"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Friday, September 7, 2012

I Never Thought I'd See the Day.....

Hi friends,

Well, our first 2 weeks of Ambleside are over and what a wonderful 2 weeks it has been!
The children have gotten up each and every morning eager to get started, and oh, how that has blessed my heart.

I never thought I'd see the day when my children don't want to miss a day ofschool for a holiday.

I mean, what more can a home school mom ask for than hearing her children gripe and complain because we didn't have school on Labor Day?!

I love that!

 But instead of writing about it, I thought I would show you what we've been up to for the past 2 weeks...

Nature journals...

Handicrafts: crocheting and wood carving....

Math lesson...

Reading a book on the Kindle...

Narrations: written....

and oral.

Musical instrument practice...

Picture study...

Studying dictation...

A hands-on reptile demo, courtesy of Ian's pet black rat snake...

Yes! Our children love Shakespeare! *gasp*  ;)

A peek at some of our books. The rest are on my Kindle or on the Ambleside website.

We spent lots of time outside since our lessons are short and we finish earlier.

Playing basketball..

Riding dirtbikes...

Playing badminton...

Looking for specimens...

for Natty's butterfly collection.

Fun on the zipline...

We spotted a garden spider in the flower bed.

And Aaron decided to hold her (he loves arachnids!).

Playing with the baby chicks..

We look forward to many more years of learning with Ambleside.

And Asher told me yesterday, " Mom, do we have to take a break next summer?? I want to do Ambleside year-round!"

Ahhh...that's music to this home school mama's ears.  :)

Have a blessed week-end, my friends.  :)

"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk  of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."
 Deuteronomy 6:7


  1. What a beautiful education you are giving your family! I love it! And that zip line could make anyone drool… (yes, me too!)

    1. The zipline is definitely a favorite at our house. :)
      Thanks for stopping by, my friend. :)

    2. What a lovely homeschool day. I love the breathtaking views from the window in front of the couch. What a great backdrop for reading. Your Charlotte Mason homeschool looks delightful.

    3. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. :)
      Have a lovely week-end.

  2. What a wonderful busy time for you! It looks like homeschooling is going well :) We love nature studies here too. That spider is amazing! Have a beautiful weekend~

    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Emily. I'm keeping you in my prayers.
      Much love to you~

  3. Oh Lisa...we have the same visiting spider in our garden :)

    How wonderful that your weeks have been so successful. Ambleside has helped me so much also. Now that I am teaching the high school years, I can say, you will enjoy this journey immensely :)


    1. I didn't know that you used AO, Maria. Since I am a newbie, I might be asking you for advice. ;)

      Thanks for the encouragement, my friend. I always enjoy your visits. :)

  4. These are all so wonderful pictures, and for a mother's heart I know they must warm yours in such a special way:)

    .. I sort of eww'd when I saw the pet black snake though!!

    We had some fun science experiments this past week. I took pictures too... just have to post them (hope to do that sooner than later).

    Happy Homeschooling!!

    1. Hi Deanna,
      What a blessing to have you stop by for a visit! :)
      Confession time: I eww'd when my hubby brought the snake home, over 3 years ago. But I finally decided that "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." ;)
      I'm looking forward to seeing your post about the science experiments. :)
      Hope you a blessed week-end.

  5. Thanks for sharing your 2 weeks & the great photos.

    1. So glad you stopped by, Carol.
      Hope you're having a wonderful day. :)

  6. Our pet snake lives under our deck. He has been there almost five years! Oddly enough I haven't seen any garden spiders yet. The temperature must still be too hot for them to hang out. What a wonderful blessing of a day you have shared with us, your family looks so fulfilled and happy!

    1. Wow, Jacquie - 5 years?! My son would love to know what kind of snake it is. We have more than our fair share of spiders..which is wonderful for Nature study. :)
      Hope you have a blessed day.

  7. What a wonderful report! This is how my kids feel about Sonlight. Literature rich curriculum is the way to go! Enjoy your weekend as well. We finally have some cooler temperatures, which will make it most pleasant.

    1. You're so right Jen - my children have so enjoyed the wonderful literature in AO...and many of the books are on the Sonlight lists, too. How I wish I would have been encouraged to read these classics while I was in school. But I'm reading them now. Better late than never. :)
      Enjoy the cooler temps. :)

  8. What a joy it is to walk by the way with our sweet blessings, isn't it? Thanks for sharing photos, Lisa. I'm hoping to share a little about our homeschool next week if blogger allows me to load photos...argh. Lord willing!

    Let's pray for continued joy in each other's home education efforts this year, my friend!

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Lisa :)

    1. It is such a joy, Lisa. I'll be looking forward to reading your post next week.
      And I will be praying for a blessed year in our homeschool.
      Much love to you, my friend. :)

  9. What fun times! amd truly a blessing to hear the children say they WANT to do school. :-) I still work on my Nature Journal now and then.;-)
    Have a nice weekend,

  10. I have a Nature journal, too, Anne. Sketching is so relaxing, although I'm not much of an artist. ;)
    So glad you stopped by...I always enjoy your visits. :)

  11. It's a black rat snake. I believe it is the same one my husband cut out of the bird netting in our garden. ( we don't use netting anymore who knows, we have all woods behind our property) Yup Mr. snake as we like to call him lives right up underneath the deck board next to our house.My husband see's him everytime he pulls up that board to spray for termites.Must be a warm,cozy spot!

    1. Thanks for the info, Jacquie. With that guy under your deck, I bet you don't see many mice or rats in the neighborhood. ;)

  12. Sounds like you are having a wonderful AO time! It is so encouraging when all your hard work in planning and teaching is rewarded by enthusiastic students.

    1. So true, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by. :)
      Hope you're having a wonderful week.

  13. I'm so glad you all are enjoying school so much. That's how it is around here too -- Anna could hardly wait for school to start and gets busy doing her daily assignments early (often before I'm ready); and Amber, who graduated in May enjoys listening in and taking part in some things as well (she hated to see school end). God is very good!

    1. So glad you're having a great year too, my friend. :)


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