Thursday, October 29, 2009

pumpkin carving...

our friend brandy hosted a pumpkin carving party last saturday.
the weather was perfect, & everyone had a wonderful time...

mama's birthday...:)

well, i am officially thirty, as of last tuesday.

it feels good, i think. over the past few months i have been feeling not older, per say, but wiser. more balanced, inside, as a person...

not that my life is necessarily balanced, but than that is the essence of life, no??

being the person that we want to be, living the life that we desire, achieving success (whatever that may mean to each of us)...these are things that no matter where we are, we never feel like we are there.

but then if we did, where would the fun be in that?? life is a journey...

cheers to this next bit!

now, for the presents!
my lovely mother-in-law sent me some birthday money, with the same notation as always..."do not spend this on bills" and for once, i decided to listen...:)
"man" slippers...(actually warm!)

gorgeous new yarn from the fiber fair!

and two new fleeces...

grade 4, block II: math (week 3)

monday, october 19th
(read on own, sea of trolls, 45 min)

main lesson:

copy work:

"Harvest", by Maria de Havas (third verse)

"when the corn is fully ripened
then the harvest has begun
reaping, binding, on the stubble
stacking sheaves beneath the sun"

*math & grammar practice book, with riddle

*nature study challenge, outdoor hour...
we spent our hour cleaning our garden remnants & adding mulch

lesson b:
form drawing, the pocket guide to knots, overhand knot, p.38

tuesday, october 20th
(read on own, sea of trolls, 45 min)

main lesson:

*copywork: "it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

*math & grammar practice book, with riddle

*math review, review multiplication facts via "math concentration" game. try for pairs as with regular concentration, but each player multiplies the two cards together that they turn over, whether a match or not.

*introduce & explore improper fractions, om grade 4 math book, p. 103-105

project: origami picture frames

lesson b:
handwork, continue embroidery

wednesday, october 21st
(read on own, sea of trolls, 45 min)

*copywork: "laughter is the best medicine."
*math & grammar practice, with riddle
*math review, continue to review multiplication facts via "math war".

just like regular war, but with a math twist. whichever player turns over the highest card must correctly add the facts together, if correct, keeps the trick, if incorrect, cards are moved to bottom of deck

*introduce & explore equivalent fractions, om, p. 107-112

lesson b:
baking, vegetable chips

thursday, october 22nd
(read on own, sea of trolls, 45 min)

main lesson:
"life is what you make it."

*math & grammar practice book, with riddle
*math practice, number concentration, cont. w/multiplication...
*continue work with equivalent fractions ,
*practice problems,om grade 4 math book, p. 107-112

lesson b:
painting day, paint belly cast

in focus: evyn, our sweet baby girl (7 months)

this first one says it all...:)