He gets very excited about new discoveries in Minecraft.
She’s concentrating hard, trying to decide out how best to draw a tiger.
She wants to be as capable as her big siblings, particularly when it comes to climbing on playground equipment.
This is his idea of a quiet afternoon activity.
For some reason the kitchen has been a favorite playplace lately. They’re doing a lot of different things right now, but they’re also together.
He’s been moving beyond DUPLO bricks lately and has is very proud of his most recent LEGO build.
The entire morning has been consumed by the construction and operation of a DUPLO railroad. H has been a great big sister, helping M to design amd build it all.
It doesn’t seem very long ago that I started this photo project, but now it’s nearly at an end. Only ten more weeks and we’ll be at the end of the year! I don’t know if I’ll continue the series for another year, but for right now I hope you enjoy this week’s glimpse into…
On my last day in Portland, since the convention was over, I spent the day wandering around the city, photographing bridges and the like. I’d never walked across the Broadway Bridge before, so that’s where I headed first.
He loves trains almost as much as he loves sharks. This morning he was all about building DUPLO railroads.
She loves writing, and spends quite a bit of time every day working on her story. I’m not sure what it’ll be like when she’s finished, but I’m excited to read it!
There are a lot of shark documentaries available these days, but this one is his favorite at the moment.
We spent in the morning up in the mountains walking around a lake. It was nice to get up high where the air was cooler.
She loves looking through portholes on playground structures. This time we were at a playground that we’d never visited before, and you can tell from the expression on her face that she loved it!
He spend a lot of time building. Nine times out of ten, what he’s working on is a new supervillain, complete with a fictional biography and list of powers and abilities. This boy loves building super villains, but even more than that he loves making up stories about them.
Picking up where I left off last week, I spent Sunday in Portland before flying home that night and had a great time wandering around the city one last time. The next day it was more or less business as usual! Which means that we built things, wrote, hiked, played, and learned about sharks!
An aquarium is an endless source of interest. He often spends time sitting amd watching them swim.
We’re thinking of starting our own competitive league. Now that I think of it, we probably already have enough players in the house.
Bridges have been a topic since of serious interest in our home lately. Luckily they have the materials to build their own!
He caught two grasshoppers and immediately borrowed my phone to look up what they eat so he can make them comfy in their new home. They may not last long, but he’ll learn from the experience.
Sometimes you just need to play a game.
She’s having trouble adjusting to her new diet, but it’ll be worth it eventually.
He loves his Ricky Ricotta books.
It’s been kind of a strange week. Mrs. Hatter is back at work now that summer break has ended, and it’s been raining almost every day. As a result we’ve been homebound most of the week, though naturally that hasn’t stopped the kids from learning. Here’s a glimpse at some of what we did.
He loves his setup, and his gradually discovering how to use it.
We hiked up to Nymph Lake in RMNP today. Little T loved it, though I ended up carrying her most of the way. She especially liked the chipmunks that we saw.
He liked building spaceships out of DUPLO blocks, and he’s always very proud of his creations. As he should be!
I’ve been trying to bake macarons lately, but I can’t seem to get the shells quite right. They’re hollow and the feet protrude. Maybe I’ll try again today.
At the zoo today, we happened to see the lions chewing on some bones first thing in the morning. The kds were fascinated!
Apparently T thinks she’s ready to study for a doctorate along with Mrs. Hatter.
Week 31 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.
A big family lunch to celebrate graduation day for the kids’ Aunt and Uncle! N particularly enjoyed sitting next to his Uncle, telling jokes, making silly videos and talking about our hiking plans for the next couple summers.
N was very proud of today’s build. It is, obviously, a power generator designed to power a large energy sheild. It can be dissasembled for repaid and includes a number of tools on a rack for maintainance. He told me exactly what each of them is for and how it all works. Clearly he put a LOT of thought into this.
The kids have been interested in playing chess more competitively, so we’ve been having small family tournaments so they can practice using clocks and other tournament rules. We did this twice this week, and they had a blast!
N actually took this picture at the Zoo. He’s been interested in using my camera instead of just their small tough camera, and today he was practicing with my telephoto lens. He really liked this picture, and so do I!
Not satisfied with regular buildings and log cabins, A has been using the Lincoln Logs in more creative ways recently. This is a work in progress – a quadruple catapult. It didn’t work quite as well as he hoped, but maybe next time he’ll solve his problems.
M has an infectious personality when he’s happy. And as you can see, he was very happy walking around with Mrs. Hatter, who took this picture.
Before eating he simply had to build something out of DUPLOs. Thus the Boat-O-Mech was born! G was very proud of this creation, as he is of everything he builds.
Week 21 of my 365 photo project exploring out Unschooling life.
Watching some Robots in Disguise. They like robots.
Most of the kids were having a lot of fun with sand on this particular visit.
He loves building spaceships and weapons, but gets quite frustrated when the DUPLO blocks don’t do what he wants them to.
The younger kids have been playing with weapons a lot lately. They think that they’re very fierce.
Branching out from her usual artistic expression – posters cover huge expanses of her wall – she decided to start a paper garden. This is just the initial morning’s planting – it’s become more elaborate since.
The toddler didn’t want to be left out of the reading time, so she brought her own book along.
He concetrates very hard, even when it’s a puzzle he’s built many times in the past.
Week 14 of my 365 photo project exploring our Unschooling life.