Friday, September 16, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
There were so many other things that we saw and learned but this is just a taste. Hope you enjoyed your short walk into the Kan-ta-Kee frontier.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Now on to new things. We started our new year of Homeschool on the 11th of July. I have decided for my sake as well as the kids this year we would do things a little different this year. We are doing a 4 weeks on and 1 week off schedule. With the exception of 2 4-6 week vacation times. SO FAR it's working well. I usually lose steam about the 3rd week in but I'm able to make it through that last week knowing I have a week of rest. I've also changed things up a bit with our curriculum and so far I really like it and even though the kids don't think they like it they seem to do well with it.
Our CURRENT curriculum:
We are doing as a group Mystery of History Vol 1., Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space, Artist study as well as techniques, Musician Study and a little theory in there as well. The kids all decided they wanted to learn Chinese this year so I bought a dvd as well as some software to help. We are also doing Total Language Plus for Language Arts. We started with "The Whipping Boy" although the kids really don't like the book. I am looking over the next selection but may end up doing something with books I know they enjoy. We also do Bible together. This isn't any curriculum but more of a devotion time together.
With the Youngest seeing that he's in K this year. I'm kind of winging it with him as He's really taking off on his own. He's doing 1st grade level Math but writing skills or even motor skills still need work. He's also showing great reading progression. Really beginning to pic up on phonics on his own. So I say as long as he is pushing himself than I'm letting him lead.
As for the Workboxes, we are doing 8 this year. The youngest does his 8 and he knows he's done. The other 2 do their boxes focusing on their worksheets for TLP, Math, their own Bible time and Reading Time. I also throw in some life skill boxes too. This year they are showing an interest in cooking and sewing (even the boys) so I've got some things we are going to work on this year.
So that is really our year. Now remember I have one that did Graduate from PS this past year and still living here at home ( although as most teens, she has one foot out the door) but she has found a good solid job and actually indirectly working for DAD. Long story short, My husband is the IMPORTANT Customer for the Repair Vendor whom my daughter works for. He didn't get her the job but I'm sure being his daughter didn't hurt either. So I'm just glad she's working a good solid job now. As for her plans for school, she is still unsure of her future plans although talks about going to school.....we will see. I just want to see her successful and happy at what she does.
As for the other one, Matt is doing well. He's a Junior this year although somewhat behind the typical grade. He is in a private type school by the state. He may be coming home in December but only time will tell there. He is asking to go back to PS but I'm not really sure that is a good idea. I would have to really pray that one out. I know that he's wanting to get back to being NORMAL but truth is he's been out of the system for so long that I fear it would be culture shock for him. So that is another thing to pray for as you read. Pray God give us all wisdom and whats the best for him.
As for life here in KY. We too have had a great long heat wave this summer. The kids have found some great friends and all is well. We are happy to be here in this spot. SO, really all is GOOD.
Come back again and check up on me. As we work through this year I'm going to post more pics of our projects and trips. Love to hear feed back from you too.
BTW, Mama Cat is going to have her second litter any time soon now. So stay tuned in for pics. Let me know if you want a kitten.
Blessings in HIM!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
1. No saying “That’s not fair”
Read the rules
2. Morning Routine done by 10AM
School starts at 10AM and Ends at 3PM
You can not start school till ALL chores are done. After 3PM you have SCHOOL work on your own.
3. No Physical Roughness with people or things.
Grounding for 1 Day.
4. No Tattling
The same consequence of the person you are tattling on.
5. Respecting Others:
No name calling, yelling, wrong attitude or tone, being rude, agitating or causing a fight, interrupting, back talk to Mom & Dad.
No computer, TV, or Gaming Time.
6. Listen when you are talked to.
The distraction taken away for 1 day.
7. Do what you are asked by MOM & DAD when you are asked.
Extra Chores from Mom’s Chore Jar.
8. NO LYING!
1 tsp of Vinager.
9. Finish Night Routine: Clean up LV RM, Bed RM, Basement, Outside, Bathroom, and Brush teeth.
NO BEDTIME STORY OR CD.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
|Boys at the Science Center|
Well, in the past few weeks we have had wonderful 70 and 80 degree weather and loving it. However, this week we have had mostly cooler temps back into the 40's and 50's. Talk about drastic change....ugh!
During our sweet weather bit, we did get out and mow our little patches of grass, replant one of those stupid trees we were forced to have and We got the swing set up. The kids were able to get out and run, enjoying the great weather after the cold winter. Not to mention they have become friends with the other kids in the neighborhood and loving it.
We have had to re-establish house rules to bring back order which is now going to be framed and hung on the wall. Intead of mom just having to "BE MEAN" and administer the consequences, I will not nag and just tell them to go read rule # ... and the consequence. So far it's working out great. No more "THAT's NOT FAIR". LOVE IT!
Last Sunday, our lovely Larissa took a fall. At first we weren't sure how bad it was and waited 24 hours before heading to the Dr and sure enough, Broken both bones in her forarm. So we had to take a day trip back into Louisville for an Appointment with an orthopedic Dr for the BRIGHT NEON PICK cast with Purple Glitter, but that also ment having to kill time so we went to the science museum. HOW NEAT IT WAS! They had a special exibit of all the Star Trek stuff. From the costumes, to the actual Captain Kirk Chair. So neat. Of course no photography allowed. I So wanted to post it. OH WELL, the kids absolutely loved it.
Now we wait for the weather to come back and hope to soon see some planting and get the Veggies and Flowers out. But first we have some other projects we need to do.
Friday, March 11, 2011
We worked on reviewing shapes, drawing them, naming them, making flash cards and testing one another on it. Nate worked also on Roman Numerals and has found that he like his mommy enjoys that but of course we don't stay there just cover it long enough that he gets the hang of what it is about and basics on how it works. Larissa was working on skip counting this week. We did the 2's and 5's. I'm pretty sure she has it but we will come back next month for a quick review. David, worked on shapes and numbers this week too.
As we moved into Language arts, we learned vowels and consenants, nouns and verbs. We did this through games, and various writings we did daily. We wrote a limerick. And tried hard to have fun but not overwhelm them.
In science, Dad was home today so he helped nail the lesson on electricity. Dad always comes up with the coolest things. He had a capacitor and the kids like seeing the sparks fly after it's charged. He also showed them a circuit board he had as a boy that does all kinds of cool things. But this showed them how to wire a basic circuit. Dad also is a better science teacher than mom. We also covered some real basic time line history on electricity.
For history, I decided we would cover 2 things for the rest of the year. State history, and information, and after we complete that we will study the presidents. This week the kids learned where they are on the map. Not just Ky but where they are. Plus a few other nuggets along the way.
So over all things for school are getting back on track. I pray that I'm able to cover the holes in before we start in the fall. I was really stressing out over it and even doubting I was able to do this and second guessing HSing all together but I'm giving myself to the fall to see where we come up. Nate is going into 5th and he's so behind in so many things but I'm pressing on to work with him and praying that God will give me the wisdom on how to work with him and catch him up to speed. I'm also reminding myself as to the reason we decided to do this.
This has been an emotional week and I'm believing that this is to spark some very creative thinking in me. I welcome others creative thoughts and ideas too. SO, hit me with all you got homeschoolers.
Blessings to you all and have a great week.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The slice of peace haven for me. This is the master bedroom. Nothing great but it is our area.
I'm still working on this area a little but this is my sewing machine and I'm excited to have a space to work on my hobbies.
These pics are a little more of my craft areas. This is in our closet but we had enough space to give me a spot for crafting....when I get time.
organizers are essential....
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This was the beginning, week 1....the lifting was over, now finding a home for everything. This is going to be a process.
|Living Room 2|
So stay tuned for pics of week 2.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
|Our New House|
I will post more pics as we move in and most importantly, WE WILL be developing a SCHOOL ROOM. I'm so excited but I know that will be some time down the road before it will be ready. I'm also excited about the plans I have for a craft area. I'm hoping that it will inspire some good things.
So with every silver lining, there seems to always be a cloud somewhere. This morning, we were having our morning coffee talking about the plans for the day and we get a phonecall from our beloved 18 yr old daughter, who had spent the night else where. I answer to "YOU ARE GOING TO KILL ME". I knew right then she had an accident. Sure enough, she totaled my husbands car. She hit ice and slid into another car and pole. Thank the Lord she is ok, but this will leave us with no second car. We've chosen not to go into debt till we are able to get on our feet. So we will pay off what we owe and live with one vehicle for now. I know it will be a tough adjustment for a while but we will manage.
Times like this, I have a tendancy to withdraw and go down a path of negative thought. I am fighting this path and I choose to look at the gifts given by our God. There are blessings to behold and no matter what God is still in control. Living a moment with my children is the greatest moment in life. Life is tough, and we struggle but I know that beyond anything I can see or comprehend, God sees the picture and knows what is best. He knows what we need and no matter, I will rely on His wisdom, His plan. Taking comfort the He has already placed before me all that I need.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I've done research before on the "Un-schooling" meathods of homeschool and truthfully, I really love the IDEA of it however my person can't let go enough to not step in. I always fear my kids not knowing enough. Ok that is the control freak that I am, but seeing this within my kids is helping to see that I really need not worry too much. They are learning, even though it's not deliberate book work or lessons. It's great to witness such great things and of course a new way of seeing God's Great Handy work, LIVE IN ACTION!.
As for the house and closing, still waiting!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, it seems that every time I go to get excited there is yet one more thing to
bring me down. We are beginning to wonder if there will be an end. HOWEVER,
I know that again, I must find my peace in the Lord. There is only that to hold
on to. I so wish that I could be done with it all though. It is agonizing. Right now all
we can hope for is next week. In the mean time we continue to get everything ready.
Keep us in your prayers as this process is taking its toll on us.
School is obviously going slow these days. We are all anxious for the move and till
then it’s not going to be much.