Our Saphira Grace had a 4th birthday last week. She sure is growing and hasn't changed out of the little gem that she was born as. Our hearts melt at so many things she says and does.
School is in session at our house. We balked at starting for a long time, because there is still garden work, ball to play in the yard, outside adventures, and too much fun to be had NOT in the house infront of books. :)
We had a garage sale at my parent's house this week, and I knew that would be counted as school (running the money box, counting back change, conversing with customers), but we also took along some studies on DNA that we are working on. We've tested our dog to see what breed he is and are waiting for the results to come back. In the mean time, we are learning all about DNA, traits, and heredity. It's been fun for me to do things not in the books and just enjoy some different learning ideas. We extracted DNA from a banana which was very interesting. The children paired up and made DNA Helix models. They watched videos on the topics, including one on dogs that was a great overview of all that we've talked about this week, but relating it to dogs, which they are all interested in. As a family, we did a Trait Activity with M&M's to show how each family trait can be found in our children from past grandparents....or not found. That was fun as we called each grandparent and asked for 6 family traits, then as the children randomly drew out traits of the grandparents we read through the traits we wrote down to see which ones they got. It was fun, not very accurate (since Benaiah didn't draw out all of the Murphy traits like we thought he should've :D), but a good hands on experiment for them to see how it all works
Today they are writing letters to a person of choice to explain what they've learned and practice letter writing. It's fun to see the difference in what they say and how they write based on their age. Tomorrow the books come out. Sadly, they can't stay on the shelf forever. Hopefully it will be a quick school morning as we will have tomatoes to can, and then in the evening we help pack food boxes for Feed My Starving Children. If you've never participated doing this, check their website and see if there is a location near you. It's a great organization who needs lots of hands to help their mission.
The farm is growing, school is off and running, the weather is changing, and we are all gearing up for some fun fall activities and family time together.