Friday, August 29, 2014

Not Back to School Blog Hop: Week 4-Day in the Life

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Here is where I am stumped. I don't know our schedule, how to describe our day in our life or even what time it is (well I guess I can look in the corner of the 'puter to see that) and I really cannot say why.  For some reason, things have been nutty and so we have been 'schooling' in the 'winging it' mode.  That is ok though.  Somehow we managed to get just about everything I wanted him to cover handled.  I think one big factor is that we are only schooling one kid now so being super organized is not quite as necessary as when I had 2-4 kids underfoot.

Now that the boy is in Jr High, I do have to start reining it in a bit.  Since we will be going thru Sonlight 5 (Eastern Cultures) I already have a pre-made schedule via the teacher's guide.  So the history, Bible, some geography (I say that because I am covering world geo with him this year as an entire course to go along with this) and lots of reading are covered. Math is a no-brainer.  We just work thru each lesson and if he needs to speed it up or slow it down then we do just that.  I will need to devise a general layout for the world geo, artist study and his language studies.  Since we just finished school in early July and are back into the baseball season-I simply haven't thought much past that.

Heck, I haven't even ordered the stuff I need for the year.  It's just been that way lately.  But what I can share is that we don't do every subject every day. Instead we break it up to a few times per week and let it be.

Usually we stick to this basic set-up :  

T and Thurs.: math, science, geography and art/music, handwriting
W and F:  math, history and reading skills/LLATL and any scraggler type of activities
Every other Thurs. is my shopping day so I simply delete things or give him only 'you can do this without me' activities because I am gone all day.

I have been using Mondays as an office day-to figure out what I have going on, to do my grocery couponing/planning and errands. I may have to change that or beef up a couple days since we're doing a more rigorous geography study and Sonlight (which is a beefy program) but honestly-I hate to lose that day.  If I do, then I lose a weekend day and I am not going back down that road.  I was getting too burned out because I wasn't stepping away from the teacher mode. I will adapt. We always do and I find a way to preserve my office day and still get all the schooling in.

And there is our anti-schedule type of life. No planner books, no pledge, no timed seat work, no exact order or particular way to do each day-we take it as we feel it'll work that week and somehow we get along nicely.  For now.  But we'll see.....

Friday, August 22, 2014

Not Back to School Blog Hop 2014: Week 3-Student Photos

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I am down to one student, 
have been for a couple years now-
our youngest and class comedian....  
The Boy

Now on occasion a mewy irritant, our perpetual student will arrive on the scene.  This student apparently just flunks out to stay around here and receive attention.  Not sure if there are any time limitations on how long a student can repeat/attend; but I think Cleo has long surpassed any rules on that.  She has been attending our homeschool for 15 yrs now and counting. Oy Vey!  [And yep, she is a Manx with only a button tail and she walks/hops like a bunny. :)]




Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Not Back to School Blog Hop: Week 2-Classroom

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For the second week of the Not-Back-To-School blog hop we are to showcase our schoolroom/education room.  I am working on a video tour and hope to have that posted before the next century. What should seemingly take but a few hours has now turned into a few days and many, many takes.  Plus I have to edit the multitude of sections I recorded, then load it to You-Tube. Once I have that complete I will get the link up for you.  For now, here are some pics of the room we use.  Of course we also utilize many areas of the house including the couch/family room and/or the kitchen but here is where we keep the bulk of our supplies and such.


I created an area to showcase our world geography that we will be focusing on for the year.  I removed the rain-gutter shelves that were on the wall and bought a whole 'lotta IKEA storage boxes to create this.

I recently made some big changes to the room by removing several things we have already used, or won't be needing for some time in order to make it less cluttered and soothing.  I also rearranged the room to freshen it up/make it feel bigger.


The new workbox area.  I removed a large shelf, re-purposed the other one for the geography area and after about a thousand different possible layouts attempts, I think I came up with something that should work.  There you have it in a nutshell-our classroom area.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 Not-Back-To-School Blog Hop: Curriculum

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Don't forget to participate!  
I'd love to see what you have
chosen for your family!

Wow! It's already time to join the Not Back to School Blog Hop for this year! Frankly, we had a late ending to last year (uh-literally just finished the second week of July) so gearing back up at this point is almost too painful to contemplate! But hey, thanks for stopping by! If you are new to my blog I wanted to give you the 411 on us. We have been homeschooling for over 20 years and have graduated our first three [yep, we homeschooled high school too] and are currently winding down our adventures with our fourth child, who is at the 6/7th grade level.

We follow mostly a Charlotte Mason//Literature (with a tad of Montessori in there) method so our choices reflect those styles but we are also eclectic, so there are plenty of other little things thrown in for variety.

**I linked to where you can find out more about each product, but unless it is an Amazon link-I have no affiliation with the companies.  I just really like their stuff and thought I would share the best place I have found to get them. My best advice for anyone (especially newbies) is to buy used first, reserving new purchases for materials you cannot find that way.  Workbooks and any test booklets, etc. usually fall into that second category. Two great places for used books are Homeschool Classifieds and the Vegsource Homeschool site.   

2014 Curriculum Choices:

ART/MUSIC Study:
*TBD  (I simply haven't had time to figure out who we will cover, but it will reflect those in the time range of our history studies)  Usually try to do 2 per year.

BIBLE:
God’s Great Covenant, New Testament Book One | Main photo (Cover)Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?) Volume 2 | Main photo (Cover)
images from rainbowresource.com
I will either restart the God's Great Covenant Series: Book 1 NT I bought last year or get the second book in the Apologia series: Who Am I?  I dunno yet.  I am still trying to figure out this subject.  Again-I barely finished last year, so I haven't had time to contemplate it all and I had to put the God's Great Covenant series aside as it was just too much for him last year. This is on my "to figure out" list.


HISTORY:


5th Grade Homeschool CurriculumSonlight Eastern Hemisphere:  This is listed for about 5th grade.  I have done this 3x already and find many of the books to be above that level so this is a good fit for most 5-8th graders.  I usually try to fit this in between 6-7th grade.  I have a much older version but it works just fine. I will be covering just the history and some of the scheduled Bible from it.

Image from Sonlight.com

LANGUAGE ARTS/READING/SPELLING:
Our boy is dyslexic so he's a bit behind in the language/reading skills, so that is why some of this seems a bit lower than it should be for his age.  But that is the beauty of homeschooling-you tailor the education to the child not the other way around.
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Tan Student Book | Main photo (Cover)Phonics Road to Spelling & Reading Level 2 Curriculum Set | Main photo (Cover)

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Tan Book for the main backbone. A few times per week we do the Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading Level 2 that we started early last spring. I got this used at half price through homeschoolclassifieds. We are also reviewing the All About Spelling materials I have just as an added boost.  The LLATL has some spelling but dyslexics struggle with that so I try a bunch of different things to work through this subject with him.  I will have to do a separate post on that.

Winston Grammar | Main photo (Cover)Italic Handwriting Book G 4th Edition | Main photo (Cover)

Winston Grammar: level 1.  I ran out of time to do this last year with him, so this year we'll get moving on this.
Literature books for history, those assigned from LLATL and misc. stories cover his reading. I have this from previous students, so I only need the workbook.  I also have the second level so if he flies thru this, we'll do that as well.

Handwriting is easy-he's just finishing his last Italic HW book he started in the late spring.

images from rainbowresource.com

Geography:

Geography Study Guide rev | Main photo (Cover)
Mapping the World By Heart Curriculum w/ Maps | Main photo (Cover)We are covering world geography this year.  I have a whole area set up in our classroom just for this. We will do this more Montessori style using Continent Boxes (search Pinterest for ideas) and will add in Mapping the World by Heart (I have a very old guide but again-it'll do).  I may throw in a couple other books to guide us through this but haven't determined what ones I want.  I will write a post just on our geography once I get that all worked out.  But you can see the few posts I have on our Geography box and our Geography Board for more info.  We also need to do the last book, Minn of the Mississippi in the Beautiful Feet Books Geography series. We'll tackle that alongside the world geography about once or twice a week until done.

image from Rainbowresource.com

MATH:

Saxon Math 7/6 4ED Homeschool KIT | Main photo (Cover)Saxon 76.  I am looking at some of the Fred books (we have the Algebra one) like the fractions and such to add in for fun and for a good review.  I will try to borrow those tho, not buy them.  Otherwise, it's all Saxon.
image from rainbowresource.com


SCIENCE:

This is a new study for us and we're pretty excited about it.

Archaeology Book, Geology Book, and Intro to Archaeology & Geology Parent Lesson Planner Set | Main photo (Cover)Archaeology and Geology Pack

I am going to throw in a bunch of various hands-on stuff to really make this a fun study.  I have been picking up a few things from the dollar store, gathering goodies I already have about the home and will probably buy a kit or two like these: Dig! Discovery Kit: Maya Temple and Dig! Discover Kit: Easter Island

          Dig! Discover Maya TemplesDig! Discover Easter Island
archaeology/geology image from rainbowresource; kits images from amazon.com


FOREIGN LANGUAGE:  


Spanish for Children Primer A | Main photo (Cover)Latina Christiana Student Book I | Main photo (Cover)OK, every year I try to cover Latin and every year it gets waylaid.  Maybe this year.  I will do my best to work this in.  I want to get him going on Spanish too but with his reading/spelling issues-I simply have not been able to add those to our schedule.  So for now I will just say-if we do get to it I will dust off our Latina Christiana Series.  This looks for for Spanish-I do have an old version of Powerglide for it and we could use that but this looks more engaging....Spanish for Children Primer.  I will have to go thru the Blog Hop to see what other folks are using.  So this is another TBD subject. LOL.
images from rainbowreasource.com

Well that about covers it!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope I helped you find some neat things to use for your homeschool curriculum!






Thursday, July 24, 2014

Working on getting the Continent Boxes filled and finished Montessori Geography Box top

I am moving really slow this summer, but alas-I did [FINALLY] get the top of the geography box completed-which only took a year to do, LOL.  I have been hunting for some type of paper that had all/most of the world on it to decoupage on to it.  I was elated to find a sheet of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby this past week.  So today-I finally finished the thing!  I am pleased with the results.  All I have left to do is buy some Velcro dots to adhere the maps to (on the inside top) and print/laminate the maps.


I have also rearranged our classroom area, pared down lots of supplies and books and added a whole area for world geography.  I still have to take down the rain gutter shelves, patch the holes. I will then repaint the area so I can put up a nice world map and a smaller shelf from IKEA to hold the current continent books.  With all the activities around here, it has been hard to get time to truly devote to wrapping this up.  My hope is to not only have it done in time for the Not-Back-To-School blog hop but to also get it done soon so I can do a video tour of our room. I truly enjoyed watching a few videos of other homeschool rooms, so I hope to do one too.

I also have lots of busy work to do for the different Continent Boxes and since we'll be starting with Australia, I am searching and purchasing various things to add to it. I also have to buy, download, print and laminate a bunch of stuff for it as well.  Once I have a better handle on things I will be sure to post.  Until then, thought I would just catch you up on my summer projects.  

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Yikes-been a while since I have posted

We have been busy! Sadly, due to constant life/baseball demands, my blog has been rather neglected.  So thought I would pen an update for ya.

For the last few months we have been up to our eyeballs in baseball related activities. Again, my son was a part of the local Little League organization-with a new team, new coaching staff and (thankfully, esp. since his mom and I get along great) one buddy from last season's team.  Sadly tho, this team just wasn't very good. We finished the season dead last-ouch.  But our boys did their best and that is all we can ask of them.  During the playoffs, we played one of the top teams first, which immediately cut us out of the running for even a fourth place.  That team went on to win the championship-so obviously they were very good which helped soothe the sting of losing since we really made them work for that win. We were happy for them b/cuz my son's favorite pal from last season's team was on the winning team this year.  I guess at the very least, my son became rather well practiced in losing gracefully. And that is always a great life-long skill many are sadly lacking.


This season certainly had it's ups and down!  Several of our games and practices were played in cold, rainy and sleety weather. That was tough-especially for the boys who had to bear thru it with frozen hands and sopping wet cleats. But the worst day was when I got the call...the call that my son took a fly ball to the nose/cheek.  NOT ever a call a parent wants to get.  It was at practice, the one in which I had just dropped him off at, and had just driven by the field thinking to myself, "Hmm, things look OK so I will just dash to the CVS to get a couple things..." .  My son was in the outfield when a fly ball was heading toward him and it just clipped his glove and landed smack into his nose and cheek.  I guess he gushed blood for a long time and they had trouble getting it to stop. Once I arrived I found my blood-soaked, face-packed with gauze injured son. I quickly dashed our boy to the Urgent care to get X-rays to see if he had fractured or broken his nose. Praise the Lord, he had not.  If that was upsetting enough, the doctor said they were more worried about a concussion.  So we had to watch him for several days to be sure he didn't have one.  From what my mom radar picked up-I think he did have a slight one. So of course I was freaking out about him getting back on the field when he was cleared to do so but he totally wasn't bothered by it at all. Proud of my boy, but inside I was nervous the rest of the season. Apparently, receiving a secondary concussion is much more dangerous so I was always thinking of that every time he got up to bat (and I had good reason to, as some of the boys were dangerous pitchers, throwing very fast balls because they knew my son can really hit the ball out into the outfield. They were not well aimed and a few times they came way tooooo close to his face again!).  I cannot tell you how many prayers I sent up at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of each game for his safety and well-being.  It was kind of exhausting.  These contact sports are nerve wreckers for us dear moms!

[I will not post a pic of the bloody face, 
but I did take a couple for scrapbooking purposes.
Hey, once a scrapper always a scrapper 
and such events are scrap-worthy.]

The best moment was one super great game where our boy earned the game ball.  He cracked a triple with 2 RBIs and made a great play in the outfield (caught the second out in the inning) and since he never received a game ball last season-this was a huge deal for him!  We were so proud.


After the final playoffs fervor wore off, we contemplated joining the fall league.  I frankly was/am tired of the constant running and having most the weekends gone to BBall related stuff-but I also know how much my son loves the game so.....we left it up to him.  Guess what he he chose to do-oh yeah...join.  So looks like August thru October we'll be back at weekend games and such. Thankfully, this league is a more laid back and not so regimented.  But it also is where the serious players go to keep their skills sharp for the next season.  That means our boy will be with the die hard dudes, so schedule wise it may be less intense but I am thinking the players themselves will be ramping it up!  Since we have not yet done this league-it will be interesting to compare the two.  I guess betwixt now and the start of it I will rest as much as I can and try to get the majority of my "to do" list done.

Frankly, I don't see much of the rest of the year slacking off in activity either.  So far we have had two graduates in our family (a niece and nephew) to celebrate; and we will also be attending two weddings within 4 weeks of each other this fall (our oldest niece, and the best friend of our [oldest] son. Our boy is going to be his Best Man so we definitely want to see that), SO Whoa!  Busy for sure!

Let's see, what else? I am also heading up north with my pal, Michelle to do a 3 day scrapping weekend at the end of July, the kids and I plan to tag-along with dad on one of his work trips this summer, I still need to plan for and order the new school year's books/materials and oh yeah-finish organizing the classroom. Mind you-I literally started that prior to the BBall season. I have most of it done, yet have to label my storage boxes, finish the decluttering of the room and organizing the stuff I shoved in said boxes. I won't even get into the upstairs spare room that now houses the books/materials I didn't want in the classroom but didn't want to sell/get rid of.  That is a whole 'nother project for another time. Oh and yes-finish the Montessori Geography box I started last summer. Good gracious!

So posts here will probably be slim due to the high volume of activity but thought I would catch you up on our goings on.  I am quite sure my readers can attest to being busy with similar activities, so I am sure you would understand when I say..I just need a week or two of non-kid activity, non-school, non-house/organizing or the usual 'to do' related activities to just veg, read a good book or just sit and stare off into space so I can recharge these batteries that are draining rather quickly. Yeah-well I can dream.  I will keep you posted on how that goes.

And since the Not-Back-to-School Blog hop will be coming up in August so I better get that room finished. I truly want to share the new look and organizing I have been working on.  Maybe a deadline will encourage me to push thru the pain and wrap it up.  LOL

So until next time-have a great summer!



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Swimming Creatures Ocean Box

So as promised, I have a few pics here of the start of our ocean box.  I used about 1/3-1/2 of a [Dollar Tree] blue tablecloth, instead of paper.  It looks wavy and watery and it'll do.  I snagged a box from the local grocery store (they were more than happy to unload it on me) to create the main frame of this ocean box project. And there was no out of pocket expense. Yeah.


The bottom of the ocean was suppose to be made from various kid-made stuff but hey, we had real sand, coral and all sorts of ocean things to use-so we went for the real look.  I just took clear packing tape, stuck two pieces together and then taped it on the sides and bottom of the box. This created a lip to keep the sand from spilling out and all over.


I guess as we move through each unit of study we will add various creatures to this.  Sounds like fun and I will post as we go.  Oh and don't you know, as soon as this was all set up-we had our first residence arrive (who will not stay) to await the addition of new creatures.

LOL....oh Sponge Bob...this isn't Bikini Bottom.  


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Apologia Science: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day ideas

We are excited to start working through the Apologia Swimming Creatures* study.  I put our sea critter decorations up, that I found [at the local Dollar Tree Store] last summer, and have patiently waited to use.  They are obviously out of proportion but they do add some whimsical-ness to our classroom.



Product DetailsWe are using the spiral bound notebook journal* that compliments the study, just like we did with the Flying Creatures.  I decided to also add an ocean depths worksheet from the Deceptively Educational Blog, which is a fun activity to do.  You just need to grab a paint chip sheet with varying shades of blue (5 blocks) for the student to glue to the page.  I found one in my mass collection of paint chips that I picked up a few years ago before we painted the boys' room, so I am not sure exactly where I got it.  Just look in the paint section of the home improvement stores for some.

We haven't started the ocean box (yet) that is part of the hands-on part of the study-but once we get that going I will add pictures for you.  Objective number one is to procure a box from the local grocery store then the blue paper (but me thinks a blue table cloth from the dollar store will work even better) first.  Hopefully, I can get that done this week.

Anyhoo-that is where we are in our science now.

*Disclaimer: the * denotes the products that I have linked to my Amazon Associates.  The book picture is from Amazon.com.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Montessori Geography/Continent Box -so excited to share our homemade version

So back in September I posted that I wanted to make a Montessori Geography box (I had seen an awesome example on Pinterest).  I found an old, smelly and 'in great need of care' silverware box [the type that many a bride received for her wedding which was quite popular in the 1950s-70s] that would be perfect for the project.  It was marked $2 or $3 but I talked it down to a whopping dollar bill! My goal for this project was to spend as little as possible and I actually managed to do just that as the total overall cost was under $10!


SO I had the box and I knew what I wanted to do with it-but it took many steps to accomplish. That was September remember?  Due to some health issues, then the holidays then tucking it aside to then finding it and saying, "OH yeah-need to finish this!"-it took longer to get done than it should have.  So to start, I had to allow for at least a month of 'freshening' to get rid of the musty smells. That meant ripping out the gross felt and little doodads that were meant to hold the silverware. That helped eliminate some stench-but then I had to scrap off (as best as possible) the ugly glue, then rub the wood down with bleach water, then place the box in the sun to further the process. At night I placed a bowl of water with bleach in it inside the box, closed the lid and let it continue working on degrossifying it. I learned that trick from Martha Stewart many years ago.
Yes, it was that gross!

When it was finally ready for the box compartments, I sent the hubby and son on a search and find mission.  Thankfully we live in a sub that still has construction going on and since my hubby has spoken to several of the building crews before about scrap wood, it was not a problem finding some luan wood for this. Frankly, with the layering of that wood I can say it was a pain to work with. So if you decide to do something similar-look for a piece of wood that is one solid sheet and not layered together due to it's inherent need to split.  Anyway, I decided how I wanted the boxes to be and ordered my cut pieces from my handyman hubby.  Due to the glue issue (that was under the felt) I had two pieces of luan cut to lay down over them to give me a fresh look. Then he cut a few strips to build the boxes.  That was the hard part. We do not have a mini-Norm Abram workshop about the homestead.  But we made due and I am quite pleased with the results.


After the liquid nails (glue used to adhere it) dried we were ready for paint (I did sand down the wood to avoid splinters) and after several coats it is complete.

I found scrapbook paper I liked (at Hobby Lobby) and just cut it to fit.  
I took slightly watered down white glue (poor man's Mod Podge) to adhere 
it to the top, then coated the entire top/outside with a thick layer to protect it.  

Furthermore, I also have to print and laminate the maps I want to go on the interior lid of the box. I will put little Velcro dots on it to allow for easy map changes, which means all maps will have the dots as well so they will adhere to the main lid area.  This is key to multi-use flexibility.  If I just slapped a pre-school/K level map onto it, I could not use it for a variety of things I have in mind. Especially since I am using this with an older elementary student (right now) but want to be able to use it for future younger students as well.  Oh, and we need to put a hinge on the backside of the lid. Since the original hinges are small, are at least 40+ years old and with the additional weight from the the luan, it needs that additional hinge support.  I highly recommend doing that as well if you make your own.


I did paint the box sections to match the Montessori color code for learning the continents.  I also included a box for Antarctica!  This is important because several countries have territorial claims to it.  I therefore made 8 sections. One for each continent and one for what I am calling the control box. That is where the collection of items to be sorted go.  I will do a separate post on different things that I hope to do with our box as soon as I get all that done.  One step at a time-LOL.

Example using stamp cards for different continents.  Antarctica is not shown b/cuz I have not received the stamps yet but you get the general idea.  The map that would be used would be the general color-coded continent map for Montessori.  I will link all the sources in the post about how to use the box once I have that completed. 




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Schooling updates for March 2014

So I haven't posted in a while as I simply haven't had much to blog about. Nothing earth shattering going on in our studies.  But thought I would pop a couple pics on here highlighting two samples of our current work.

We're just about done with our Flying Creatures of the 5th day study.  With the holidays and busyness and then a few episodes of colds and the flu, we fell a bit behind. No worries.  I hope to be into the Swimming Creatures starting in April, which should carry us thru to the end of the year and a bit into the summer/early fall.  That way by the winter of 2015, we'll be ready for our last book in the series that I want to cover before moving into the Jr high books.


I laid out the science for my son because I had to be somewhere for the morning.  I even added a few plastic critters to keep him company.  This obviously could go into the workboxes, but right now ours are crammed with junk I need to sort-so it was displayed nicely for him.


As for our geography-we're on to Paddle-to-the-Sea.  I have a spare desk (in the classroom) that I taped the map to so it stays stationary -esp. since it's been in the mailing tube and was being really persnickety about staying down. I also brought the colored pencils over for ease of use (he uses crayons on the larger areas since it covers it better) and the book is there for the photo op.  There is also a movie that goes along with this which I mentioned in this post before. I am going to see if I can come up with some kind of carving project for him (to make his own P-t-t-S boat) which is going to require a trip to the craft store. Hopefully, I will find what I want.

We'll be starting a new math level next week, and are wrapping up our literature study (Trumpet of the Swan) soon.  Most of our regular history (Beautiful Feet Westward Expansion and California Hisotry) is at the mid 1800's point-which is about 1/2 way thru the studies.  At this juncture of the year, I think we're pretty much where I had hoped to be.  Which is good because baseball season starts in a few weeks and so things get hectic.  Exciting hey? Told you it wasn't-LOL



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nature Study: Goldenrods

A fun late summer time nature study activity. 
*Be aware of insects that are attracted to these. 
I think I remember seeing lots and lots wasps around them. 
When we started our study [we were going to do this for our co-op group lesson but the day was cancelled so my kids and I did this activity alone], we did some research and read through the story the On One Flower by Anthony D. Fredericks [got thru the library]. It is geared for pre-K through about 3rd grade level but it has great artwork and is a good intro book, so it should it work for most situations. I actually didn't find too many stories relating directly to the Goldenrod-so this was the best I could do.  We then moved to the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.  We read pages 503-506 and did lesson 132 noted in this section.

Essentials:  Tool kit [they each have their own-I just took a pic with one] with all the goodies: magnifying glasses, paints, pencils, tweezers, erasers, and so on. It was early Oct. when we did this so the flowers were moving into the end of their season,so there were not many fresh and full flowering Goldenrod to collect.  But we only need two-so we were happy with that and put them into the flower press to have for their notebook page.

The kids' field study sheets. 

You can see the obvious difference between a 10 yr old and a 17 yr old's work.  I do not require the younger kids to get too detailed, unless they choose to do so.  They both still had to add the Latin names, and the boy needed to add a poem to his page when I took this picture but it gives you an idea of what you should aim for.  Once they had added some color to their flower and had done the other noted things, they went into their Nature Study binders.  I also brought along my camera to take some nice color pictures.  You could also just print a few pics and have your child glue those into their notebook page. This is a great option for children with low frustration thresholds or for those who are young/have dexterity issues.

Goldenrod in the field





look at that ugly bug!