Sunday, March 27, 2011

House Rules by popular demand.

First let me say that we sat down with the kids and allowed them to ake part in making the RULES.  You may be shocked but my kids thought about what  they didn't like from others and made some good rules.  They also helped and I say that lightly because Mom and Dad had the ultimate call on that.  But they did come up with good consequences too.  We also told them that these rules are amendable by Mom and Dad.  (Yes we had to explain amendable.)   I also want to add that Rule # 2 is mainly for one child of ours that likes to linger getting things done in the morning and doesn't like us starting school with out him.  So with that said here is a copy of our HOUSE RULES.



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.

1 tsp of Vinager.

9. Finish Night Routine:  Clean up LV RM, Bed RM, Basement, Outside, Bathroom, and Brush teeth.

SIGN: __________________________________

EST: March 20, 2011

Hope you enjoy and if you have questions please ask.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The first week of Spring!!!!

Larissa's Cast

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

This week in School

Ok so, the last 2 weeks we spent testing or assessing.  I needed to see where the kids were and boy I'm so glad we did.  I realized there are some MAJOR wholes and of course that has caused a total change in the way I'm doing things.  So for now, I've decided that an most subjects we are schooling as a group.  I have them working seprate on math things but even that there are things we are doing together.  I'm really going to focus a lot on many basic concepts but these are the holes I am seeing.  I think that sometimes we adults have had it drilled into our heads early on that it is easy for us now and assume that basics are simple concepts.  Somewhere I've not nailed it in with these kiddos so I'm looking for fun, games, manipulatives to bring it home. 

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.