The Homeschool Mother’s Journal–A Week of Bat Guano

In my life this week… I spent a good portion of the week with my hands in bat guano (AKA bat poop). True story! Why in the world would I do that, you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! This summer has been a very dry summer in the Pacific Northwest. Almost all of the perennials that I planted in the spring were fried, despite my best efforts. I decided that I am getting a bit tired of the vicious cycle of buying new plants every spring and then having them fried every summer. So I decided that I am going to experiment with planting more native-ish seeds in the fall and see if I can’t get my plants to survive heat waves by having more established root systems. Anywhoo… long story short, I really wanted to enrich my soil to improve the chances of my experiment working, so I found some awesome compost that has bat guano, chicken manure, and worm castings (that would be worm poop!) in it. You’d think I would have worn gloves to work with the stuff, wouldn’t ya? Well, a normal person would have and I had the best of intentions, but I just have this thing about working with my bare hands… I guess I feel like I make a better connection with the soil or some other esoteric something or other…. I can’t really explain it. I pretty much only wear gloves to protect myself from prickles and bugs.

Fish Diorama

In our homeschool this week… Dora and I finished up her study of vertebrates this week, by studying fish. We labeled the parts of the fish on a Montessori puzzle, read some fish books, and made this fish diorama by using two painted paper plates and  Saran Wrap for the “window”.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 2

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… On Monday, Gohan had drama and Dora had music class. Tuesday, they both had co-op. Wednesday found us at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (that blurry little thing in the photo above was a Coho fry, which was smaller than my pinky and jumping after a tiny little bug – it took 75 photos, shot non-stop, to get this image!). Thursday we attended our first Park Day with our local homeschool group and had a blast. Friday will find Dora and I had a Tiny Tots Symphony concert.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 1

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 3

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery 4My favorite thing this week was… That the weather turned more fall-ish. I know a lot of people have been loving the extended summer that we have been having, but I’ve not been enjoying it at all. I LOVE autumn! It is my absolute favorite season! As is, we lost out on a lot of fall color, due to this wacky weather. A lot of leaves just went straight from green to brown.

What’s working/not working for us… So far, Gohan’s homeschooling is going really well. We’re using Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and I honestly don’t care if some people consider it to be “light”, which I’m not sure if I even agree with, it works for him and that’s what is important.

Charlotte Mason

Questions/thoughts I have… Should I try to incorporate more of a Charlotte Mason approach into Dora’s homeschooling, she clearly learns really well from “living” books, yet there are many aspects of the Charlotte Mason approach that I do not like, such as dictation and memorization, not to mention that we are what would could be considered “secular humanists”.

Needle Felted Pumpkin

Things I’m working on… I’m needle felting some pumpkins, using the wool and directions from Bear Creek Design. So far, so good! Needle felting seems to be a fiber art that I am actually competent at! I find it incredibly relaxing to do in the evenings (especially while playing My Little Ponies!).

I’m grateful for… Mr. Mo, I couldn’t ask for a better husband!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… Dora grew her own pumpkin this year!

Garden Pumpkin 2

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Labels: Arts and Crafts, Science, Things To Do Around Seattle, Wrapping Up Our Week
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff