Thursday, September 23, 2010

Family Learning is Fun

It was with much joy  that I observed our five oldest children sitting around the table together writing limericks.

They were inspired by Isaac's language lesson for the day which asked him to make up some of his own limericks.  They all joined him on their own and each wrote several.  Sarah just observed and listened and laughed as some of them became sillier and sillier with each recitation (you know, farts and so on).  There would be about 20 minutes of near silence as each of the four would create their next poem and then they took turns sharing.  Each created about four original limericks.

I thought I would share a few.
From Thomas - age 16
There once was an old man from York
Who went to the pond to catch a stork.
No bird did he find there
Instead a great black bear
Which ate the old man with a fork.

From Isaac - age 12
I saw a bird in a tree
I looked at it and it looked back at me.
I started to say,
"What a beautiful day!"
When it started to fly to the sea.

From Abby - age 10
I want to be in the cast
But the play was real fast.
It was pretty boring
when it was time for showing,
but overall the show was a blast.

(The language homeschool books we use for the elementary years  is the Language Lessons series by Sandi Queen which has a Charlotte Mason flavor.)

Warm wishes,


  1. I love that photo of the kids sitting around the must feel so blessed to see them all working together!
    Beautiful job mama!
    xo maureen

  2. Thomas's is great! It provided the smile I so desperately needed today.

  3. Wonderful!
    We have enjoyed using books from Queen Homeschool also! :)


  4. Oh those are too good! Tonya, if you have any questions about the sweater let me know, super easy.

  5. I am so glad you shared what you used! I guess you knew someone would be asking.

    That is a sweet pic and great memory...even with the silliness in the end.

  6. Thank you for showing us the beauty of homeschooling! All together, working side by's just beautiful.


  7. These are fabulous! What a wonderful homeschool family moment - the children all working together. We also use the Language Lessons from Queen Homeschool and love them.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  8. Such a wonderful reminder of the joy of homeschooling

  9. Great limericks. Wonderful homelearning.

  10. Oh those are sooo good! Now I've got the rhythm and perhaps will share some with my boy tomorrow.

  11. what a sweet moment....such beautiful things came of it!

  12. what wonderful spontaneous learning and sharing.

  13. Tonya these are wonderful! Provided me with some smiles on this rainy day!

  14. What a great mama you are, creating such love and appreciation of language. They all made such great little rhymes.

  15. wonderful, such fun and so great to be working together x
    Looking forward to my newsletter arriving, what a treat.
    Have finally managed to put up my first Handmade Holiday post, am so pleased x
    Happy weekend xx

  16. You have captured a beautiful moment of a beautiful family. And those limericks - delightful!

  17. I love the photo. How beautifully it captures the wonder of learning together. And the poems are great; my four-year-old and I just enjoyed them together.

  18. Wonderful big table with room enough for the seats (and literary talents) of all!
    Just a quick note re. handmade holiday: my blog is called the Knitty Gritty Homestead (not Knitting Gritty)...thanks for adding me...the ideas are flowing here!

  19. It's so nice they can sit round and do stuff like that together. It will create lovely memories for them for when they're older :)

  20. What a talented bunch of Little's you have. Their writings brought a smile to my day.

    Your doing a great job Mama(and Papa)!


  21. Again, I say what a gosh darn cute family you have!!! All schooln' together at the table!