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Day 53

Annette, and I had a good  chat today. I really enjoy our time together. I had the five younger children clean the yard. There were tons of leaves and sticks to be racked and picked-up. Since we live on a lot with three other famlies I had the children pick-up all the toys, put them in a bin and placed them in front of the appropiate house.

As we were raking my dad came home (he is one of the famlies that lives on the lot!) and played a game of football with the boys. I decided to pull leaves and called Annette over to keep me company. I like pulling weeds for some reason. Maybe it's the challenge of trying to pull out the whole weed, roots and all.

As I was gathering some leaves Annette, noticed a bug. Some sort of small beetle. She took the opurtunity to observe the little guy. She asked Ethan, if he would put it on the table for her. She made a little cage out of sticks to try to keep him from running off.

I need to take a picture and insert it in this post because she drew the little creature. She showed me the drawing and told me how the little part (they maybe hairs or stronger than hair) on it's leg helps them when it climbs.

She commented that her science book (Nature Study with Aunt Bessie) has taught her to observe God's creation. She said she notices how God's creations are all connected. I think what she meant by that is some of the leaves in our yard were already decomposing in the dampness, how the bugs help in certain ways and so forth.

She even picked up a handful of dirt and noticed how it looked like what we have in our compost pile. She said dirt has more than dirt in it. She saw small sticks, grass, minerals (guess that's what it was), little rocks, it was neat watching her observe things about the dirt and appreciating what God made for us.

For math today, I went over adding money. I always have fun using money to show the ones (pennies), tens (dimes), hundreds (dollars) and thousands (ten dollars).I think because it was such an eye opener to me. When I was in school numbers were just numbers. I didn't realize they each had a place and value. If I was adding $11.32+9.99 I didn't know that I was adding 2 pennies and 9 pennies. I thought I was adding 2+9, which I was but I didn't understand that I was counting pennies. When I had to carry the 1 because I had 11 pennies, I didn't realize that I was putting a ten above the 3. I thought I was just putting a one up there and then would add 9+3+1. I didn't see the value of those numbers (9 tens + 3 tens + 1 ten). This is exciting stuff!!! So I have so much fun teaching and showing the children.

Below I was showing Ethan how to add $27.79 + 8.62. I'll do this a few more times just to make sure he 'sees' the place value. He can add this quickly but again I want him to know that each number has a place and value.

I also watched a Math-U-See lesson with Brent. We watched Gamma lesson 29 on factors, I did a few problems and let him loose. Then I watched an Epsilon lesson with Caleb. He is on lesson three. He is learning how to compare equivilent fractions.

I enjoy sitting, watching and teaching the children. I know I seem to always want independence with my children. It's not that I don't want to teach them or sit with them but there are only so many hours in the day. And days like these when I sit with the children (which I enjoy) I have to let other things go.

I think to some, I may come across as not wanting all that cuddle time or being engaged with my children while schooling and teaching. I was actually shocked when someone commented (not on this blog) that I don't seem very family based.

Four years ago I had to give up the more literature approach of teaching. What I mean is using something like Sonlight or WinterPromise. With each year I was adding a new little student to Homeschooling6. I had a lot of little ones and teaching them the 3R's was taking more and more of my time. Gathering the children became more difficult and soon I was no longer doing history, science or even reading out loud to my children. My oldest son Josh, wanted to do these subjects but always had to wait for mama and most days mama didn't come to sit and read a history or science book.

I then decided to use a textbook for science and history and start purchasing audio books. I guess to some this may look very ungathering-family friendly but it's what I had to do.

Now that the children are older. Josh and Annette, no longer need so much of my time (with regards to school subjects), Caleb and Brent are slowly doing more on thier own so I decided to dabble back in with the Literature approach. This year I purchased WinterPromise Hideaways in History. I still am finding it hard to fit it in because my day is full teaching 3 math lessons, 1 Latin lesson, 2 phonics lessons, 4 writing lessons, 1 read aloud time and 3 spelling lessons, so history and science are still at the bottom of the list but I am trying.

Gees, not sure I how went from writing about our school day to 'I really do love to cuddle and have one-on-one time with my children'. I guess it came about when I was writing how I enjoy sitting with my children and watching their math lesson with them. 

I just heard Ethan, sing, 3-6-9- the goose drank wine, the monkey chewed tobacco on a car street line. The line broke the monkey chocked and they all went to heaven in sailboat.

He mixed up the underlined words. Street car line, not car street line. In a little row boat not a sailboat.

You all are probably wondering why on terra (Latin word for earth) is Ethan, singing that song. Well, you see, it was a song that my mother taught us kids (along with many other songs, lots are church songs I might add) and it's just one of those things where I feel a little bit of my mother being passed on. I know, why can't I pick one of the other songs (like Jesus Loves Me or Deep and Wide)? This one, as crazy as it may seem is special, just like "Go Tell Aunt Rhody"

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Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead.

The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving
To make a feather bed.

The goslings are mourning,
The goslings are mourning,
The goslings are mourning,
Because their mother's dead.

The old gander's weeping,
The old gander's weeping,
The old gander's weeping,
Because his wife is dead.

She died in the mill pond,
She died in the mill pond,
She died in the mill pond
From standing on her head.

Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead. 
And just to be clear, my mother was not a tobacco or wine drinker, she had lots of little rhyming songs and jingles that she taught us. Another I remember is Ride a Cock-horse to Banbury Cross.

2 comments

  1. Linda, a person would have to be blind not to see how much you do and how close you are to all those children, and how much you pour love onto each and every one! Sheesh...don't get me started...some people.

    Anyway, I think that you are AMAZING! You are doing latin, and so many studies with the kids, and you still find time to sing them little songs and bake and pour so much of yourself into them! Just today I was reading in The Core, how rhymes and jingles actually help children with language and reading and how it makes them fall in love with words. Your mom was one smart lady...she knew what she was doing!

    I know this sounds corny, but I struggle after teaching two--and still can't find time for history, and you do so much with 6. Don't ever feel that you aren't doing right by them, or question your mothering...those children already call you blessed and will continue to do so as they age.

    I hope that we are still friends because I know that they will be amazing people when they grow up!

    Much love!!!

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  2. Can I just say I know exactly where you are coming from! We have switched to mostly workbooks. I still read Sonlights History and Science readers (mostly because I have them) but I use the stack and read method. I read what we can when we can. And I use DVD's to tech a lot of history and science. There is just not enough time in the day. I feel I have totally neglected my older girls and need to work it where I am evaluating their work more. Sonlight has left my oldest feeling "not on level" I know she is but, she is feeling that way so I must tackle this. I am seriously thinking of online school form the older 2 next year. AnyWho :-) love reading your blog as usual. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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