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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Our Learning Spaces and Snapshot Summary, August 9-15

Curriculum Week in the 2013 Not Back to School Blog Hop
This is the time of year when everyone shows their learning spaces. I used to have a school room, all lined with bookcases and filled with desks and tables. We began to spread out from the room, little by little until we no longer really using the school room at all. Now we have learning spaces all through the house...there are even books in the bathroom. We often use the backyard as a learning space as well.
 Here are a few photos of our learning spaces...our kitchen, our living room, our dining room, the bedrooms, the family room and our backyard.
We take a lot of field trips, too. Here are some photos of the places that we have gone the last few months that became our learning spaces.

And for what we have been up to this week, while everyone is starting school, we are on break. We spent the week getting things done before we go on our staycation. We went doctor's appointments, got the van ready for travel and went to DMV for photo identification cards for the two oldest.
Pirate Festival, Rock Hall, Maryland
Katie and James show Aunt Brenda how to use the 20 QUESTIONS ELECTRONIC GAME.
Family Reunion at Grandma's
We went to my mother's house for a visit. My brother and sister-in-law came as well, so we had a bit of a family reunion. My mother didn't want me to take any pictures of her because she fell last week  in her kitchen and hit her head on the refrigerator. She now has a good-sized bump on her head and is pretty bruised up, but she went to the hospital and they checked her out and said that she is fine; no concussion or anything.
Visiting Friends
I visited a dear friend (notice she is wearing a bracelet that matches mine) who is having some back surgery while we are on vacation, so I won't be able to visit her again until after we get back. Her husband passed away two years ago and she sold her house and moved into an apartment last month. This is the first time I have seen the apartment. We chatted away for a couple of hours. She is one of those persons in which you always feel good for having talked with her.
Quentin made a dragon out of recycled materials (cardboard tubes and construction paper), arranged it and took pictures of it. It reminded me of the famous Cottingley fairy pictures because he arranged it in the tree to look like it was flying by the tree.



  1. Love Family REunions! We are not back to full time learning yet either (officially anyway). Dont you just love that our world is our classroom! Love the dragon he made! Huzzah to your weekend!

  2. I love his dragon, it is rather like those pictures isn't it?
    The dress Katie is wearing in the 20 questions picture looks great!

  3. Like the dragon! When we started homeschooling our house was too small for a "school room", and I'm glad, because it forced us to spread out and use the whole house right from the beginning. This year I want to focus on moving our learning outside more - you've been a real inspiration for that :)

  4. I also love family reunions. I haven't had one in some time though ... one is well overdue! We received Q's letter just yesterday! We'll be sending a post card from China very soon - though it will take some time to get to him. :)

  5. Looks like you've had a lovely week! We have the electronic 20 questions game too! It amazes me!

  6. Have a wonderful staycation. I bet you all will find so much fun ~ you always do. I love checking in with you each week.
    Blessings, Dawn

  7. Enjoy your break. Quentin's dragon looks very inventive. I am sorry your mother fell, glad to hear that she is OK. Time with family is precious!

  8. I'm so sorry your mum fell, please wish her well for me.
    We don't have a specific learning space, but I have to admit to secretly coveting the idea of one. We do so many projects in quite a small space (our house is a two bedroom 200 yr old cottage). It would be wonderful to be able to leave out projects without them preventing us from eating at the table together!

  9. Love your learning spaces! What a blessed week to have a family reunion. Nice photos, and Katie's dress is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I hope to be able to link up to the history/geography meme very soon.


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