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Lilah's Bookshelf

Lilah has always been a reader, an avid one at that.  She began reading at age 4 and her love has grown continuously, just as she has.  At times it is hard to find books that appeal to her, yet are age appropriate, and well written.  She abhors plots that are similar to others and feels like the current YA trends in reading are bogus.  She can take hours to choose books.  Put her in a bookstore and she is in heaven.
Here are some of her recent reads and her "to be read" books:





And here is her new “thing”, her new blog, Lilah’s Bookshelf.  She recently expressed interest in being a blogger.  Not a blogger like me, for family record keeping and posterity, but a money making, brand creating blogger.  She will begin to explore how to blow up a blog into something bigger, something sustainable and marketable.  She has poured hours and hours into this project and she has made some lovely connections with other girls who share her interests. 
Here is the link: Lilah's Bookshelf(cl…

Ding Darling

Another thing that will be added to Biology is the guided tour we took through Ding Darling Nature Reserve when we were in Sanibel in April.  The highlight of this excursion was coming very close to the resident alligator!  We also saw some manatee frolicking but they were too far away to capture on film.  We learned about tree crabs, the mangrove forest ecosystem, natural fish hatcheries, osprey nesting habits, and of course, alligators.  




Marsh Walk

One of these days I need to sit down with a cup of coffee and update course descriptions.  I don’t think I’ve looked at them for several months which is not good.  One thing I will add to Biology is a marsh walk we did in town.  

The marsh is the largest in the state.It is generally off limits to visitors.While it is federally protected, it is not restricted. However, the residents in this neighborhood are very protective of it and have been known to chase people away with threats to involve the police for trespassing. A marsh walk is a 4th grade public school field trip.Grace was able to experience this walk before she was withdrawn, but Lilah was not so I jumped at the opportunity for a guided tour by a fellow homeschooling mom who is a member of our town’s conservation committee and a guide.




We already knew that the marsh is a protective barrier between Long Island sound and our town.  We knew that it filters thousands of gallons of water during each tide cycle.  We knew it is an est…

May

So I thought about abandoning this blog many times for I thought I lost the desire to write.  I used to write all the time.  I wrote through the entire first year of being a stay at home mom after Grace was born and I wrote through the entire year of becoming a homeschooling stay at home mom.  I wrote about what we were up to, the classes we were taking, the places we were going, and all the beautiful things we were learning.  Blog books fill an entire shelf of my bookshelf as a literary history of my family.  I wrote when I was happy and when I was sad.  I wrote when I was frustrated and when I was eager to begin a new chapter of my life.  Suddenly the writing stopped.  The words literally dried up and faded away.  
This year has been a hard year.  When I look back at last year (2014-2015) it is filled with the very best of homeschooling.  It is filled with high school portfolios, internships, new musical opportunities, new travel and wonderful moments that came from rich learning exp…