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,