Monthly Archives: February 2013

In Which the Square Has Been Turned and I Wind a Little Yarn


IMG_2847I finished the Turn A Square.  I like it.  It’s cute.  I had seen a finished version in my local yarn shop and it seemed huge, so I actually left out the increases and it worked out well.  I like the square top.

This past Saturday, I wound the unwound skeins of my teeny-tiny stash.  I’m glad my mom has a yarn swift.  It really turns out a nice ball of yarn.  I have two skeins of lovely Koigu that I’m going to use for my next project; a pair of Turkish Bed Socks.  This pattern is a few years old, but I have wanted try knitting them for a while.



The ducklings and I tried our hands at using modeling clay yesterday.  We enjoyed the medium very much, but as our pieces dry they seem to be breaking very easily.  That is a little disappointing. I am getting more and more use out of Learning about the World through Modeling by Arthur Auer.  I’m glad I have it as a reference.

Teal's Minotaur

Teal’s Minotaur

Pintail's "Dead Horse"

Pintail’s “Dead Horse”

Sweet little Wigeon who told me she made a train.

Sweet little Wigeon who told me she made a train.

My Minotaur which received a lot of guff for having well-formed buttocks.

My Minotaur which received a lot of guff for having well-formed buttocks.

Thanks for dropping by the pond today!  I look forward to seeing what other projects abound.

Mrs. Mallard

Shared as a part of Waldorf Wednesday, Yarn Along, and KCCO!

Homeschool Glimpse: January 2013

This is a little glimpse into the “Main Lesson” content of our homeschool.  The Main Lesson is the subject which occupies the bulk of time each day for a few weeks, usually two to six.


Ah, January, the long month of cold weather; every year in my planning I strive to make January as uncomplicated as possible.  I try to be home, settling back into our daily and weekly rhythms.  I try to stay away from main lessons that require a lot of prep work because I’m usually quite worn out after the holidays.

Toddler Circle Time

  • Our Time Hello (from Kindermusik Our Time)
  • Snowballs (from Kindermusik Imagine That)

Scoop up a mound of ice cold snow

And mold it into a ball, just so.

Now pull your arm back, nice and slow

And throw that snow….look at it go!

  • The Jolly Snowman (from Kindermusik Imagine That)

I’m a jolly snowman, oh so fat.

Here are my buttons, here is my hat.

I’m a jolly snowman, oh so fat.

Watch me dance, just like that

(circling right)

Come along and dance with me. Tra la la. Tra la la.

Come along and dance with me. Tra la la la la.

With your toes you tap, tap, tap.

With your hands you clap, clap, clap.

Tap, tap, tap. Clap, clap, clap.

Turn around so merrily. (repeat from circle)

I’m a jolly snowman, oh so fat.

Sunbeams shine down on me.

Now I’m melting just like that.

  • Once There Was a Snowman (from the Children’s Songbook)

Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman.

Once there was a snowman, tall, tall, tall. (stretching up high)

In the sun he melted, melted, melted.

In the sun he melted, small, small, small. (melt to the ground)

Grade 2

The King of Ireland’s Son – Language Arts


  • The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum

Our King of Ireland’s Son block consisted mostly of reading the book!  It is quite a long book to read out loud, and our days seemed to hinge around reading as much as possible before the toddler got fed up and started interrupting.  The following day my second grader would draw a picture from the previous day’s reading and write a little summary and then we’d read as much a possible again.  Truth be told, when we started reading the King of Ireland’s Son I didn’t enjoy the stories very much.  I know it is a very popular book in Waldorf Schools and I wondered what all the hype was about.  Thankfully, the stories got better and better, and by the end of the book, I had gotten a little teary over the plot and my second grader and I were enjoying real conversations about the characters and the way the book was written.





  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Grade 5



  • Key to Decimals

My fifth grader is using the Key to… math workbooks this year.  I do like them.  They introduce material clearly and in a systematic manner.  In addition to the workbooks, she keeps a math notebook in which she records concepts we review from the previous day’s lesson.  Sometimes I worry that we aren’t making as much headway as we need to in the books, but as homeschoolers I suppose I would prefer that she moves a little more slowly but really gets the concepts down.  (But is she moving slowly?! Or normally?! Or quickly?! I don’t know! There’s no one to compare her to. LOL) Next year, I will probably continue to use these books (especially ones that we haven’t finished!), but I’d also like to get the Making Math Meaningful books by Jamie York.  Have you used them for grades 6 and up?





  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Thank you for visiting!

Mrs. Mallard

Shared as a part of Waldorf Wednesday