Chickadee Thursday or “Unexpected in November”

It’s not unheard of for the St. Louis area to have flurries or even a light accumulation of snow towards the end of November. But to have a snow event big enough to send Weatherbird into “French Toast Map Mode” and cancel schools across the region this early in the month…well, it almost never happens! Chickadee was delighted to see how much snow there was when she got up this morning, and she couldn’t eat breakfast fast enough…all she wanted to do was play in the snow!

Chickadee Thursday

Chess has been very popular at our house this week, so Ladybug is trying to teach Chickadee how to play. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure Ladybug knows all the rules, so I don’t know about her teaching methods, but they’re both having fun!

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We finally made it to the pumpkin patch today!

Chickadee had a great time inspecting all the pumpkins…

…until she discovered a few burrs stuck to her boots. She started shrieking, and would barely stand still long enough for me to pull them off. Once she finally calmed down, I was able to figure out what the problem was. She had never encountered a burr before, and thought she had “baby porcupines” stuck to her! In the end, she still had a great time, and I don’t think any of us will forget the porcupine story!

Chickadee Thursday

These are my favorite days…the ones where we can enjoy the beautiful, cool fall weather on the walk to pick Moose up from school. Chickadee clearly loves them, too…like Anne Shirley, we’re both glad to live in a world with Octobers!

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I’ve mentioned before that Chickadee is a big fan of cardboard standees, so of course when she saw Minecraft characters when we stopped at Target before school this morning, she had to take a picture with them!

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Baking cookies for this weekend’s church music picnic…Chickadee is keeping an eye on things! (Yes, that is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on in the background.)

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Hard at work on handwriting!

Teaching a first grader and high schoolers at the same time is interesting, and something very new to our homeschool. Here’s an example of the zaniness you can expect in this situation. Earlier this week, I was quizzing Turkey on the Periodic Table of Elements. I got to “What does ‘F’ stand for?” and there was a momentary silence in the room as he mulled it over. Out of nowhere, Chickadee piped up, “Fluorine!” Now, I know she listens to her siblings’ lessons sometimes, but I was really not expecting her to remember something as unusual as Fluorine, and provide the answer at the correct time! I’m really interested to see how her education continues to unfold, because I think she’s retaining a lot more than I had anticipated!