Our Kayaking and Canoeing Adventure

Our Kayaking and Canoeing Adventure

Kayaking and Canoeing.... I've been wanting to have just such an adventure with the children all summer! We finally received our opportunity at Warrior's Path State Park here in East Tennessee! We have a homeschool group that meets there every Thursday afternoon for a Ranger led excursion and talk about the local flora and fauna. This week one of the rangers was leading a kayaking and canoeing adventure on the lake!

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

Another week has come and gone. Anyone else exhausted? I know I sure am. Perhaps I just need more caffeine in the way of coffee! I always start my day with coffee and now that we've entered into a new school year I like to start my day with a bit of encouragement.

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Fun Brain Activities for Kids

Fun Brain Activities for Kids

Your brain is the most complex part of your body! It is the part of your body that tells you what's going on around you. The brain even creates the thoughts and feelings that make up your personality! This is definitely a part of the body we need to know more about! The kids and I enjoyed some fun brain activities, this week, that included interesting brain facts, the different parts of the brain and its history.  

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Our Favorite Fall Books

Our Favorite Fall Books

Summer is coming to an end here in the mountains of Tennessee and with the cooler nights comes the change in seasons. Autumn is upon us as is apple picking, falling leaves and of course pumpkins! Changes in the seasons results in changes in the seasonal books on our shelves. I hope you enjoy some of our fall favorites!

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A Homeschool Day in the Life

A Homeschool Day in the Life

I haven't written "A Day in the Life" post since our move as it has taken us many months to transition from crisis mode to finding our new rhythm. But found it we have. Typically, Thursdays are homeschool co-op and Ranger led hikes at the state park, Fridays are field trips and art (we are currently using an online program called Mixing with the Masters), and Saturdays are for library visits. Which reminds me....we owe our library $22 in fines! Yikes! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are when we do the bulk of our Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and History. But no day looks exactly the same. We go with the flow and try to keep to the natural rhythm of the seasons, and our family.

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Multiplication Math Games with HoliMaths X

Multiplication Math Games with HoliMaths X

Folks, I am so excited to share a fun strategy math game with you: HoliMaths X Multiplication Game

Multiplication. Times Tables. Math. These words can strike fear into the hearts of many parents. How many of us hated memorizing our multiplication facts? How many of us loathed the drills and flash cards? *Raises hands in the air and waves them wildly* Needless to say I wanted to give our own child a different experience with the Times Tables. I wanted his journey through Multiplication and Math in general to be filled with fun, joy, and excitement as well as providing a meaningful learning experiences.

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

Welcome to another "Week in Review" here at Nourishing My Scholar. I am happy to report that our daughters night terrors have eased up this week and have been replaced with 3am wake ups that involve deep, thought provoking questions like...."what happens to the animals in the desert if all of the cactus were to die?"...true story. Sleep deprivation is not our friend. Coffee, however, has become a constant companion. I have a mug sitting with me now! Do come and have a cup with me and enjoy the antics we experienced this week.

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

Welcome to another "Week in Review" here at Nourishing My Scholar. We've had a bit of a challenging week here. Our three year old's night terrors have been leaving us adults exhausted. Our son, too, has been overly excitable and out of sync. We've found that this happens more when our schedules change, but sometimes we can not pin point exactly why these types of weeks happen. So we are working at keeping the schedule that works best for both kids and getting plenty of read aloud and outdoor time. 

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Zoo Day!

Zoo Day!

We had a zoo day this week! We took the children to a local private zoo in Limestone, Tennessee called Brights Zoo. We have been to this zoo several times in years past and have always enjoyed it. You can read about our very first time going to Brights Zoo here. It was quite a memorable experience. This visit, too, was memorable because it was our daughters first experience at Brights Zoo.

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Our Week in Review: Including Leonardo da Vinci, & the Zoo

Our Week in Review: Including Leonardo da Vinci, & the Zoo

Welcome to another Week in Review here at Nourishing My Scholar! We had such a fun week with it's ups and down. The down would be that I got stung by a hornet and ended up at Urgent Care for a Steroid Shot...not fun. I also haven't quite decided when our first "back to school" day will be. Granted, we school year round but I still like to have that special first day. I've begun ordering this new homeschool year's books and supplies. We are just waiting for much of it to come in. You can read more about our curriculum choices here at Eclectic Homeschooling Curriculum: Pre-K and 4th Grade.

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Eclectic Homeschooling Curriculum: Pre-K and 4th Grade

Eclectic Homeschooling Curriculum: Pre-K and 4th Grade

August is upon us and for many of us it brings with it the planning of another homeschool year. Curriculum's and school supplies bombard our senses as we walk through stores and browse online. It can be quite intimidating and overwhelming. I found myself jotting down notes about this upcoming school year while I sipped my coffee earlier this week. Our homeschool doesn't run off of a boxed curriculum like some. That isn't to say that we don't use them at all. We simply don't use them in the traditional way of starting with chapter one and working our way chronologically to the end. We prefer the ability to follow our interests, tumble down rabbit holes, and to get lost in our passions.

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Solar Oven S'mores

Solar Oven S'mores

Did you know that your kids can build their own solar oven out of pizza boxes? It's true! What's more, there is loads to be learned about the concentration of the sun's energy and you can all enjoy a tasty treat at the end of the process: Solar Oven S'mores! Here is how we made these tasty s'mores and learned about Reflection, Absorption, and Convection.

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Our Week in Review: Including Releasing Butterflies & Family Movie Night

Our Week in Review: Including Releasing Butterflies & Family Movie Night

Welcome to another "Week in Review!" This is where I journal all of Nourishing My Scholars homeschool adventures for the week. It is my hope that you will find encouragement, humor, and a friend here. We may be a bit different, as there is no schedule, or formal curriculum. This means we are eclectic. We do whatever works for our two children and follow their interests. Pull up a cup of tea or coffee...coffee for me please...and enjoy!

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Our Week in Review: Including Butterflies & Sharks

Our Week in Review: Including Butterflies & Sharks

Welcome to Our Week in Review! This review is actually two weeks combined. We've been so busy the last two weeks (gardening, preserving food, farm animals, homeschool, reviews, ect.) that I am only now getting this post up. It's funny how farm life has that feast or famine feel to it. You're either sitting around twittling your thumbs...which I never do, because there is always something that NEEDS to be done...or everything must be done right now before sun down! It can be so exhausting, but also so rewarding.

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Incorporating Art into our Homeschool: Mixing with the Masters

Incorporating Art into our Homeschool: Mixing with the Masters

I am so excited to share with all of you a wonderful art program from fellow homeschooler and artist Alisha Gratehouse! Alisha is an amazing wife, mom, home educator, art instructor, author and bibliophile. You can find her over at her blog alishagratehouse.com. I was thrilled to discover her "Mixing with the Masters" art course in which we will learn about 6 artists and their various eras and movements. As a former art student (yes, I went to an art college!) I want to instill a love of art into my own children, just as I do with books. The "Mixing with the Masters" art course is the perfect fit for us!

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4 Reasons We Got Goats

4 Reasons We Got Goats

Well here we are, we've been on the farm for three months now and guess what? This week, we bought goats! You see, a few months back we met a man named Harold. He's the goat guy around these parts and he comes highly recommended for his love and passion for goats. He raises Nigerian Dwarf goats which is exactly the breed of goats we were wanting to raise! After meeting Harold he agreed to sell us two doelings (did you know that female goats are called does and baby females are called doelings?) once they were weened from their mothers. So, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of our family and farm....Anne (with an "e") and Marilla our 4 month old Dwarf Nigerian goats!

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Are We Still Unschooling?

Are We Still Unschooling?

This past homeschool year has been fraught with ups and downs for our family. We have had other homeschoolers join us daily for adventures, we have taken college courses, we have had fun with experiments, we have read some wonderful books, we have struggled with asychronisity, we have dealt with sickness and loss of family and friends, we moved from our community to a farm, and we have adjusted. Through it all we've made compromises and come closer as a family. Even our homeschool has shifted. Is it still unschooling? 

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