Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A different kind of learning

This week we went on vacation, so a we took a big break from our school curriculum, but the learning did not stop.  We visited our friends in Michigan who keep lots of animals.  The children got to get up close and personal with goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, and even a llama!  There were even baby bunnies, chicks and a baby goat for them to cuddle and hold.  But it wasn't all fun and games.  Sweet Potato went out each morning to hunt for eggs for breakfast.  They learned that you have to keep the baby chicks warm with a heat lamp.  They noticed that the llama and sheep were very good friends.  And they saw a goat drinking it's own urine like a water fountain.  Now that's education :-P

We also visited Tawas Point State Park, which is home of Tawas Point Lighthouse.  Unfortunately, the lighthouse was closed, so we couldn't go inside, but the children enjoyed walking barefoot on the beach of Lake Huron instead, even though it was about 45 degrees with a lot of wind.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First letter

Sweet Potato is not fond of writing.  He dreads doing his phonics workbook and copywork each day.  So when I saw that his assignment the other day was to write a letter, I thought, "Oh boy, this won't go over well."  Much to my surprise, he thought it was a great idea and not only wrote the letter, but wrote 3 or 4 more over the course of the evening!  We addressed them all, stamped them, and put them in the mail.  So I am thinking now we will make letter-writing a regular assignment.  Here is his first one: