"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Friday, November 23, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up: November 23rd

This week was a short one! We did some seat work and the kids worked on their speeches for their homeschool speech workshops and competition. Graham didn't end up doing his though because he got a dental appliance in that made it more difficult for him to clearly pronounce his words. Heather did great despite her nerves. This is apart of their curriculum for the year, so I've had to push a little but they are rising to the challenge. It's that delicate balance; gentle encouraging pushes that help to build confidence while building a new skill. Public speaking can be intimidating! It is such a good skill to learn and the more they do it the more comfortable they will become being up there in front of others.

We ended the week with an amazing camping trip to a stunning Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. We went on nature walks, taking in the complex Eco systems, saw a screech owl, some bald eagles and other wild life. We had fun building a camp fire and staying in a yurt (a tent like structure built for camping). It was a truly incredible time of learning and making memories that will last a life time!

It was awesome walking through the forest!
Campfire!  It was such an amazing end to a perfect day!
This structure over looks the marsh and protected wetlands below.
Ahhhh, beautiful provincial park, so quiet and peaceful.
Heather working on the outline of her speech.
The girls walking back from the sunset at Sunset Point.
Esther had me take picture of her progress along the path.  This is one of many! lol

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