Our First Day of Fall

It is the first day of fall, and September has already been a full month in the most delightful of ways.  Birthdays, cherished visits with grandparents, a little getaway, and more cake than is necessary have made for much thanksgiving.  I bought a kitchen mat at Walmart last week for under 5 bucks that says “Give Thanks” because it was cute, cheap, and a needed reminder that there is so much to be thankful for in every season.

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Praising God from Whom all blessings flow.

We are in week seven of homeschooling, and for the most part we have gotten off to a great start.  I find that I have to remind myself, though, to not stress over getting through curriculum, but focus on teaching my children.  My thoughts as of late have turned over the principle that children are born persons and so they are to be addressed with respect, not talked down to or excessively preached at.  I am teaching people, not curriculum.  I credit Charlotte Mason for this.  The heart of my home for me is connection.  That whatever happens, however any of us may thrive or fail, preserving the relationship is key.

Today we trekked over to the Nashville Zoo to say hi to some animals.  This goat was either pregnant or had a real hearty lunch.  It’s debatable.  We all got a kick out of her, though.fullsizerender-18

Judson thought the goats were hilarious.

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Analise just may be a zookeeper one day.

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 Kara loves an ICEE.

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I want to add that I am also thankful for the lush foliage at Nashville Zoo.  We were well shaded and our tempers were down to a low roar.  The first meltdown didn’t occur until we exited the zoo into the parking lot.  This, to me, made it a successful day in my book.

We are learning about the continents this year, and I love how the exhibits at the zoo show a map of the regions where the animals live.  The girls would point to an area marked in red on the map and excitedly say where the animals called their home.  We did a scavenger hunt using a printable I found with about 9-12 animals (I forget off the top of my head), and they had to circle the ones we saw at the zoo.  We found most of them, but we did not get to see all of the animals today so we will have to continue the scavenger hunt on another day.  It was a fun way to engage ourselves in the whole experience.

I debated dragging the kids out to the zoo today, but I am now glad that we did.  We were only there for a couple of hours, which was enough time to see what we could see and then get home to let Jud nap and get some more schoolwork and housework done.  It was a good diversion for me as well, and who doesn’t love animals?!

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