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,