Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day


I listened and watched this on facebook and wanted to share with you.  Let us remember those who fought and died to keep us free.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016... part 2

Yesterday I wrote about our curriculum choices for the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  Today's post is a tentative schedule.  Tentative because the schedule could change depending on how things are going.

For Morning Lessons:  anytime between 8am and 11am

Reading Time - 1/2 hour.  This is anything that Nick and Sam want to read.  They will have to read at least 1 chapter book per month, possibly 2 if the books are not too lengthy.

Scriptures - They read a chapter a day from the Book of Mormon, if the chapter is not too long.

Spelling/Vocabulary - The words will be taken from their daily readings, science, history or from daily conversations.  Nick and Sam will be using the dictionary, thesaurus and their imaginations.

Science - Both Nick and Sam will work at their own pace and will have daily reading and journal pages to fill. 

Jump-In (writing) - this curriculum will be used 2 to 3 mornings a week, depending on how well they do their assignments.

Language (Latin and French) - only if needed for review

For Evening Lessons: anytime after 4:30pm or when mom gets home from work ;)

History - 3 nights a week

Language - (Latin and French) 4-5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

Math - 5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

This pretty much is our plans for the 2015/2016 year.  The year starts June 1st and our schedule runs 6 weeks on, 1 week off, with 3 weeks off for Christmas Vacation.  We will then start back up in January and will end the year around April 30th.

I will try to keep posting updates throughout the upcoming year, so stay tuned...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016...part 1

In a couple of weeks, the kids will begin the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  I have been reviewing curriculum, made a few purchases and now it's time to put it all together. 

During the 'May' break, I asked the kids if they wanted to learn a foreign language.  Surprisingly they both answered yes.  Another surprise...Nick asked to learn Latin and Sam asked to learn French. So what is a mama to do?  Honor both requests. 

After some research and asking around, Nick will be using the Lively Latin curriculum.  From what I have read, this one seems to be the right fit for him. 

For Samantha, I purchased Spot-It: Basic French and Kloo games.  I also purchased this workbook as well. 

Both Nick and Sam are looking forward to the challenges of learning a new language and honestly, so am I. 

For Science, we will stay with Apologia and Nick has decided to study Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day and Sam has decided to study Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

For Math, the kids will continue with Life of Fred and will begin the year with Decimals and Percents.

For History, the kids will continue with Mystery of History Volume 1.  They will start with the 2nd Semester (3rd quarter).

Spelling and Vocabulary will be taken from their history, science and daily reading.

My next post will be the schedule of all the above.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end." ~ Moroni 6:3

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foster Parents to Chickens

A friend of ours has hatched quite a few chicken eggs and we are fostering 12 chicks.  They are about 2 weeks old and growing fast.  We are doing this for two reasons...One, helping out friends is always a good thing and Two...we need a new rooster.  The one we had was getting a bit mean and Nick and Sam would not go outside. 

Our friend said that we could have a few of the chicks and our kids have already picked out at least 3.  2 of them are already named... You can see them here on my daughter's blog

Oh the fun of raising chicks :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Forward and Backward

Did you notice that the dates this week had something pretty unique about them?
Take a look at them...

5/11/15
5/12/15
5/13/15
5/14/15
5/15/15

I do not know the technical term, but this past week, with the dates mentioned above, you can read them both forwards and backwards and the numbers stay the same.