Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Reading Program Finished

Rowan finished up his summer reading program and chose this book.  We haven't started it yet but will soon.  he had a lot of fun this year but I will say I found it odd for the check offs to include build with blocks, build with Legos, go to the park, visit a museum...Rowan does those things daily! And of course he could have marked off the reading part in just a week!

The sad thing is that our Local Branch of the Library (The Sprague Library) had a massive flood one night when we just got a ton of rain! All of the summer reading program entries were destroyed.  Luckily, Rowan was doing a Level up card for another entry in the grand prize and when we went to the main library to turn it in she had them call us and they were able to put his entries in at the Foothill Branch. 

We have quite the reader on our hands!

Monkey Bars Master

He worked really hard at mastering this

He worked really hard at mastering this! Unfortunately I didn't capture the moment he made it all the way across.  We will get it tomorrow!  He is getting so big, his feet touch now! His little frustrated "aggghhh" !

My Tech High

This year for Kindergarten, Rowan is doing My Tech High.  It's an online program here in Utah.  Basically they are the middleman between homeschool and public school that gives us back some of the tax money that we pay into the public school system.  Josh and Willow both did it years ago but we stopped participating when they required core classes and testing...not our thing.  But now, you can create your own classes and opt out of testing so here we go again. 
Kindergarten is only half day here in Utah (and optional) so we only get partial funds but he gets $150 each for "Math and Language Arts" and a $150 tech allowance to be used for anything school related ( next year it will be $150 each for Math, language arts, science and a $400 tech allowance!).  He is also taking a My Tech High direct class on rockets and he can hardly wait for the rockets to arrive! We designed a math class all around Legos and he picked out a ton of Star Wars Legos to build this year.  We also got a bunch of new games to play ( this kid could play games all day!) tons of art supplies and a really cool Ozobot! There will be much fun happening here! The only downside is that I have to log in a report something about our week each Friday...that may not seem like much to most people, and maybe it wont be with all the changes going on, but as Unschoolers we have been free to just live and not have to report to a soul. I don't think it will be a big deal as I already blog most of the things that we do so I will just be able to link it on their site and be done...I will have to put a reminder in my calendar though!
We have a busy year planned with Magic Treehouse Book Club, Culture Club, Spanish Class, Ninja Class and a Kindergarten Sports Class that starts in October.  Of course we will still have our regular weekly meetups with our group for playdates or fieldtrips.  I am also planning to get Rowan to Nature in the City with the Aviary or do our own little forest school on a regular basis because he loves it so much.  We will also be participating in all the Waldorf festivals with the Waldorf group. We also try to get to the library every 2 weeks and have kiwi crate and little passports ever month coming in the mail.  I don't think we will be lacking in activities!
Now to balance that with Willow's new adventure...we shall see! ( more to come on that later)
He is one happy kid and thinks My Tech High is amazing! It's like Christmas in August :)

Magic Treehouse Club: Dolphins at Daybreak

This months book was Dolphins at Daybreak~

 So it was a pool party and colored "sand" jar activity~

 Rowan loves this series so much.  When we left he said that Book Club is his favorite activity and asked if we could do it forever...I said of course!  He told me how the sand jars were like the pink coral on the beach and the little crab that he caught in the pool was like the ones in the reef that jack and Annie saw.  I love that he can relate the activities we do to things that he has learned.  He is growing up~
 The pool was full of sea creatures to take home~

 And the colored rice was a hit!

 Lots of fun on the slip and slide~

 It was a perfect day for fun in the sun!

 And I don't have any pictures but the mom chats are always the best.  Love this group of ladies and kids we get to call our community~
 Another awesome month at book club!

Sushi Lover

 Rowan loves sushi!
 And since Willow is away we can go out for sushi since she hates it~
 He finished his roll and part of ours~
 And he is getting the hang of chopsticks!

Love this little man~

Not Back to School Camp: Year Two

It's that time again~Time for 9 days of awesome fun with friends from all over the world at Not Back to School Camp!  This time she flew out with a good friend and took the bus to camp. She is growing up so fast...I hope this time is just as awesome as last time!

We love you Willow~

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Western Springs Splash Pad

This week we went to a new splash pad for an afternoon on fun.  It was a really small park but we practically had the place to ourselves and the kids had a blast! Such a great group of buddies~
 Sweet nursing babes~
 Cooling off~


 Snack time~

 So much fun~


 Another awesome day being an unschooler~

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Learning about Austria

When my older kids were small we had a monthly Culture Club that was one of the highlights of our homeschooling.  We would meet once a month and share something that we  learned about a chosen country and bring a food from that country for a pot luck. that I am doing this all over again with Rowan, I decided to get it going again!
  Our first country is Austria~

Rowan thought that their flag was really cool!

 Today we learned about Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  He was an artist born in Austria in 1928. He was one of the most important artists an architects during the 20 century.  Rowan really liked his art! So we decided to make some of our own~

 I love his buildings and trees and how he worked hard to capture the flowing nature of Hundertwasser's work.

These are a couple of Rowan's favorites~

He is so proud!

I found a few books on Amazon about him, one is a coloring book and one is how to build your own Hundertwasser inspired city.  Rowan is really excited for that one to come!
 We started an Austria wall...I guess this will change each month.

We also read some Austrian fairy tales.  This one horrified by Willow and Rowan!

The Grass Snake of the House

A LITTLE girl at times got a dish of milk and a hard roll as a between-meal by her mother. The girl sat down in the yard outside with her little feast. And as the child calmly and delightfully ate and drank, came a grass snake that lived in the farmstead, and sat down near her, and crept ever nearer. Probably the grass snake smelt the food and was hungry. And the animal-loving girl let the grass snake sponge unhindered.
The trust shown by the grass snake made the girl so happy that from now on, if she had something eatable, the grass snake said:
"We two love the food your mother makes."
And the grass snake was never missing and ate so much that it had to be more careful, so as not to overeat. But the grass snake also showed how grateful he was. He brought a precious jewel from his secret treasure to the girl, and beads and golden decorations of marvelous splendor. Because of the gifts the girl grew more beautiful and bright.
The girl's mother did not know anything about the friendship between her child and the grass snake. One day she was frightened to see how the animal coiled itself in the lap of her daughter. And since the mother got scared and feared the grass snake might harm her daughter, she grasped it and dashed it against the stone floor till it lay dead.
Afterwards a sad change came over the girl. She grew so ill that the night swallows called to her and the robin brought her dead leaves. Then one early morning, when the mother came to look after her child, she had passed away.
We also listened to Mozart (Thank you Alexa) and Rowan was so surprised that he actually knew many of the songs! The funny thing about this is he was surprised to hear that the ABC song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep were all the same melody written by Mozart. When we were on our trip to the Tetons we saw some black sheep and I started singing that song to Rowan and he has been singing it since!
And in case you didn't know, Pez was invented in Austria so we are off to get a pez dispenser today!
Off to the Library to turn in our summer reading program level up card and get lots of books on Austria~
It's an awesome life for sure...

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!