Homeschool Highlight

We ❤️ homeschooling!  Every week looks a little bit different at our house when it comes to homeschooling so I thought it might be fun to do a series of highlights every Saturday of some really fun or interesting things we did that week.  

My little guy has been requesting a shelf for his DS games.  It’s important me that my kids not only are book smart but have practical knowledge too.  I told him if he wanted a shelf we’d work together to build one.  We had a piece of leftover board from building game shelves in the basement and we bought a couple “L” brackets at Lowes.   We talked about choosing the correct size and kind of screws and then he got to work.  I helped him get the screws started but he used the screw driver to finish securing them.  (I didn’t get any pics of him actually building the shelf because I was busy fixing lunch.)  After he got it built he used the level and mounted it on his bedroom wall. Once again I only helped him start the screws.  He chose an item box as a bookend which is perfect because it holds his loose DS games safely too!  


He’s also been taking both an Art class and a Pottery class. He loves both of them and made some really fun things out of clay- like a wrestling mat! (Pictures to come when it’s been fired!)

Science was a blast!  A little balloon experiment showed us how yeast and sugar produce carbon dioxide (and make dough rise). 


To round out our lessons about yeast and Jesus being “the bread of life”, we took a fieldtrip to a local baker.  We got to go into the kitchen to see where all the yumminess is created.  Of course we celebrated by getting a Pot O’Gold cupcake!  

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Trash to Treasure

On the back side of the property, hiding behind the pond, we found this big eye sore of a pile when we moved in.  It had hunks of concrete with poles sticking out and a huge mound of one to two foot pieces of railroad ties.  All fall I had it in my mind to burn it and get rid of the mess. Then one day when I was starting to plan my garden beds it occurred to me that those really expensive railroad ties I was pricing at Lowes were already in my backyard!  They were two foot sections instead of six or eight but they still worked the same way.  When the weather warmed up in February I got out there and started sorting and hauling pieces out of that pile.   I was super thankful that my husband picked up a little trailer to go behind our riding lawn mower at a yardsale last summer!  That made my life so much easier.   It didn’t take long to turn that pile into a decent sized raised bed.  I threw in some partially composted straw from the rabbit hutch and topped it off with miracle grow potting soil.  Since it’s going to be my greens bed I had to come up with something to keep the rabbits and critters out.  After looking around some more I drug the old very ugly door off chicken coop over and laid it on top of the bed.  I planted my seeds in 70 degree sunshine, then went in and read that the weekend forecast was calling for a hard freeze and snow!  I’m crossing my fingers they survive the cold. 

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