Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ocean City, Maryland

We love the Ocean and if you read more than just this post, you would have already known this, so I won't elaborate. Humble Dad had a Hilton Certificate that needed to be used by the end of April, so we took a trip to the closest Beach: Ocean City. Unfortunately it was cold that weekend, but that did not stop us from having some fun. We did things we don't usually do at the beach because on a hot day we would spend the whole day in the water. We did more touristy things, like the boardwalk and had tons of fun!

A Room with A View

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baltimore Orioles

Our first MLB game as a family took place today at Camden Yards. It is such a great family oriented stadium, my children had a fun time. We actually did not go there to cheer on the Orioles, we were there to cheer on Humble Dad's favorite team: The Toronto Blue Jays. However, I may just be a Baltimore Orioles fan as well! I ♥ Baltimore.

Spring means Baseball

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.  I'll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for Spring.  ~Rogers Hornsby

After the growing of beautiful flowers and the beginning of warm weather, the best thing about Spring is baseball. It is a sport our whole crew enjoys and play! Sometimes I think about how great it would be to have a large family like the Duggars: we could man a whole team!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Solar System

To understand My place in the Universe, we need to understand our planet Earth's place in the Solar System.  I created a board that could be used over and over again like most Montessori Materials. Just with black poster board and white yarn we had our solar system rings. It can easily be stored behind our bookshelves with the other posters.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Tasawwuf of the Amish

Our journey to learn more about the Amish started about two years ago when Netflix had The Amish: People of Preservation as part of their Watch Instantly collection. This is when I introduced the Amish to my Beloveds, I however have been fascinated with the Amish for longer than this. Their simple Godly life has made an impression on me even as a teenager when I would read novels with them as the subjects. As the apple does not fall to far, my Beloved Big A has read similar books about the Amish. I also enjoyed reading Gene Logsdon in my twenties, who writes and praises the Amish farmer. Most recently in 2009, when all banks were failing he tells about a bank in Lancaster Country who was having their best year ever in the article "Did the Amish get it right after all?". Now, in my thirties, I can appreciate the Amish in a more personal way as often as I am willing to drive an hour and a half North.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Place in the Universe

I really loved all the Me on the Map projects that have evolved from the book by the same name. I thought it was a nice concrete way to understand your physical place in the world. Although, we own and have read the book, for making this project I skipped using the book this time. I did not want to focus on map making as much as I just wanted my Beloveds to understand their place in God's creation and for the younger ones to learn their address. So on circles I created, I actually printed our address. We also have been working on US State Geography and Solar Systems, and I thought this would be the perfect time and project to bring it all together. Of course, with everything I make, this is Free for download here.

The address has been changed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Edreco Softball- Spring 2012

This softball league breaks alot of stereotypes. The African American commissioner is awesome and hardworking. You can read this Baltimore Sun article about Eric Washington. The family support was amazing, many two parent homes with two parents at the game cheering on their daughters. And the girls could play ball! We had good coaching, Big A became a better player with their help. She also was able to learn how to pitch and got decently good. There was a great sense of community and my whole family loved every minute of playing with this league.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

US States Geography

Being a visual learner, you can understand the science of why Kentucky, Indiana, & Illinois
all have the Cardinal as the State Bird
We are going through all 50 United States which is always so much fun! Especially when you can actually take sail to the States that you are learning about. Or you can just sail through your memories of the States that you have already visited. We have so many great memories, so either way learning US geography is the best.

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