Sunday, May 4, 2008

WOW! It's spring in Chicagoland

We've just got back from a day of church and a forest preserve visit. As always, I'm grateful for the community of believers at bloomingdale church. Daddy and I got a date Saturday nite to enjoy a dinner theatre held at church. It was dear to me. My children were able to enjoy some time with their friends in the kids' corner of church while we were enjoying our evening. It had been a long week with Daddy training smart people in Denver all week.

Then we drove, with the bikes packed in the back, to Fullersburg Woods for Mommy to enjoy a discussion on landscaping with native plants. Daddy and the kids got to bike the 3+ miles around the forest preserve. We all got to tour the gristmill right there in Oak Brook on the Salt Creek. Beautiful weather and wonderful early spring flowers (red bud trees abloom) were such a memory maker for us all.

It's been a few weeks since I shared about G3 school activities. Girly girl is loving gymnastics. Boys are running Mommy all over the place for 3 soccer practices a week and 2 games on Saturday. Reading books are approaching the 100 lesson goal. Grammar and phonics are on-going and may pick up in the fall where ever we leave it. Writing will continue all summer, because there is always something to write about. History is pressing on through the summer only because there is no better time to learn about ancient China as the Olympics tries to hold the summer games in August. Science is wonderful! We've covered all the main questions for plants in the last few weeks that are out there for 1st grade and kindergarten. Our first grader is doing well to listen and follow along in the Julie of the Wolves book. He enjoyed several non-fiction books about the Inuit and wants to know more about living in Barrow and my trips to Alaska. Math is going well in that the 1st grader is completing his subtraction table for single digits only after finishing the addition table for single digits. Kindergartners are doing well to survive some sections of the addition table until the end of the month. Then we turn off the math lessons and practice.

I'm planning for next fall, but not buying anything yet. Need to be prudent about the budget. As the children get older, the option to home school may be cloudier for us all. Right now, it's good. I'm making lists of things to buy and organize (namely art and music lessons). I've registered to attend the Illinois home school conference in Naperville. I've got the trip to a quarry scheduled for the summer and I hope that my memories of childhood trips to rock quarries will be as fun for the children. VBS at church is scheduled to include us. We've suggested that a summer trip to Buffalo/ Toronto is very desirable. A thanksgiving trip to Munich is very appetizing! A fall trip to San Antonio is very possible. Otherwise, we plan to travel to MCI, OMA, DEN and CID some this summer. Come see us soon too.

BTW, I'm considering how this blog would change. I'm not sure if I'd like to share a bit more from me, but pray that whatever you catch here is a blessing and not a burden to anyone.

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