi's The 4 Seasons! Out of my three children she is my musically inclined. Love those Kindle freebies! I've got so many I don't know where to start. I'm over from the H.S. Chick and am now following you to.


Amy @ simply necessary said...

Haven't even started applesauce yet...feel like I'm behind my A-game! :)

Stephanie said...

I LOVE your seasonal drawing, poetry and classical music. It inspires me to want to start doing tea time again.

Lisa said...

How wonderful to go to the apple orchard in the fall! It really is my favorite season. :-)

I love the poem you shared. It is awesome how you tied it together with the music and the drawing.

I enjoyed reading your blog as I came to visit from THMJ.

Have a great weekend!
Many blessings,

TIFFANY said...

Sounds like a good week. Hope everyone is back to 100% this week.


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