Cuteness

Mister Blue Sky has started saying “I did it!” whenever he accomplishes something. He’ll often clap afterwards too. So cute!

Well Phooey

For some reason I had it in my head that the link up for the Garden Challenge was this Saturday. I am so glad that I decided to start writing my post tonight since the link up was actually YESTERDAY! So a recap, The Homeschool Village is hosting a Garden Challenge and last month I posted about our planned spring planting.

We finally did get some non-rainy days (not many!) and we were able to get our strawberries and mint plants started in our Earthboxes.

Strawberries and mint plants (garlic in the next box).

MBS didn’t actually help with the planting, he played with rocks and empty planters in the background while I got the planters set up. On another non-rainy day MBS helped Ryan dig up last years garden bed. He had lots of fun playing in the dirt. He especially liked finding an earthworm.

Digging in the garden.
The chickens wanted to find some worms too!

The next week we had another dry day and it was actually pretty warm! We got some seeds planted in the garden. We planted lettuce, radishes, and leeks.

I found a rock Daddy! (I just love his boots!)

Nothing has sprouted in the large garden bed yet but we’ve checked on our strawberry and mint plants and they’re doing fine.

He really likes pulling out the planter tags.

While checking on our plants we also look at bugs and frogs. Little frogs love to live in the Earthboxes watering tubes and we’ve found that our dandelions are quite popular with bees!

Checking on the frogs in the tubes.
Hi froggy!
Happy honeybees!
Our little froggy friends. We have LOTS of tiny frogs on our property.

The weather hasn’t really been cooperating with our gardening this spring. It has been extremely rainy and cold— we even got some snow! Not our normal April weather, hopefully May will be warmer.

Since we planted strawberries in our planter I picked out 3 strawberry books for MBS.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Bear by Don and Audrey Wood & illustrated by Don Wood is about a little mouse who finds a big strawberry but must find a way to keep it from the big bear. This story had cute illustrations but I just didn’t care for it. The narrator trying to trick the mouse of the strawberry just bothered me when I guess most people find it charming, oh well.

Sweet Strawberries by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor & illustrated by Rosalind Charney Kaye is a folktale about a couple where the husband is grumpy and thinks everyone else is always the problem but by changing his actions he changes how other people react. I usually love Naylor’s books but I could not stand this one. There is a lesson in the tale but the husband never realizes that it is his own actions that change things and that really bothered me.

Thankfully Good Job, Oliver! by Laurel Molk was a winner! Oliver is a small bunny who wants to grow the biggest and best strawberries ever but the bigger bunnies tease him that little bunnies can only grow little berries. Oliver has to face lots of obstacles in growing his berries and uses his brain to solve the problems. I loved this story and the illustrations are great, sadly it is out of print.

Since we have lots of little ribbity guys in our garden I thought we should also study them.

Tadpole to Frog by Camilla de la Bédoyère is a great lift and flap book about a frogs life cycle. I really wish I could find some tadpoles for MBS to study.

Frogs, Toads, and Turtles by Diane L. Burns & illustrated by Linda Garrow is a neat little field guide but it didn’t really interest MBS at this time.

To say that Little Quack’s New Friend by Lauren Thompson & illustrated by Derek Anderson was a hit would be a major understatement. As soon as MBS saw Ryan take it out of the library bag he asked for it to be read, then read again, and again! He absolutely loved this story of Little Quack and his duckling siblings meeting their new froggy friend! We own another Little Quack book so he already knew the characters but his reaction to this book completely surprised us— he’s never asked for a book to be read over and over in a row, not even Thomas the Train books!

We’ve had fun working on our garden and can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend more time outside. I’m linking up to both the Garden Challenge and the Picture Book Challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Tot School

Tot School
Mister Blue Sky is 27 months old.

What have we been doing around here?

  • We’ve been taking lots of walks whenever there is sunshine.
  • Going outside and finding little frogs and bugs and bees.
  • Helping Daddy garden.
  • Playing with water almost everyday, practicing pouring, using an eyedropper, and generally making a huge mess!
  • Playing with play dough.
  • Painting.
  • Reading lots of books.
  • Watching Toy Story (1, 2, & 3) over and over and over (“more Toy Story please?”).
  • Getting in molars and being miserable.

To see what other tots are doing visit Tot School. Thanks for stopping by.

Nature Walk

We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday so we took a walk on our property.

Carrying his pail for rock collecting.
We watched bees gather pollen on our many dandelions!
We checken on our planters to see how things were growing.
And said "hi!" to the frog that lives in the watering tube.
Stomped through tall grass.
Posed for Mommy (who should have washed chocolate cake off his face!).
Found lots of rocks and put them in the bucket.
Conquering the log obstacle course.
"I did it!"
Rubbed the big mossy tree.
Kids go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
Climbed a really BIG log.
Headed for home with a much heavier pail!

It was a wonderful walk.

Lots of Laundry

Been doing extra loads this week, filled with wet clothes and towels because everyday MBS has wanted to play with water. He’s had little cups he can pour with, an eye dropper, a syringe (not the needle kind). Some days he’s had car washes and washed all his cars and trains. The other day on our walk he had filled up all his pockets (and mine) with rocks so here he is cleaning all his rocks.

He’s been having a blast and the mess isn’t too bad, though I wish he’d be better about keeping the water “on the towels”. Can’t wait until it warms up and we can take the water play outside.

Mommy and Socks

MBS got his magnetic drawing tablet and brought it over to where I was sitting and drew a picture, talking all along about what he was drawing.

Mommy and her socks.

I’m the figure on the left and to the right are my socks, which were on my feet not sure why they were drawn separately. He’s talked some while drawing other pictures but this was the first time he really said this was “Mommy” and those were “socks”. Of course he had to draw it on a non-permanent thing, sigh. At least I was able to get a photo before he erased it.

Socialization

“You homeschool? But your kids need socialization? How do you socialize you kids?” This is a common line of questioning that parents who homeschool their kids face. MBS is only 2 and the question has already been brought up by a family member who “knows we’ll do great with the educational part but what about his socialization?”

I found this video hilarious

and this article Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd — And Yours Will Be Too! reassuring.

Yes I want MBS to feel comfortable in social situations but more importantly I want him to be able to stand up for what he believes in, to be himself and not conform to fit in. Why would we want our kids to be “socialized” and just the same as a public schooled kids? Isn’t the act of choosing to homeschool saying we want something different for our kids, that we want them to be different than the norm?