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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Get Outside & Learn

Get Outside & Learn

What do you do when your children are full of energy and bouncing off the walls? If your children are anything like mine, then they are filled with a boundless energy and that can be hard to contain indoors. We like to make our way outside where there are no walls and you know what? It's inevitable that we'll learn a few things in the process.

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Harvesting Honey

Harvesting Honey

This week on the farm, we harvested honey from our honey bee hives! That's right, the delicious liquid gold flowed into quart after quart jar leaving us all with a slight sugar rush and feeling like a heat stroke was immanent. Why? Let's just say you can't press honey comb without heat and without getting the honey on your fingers.

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Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down...but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.

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Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Before our son became the voracious reader that he is today, he was anxious and easily frustrated with each attempt to read. We had a little boy with big ideas that could understand complexities far beyond his years. He knew the sounds that the letters made, but he struggled with letter combinations, blends and sight words. Learning to read is like learning to run. A baby doesn't just jump up one day and run across the room. Well, I suppose there may be a few exceptions....but generally there's loads of single steps and loads of falling long before any walking happens. Running comes last. Our son wasn't interested in the mundane tasks of learning to walk. He wanted to run!

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Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Welcome to our week in review! We have been living on my sisters farm now for over a month and I think we are finally starting to find our rhythm! Farm life has so much to offer our children as they connect with nature and the animals all around them.

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