Monday, May 22, 2017

Fieldtrips are the best!

Leduc #1 is a fantastic field trip. It was really neat to learn about our local history. 

Our science studies have really flowed one to the next this year- we started off learning about electricity, which led to hydroelectricity which led to nuclear power which led to radiation which led to non-renewable/renewable energy sources which led to fossil fuels which led into geology... Something like that. 

The learning I like best is when a friend comes to share their passion with us. In this case our friends came to teach us about Jazz. We learned some history, some theory, and the best part was the live demonstration!
We built bird feeders at the library program. Ezra and Hazel really enjoyed all the tool time. I was thankful Charlie came with me to help or I never would have finished!

Spring 2017

Making some pretty awesome Moana necklaces.

Hazel working on her alphabet box- passed down from Ezra since he's already reading like a wizard!

More Barabara Reid plasticine projects.
Cute as a button.
Cool cousins coming to watch the boys play their final game.
Great season- third place!
Jane and I got to see Edgar Moreau the cellist play at the Winspeare.
This house makes crazy icicles which make fantastic Lord of the Rings swords.

This tea party is looking a little too much on the organized side... but at least there is a keyboard nearby :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Silly Pies

Some things I don't want to forget:

1. Scarlet listens to me running on the treadmill- when I start cooling down she appears with an icy cold water for me.

2. Scarlet also likes everything symmetrical. She can't stand to have things lopsided or uneven etc.

3. Ezra is obsessed with kefir. Nothing brings me greater joy than pouring him a nice cold glass of homemade kefir because it makes him SO happy!

4. Hazel calls the letter "z" a "zigzag". I will never correct it for as long as I live.

5. Hazel thinks Santa has goats. Apparently she didn't catch on to the reindeer thing. I really need to be better about teaching the kids about the whole Santa theme.

6. I gave Hazel a half-ish sized piece of pita bread and she wasn't impressed. She kept saying she wanted a "moon pita". I racked my mind- repeated the word moon pita aloud, trying to figure out what she was saying. Then I realized she wanted a whole round piece like a full moon!

7. Hazel is always seeing shapes in clouds or wood or water or her pita bites...

8. Hazel calls cucumbers, "wincumbers"

9. Hazel had a stage where she would cry and cry about growing up. She would sob, "I don't want to be older." She would also keep asking me if she was still three just to check and make sure she wasn't older yet.

10. I overheard a scene of Ezra crying about not liking a certain food before he had even tried it. Jacob was trying to reason with him and I heard him say, "Ezra, I used to think I didn't like maple syrup." He said it as in can you believe that at one point in time I was that crazy!

11. We bought eggs from a neighboring farm and their eggs happened to be white. I never realized this, but Ezra had never seen a white egg before. He cried out in astonishment, "Look at this pure, white egg!!!!" He couldn't believe his eyes.

12. Charlie was riding the quad around the yard and I hear Jane yell, "If you run over my duck, I will never forgive you!"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poetry Forever

My mom found the perfect poem for me. It explains why I LOVE to be home.
Ready to soak this in...?

STAY, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
  To stay at home is best.        5
Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
    To stay at home is best.        10
Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O’er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
    To stay at home is best.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


We made pinecone bird feeders together.
 Then we hung them on a tree.
Then we waited about 15 seconds before a few birds came and ate the seeds! 

Winter 2017

Tim has become quite competitive about playing Marble Football these days. 

 Jane made this sweet clay dish.

 Oh how I love this dolly!
Science Center snakes and cousin time!

We would drop off the big kids for play practice and then hit the library for a while, followed by a snack stop :)

 We love Barbara Reid books. Her illustrations are done in plasticine. Her website has some great tutorials. She is Canadian which makes her even cooler!

 Jane enjoyed New Beginnings with her Young Women's group.
She is very blessed to be part of such a great program.
 We made a ribbon wand just like Fancy Nancy's!
 This poem is as talkative as Jacob gets :) I love the "obviously" part!
I always wake up in the morning,
Ready for the awakening day;
I do my scriptures right away
Then go outside to play.

It's fun to live in a cabin,
Doing fun school work;
We've been doing lots of fun housework
And driving our fowl totally beserk.

You are my teacher,
I love that.

by Charlie Eaton

Is the beauty of the earth.

Is the beauty of the earth

by Scarlet Eaton

The Gardener
By Jane E. Eaton
Raspberries, carrots, squash and snap peas,
The way these grow, you’d think we had fairies.
But it’s my mama’s green thumb that keeps them alive
She weeds and waters like a bee in a hive.

In spring she prepares our garden plot.
In summer she plants, each seed a certain spot.
In autumn she harvests, a row a day.
In winter she covers our small plot with hay.

And in the winter her work pays off,
 For now we can eat our snap peas and squash.
Beside the warm glow of the fire blaze, 
She whispers to the garden, “Until the spring days.” 

 Hazel and I keeping the love of fairies glowing.
 Charlie with his marble bounty.
 This kitty sits in the window all day long with us.
 Cousins at the piano. What a wonderful sight.
 Hazel spends so much time with the kitty.

I need to get some pics of the kids in their costumes from my mom. In case I forget, here's the ticket to their play this year. It was their first experience with theatre- they loved it!

Circuit Scribe is super cool. You can make circuits with conductive ink.

 Charlie completed a Priesthood Prep class with me this winter in preparation for when he turns 12.
 We are loving our town library. I caught Hazel reading like a grown up and Charlie studying in the background.
 We've really enjoyed the variety of homeschool program activities at our library.
 We completed a study unit on Chickens with a family egg drop. It was quite thrilling. We had some successes and some broken eggs too.
Scarlet preparing her Canopic Jars for our Ancient Egypt unit.

 WAY cool experiment. A homemade lightbulb! All you need are D batteries, a pencil lead, alligator clips and a jar.

Jacob made these different scenes for our government unit. See if you can guess what form of government each one depicts.