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I didn’t get to post last week.? We were a wee bit busy, but we had a good week.

I’m glad to say, that after countless attempts to track down the elusive cattail, we found them!? Of course, after we journeyed to photograph and sketch them, a friend of mine informed me that there are cattails in the parking lot of our hall!? (Insert donkey noise here!)? I truly felt sheepish. :-{
And, while learning that they were under our nose the whole time did embarrass me, I think the determination that we all had to find the cattails was so worth the adventure!

This week’s challenge is Goldenrods!? Wahoo – they’re in our back yard AND they’re in a cleared field across the street from us!? No sojourning this time!? We grabbed them up and glued them into our nature journals!? I think last week’s hunt really stirred something in the kids, and now they’re even more excited about Nature Study!

We’ve received a few postcards last week.? They were mysterious, as there was no name signed on them, and I wasn’t expecting any from the states they were coming from.? I was just about to alert the authorities, (snort), when a friend told me that her husband was driving up to Michigan from Louisiana, and was sending postcards from each state he went through… WHEW!? I was so relieved… and so flattered that he went through the trouble of doing that for us!

Oh, in case you didn’t know, the girls are trying to collect postcards from each of the states.? So far, we’ve received from:

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Montana
  • Colorado
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Louisiana

Not bad, considering we started collecting in August!

Our fall garden is sprouting already!? I think the green beans and peas are the most impressive.? They sprouted almost overnight!? The leafy veggies are popping up, too.? Even the tomatoes!? This is our first fall garden, so I’m like a kid in a candy store with this! 😀

We’re planning a vacation to the Natural State – perfect for this Nature Studying family, yes/no?? I can’t wait!? School on the road. Nature Journals, Travel Journals, Geography games… and lots of photographs! And sketching… oh I’m so excited!? Even the girls are excited! Not much from the boy camp, though.

We’ve changed our schedule around a bit.? I’m not sure if I’m liking it or not, but change is good.? Right?

If you saw the side bar with our Current Reads, you’ll see that #1 son is reading three books at once.? I, personally, couldn’t do that.? I’d get my characters, settings and time periods mixed up… Something like Huckleberry Finn is dressed as Hercule Poirot and digging for Gold in California 1849.? He doesn’t seem to have the same trouble.? He’s studying the Gold Rush right now in history.? We studied this 2 years ago, as a Unit Study.? It was quite exciting, but I think he’s going to get more out of it this go ’round.
Face, on the other hand, has read at least 15 books since starting Charlotte’s Web, and refuses to read any further.? She read books that are longer, and shorter, and still won’t pick it back up.? I’m going to leave it on her list.? But I know as soon as I remove it, I’ll catch her knee-deep with Fern and Wilbur. 😉

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  1. Oh, I’ve seen the goldenrod all around on our trip up North. I am hoping to stop somewhere and get some pictures and then study later at home. We did the cattails study but hubby said there were lots at Patterson so we will take pictures of live ones then. We have been busy looking at different trees on our trip. Soooo neat. Glad you don’t have to study dogtails this week. hehehe Later!

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