Valentine's Day Project for Kids






Welcome! My name is Mary. I help parents educate their children at home one day at a time. This site offers LEGO printablesfree music lessonsunit studies,  and much more. Use the tabs above to discover what Homegrown Learners has to offer. You will be equipped and encouraged to travel a most amazing path in your home!

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Math!










My Music Appreciation Curriculum


I'm Speaking!




Popular Posts




« The Gift Of Music In Your Homeschool | Main | Overwhelmed With Planning? »

The Summer is Slipping Away - Collage Friday


I'm having a hard time letting my summer slip away.  How is it that there is only another month until we are going full tilt again?

There was absolutely NO SCHOOL going on here this week.   I didn't even read aloud to my kids.   We babysat a friend of ours one day and another day GMan and Miss B each had a friend over to play and spend the night.  Between that and the holiday on Wednesday you get the picture.


I think that through a series of events  I've been FORCED into putting school on the back burner, which is a blessing in disguise.  I'm guilty of never giving myself or my children a TOTAL break, and that's what we've had for the past few weeks.  

I've started the reorganization process for August... cleaning out supplies and tweaking our homeschool areas a little.  I'll be sharing more of that with you during the 4th annual Not Back To School Blog Hop!  

Next week we are at music camp ALL WEEK -- I teach a class and the kids go to camp 9-4 each day.  It all culminates with a performance Friday night.  This is always a week to remember.   The day after camp ends my husband and I are going away to celebrate our 15th anniversary, so the next couple of weeks will be busy.  I'm not anticipating a lot of time to think about or plan for homeschool, so I'm glad I got in a few days of that this week.

In case you missed the happenings on the blog this week:


  • Happy Birthday JK Rowling - with FREE printable Harry Potter notebooking pages.   I worked long and hard on these and I hope  children (in addition to my own!) will benefit.  
  • Have you entered the giveaway for a What's In The Bible DVD?  
  • I'm now a contributing writer for The Homeschool Classroom.  My first post is about getting a grip on planning.  


Now for the "collage" part of today's post:

Left to right - top to bottom:

1.  Miss B had a sweet friend spend the night.  They had fun watching American Girl movies, playing with the dog, and just spending time together.  We are thankful for friends this week!

2.  Last weekend (during the sweltering temperatures abovet 100 here in Georgia) we swam quite a bit.  My husband also made a Chutney-Glazed Brisket  on the Big Green Egg that was to die for!  Dessert was a new recipe for me:  Homemade Peach Ice Cream.  OK -- seriously good!   {And yes - I am still exercising and watching what I eat.  No weight was lost this week, but none gained, either.}

3.  GMan has been working hard to enter the current Lego Club contest - to build a scene from The Lord of The Rings.

4.  We also got to spend the day with a fun four year old.  The kids wanted to play Candy Land with him.  Something about this game never gets old!



We spent the 4th at the Braves game in Atlanta.  This is the third year we have done this - so I think it's our tradition now.   Each year we take a picture in the big chair on top of the field.   As you can see, GMan still loves to give his sister kisses.  She is starting to be less than enthused sometimes.   At breakfast the day after the game GMan told his dad privately that he missed his sister giving him kisses.   Well, daddy had a chat with Miss B, and she's been showering him with affection, which he just loves.  

There is also a fun area for kids at Turner Field to run the bases.  This is probably my son's favorite thing to do at the games.


More pictures from the 4th.   The US Army (Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps performed.   They were amazing!  A huge flag was unfurled on the field and planes flew overhead.  It was quite patriotic.   Although the Braves were humiliated by the Cubs (5-1), the fireworks show afterwards was spectacular.  GMan doesn't appreciate the loud noise, but loved the fireworks.  

 Speaking of patriotism, I loved Nancy's post at Sage Parnassus about Liberty.  You really should take the time to read Lovers of Liberty.

All in all, a fun summer week that I'm glad I take the time to document through photo collages.  It's well worth the time it takes me each Thursday night to write this post - when I look back on all of our weeks it does my heart good.   

How was your week?  I hope you can join me for Collage Friday!  Create a post with photo collages (I use Picmonkey to make mine.) Grab the Collage Friday button and use it in your post or sidebar.  Sign the linky, and be sure to visit someone else on the list, too.   


References (3)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    If you adore football, you possibly have a preferred group from the National Football League or two and have a list of players who like to have noticed.
  • Response
    Response: Conservatories
    The Summer is Slipping Away - Collage Friday - Home - Homegrown Learners
  • Response
    Response: Matthew Sample
    The Summer is Slipping Away - Collage Friday - Home - Homegrown Learners

Reader Comments (12)

Looks like a fun Fourth!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

I loved seeing your collage this week! Our fourth of July tradition is the Rome Braves game :) With four children ages between the ages of 1 and 7, we sit on home run hill, and our kids roll down the little grass hill as they start to get bored with the game and ready for the fireworks!!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Oh, I TOTALLY agree about Summer slipping away! We are planning on starting up with some of our subjects next week...*sigh*

Side note: my husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary this year too! We were married in. December- 1997 was a good year, don't you agree? :0). We need to meet someday- I am certain we would mesh well..

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWonder Mom

I love the photos in this post. So summery and Americany. ;)
I've been on that same reorganization kick this week, too. Gotta get it done before we start back to more regular schooling later this month!

I'm so sad that I won't be participating in your Collage Friday this week :( But I'm having some design work behind the scenes and want to stay off my site for awhile. Of course I'll have double the photos for next week! You're right, summer is slipping by. Always by the 4th of July, the time goes hyper speedily. I'm nowhere near the mindset to think about lessons! (Psst, I haven't even written my end of the year report yet!) I love all your photos - the big red chair is the most adorable thing ever! Thanks for sharing all your lovely moments!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Love your pics & especially the patriotic photos from Turner Field (the one with your son's fingers in his ears is awesome!). It's about time for my family to make it to an Atlanta Braves game. We haven't gone at all this year. Blessings, Alisha

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlisha @ Flourish

I love the big bench picture! So funny.

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel E.

Looks like a happy 4th was had by all! That giant bench reminds me of Lily tomlin's Edith Ann from laughin. I'm dating myself here! Thaanks for the opportunity to link up!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia Phillips

What a fun 4th. I can totally relate to the time off. I had planned to continue doing school this summer but my hubby said we needed a break after all this is my first summer as a stay at home/homeschool mom. So we have been enjoying our time together and I have been getting caught up and more prepared for this coming school year (well sort of still lots to do). I am planning on doing the Not Back to School Blog Hop too again this year. We actually are dong a Not Back To School Fun Day with the homeschool group. Are you going to the SE Expo??

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy balman

Love your week in photos! Looks like you found plenty of fun ways to beat the heat:) It's been really hot here too!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Jenn

Hi Mary! Sounds like you are having a great summer! I will be doing a post soon about the ins and outs of the Grumble-Meter. I think it is going to save me this year with Eli!

What a lovely week Mary. First of all, thank you for the prayers for my photos. That meant so much to me. I love what GMan said about 'sister kisses'. That just touched my heart. Your week looks like such fun. Miss B is growing up so much isn't she? Love the picture of her and Dad. Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop Mary. It has totally added so much to my blogging. :)

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>