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

This Moment at the Boundless Playground and Snapshot Summary, June 15-22, week 32

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary, June 15-22

We played lots of games...
practiced spelling words with Hangman, practiced equivalent fractions with fraction cards War.
We bought a Venus Fly Trap and enjoyed feeding it a fly we had swatted.
We went to a little local carnival and the little boys enjoyed riding rides with their big sister. Alex rode the carousel and slid down the big slide and loved them.
 We also spent one whole day at Warriors' Path State Park in Kingsport, TN.
It is an incredible place with a "Boundless Playground" which means it is tailored to appeal to Special Needs kids. 
All of my kids had a good time, from my 20-year old, who loved the herb and native plants gardens and the stream that just calls for people to take off their shoes and socks and enter it, 
down to my 8-year old, who loved the series of Narnia play spaces.
Alex absolutely loved it, which was amazing because typically he gets either over-stimulated or bored at playgrounds. There also is a pool there for a nominal fee ($4 per person). We went back and forth from the playground to the pool all day. There was also paddle-boats to rent and Frisbee golf there, but we saved those for future days. 
It was a wonderful, magical day.

We also learned about tracking animals like the frontiersmen did. 
There is a lot to learn about Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett in Tennessee and Kentucky.
We have been experimenting with spinning wool with a drop spindle.
As an introduction to our study of habitats, we took a close look at soil from the backyard.
 We talked about food chains and ecosystems and they drew one. We made a soil profile...

and had a soil layers treat.
We did a lot of backyard swimming, a lot of reading...
 and, as always, lots of pretend play.

In the evenings, Sam is reading the Hobbit to us and we are moving with our hobbit and dwarf friends through the dark woods and mysterious mountains.

{Look below for all the lovely memes I have linked this post to.}


  1. I want to go to that park! We've got one that aspires to be what that park is, ours is pretty cool, but it's still more play structures, adapted for special needs, not so much what you've pictured.

    I was SOOOO sad when we saw a sign for Davy Crockett's boyhood home and we weren't able to stop. That would have been so cooL!

  2. Wonderful and magical describes your whole week! That top photo says it all - throwing your head back laughter!

  3. Aww! I love all the pictures.

  4. What a great moment! Such joy.

  5. I have not been reading blogs in the past few months, but I am glad to have stopped by you today. I always get inspired by your pics. My youngest loves to play chess and backgammon (actually any game for that matter!).

  6. The park sounds like SO.MUCH.FUN! The whole week does, really :) I think it's very cool to have a Venus Fly Trap...I bet my girls would like that!


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