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Archive for June, 2011

..at ParentsGlobal now! They’re a newer website that started fairly recently, and they cater to.. well… parents! There are a variety of topics covered by a variety of authors, from do-it-yourself household cleaning recipes and interviews with authors, to child development and time-savers! So far, I’ve had just two posts (though I am currently working on a third), which center around making pick-your-own fruits and  vegetables a family tradition. You can see my two-part series here:

Don’t “Pick” on Me… Or Do!

Peter Picked a Peck of Pickled … What?

I know, I know… “two” does not a series make, but… humour me. 😉

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These are Umm's four ducklings, hatched out on June 21st. They are Muscovies, and I am excited to see what colors they mature into, as all three of our Muscovies are blues, and these guys... decidedly aren't!

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Well, we finally got our second “pasture” – more of a paddock, really – fenced in this past Sunday. When I say we, I mean that my husband and father did most of the heavy lifting and I got to spin all the little metal clips that hold the woven wire fencing to the t-posts. Hehe. But I am very grateful to them! 😀

Daisy, a Nubian/Kiko cross yearling doe, nibbles down some tall weeds.

Right now they’re only going out in it as a group for a few hours a day, to mow down the tall grass that is in there. I didn’t want to put them in there full-time because, well… their current pasture is a little sparse, so to go from light grazing with supplemental hay, to rich, green tall grass might’ve upset their systems a bit. Once it is grazed down more, I’ll be putting our yearling buck, Bam-Bam, and his little half-brother Twinkie out there. Of course, once Twinkie goes to freezer camp, I’ll have to figure out something so that Bam-Bam is not alone, but at least this should prevent us from pasture breeding and ending up with January babies again.

Sarah (l), a Kiko/Boer doe kid; Red (background), a grade Boer doe; and Bam-Bam (foreground), a Kiko/Boer yearling buck, out grazing in the pasture. And I think those are Pirate's legs that you can see under Bam-Bam. Hehe.

What about you? What new projects are going on around your farm or homestead?

I think Spice approves.

 

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I am currently reading “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: What Parents Can Do With and For Their Children from Birth to Age Six” by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. It’s been quite inspiring. Someone recommended it to me recently when I was inquiring about the Waldorf model of education.

Yes, that’s right… I was discussing different models of education that can be used in the home school. I know, I know… my kiddo isn’t even three months old yet! I’ve been a student of the methods ever since high school, though, when I stumbled across Sonlight’s curriculum while helping my mother order books. I tried to convince her to allow me to complete their English Literature core for my senior year, but alas… I was turned down.

Nevertheless, the idea of literature-based curricula fascinated me. From there, I came across Ambleside Online’s list of books, which are based on Charlotte Mason’s method and philosophy of teaching. Charlotte Mason? Who was that? I read more. I was intrigued! I am still determined to get my hands on her writings, although my library system apparently lacks scope in this area. *sigh*

I tucked those interests aside for the most part, occasionally dusting them off for a quick view, but for the most part ignoring them until I came across a discussion of Waldorf on the parenting forum I frequent, DiaperSwappers. (Yes, they talk about cloth diapering there. How did you know?) It seemed to have a lot of similarities to Charlotte Mason on the surface, so I figured more research was in order. My book budget being what it is (fairly nonexistent), I hit up my library system. They had the book!

Mind you, some of the philosophies are a little “New Age” for my tastes, but I am not sure if that is a reflection on the author (midwives can be a little New Age-y sometimes, y’ken?) or on Steiner, the developer of the Waldorf method. I suppose when I get my hands on some of the recommended reading, I will figure that out.

There was something that I found to be rather amazing, though, and I just had to share it as testimony to the wonders of the human body and its Creator.

Recent studies have shown that babies are remarkably perceptive and discerning. Newborns have been shown to such more frequently in response to hearing their mother’s voice, showing that learning/recognition is going on even within the womb. And babies only four days old can distinguish one language from another: French babies sucked much more vigorously when they heard French instead of Russian, and Russian babies did just the opposite.

There are approximately 6,000 languages in the world, and your newborn is equally fluent in all of them! But she quickly learns to distinguish between phonemes (distinct speech sounds) that she hears around her, and between six and te months grows oblivious to foreign phonemes while staying attuned to whatever sounds the speakers around her are using. By twelve months, an infant’s “auditory map” in the brain will have been formed. She will be unable to pick out phonemes that she has not heard thousands of times because no clusters of neurons will have been assigned the job of responding to that sound.
– Chapter Three, “Growing Down and Waking Up”

I suppose it’s rather unscientific of me to say so, but for lack of a better term… isn’t that cool?

You’ll probably see a review of this book on here at some point, but I’m only on chapter eight of thirteen at the moment, so that will have to wait. 😉

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