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    Library Haul

    Last week our library didn’t get any holds in but we are back on track this week!

    Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot I’m looking forward to from this stack. I’m determined to actually read The Prairie Thief this time since I’ve gotten it out a few times and never read it.

    And Just Open the Door sounds good.

    I’m currently feeling over picture books though and feel meh about the rest of the stack.

    But who knows, maybe there are some treasures in here!

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    Book Haul

    Since our homeschool is very literature based I like to find the best deals possible when it comes to books. I have a few different second hand stores I visit on a regular basis and twice a year there is a huge library sale that I like to go to (it’s coming up in a week and a half for my local friends!).

    These are the ones I picked up today, I’m really excited about some of them.

    Oh, also, I picked up this copy of Amy Carmichael today knowing we already had one but I couldn’t leave it there on the shelf. If anyone local wants it just let me know and it’s yours!

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    Skateboarding Lessons

    I really love the homeschooling community and how willing people are to share their knowledge.

    Today the kids got the chance to try skateboarding for the first time thanks to a homeschool dad who was willing to share not only his knowledge but also his board.

    Since we are parents who have not yet bought a gift for our soon-to-be-six-year-old’s birthday next week there is a good chance he’ll be getting a skateboard.

    Rae surprised us all by getting on a board and having a lot of fun. The fact that her birthday is not until the fall is unfortunate.

    I have a feeling we’ll be at the skate park a lot more this summer.

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    The Need for Speed via Dutch Blitz

    If you didn’t grow up playing Dutch Blitz you missed out and I highly recommend you grab a deck of cards to play with your kids.

    This is one of those games that has so many educational benefits and kids don’t even notice!

    The game is a simple concept, you are basically building piles of cards from 1 through to 10 but there is a speed factor and a few piles you are grabbing cards from plus if you keep score (which we don’t do when the kids are just learning) concepts like multiplication, addition and negative numbers come into play.

    So much learning while having a “vonderful goot” time.

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    Learning Cat’s Cradle

    With the end of winter we’ve come out of hibernation and have drastically reduced our screen time. One of the things I want to do with the kids this summer is teach them all kinds of old school games – hopscotch, jacks, skipping games, etc.

    Yesterday morning I set out to teach the kids cat’s cradle, it’s amazing how something you haven’t done for 20 years can come back so quickly. I was surprised to find that Ephraim was the child that was the most interested in it and we ended up playing for about 20 minutes.

    I did need to use a video to refresh my memory on the subject, if you are interested here are the ones we used: Cat’s Cradle with Friends and Solo Cat’s Cradle.

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    DIY Robinson Crusoe Jr. – DITL

    There are so many bits to our day that I was unable to share today but’s it’s been a good practice for me to stop and pay attention to what we are doing. Some days we take a more unschooling approach than other days, today was one of those days.

    One thing Raeca started working on yesterday is her own junior version of the Robinson Crusoe game that we have so she can play it on her own. 🙂 I love that.

    Other bits I didn’t get to show: playing Old Maid and Guess Who, lots of basketball – including a little bit with some friends, a few other books we read together, spending time with their Dad . . .

    I hope to make this a monthly feature so I’ll continue to share regular snapshots daily and then next month I’ll try to do a full day in the life again!