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Since turning three, we have been helping AbiNoelle learn how to play independently for a span of time instead of being occupied by Mommy or Daddy. Audio stories have greatly aided us in achieving a successful and enjoyable independent playtime.  The latest addition to our audio collection, Anne of Green Gables, captured her attention as she listened to the new story for the first time. Not a peep was heard until Anne, who was incessantly talking to Matthew while on her way to see Green Gables for the first time, asked if she was talking too much. Matthew barely had a chance to reply that he didn’t mind her talking, when Anne unequivocably declared that she did not appreciate it when adults told her that children should be seen and not heard. Anne had much to say and wanted to be able to say it. Now, enter AbiNoelle: “That Anne of Green Gables sure is right about that!” [Mommy:] “What is she right about?] [AbiNoelle:] That talking! – I like to talk and I don’t like to be quiet!

“…study to be quiet…” I Thessalonians 4:11. That seems to be a hard for lesson for some. No doubt, we have all met some adults who have never learned that lesson. Thankfully, there can be an enjoyable way to practice being quiet. Even AbiNoelle, who LOVES to talk, also delights in quietly listening to audio stories. What a great way to develop listening skills, learn to be quiet, create an interest for learning and exploring new things, increase imagination, build vocabulary – now that can be interesting. Just recently, she told us that she thought she might be “in the depths of despair.” “My goodness,” we said, “what does that mean?” “I don’t know, but Anne of Green Gables said it and it sounded interesting!” We explained “the depths of despair” and quickly determined that she was not in it and built some vocabulary in the process!

Life is full of learning…

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AbiNoelle (and bunny too) stood proud after her hard work learning how to write cursive “g.”image

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Game day was super fun with Mrs. Pintar learning to play bean bag toss & tic-tac-toe.

imageLast week’s fall field trip was filled with special porch talks with Grandma and Grandpa, learning how to help Grandpa pick the best apples…

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and having some good fun in the farm yard…

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…learning about the Amish and Mennonite people and tasting a huge dill pickle amongst other yummies at their deli and restaurant…

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…watching the “Joseph” story at Sight-and-Soundimage with Grandma and Grandpa.

Our fall fun culminated with the beginning of revival with PopPop and MeMe in Maryland, where AbiNoelle joined in ministry by “playing with MeMe,” singing with us, and quoting Matthew 28 for the church folk.image

Sadness about the trip being over gave way quickly to excitement

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about finally being able to see what was under that yellow paper on our schoolroom board.

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The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun as we check under the paper each day to be reminded of one of God’s blessings. Can’t wait to see our Thanksgiving tree full of leaves!