Friday, October 22, 2010

Day of learning at the Nature Center, Results of leaf project and a yummy snack!

Kathleen and I always enjoy the programs at our local nature center. The instructor is so wonderful with the children and she gets the parents involved as well. Yesterday we learned about owls. :-)

In this picture they were flapping their arms like an owl and searching for the mice that the parents hid.


We also enjoyed the beauty surrounding the Nature Center. Kathleen loves playing in their puppet area. :-)




We had to collect some of these beautiful leaves! We don't have too many trees in our yard to get the different colors.


Here is her finished Owl puppet she made at the nature center. Next to our little scarecrow man.


Remember last week when we taped our leaves on the construction paper and hung it in the window and let the sun do it's job? Here is the finished picture, it even made prints from the window squares, LOL She was quite excited to see how it turned out.

This morning I went to school to observe in Hayley's classroom. I want so bad to keep her home and home school. So many kids in the classroom, so many distractions, so HOT, etc etc. I really need to pray about this. For you Moms that home school now, how did you reach that decision? I'm hesitant to send Kathleen next year. Yes I'd get more time for groceries, cleaning, bill paying etc. but are they getting a good education? Just on my mind today weighing heavily. Kathleen is pretty congested today so we're taking it easy so she's well for the Princess tea on Sunday at the Tea room. While I was at Hayley's school her and Daddy made a yummy treat, chocolate covered marshmallows! Go Daddy! As soon as I came in she rushed to the fridge saying "Mommy, Mommy, look what I made for you!"


She made me take a picture before even closing the fridge door and said "Mommy put a picture on your blog!" Some even have sprinkles, and YES they are yummy!!!

Off to get some bills paid and menu planning done. Also have a list of housework to get accomplished and lunch to make. My neighbor recommended a mobile pet groomer to try so I am waiting for a call back from her. Skippy is a REAL challenge so we are keeping our fingers crossed she'll work with him. :-)

Have a great weekend!!

Blessings,
Jill

23 comments:

Sheila said...

Kathleen is such a cutie!! My girls went to public school as long as they could go on base. We moved off base when Kevin was about to retire so they would have had to go to school in the town we lived in--this was in CA--about 70 miles northeast of L.A. I went to visit the school one day--no way would I put my girls in that place. No one--not even the staff was nice or helpful. I home-schooled them from that time. I think they got a wonderful education. We could take as long as we liked on a subject or move on quickly if they "got it". I found myself learning things I had never known too--bonus!!
We had lots of praying, discussions and worries but it all worked out in the end and one has graduated from college and the other is in college now. There are groups you can join and there is also lots of help on the web.
I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

Jill said...

Thank you Sheila :-)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

What a fun place to go! How cool is that? I love HANDS ON learning!

Your mums are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

When Mike was little I stuggled with that too but we decided in the end to send him to public schools and I don't regret the decission. We do live in a small town and our class sizes are smaller then the big cities. We have good teachers and I was happy with Mike and his grades and what he learned. I know it's different everywhere so just follow your heart. You can always do one and if that doesn't work do the other.
I love your field trip, we have our library that does those things with us. Love it.
Take care Jill and have a blessed weekend.

Chelle said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Love all the fall time pictures.

A Primitive Homestead said...

Looks like you all had a great time at the nature center.I think you would be a wonderful teacher for Hayley. I have seen how much you put into Kathleens days of crafts reading & learning. You are a very organized gal. Stay in prayer & talk to others about this who homeschool. I homeschooled Lucas 1 year & it helped him. However at the time I was working full time & so much more. He went back to public school & they were amazed at how much he had progressed. He only has 2 more yrs left but Sam has a way to go & I have been wondering & he has been asking to be homeschooled. Sam got his leaf collection back 100%. Blessings to you all!

Wendi said...

To homeschool or not is something that is always on my mind. I guess as a parent we are always worrying if we are doing the right thing. I would suggest prayer, prayer and more prayer.

The sunbleached leave picture turned out great!

Lynn said...

I love chocolate covered marshmallows and yours looked so goooood! I love owls also, once I walked outside and heard one and looked up and there in the tree was a small one, I wished I had taken a pic of it, it was so cute :o) The leaf project turned out great that is a cool idea. I wish I could have home schooled my daughter, school is so tough for kids these days because of all the bullying that goes on, I had my share of it when I was in school, its sad. I hope you have a great weekend :o)

Bec said...

Hi Jill, I had no idea you wanted to homeschool so badly! Honestly with all the activities you do with the girls I was surprised to find out that you didnt homeschool :) Its such a hard decision isnt it? I think in time we gain better perspective if we hold onto an idea as a possibility. I will email you :)

Mandie said...

Oh Jill, I think you would do a great job at homeschooling. I have wanted to do it for years now and have done lots of research. The girls were on board in the beginning but now like going to school. I can kick myself for not pulling them out when they were young. I just questioned my ability too long. There are so many wonderful curriculumns out there. And with all of the wonderful projects and learning you do at home you would do great! Just my two cents...

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Mama Hen said...

These pictures are so cute! I love doing things with nature! Autumn is the best time for that. You are a super mom! I hope you have a great weekend!

Mama Hen

Katharine said...

What sweet pictures... I love the window craft idea!I'm folllowing today..sorry it's taken me so long to spend time here, thanks for a lovely visit!

Marci said...

Hi Jill! Thank you for following my blog! I am now following you back :) These are such cute pictures!! "Mommy out this picture on your blog" How darling is that? What a cutie. I want to homeschool badly as well, not sure If it will happen but we will see. I've still got some time to dedide :) Thanks again for following me! Have a great rest of your weekend!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Definitely pray about it. (Homeschooling.) I homeschooled my daughters until one graduated from high school and the other went to school her senior year.

What was the decision behind it? My husband (now ex-husband) and I felt that the teachers weren't challenging our daughter in kindergarten. She was far ahead from having been schooled early on. She was making letter hats instead of writing words which was where she was at academically. It was frustrating to know that the teacher had no clue what her learning abilities were. Plus, we wanted the opportunity to pick and choose the lessons that we wanted them to learn. It was a wonderful learning experience for all of us! I have never regretted it a single moment.

Kat said...

HI Jill congrats to you and your husband! that's fantastic you've been together since you were 16 years old!
I'm sorry to hear Kathleen is not feeling well. The treats her daddy and her made looks yummy. How cute she wanted you to post the photo. I Love the owl, it looks alive. Last year I took Morgan to see a real owl, her and I love them. I have one living in a oak tree by my house and when we hoot the owl hoots back to us. We cannot ever see the owl in the tree it drives us crazy. The tree is so big. One day I hope to see the owl, even used binoculars. Have a great weekend. big hugs

Danielle said...

These pictures are sooooo cute! Looks like a lot of fun! Love this time of year and all the great stuff it brings.
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Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Thanks for stopping by Relax and Surf Sunday. I love the little puppet showcase. I'm following you.

Colleen

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The Little House That Grew said...

Owls are so popular right now. I think mamas who love their kids and school them with their example are already homeschooling mamas..You just keep your heart open and the decision will be placed within!
Lisa

Buckeroomama said...

Kathleen is so blessed to have a fun mama like you! :)

~ Noelle said...

those flowers are beautiful!!!!