Posts tagged ‘poetry’

Beanie recites another poem.

Homeschooling has been winding down. We’re not going to stop for the summer, but will slow down and cut back hours.  The unit on poetry has been great for Beanie. We’re working on memorization as well as public speaking skills, speaking clearly and slowly (this one is tough, especially when she gets excited, but she’s doing pretty great). She picks a poem from Random House’s Treasury of Best-Loved Children’s Poems to memorize and then gets very excited to video-tape and post it to facebook for her grandparents to see.  This week she chose Daddy Fell into the Pond, by Alfred Noyes.  Be sure to check out Beanie’s poem on youtube.

For math we’ve made it through the Orange and Red books with Miquon Math as well as 101 things every first grader should know about math.  I like the Miquon system.  It gives good pages for review and self-guided work.  However, if you’re considering buying it keep in mind that it isn’t a stand alone as far as I’m concerned.  I am able, quite easily, to focus more attention on items she struggles with before moving on.  So for us it works well.

Miquon Math Red book, photo from We bought the full set of miquon books 1-3rd grade and math rods on amazon after price checking.

This week Beanie wanted to work on money again so we took out the coins and played shop for a while.  She also visited a great game for counting coins on abcya!  There are a bunch of fun (mostly educational) games on that site.  Another favorite of mine is the synonyms/antonyms game.  This site breaks the games into grade levels, and is a fun reward for her when she gets other work done.

Wed and Fri my husband is off work and they’re excited to talk about bees then go on a bee hunt and sample some honey (from our kitchen most likely but still delicious).  Silent reading is almost over, and Baby is awake so I should sign off.  Beanie and I hope you enjoy the poem!

Beanie’s Poetry Assignment

We have been doing a focus on poetry this month.  We started with a simple haiku and now we’re doing poetry appreciation and memorization.  Beanie worked hard to memorize two poems last week and we took a video to share with friends and family.  She asked if I would put the video up on the blog.  Why not, there are other homeschoolers out there who might enjoy it.  I’m not sure how to post the video directly without upgrading my wordpress so here is a link to the youtube video.


Beanie (4 1/2) giving Bubba (2 1/2) his first chess lesson with the chess board she got from her Grandparents.

We start learning early in this family…get reading baby!


So we named her dinner.

Another week has passed and our little chickies are 3 weeks old.  My husband is so ready to reclaim his garage and get the birds outside, but we’re only halfway there.  He’s been beside himself without the use of his home gym.  We’ve made big strides in the coop department, well in the fencing department anyway.  All we have left to do are build and install the gates, and line the bottom section with chicken wire.  We should have time to get this done over the weekend, as my hubby is off Friday-Monday.

3 week old chicks chowing down



Most of the Chickens are doing well.  Teeny Weennie is still…well…teeny weenie, just look at her next to the Rhode Island Red and across from our SLW.  I don’t think she’s getting picked on, I often see the other chickens picking pieces of sawdust out of her feathers, but they don’t seem to be pecking HER and she doesn’t seem to mind so no need to intervene just yet, but the size difference is so pronounced, that I am keeping a close eye on things.




The only other development in the chick department is the attitude problem of our Silver Laced Wyandotte.  She is rude.  She flys at the other chickens, and she bit me yesterday.  Not just the poke poke with the beak that some of them do, but she hauled off and open beak bit my thumb.  Let’s just say we picked the perfect name for her: Dinner.  Beanie hopes that Dinner turns out to be a boy, but she also said Dinner should eat a lot so will be nice and fat for when we eat her.  My daughter cracks me up.  I don’t know if I would have been as laissez-faire about eating a chicken out of my garage when I was 4yrs old.

Beanie took a picture of Polly and me.


Polly is still my favorite girl, she climbs up onto my hand when I visit them, and is so sweet.

Our little Easter Egger is covered in crazy fluff, but is still the softest chick we have. She enjoyed the sunshine.










I took our little Ameraucana outside for a little bit of sunshine, but couldn’t let her down.  I know she hasn’t gotten enough feathers yet to stay warm in our sunny 50 deg weather.  (And our cat was winding around my ankles when I took this picture.)








In other news Beanie has been doing well with her homeschooling.  She just finished the systems of the body (it helps that Dad is a Nurse Practitioner) and we’re starting a series on poetry and music.  She has written a few haikus and typed them up on the computer, then we print them out and water-color paint over top of the poem. So far it has been a blast, I’m going to start with other types of poems next week, and we will compile them all into a poetry notebook.  Here is one of them.


they make me smile

orange yellow purple red

shining in the sky

She has also been working on a photo scavenger hunt. Here are a few of the photos that she took.

Something Green

Something shorter than she is.

something alive.

Something that is a circle.

Something red.