Friday, September 11, 2015

Fridays With The Grand-Girls And A Giveaway!






My daughter home schools her little girls and one of things I love to watch is that everything is about learning.  They are never anywhere without a book or a pad of paper and a pen.  In the above picture we are getting ready to transport a load of flowers from our garden to the flower cart.  




The other thing I love about them being homeschooled is that Eldon and I get to be involved with their lives so much more.  Andrea has a really neat schedule this year where they have a full school schedule Monday through Thursday and then Eldon and I get to have free rein with the schooling on Fridays!  We've been known to do some school on the boat!




But one of the most awesome things is that Eldon teaches a Nature Study class with them.  They take their journals and they head out to a spot where they sit and study what they see and then they document it in their journals.  Even Eldon is keeping one and it is a work of art.  (I don't get to go!)




The girls take it very seriously.




I get to focus on piano lessons with Jillian.







And craft projects with both girls.




And cooking!  I think their favorite thing to cook is personal pan pizzas!




And games instead of naps!




And we can't forget the field trips!  I think those are for us almost as much as they are for the girls!  




But probably the thing that I love the most is to listen to Jillian read and to see the love of books that both of the girls have.    Now that Jillian can read everything she puts her hands on, Rosy loves having her read to her!  




So, to celebrate little readers everywhere I've got a great giveaway on my blog tonight!  This children's book was written by MaryJane (of MaryJanesFarm) and her daughter Meg.  It is a darling book with very fun illustrations and a catchy story line.  




There is some fun milk cow trivia and cute educational facts.  My grand-girls love the book!


MaryJane has graciously sent me a book to give to one lucky winner!


All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment!  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday.   Even if you don't have children or grand-children of your own, it would make a wonderful gift for the little reader in your life.


I hope you are enjoying the last bit of summer.  It is my favorite time of the year and I am always sad to see it come to an end.   But I'm trying very hard to remind myself that I actually do have a few winter projects I'm anxious to start!  What are the winter projects you've got your thoughts on?    



42 comments:

  1. I'm homeschooling my son too! We would love to win, he loves to learn about farms and farm animals. :)

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  2. Love your post! What fun your Fridays must be! I'm into quilting these days and hope to spend the winter in my sewing room. First tho.. I'm looking forward to October!!

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  3. I so wish I still homeschooled my boys as it is all I have ever wanted their education to be. But hubby's wishes came first. The girls are so going to cherish their childhood so much and what a blessing that you get to spend so much time with them. I have MaryJane's book about keeping cows and love it. This looks delightful. I am in Australia, so don't bother entering me. It is a gorgeous spring day here - so I am just gearing up for the planting season!

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  4. Aw! Love this post! And naturally, I would love this book for my grands!

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  5. Aw! Love this post! And naturally, I would love this book for my grands!

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  6. What a lovely post, Dori! It warms my heart to see how you and your husband play a big role in your grand-girls daily lives. So want to meet you all! We have officially started our homeschool year and are hoping to implement more field trips now that my husband will have a more flexible work schedule. Thanks so much for sharing. Such a blessing!

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  7. I have a terrible time finding cute, educational books for my great granddaughter. Maybe the internet is where I need to look. Can you give me ideas?

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  8. Looks like a cute book! It is wonderful to see pictures of the girls & how much they've grown since our last visit--makes me miss you all so much!!! Ginny Van Der Geest

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  9. I would love this for Hope, she loves book!

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  10. This is really wonderful! I would love to give this to a little reader for sure
    thefiggtree@yahoo.com

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  11. Would be fun to share this book with my grandchildren. Story time with them is so precious.
    Glenda K

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  12. My grandchildren love playing in my button stash. Your button picture made me smile.

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  13. I smiled through this whole post! We do school the same way! The only difference is we have Monday as our field and project day instead of Friday. :) I love it! This is our 11th year and I wish I knew then what I know now, I would have done that from the beginning! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Our little ones are homeschool also, and they love to read! Thanks for the give away.

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  15. Thank you for such a nice giveaway. My grandson and I would read it over and over again.

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  16. (I'm not sure my first comment went in)
    My homeschool grands would love this book too. I was checking it out to figure out how to find it! Thanks for the offer.

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  17. Your grandgirls are beautiful, and I am sure they are learning so much.. I think its wonderful how not only Andrea is involved in the girls learning but you and Eldon as well. Your photos are beautiful and I have to agree the photo of them reading the book together is beautiful.. and such a wonderful book for a giveaway.. Loved it... even if someone doesnt have small children it would be a book just to have around in case a friend with children stop by.. or when the grandparent stage hits... :) Love the chance to win... Thank you

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  18. Your grand girls are so cute! I loved homeschooling my 9 blessings, and now they are starting the next generation of homeschoolshare! We also live on a farm. It's the best classroom ever!!!

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  19. Your grand girls are so cute! I loved homeschooling my 9 blessings, and now they are starting the next generation of homeschoolshare! We also live on a farm. It's the best classroom ever!!!

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  20. I love the idea of home schooling! We are actually in the middle of relocating from the East Coast to outside of Nashville and finding well rated schools is proving to be a challenge in some areas. If we weren't relocating for my job I would home school my daughter.
    Your granddaughters are fortunate to have this time with you both!

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  21. i would love to be in on this giveaway Dori, i love MaryJane, and am sure her book is wonderful!!!

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  22. Such pretty photos of the girls.

    I have one in 4th grade, 2nd, 1st, and twins that started Kindergarten this year...lots of readers now and an upcoming crop of them! :)

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  23. It is such a wonderful thing that you can be involved in such fun ways your with your grand girls. Andrea has the PERFECT schedule! And what's better than Fun Fridays with Grammy and Grampa? We are still on our homeschool journey and are always looking for new books to add to our collection. This one looks like a winner.

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  24. ♥ Mary Jane!! looks like you have a sweet connection with your grand baby's...you are making memories for them that will last forever :)

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  25. Wow! Your grandgirls are so adorable! And how awesome to have Fridays with them! Thanks for sharing your life with us! So enjoy all of your posts!!! Heavenly blessings, Cathy in Idaho

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  26. Homeschooling was a Godsend for us. It literally saved my boy's life. We are so glad we ventured this route and can't imagine looking back. Learning naturally is such a blessing.
    So glad that you and your hubby get to enjoy the girls while they are growing up.

    Congrats to Jillian on learning to read. It will open up her whole world.

    I don't have any littles to give the book to, so good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

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  27. I love this post! How awesome that you have Fridays together with your grandgirls and have such an amazing part of their lives and education! This book looks great - very cute. We have two boys - 3 and 9 months. They love books and would enjoy it I'm sure! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Looks like homeschooling is the best of both worlds for everyone! School should be fun and adventurous and I love that Fridays include lots of activities with you and Eldon.

    I already have a copy of MaryJane's darling book so please skip me for the drawing. Just wanted to stop by and say Hi and visit with you at your beautiful farm for a few moments! I am betting that landscape will be breathtaking when the leaves begin to turn color in a few more weeks!!

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  29. Wonderful post! I homeschooled my son up until last year. West Virginia laws are a bit different. He also wanted to give 8th grade a try. I do remember these times and nature studies were the best!

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  30. What a charming post!! How fun that you as grandparents get to be so involved like this. By the way. Happy Grandparents Day!!!! (today, Sunday!)

    Cute book!!

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  31. Where did summer go. It seems to go by faster each year. Making it seem that our children grow up too fast. I enjoy your blog. What a wonderful family you have. I would love this book for my grandchildren. Ages 9,7,6 and 4 months. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a great week.

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  32. I tried to comment yesterday from my iPhone while traveling but I don't think it went through. That book looks like so much fun and my grandgirl is a bookworm, too! She would love having it read to her, I'm sure!

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  33. love your blog, and would love the book for my grandson!
    Nancy P., in Georgia

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  34. Wonderful post. Beautiful photos. Love to read to my grandchildren and the book look very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  35. Love your post! This looks delightful. I'm looking forward to October! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Like all other grandmas, a book for grandkids, what's not to like!!? dawnandtom@gmail.com

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  37. Isn't homeschooling a blessing! I homeschooled my girls and being able to have fun field trips, get their work done early and enjoy fun time together and all the other, and all the other perks were so worth it! One of my daughters swears she will homeschool her kids (when she has some) too, and I would love to help out as you do. Your granddaughters are so precious and beautiful. I love the photo of them reading together :)

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  38. You have a beautiful family. Love seeing all your pictures, everything is so pretty.
    Thank you so much for following and visiting my blog.
    Hugs
    donna

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  39. I actually have a teaching degree, and this is an unpopular opinion among educators, most of whom think traditional school is the only way to go! I love the idea of homeschooling. I guess when some people think of homeschooling they think of some family sitting their kids at the kitchen table and having them copy Bible passages all day. But when people like your daughter homeschool their kids, it opens up so much more of the world to children. They get to actually experience things while other kids are sitting in a classroom practicing phonics. Tell your daughter she's awesome!

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