Friday, January 17, 2014

Lesson Look-back

This week, Nick and Sam learned/worked on the following:
  • Copy Work
  • Spelling
  • Reading 1/2 hour daily.  Both Nick and Sam have been reading in chapter books this week.  They have a goal to read at least one chapter book a month.  I can tell you that they exceed this goal each month!
  • Math - this week the kids learned about Pythagoras.  He started the first math school with one student.  We will be expanding on Pythagoras later in Life of Fred.  Speaking of Life of Fred, the kids worked on ch. 16 in the farming book.
  • History - the kids learned about young George Washington before he became a General.  The kids also learned a little bit about the French and Indian War, Acadia and what countries used to have claims on America
  • Computer Time - 1/2 hour daily
  • Delight Directed - lego fun, reading, drawing and writing
  • Daily care of Chickens - here are some pictures that the kids took today.  The chickens are just over 16 weeks old...
 Sunshine

 Charlotte

 Robin

 Licorice

 Beakie

 Lilly

Have a great weekend :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Back to Lessons

After taking an nice 3 week break, lessons started back up this week.  Here is a small recap of what the kids worked on:
  • Copy work 
  • Spelling
  • Reading 1/2 hour daily
  • Math - starting to read about mathematicians (Thales of Miletus) and returned to Life of Fred - Farming. Every week, until we end the 2013/2014 year, I will read about a different mathematician, a few lessons from Life of Fred and continue with the Book Store Math.  Will we do lessons from LOF and Book Store Math every week?  Yes, but not on the same day.
  • History - This week the kids learned about William Wilberforce, the Father of Abolitionists.
  • Computer Time
  • Free Time - create with legos, read, draw, write, sledding
  • Care of Chickens
  • Library 
A good first week back from Christmas Break!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Favorite Quote

This particular quote was on facebook several months ago.  It is one of my favorites. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Roo Update

Yesterday, we said good - bye to Cuddles.  He is the second roo that we have had to give away.  When Cuddles was a little guy, he was cuddly, hence the name.  He used to climb on my hand and cuddle.  As he got bigger, his attitude grew and when we said good-bye to Golden Rod (first roo to leave the roost), Cuddles became the dominate roo.  Now Cuddles is in a new home and hopefully making new friends amongst the hens, duck and turkeys.

I think we will be ok with Sunshine and Beakie, the two remaining roos. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Scripture Sunday

'Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things werewith one may edify another.' ~ Romans 14:19

Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Wonderland?

2014 has started with a good snow storm.  It started yesterday and is just now winding down.  We got at least 12 inches of snow, maybe more.  Here are a couple of photos from this storm.

 Taken with the flash.  This is the coop in the beginning stages of construction. Look how deep that snow is!

Taken without the flash.  A little of our backyard.

It is going to be a cold one today, but luckily I will be inside a warm building (work).  
Stay warm :)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from the Coop

It has been a while since I last updated about the chicks.  So without further ado...here are a few pictures of our chicks at 14 weeks old.

 Robin - the friendliest of the hens.  Will perch on your arm all day if you let her.

 Licorice is doing great.  Her awkward wing is now fully grown.  She is the skittish one of the bunch and does not like to be held or loud noises.

 Beakie is doing better.  His bad eye is not swollen anymore, but he did lose it.  His crown is starting to grow but not his tail feathers.
 Charlotte is also friendly and quiet. She is very photogenic too!

Sunshine is the friendlies of the Roos.  He likes to be pet on his chest and back.  He doesn't come out of the coop too much.

The remaining chicks that are not pictured are:  Cuddles (roo) and Lily (hen).  Cuddles is a bit aggressive and Lily takes after him.  
This brings our count to 7.  We did have 8 but gave Goldenrod (roo) to a friend of ours.  Goldenrod was very aggressive and we did not want to him to keep pecking at the kids.

Right now the chicks are in our garage because of the very cold weather.  As soon as the weather breaks (February/March) the chicks will be outside in the nice fresh air.