Northern Adventures Week 7

 
Yesterday we returned from our family northern adventures trip.  The autumn beauty of Michigan is so breaktaking.  The girls learned a lot about nature through our wooded adventures.

We did a unit study on plants and trees.  They learned what annual rings of a tree trunk represent.  They had fun trying to count the ones in the pic.  They learned that the thicker rings meant the tree had a strong year and that the thinner rings were a rough year.

They learned how to label a tree: Crown, Stem, Roots.  A big revelation for my girls was that yes a tree is a large plant, haha!  They realized that the crown of the tree are the branches and leaves, the stem is the trunk, and of course the roots are the foundation of the tree itself.  As you can see in our little project, they had fun discovering parts for our tree diagram below.

Cup Cake (6) and Sweet Pea (9), enjoyed learning from daddy about tree planting.  It’s fun watching each tree grow in size year after year.  They love this activity with their daddy.

We of course took a trip into Mackinac City and ate at our favorite resturaunt: Mama Mia’s and enjoyed yummy fudge.  To wrap up our northern adventures we woke up to a trace of white fluffy snow.  Oh boy!  Michigan is always full of seasonal surprises.  Gotta love it. 

Okay, now to go off track for just a brief moment.  Now in our second year, this homeschooling mom is struggling.  Who has been there?  I am not going to lie, I have been a teary mess trying to figure out what to do.  I am very tempted to put them in school, but I know this isn’t best.  I think I need to revamp our learning styles since it’s multi-age.  Thank you to those of you who have offered encouragement.  I am now seeking out unit study options to make life a little easier.  I think I am still stuck in “teacher” mode wanting to put together lessons plans and follow the book. Ugh, that’s not what homeschooling is, this I am learning.  Because of our age gaps: 9, 6, and 3 we have been having major behavior issues which contributes to the problem as well.  Any character training studies out there available that you can recommend?  I am seeking new ideas from fellow homeschoolers out there, and more encouragement if you can offer it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed weekend!