Sunday, September 20, 2009

Improvised Homeschooling Week

We had to improvise quite a bit last week with our homeschooling. We decided our wood floors needed updating so we had to be out of our house for most of the week. The first day the floor guys just sanded the floors & distressed them so we barricaded ourselves in my bedroom. We had enough clothes, schoolwork & food rations to last us for the day :-)

We've been reading Little House in the Big Woods and one of our activities was supposed to involve a pig's bladder. Yes, a pig's bladder! Pioneer children used to blow up the bladder of a pig after it was butchered and play with it like a balloon! You can imagine girly girlz don't play with pig bladders so we improvised and made an origami "pig bladder" - much more to our liking :-)

The rest of the week was spent at Steve's parents house in Sperry. We love to go there because they have a nice, quiet, country house on several acres and away from town. It's so peaceful there - a nice break from the hustle and bustle of life. Plus, we enjoyed our time with his parents :-) Here's a few pics of the girlz picking tomatoes in their garden...

Interesting "swirls" - reminiscent of the swirl pattern in our game room/homeschool room :-)

This is a mushroom they found. It was actually pink and brown! We had never seen anything like it! "M" said it smelled like tobacco - not sure how she would know what that smell is - but okay!

"A" getting dirty, as usual :-)

"M", clean as usual

They picked lots and lots of tomatoes!

One day last week, we decided to do school at Sperry's new library...

I had never been there before and was pleasantly surprised by the decor. When you first walk into the library, there is a display on the wall with three shadow boxes. One promoted homeschooling :-) Woo hoo!

The interior was so nice! I loved the huge beams in the ceiling and it's southwest/ranch style decor gave it a cozy feel.

Of course, I loved the farm mural in the Children's Area...

We just made ourselves at home ;-)

I can just imagine curling up in a chair next to this fireplace when it's cold outside! Now if they only sold hot apple cider we'd be set!

Although the Sperry Library is almost 30 minutes away from where we live now, I imagine we'll have to go back from time to time. It's definitely worth the drive!

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