Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Week Completed

Well we have finished another week of school!!  :-)

We had an exciting week this week!  We had our first field trip of the new year.  We went to the Perot museum on Wednesday!

We also finished 'The Silver Chair'!  We have two books left in the Narnia series.  We will start 'The Magician's Nephew' on Monday.  After much research and gathering information from many others who have read the series, the general consensus seems to be that if you don't read 'The Magician's Nephew' first to read it before reading 'The Last Battle'.  So that is what we are going to do!  I even made a Narnia timeline to give the kids a visual of where we are going with this next book to help them see that we are stepping back to the very beginning.  I am excited about this book!  We have all loved this series!

Alyssa made another letter craft. (looks like something was on my lens...)

We talked about walruses and added a walrus to our ocean box.

Here are some pictures from the Perot field trip!  Of course I was too busy play most of the time to get once again we don't have too many pictures from our day.

Ever since we started reading the Narnia series all three of my kids have become completely infatuated with lions!  They said I HAD to get their picture with this lion!

We had fun playing with a computer program where you design a picture and it sent it to this wheel of LED lights and when you spin the wheel it makes the picture!   I wrote the kids names for them and they loved it!

And then Aaron went to the computer and wrote mom :-)

And then Alyssa wrote a g for Granny.  :-)

Aaron had fun building a robot car and then figuring out how to control its clamps and movements to play a tic tac toe game.

Today was a complete OFF day for us!!  WHOO HOO!!  We don't school on Fridays - mainly because every other Friday we have our classes with our homeschool group so we decided a long time back to just not school any Friday!  And today we had NO PLANS!!  I even was able to sleep in this morning (I am still battling this head cold/sinus/allergy - whatever this crap is - so the sleep felt SOOOO good for me!)  Anyways after lunch the boys and I had fun tearing up some broken electronics (toys, remotes, phones, etc) to remove the circuit boards.  We are going to use them in the Snap Circuits class I am teaching!  I am showing the kids the correlation between their snap circuit parts and the parts on actual circuit boards!  SO COOL!!  :-)

Well - that's it for this week!  I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Week Upon Us Already??? WOW!

WOW!  It's been another full week since I last posted!!  

We had a good week of school...despite this momma having a bad allergy flare up that developed into a sinus infection (went to dr today so meds should be kicking in soon and I should be feeling a lot better)!!  But I didn't let that stop us from getting our school done!  We trucked right along!

The kids are doing awesome.  Seth is doing well with his 4th grade vocabulary work and reading!  We have had some issues with him not wanting to concentrate on his he has had to continue school in the afternoon when the others are off and playing...but he is getting better.  We will get through this :-)!  He is becoming SUCH a big helper though at night after supper!  All the kids have been given nightly chores to do after supper.  His is to do the dishes and clean the kitchen.  He does it most nights without even asking!  

Aaron is almost halfway through his LAST 2nd Grade reader and then he will move right into 3rd grade reading!!!  This boy reads like a CHAMP!  I am so proud of him!  He does very well on staying on task and works to get all his items checked off so he can go enjoy his day!

Alyssa is ROCKING Kindergarten!  Her sight word caterpillar grew by two more words this week (yes and no).  She is doing very well writing her letters too!  She also completed two more letters for her alphabet book!

And I guess I am going to go ahead and make the announcement!  We have a new family member!!  We have another 4 legged member!  

Our sweet Anna (Alyssa named her - from Frozen of course) showed up at our house Tuesday night of last week.  She had no collar and it was obvious she had not eaten in a few days at least.  We were not looking at keeping her at first (I swore I did NOT need another mouth to feed!).  We even called Animal Control on Wednesday morning to come get her (we are almost on first name basis with them...we get a lot of dumps out here).  The animal control officer called later that morning and said he was delayed due to another call and it would probably be the next morning before he made it out.  By the time Daniel got home from work we we were realizing what a good dog we had. She sat outside at the door of the schoolhouse the whole time we were in there!  The kids were riding her like a horse and she wasn't caring one bit about it!!  She is so gentle!  

Anyways - Daniel convinced me that maybe it would be a good idea to have a big dog on the property...she might be a good guard dog and she seems like such a good dog!

So..... we called animal control back and cancelled our request  :-)

And she has so far proven to be an AWESOME dog!!  She is very lovable, gentle, even tempered!  She seems to adore the kids!

We haven't let her in the house yet because she is HUGE!  But I have let her in the school room.  She comes in and sniffs around a bit and then lays down and takes a nap LOL!

She HATES baths so in attempt of her first bath I got as wet as she did trying to hold on to her.

She is a sweetie though!  :-)  

So...introducing... Anna - our gentle giant!

Oh - and Daisy is not real happy about this new family member but she is adapting :-)  I have a feeling they will be great friends before long. :-)

Tomorrow is guitar practice again :-)  And then Friday is our first enrichment class for the next semester!!!  We are so excited about that!!!  I am teaching all 4 periods again!  :-)  The kids are super excited about their classes and hanging out with their friends again.

I guess that is it for now!

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Quick Update

Well it has been a short week this week!  We did not have school on Monday due to it being Labor Day!  :-)  And I have been battling some sort of allergy/head cold/congestion crap all week :-(

But we had two good days in the school room regardless.  And we have guitar lesson tomorrow (Seth) and Aaron and Alyssa get to have school at Granny's (like they do on most Thursdays).

Anyways - here are a few cute pics from the week.

Alyssa made her F fish this week :-)

We added dolphins to our giant ocean box

And Alyssa's sight word caterpillar grew!!  :-)  She now knows the 8 basic color words!!  GO ALYSSA!  And we have started putting two letter sounds together!  

Well that's it for now!!

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WOW!! It's been almost 3 full weeks already!!

Can you believe that we have been in school for almost three full weeks already!?!?  WOW!

Things are going well!  All of our curriculum is working for us, at least for the moment.  :-)

Here are some picture highlights (yes I know they are mainly from Alyssa's stuff...but she is the one doing the fun stuff right now! LOL!!)

So last Thursday Aaron got to go to work with Daddy all day (he had a dental cleaning and Daddy decided that he could just spend the day with him).  Anyways - we didn't have guitar practice that day so we actually had school at home.  Well, Daisy, our nana dog, did not like the fact that one of HER children were missing!!  She stayed in the school room all morning (which she NEVER does) acting very sad that there was someone missing.  You should have seen her leap to the front door when she heard Daniel's truck pulling into the drive that afternoon.

Ok - so Alyssa has started learning her sight words this and she is doing AWESOME!  She has learned six color words - red, yellow, orange, purple, blue and green.

Here is her showing off her page on the day that she learned the first two (red and yellow)!

And here is her sight word caterpillar - it is growing!!!  :-)

She has done a couple more letters for her alphabet book as well.

 her B bear
 her R Rabbit

And we put our first animal in our "ocean box" today - our baleen whale!!

Tomorrow is our first guitar lesson of the last semester for the year.  And then Friday we are having a summer reading celebration at a splash pad!

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Quick Update

Things are going well with school!  We are about to have two weeks behind us already!!  WOW!!  Last Thursday we did "road schooling" because we decided to take a last minute camping trip so we we could be with daddy on a job he had out of town!  We even got in some nature journaling on Friday :-)!  Here are some pictures of that!!

 Alyssa's cactus
 Seth's cactus
 My cactus
Aaron's cactus

I also wanted to post pics of Alyssa's alphabet book!!  She is having a lot of fun with this!!  It is going to be a really nice keepsake when it is all done!    

On the left side of the pages she is completing an alphabet art picture for each letter (I pulled ideas off of Pinterest)

On the right side I found free printables - they were actually letter of the day sheets - but they had all the elements that I wanted to include.  There is one for each letter.  On some of the letters the color picture on the right side will match the animal on the left...but not always...

And I will finish this post with a picture of Aaron's lego creation from this week that he is VERY proud of!!  I thought he did an AWESOME job coming up with this idea on his own!

Until next time,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ready for the New Year

ok - so the last time I posted it was May and I said that we were trucking along and were planning on schooling through the summer... well... that didn't happen LOL!  We were SO BUSY this summer with vacations, and church camp, and VBS, and birthdays, and so on and so on that we never had time!  When we were home we were recouping from one trip and getting ready for the next!  But I can't complain too much, because even though we did not do school, I never heard the "I'm Bored." and "I have nothing to do" complaints - which was the main reason why I said we were going to school through the summer.

The bad part about us ending up not being in the school room was that I never "closed out" the year.  Also I had my list of books and workbooks and stuff that we were going to need for this year that I had planned on buying throughout the summer, and realized a couple of weeks ago that I never did that!

So the past few weeks I have been busy closing out last school year and planning this school year!  I am excited to say that I am done and we are ready to start school on Monday!!  YEA!!  I am SOO ready to get back to our normal routine!  :-)

For the most part things are going to stay the same.  Seth is in 4th grade (WOW! Can you believe that?!?!).  He will be doing Pathways reading for 4th grade.  There is also an intensive vocabulary curriculum that goes with that and he will be doing that as well.  He will also be in Level 3 Singapore math.   And he will continue in his Explode the Code.

Aaron will finish the last 1/3 of his Pathways 2nd grade reading and then will move right into 3rd grade reading!  He is in Singapore Level 2 (which is actually for 3rd grade!) and he will also be moving right along in his Explode the Code.

The boys will continue to do Learning Language Arts Through Literature Level 3 together.

Alyssa will continue her Kindergarten that we started in May (well I say Kindergarten, she will actually be doing Pathways 1st grade curriculum...she is more than ready for it!)

We will continue Beautiful Feet Early American History all together.  And we are also doing Apologia's Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day for science for all 3.

We have 3 books left in the Chronicles of Narnia series.  We will start reading The Silver Chair on Monday!!

I have some pictures to show you of what I have done different to the room this year. There was a suggestion in the Apologia science book of having your child make a 3-D ocean box that they will be filling with sea creatures throughout the year.  Well I decided to make a HUGE ocean box and found some really cute ocean animal craft ideas on pinterest to put in our ocean box (the book mainly had instructions for clay figures to make...I thought this might be more fun).  I thought since I was having that box that I would just decorate the rest of the room in Ocean theme as well!

First picture is of Alyssa's Corner!  I am so excited of this little space for her!  I am trying to make this a very special year for her (well, and for me too, since this will be my last time to teach this age )-: )  And the world map below really doesn't go with her stuff - I just didn't have anywhere else to put it.

Here is the bulletin board I put over my desk.  I am working on crocheting a fishing net that I want to hang probably from this corner with fish in it and stuff...I will post pics when I get it complete.  I know it looks kind of plain right now.

Here is the big ocean box!  I can't wait to see it filled with our ocean creatures.  I will post updated pictures as we fill it.
 Here is a close up of the paper in the middle of the box - our theme verse for science!  (sorry - didn't realize the pic was blurry...but didn't feel like getting another one right now)

Here is my filing cabinet.  It is starting to look in rough shape so I covered the door fronts in sea blue duct tape and added fishies.  Didn't quite come out as cute as the picture in my head but it works!

I think that is it for today!!

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Alyssa is in Kindergarten

WOW!  I am not doing a good job at all keeping this blog updated!

We are trucking right along!  We have made the decision to homeschool at least a portion of the summer.  The kids will be off almost the whole month of June due to vacation and trips.  But I am hoping to get in at least a couple of weeks in July and then most of August.  I mean - if we are home we might as well get school in.  It is a lot better than being stuck in the house (because it is too hot to go out) and hearing "I'm bored" all day!  Plus, like I told the kids, we only school in the mornings anyway!

And let me tell you - since I made that decision - the whole pressure of having to be finished with everything by a certain date has been lifted from me!  I am no longer trying to put "school year" labels on things...we just go when we finish and then start the next thing!  (and as I look at things I see that we are on track...if not a little ahead so we are GOOD!)  :-)

With that, Alyssa has started Kindergarten!  She has been begging me since her 5th birthday in April to start!  I was trying to hold off but realized - why? If I am not doing the "school year" labels then why not start her now.  So we started last week and she is LOVING it!  I have to admit that I am too!  I don't know if it is due to the fact that this is my third time to do kinder or the fact that this is my last kinder so I am trying to savor it....probably a little of both!  :-)

I am not doing a good job of getting pictures of school.  I did try to get some pictures though to show Alyssa's first days of kindergarten.  And I have a few others that I found on the camera :-)

 (working with Granny on her history journal - she does history and science with the boys (has been for a while)... sometimes she listens just as well if not better than the boys and can answer more questions sometimes too LOL!)
 (she LOVES to cut and paste!)

 (she takes such care to get  her handwriting just right too!)
 (this was her Nature name picture she did today - she LOVED it and took such care to get it just right)
(Aaron got my phone the other night - he was being silly wearing my sunglasses!)
(Alyssa showing her fish lips!  Doesn't she look like a movie star?!?! LOL!)

Just realized that I didn't get pictures of our new science journals we have started!  I will get pics of those and our history journals for a later post!  

Oh - and Aaron is now 2/3 way through with 2nd grade reading!!!!!  :-) we are taking a break for the summer to do some light literature studies!  He is going to start with Magic School Bus book 1 (Dinosaurs before Dark).  He is super excited about that!

Seth is fixing to finish his study on Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims and he is going to start a novel study on 'Because of Winn Dixie'!  :-)

Until next time,