Archive for November, 2011

My list for the week: homeschool, advent gift chain, chicken processing…

Things on my list this week:

  • sort & wrap advent chain gifts (have you ever heard of this?)
  • weight turkeys (are they going to be big enough to be ready for Thanksgiving?!!)
  • put photos into new collage frame
  • add a craft to homeschool plans this week
  • read “Story of the World” book to catch up with Jeremiah
  • buy labels for chickens (we will be “processing” them Sunday!)
  • title deposits online for 2011 (prep work for taxes, etc.)

The list is longer, but I won’t bore you with the rest.  So to sort of sum up my life these days, it is centered around raising my children, cooking and cleaning, preparing for holiday festivities, homeschooling, and preparing for chicken and turkey processing.  It seems word has traveled about our grass-fed chickens and turkeys and we have had 4

Succeeding in Reading with the Spalding Method (Writing Road to Reading)

requests already for them, without any advertising whatsoever.  That is encouraging, and we are hopeful to see that grow in the coming year as we grow our production.

I am going through a bit of transition in homeschooling.  We are switching to The Writing Road to Reading program for our reading, writing, and spelling (Spalding Method).  To teach it I will have to learn all of the phonograms and many spelling rules.  I know it will be worth it.  We will continue to use Christian Light Education math, which I am pleased with.  We are starting “The Story of the World” for history, and I need to read it so we can discuss it together.  My mom is teaching Jeremiah science and piano, and that is going great.  We are doing some geography about Oklahoma and the USA, which he is enjoying.  He is about 1/2 way through memorizing all of the books of the Bible.  We do

Advent Gift Chain - super fun!!

book reports, drawing, crafts, cooking, handwriting, as well as some field trips.  And of course we do real life learning complete with our very own rabbits, turkeys, and chickens.  😉  I was feeling good about how things were going, but right now am adjusting to a bit of a teaching learning curve with the new language arts and history texts.  We’ll catch on though!

I’m going to do an Advent Mini Gift Chain for the kids! I was inspired by the new issue of Martha Stewart Living. I couldn’t find the article online yet, but the idea is pretty simple. Collect 24 small gifts, wrap them and tie them into a chain with ribbon.  Have the kids unwrap one each day in the month of December leading up to Christmas. YAY!  I found “The ADVENTure of Christmas” book by Lisa Whelcher to learn about advent and about the symbolic meaning behind Christmas traditions, such as ornaments, trees, lights, stars, ect.  I can envision warm fuzzy evenings in December letting each child cut one gift from the advent chain and then sitting down to hear that day’s story from our advent book.  😉

Yep, you read it right – Sunday is the day, the day when we will have our first of many Fifth Generations Farms Chicken Processing Day!  Keith has a few

The Whizbang Chicken Plucker in action!

people who have volunteered to come out and help in the work, and we are preparing this week by assembling the Whizbang chicken plucker and a scalder, and gathering the other needed supplies.  We should be knee-deep in feathers this weekend.

My parents bought a hot tub recently.  Tonight I got to enjoy sitting in the hot tub with my mom, talking, and looking up at the night sky.  It was a nice way to spend the evening.  If only we could sit in the hot tub for 2 hours.  It has been great so far living near family.  Farming together with them, my mom helping homeschool Jeremiah and occasionally babysitting, and adding to that times we want to just hang out (like making ornaments today) we see each other a lot.  It’s quite the change from all these years living many miles apart.  What a joy to spend many days together after too many days apart.

That’s it for now, folks.

The kiddos, happiest when outside playing together. 🙂