Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Little black beetles

It's a new year and a new look at our Wonderful World Wednesday!! This week we are looking at these amazing little black beetles. Who knows what they are??? We tried to search "Google" but couldn't find anything that looked like them.... Do you know what they could be??
They were hanging out on the blackberry bush with the amazing little cone looking thing! It was like they had hatched from there, notice the brownish, shriveled looking insects there?? Were they food or little black beetles that didn't make it??
When we first saw them they were all together in one huge group but they sensed the movement from around them and scattered! They did join up once more but after another disturbance didn't huddle again. It certainly gave the children something to look at and study throughout the day (and me too!)
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, February 2, 2015

Planning our homeschooling year 2015 (and a painted snail)

It's the last days of the holidays and the last days of planning to get done too! I've been busy getting journals organized, calendars written on and charts completed.
This year I'm going back to Five in A Row with my little ones (this way Sapphire can enjoy the family read time too!) and focusing on Tasmanian History for our main unit study for the older ones. Sophia has chosen horses to study about and we will be looking at A Year on our Farm picture book by Penny Matthews and Andrew Mclean each month learning about what happens on a farm throughout a year.
We're starting a new Maths program and introducing walks as part of our daily learning and exercise.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the coming weeks unfold as we get into the groove of it all.
 Sophia found this snail after some wet weather we had, 
she happened to be painting at the time and so decided to give the snail a renovation on his home!!
Hope he didn't mind!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Stick Insect



When you're out in the garden and you find a stick insect it's all pretty exciting! How truly wonderful are these guys.. I mean really!! God is sooo super duper creative!!
Hannah found this one near the wood shed, she happily showed it around to us all before returning Him/her back to find a new hide-away place!
Nature really is full of learning and wonderment and awe, hope you find some soon to WOW at!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, January 16, 2015

The wonderful holidays

I'm not sure about you but if Thea our sweet cat is anything to go by here in the Torrent's household we are having an absolute blast relaxing and resting and hanging and well... doing nothing!!!
How are you spending your holidays??
Smiles The Torrents' :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve {only one more sleep}

We have had a wonderful Christmas Eve and with only one more sleep I wanted to say to you all that we pray that you have a very meaningful, love filled, happy and peaceful Christmas and a very blessed and wonderful New Year 2015!
 Esther opening the 24th Advent box today
 Allan and I at our family Christmas meal this evening
(gotta love those bon bon party hats!!)
 Sapphire putting out her Christmas stocking tonight with great enthusiasm
(note that everyone else has done theirs and is back to watching the tv!)
With many hugs and lots of excited smiles ready to celebrate Jesus' birthday!! YAY!
 The Torrents'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday afternoon

With the delightful sunshine today the girls made the most of it and enjoyed some slid n'sliding!

I LOVE how Sophia is our fun, crazy, adventure child!! She is ALWAYS keen to join in on the water play with her little sisters, it's such a blessing to see. There is sooo much fun to be had on a Summer, Sunny, Sunday afternoon,
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas gift ideas for children

I'm not sure about you but the Christmas season sure did sneak up on me very quickly this year!! So much so that my hubbie and I were left with a bit of a panic!! What will we get for our treasures???
We LOVE to get gifts that encourage imagination and ones that are friendly for ALL ages too, as there is a lot of sharing in our home!
So here are just some of the wonderful things we have found....

Eskimo Playset 
Love wooden toys, this one is adorable!

 OH to have a teepee.... HERE
set of SIX RAINBOW silks - save! - natural play silk scarf - 35x35 playsilk - hand-dyed
Beautiful silks for playing HERE

Book Cover:  Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace (Book 1)
History learning with these wonderful
chapter books HERE
Lego is a popular choice for boys,
Zeke LOVES this one 
 Miniland - Baby Doll European Girl, 38cm
My girls love DOLLS

Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit

FUn for everyone HERE

Book Cover: The Last Elephant: The Lost World Circus Book 1 
Popular book series with my tweens HERE 

Well that's some of the things that my children would love, of course there are some others but I can't put them all here as they like to read the family blog!! hee hee!
Hope your Christmas gift shopping is going wonderfully, I'm sure having LOADS of fun with it all this year especially with the beauty of Internet shopping... YAY!
Smiles The Torrents'