Vera patiently watched and waited for her Mama to get done messing around in the kitchen and feed her! Some Mamas!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
We found a huge bunch not far from the house, unfortunately most of it had just faded from the vibrant yellow it had been a few days ago. Luckily, though, we found just enough to fill our bike basket. We enjoyed some early fall sights on the ride home.
Kisses from Kolachi
Once we got home we prepared our goldenrod (stripping the yellow flowers off and throwing them into a pot of boiling water to steep).
Friday, September 26, 2014
We had a visiting professor at the Marotz Homeschool today. Uncle Sam joined us to present a lecture about the planets. He's a natural teacher and storyteller, and had Alex engaged from start to finish. She first designed a spaceship and drew up a list of everything she'd need for the trip. Then they started the journey to each planet.
Grandma Mary and Justin spotted the BEST apples in the orchard.
Friday, September 19, 2014
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Sweet Escape home (click on the link to see the video too!). It's wild, crazy, over-the-top and will be a blast. Oh yeah.....and Mickey? We get to go to DISNEY WORLD too!! I have some kids who suddenly are trying to earn all the stars they can so they have lots of spending money for January!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Grams and Gramps made the trip up from Iowa to come do an early Birthday weekend with Alex (and, technically, me too....) Alex was so excited to get her own microscope and slides. We have to write this into our science lesson plans! It will be really fun to see what things look like when they're magnified by 40 or 100 times! She also received some beautiful knitting needles AND a rock tumbler to polish up all of the gems she finds in nature. So fun!
(You may notice Kolachi's lovely accessory. She's in season, and gets to wear her special pants if she wants to be out and about in the house with the family. It's her second heat cycle, so this is the last one that we get to experience before she's spayed.)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We've found a fantastic Homeschool group that we love meeting up with. They are a group of Mamas and Papas who are interested in nature and experiential learning. Technically we're a mix of unschoolers, Waldorf-inspired schoolers, and nature-inspired schoolers, and the mix works quite nicely. We met at Carpenter Nature Center today for a homeschool program. The educators at CNC are stellar, and the kids really enjoyed their program, animal encounters and scavenger hunt around the grounds. We even ran into one of Alex's former MWS classmates and his family! Small world!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
On the way back from Chik-Wauk, we stopped at the Gunflint Lodge, which hopefully will be the next resort we stay at. They are dog-friendly AND have lots and lots of interesting educational classes and programs to take. I saw one called "edibles" that I know Alex and I would have enjoyed auditing!
After a little lunch in the cabin, we loaded up and headed to the end of the Gunflint Trail. There's a lovely little museum up there, with great interpretive exhibits about the area. They even have a kid's scavenger hunt, which always interests my two.