Wednesday, January 06, 2010


The best of my education has come from the public library... my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library. ~ Lesley Conger

With the start of this week we have been easing back into our homeschooling routine. First is table time where math and writing are done. When reading time comes, we can usually be found snuggled up on the couch or laying on my bed under the covers, lost within the pages of good stories. Kayla is currently reading Heidi and Kenzie is reading the Billy and Blaze series of books by C.W. Anderson.

I pick up living books at thrift stores and we frequent the library often for both classics and new titles. The girls like to read from a wide variety of topics: science, nature/animals, history, geography/travel, and picture books with beautiful illustrations.

We use the internet daily. I found the Schoolhouse Rock videos from my childhood days to share with my girls. Kenzie loves science so she will enjoy Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Magic School Bus, too.

We enjoy watching painting how-to shows on PBS - Bob Ross and Wyland are our favorites. We watch all kinds of tv programs: The Martha Stewart Show, Food Network, A Baby Story, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Biggest Loser, The Golden Girls, the local news, and more.

We are playing lots of games: Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Yahtzee, Guess Who?, Sorry Sliders, Bop It!, Mancala, checkers, card games (21 aka Black Jack is the current favorite:), putting together puzzles, playing video games, and using the computer for various pursuits.

Kayla is learning how to cross-stitch and Kenzie is learning how to use her watercolor pencils. We bake, we clean, listen to music, rent movies from Netflix, and we care for our three cats and two dogs. Once Spring comes we'll be spending alot of time outside playing, gardening, going for walks and trips to the parks, beaches and exploring in general. I plan to buy a family pass  to the local zoo as well as a trampoline this year.

Learning is simply everywhere. There isn't a day that goes by where we aren't learning something. Often the learning does not come from textbooks, but rather from the freedom to live life, pursue interests, and make their own connections.


Sandcastle Momma said...

You might with to check with your insurance co before you get the trampoline. We got one and then found out that if the insurance co knows you have one they will cancel your policy. If they don't know and someone is injured your insurance won't cover it. We use Allstate and I've read that most other companies have the same policy. If you have health insurance and have an injury your health insurance will cover it though.

notesfromthefrugaltrenches said...

Adore the print and the quote! So true!

Tracy said...

We have insurance through USAA so I'll check with them. But we are getting the safety net that goes around the trampoline. I'm a nervous nellie and would have a stroke otherwise! :)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I never thought to check for Bill Nye online. My older boys watched him, but I hadn't seen him in awhile. My twins will love watching this. We use the library often too.