Thursday, June 30, 2011

Building Project 2011 - day 2 and 3

 Sam standing in between the wall of her and Nick's bedrooms

 Master Bathroom framing going up

 Hallway looking from the Master Bedroom

 Solid walls going up in Kids/Guest Bathroom...check out the view from the window

 Framing almost done in kids bedrooms

Had A Scare...

This afternoon, about 5 minutes before I came home, Samantha called me in tears saying, "Blackie got out and we can't find him".  I could hear her heart breaking as well as Nick's.  I got home as quick as I could to help calm the kids and to try and find Blackie. 
We looked around the house, called him, but no answer.  We did this for about an hour.  I was able to get the kids inside to begin our afternoon lessons.  About 5 minutes later, Scott called me to the side door that goes into the garage and guess who was sitting next to our oil guessed it...Blackie.  I walked over to him and he was covered with cobwebs and car gunk. I had a feeling that during the time we were looking for him, he was under the car in the garage, rolling all over the floor. 
I brought Blackie into the house and the kids had huge smiles of their faces and tears of happiness.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Building Project 2011

This week, Building Project 2011 began...

Looking out the kids/guest bathroom

Corner view of kids/guest bathroom

Wall of one of the kid's bedroom

Alternative exit and wall of master bedroom

More pictures to come as the building progresses.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Amish Peace

I finished reading this book last night and wow!  The more I read about the Amish, the more I want to live like them...and that is what this book is all about.  In this book, you will learn a bit about all aspects of their lives and how it all encompasses around God and the Bible.  We could all learn lessons from the Amish.

(i purchased this book and this is my own personal review)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

~ Genesis 28:15

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Red Skelton: Pledge of Allegience

For the last year, I have been watching this video go around on facebook.  I wanted to share it here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wrap-up Week 3

This week the kids worked on the following:

Math:  Nick continued working on his 3x's as well as reviewed his 1's,2's,5's and 10's (multiplication).  He also worked on roman numerals.  Sam worked on addition and subtraction and began subtracting with numbers from 10 to 19.

Copy Work:  Both Nick and Sam are doing better each day with their copy work.  Sam has done much better with the bigger lined paper.

Language Arts through Literature:  Lesson 2 - introduced to synonym's, compound words and adding suffixes -ing and -ed.  (I didn't plan on doing lesson 2 this week, but the kids really wanted to continue instead of doing lessons twice a month)

Unit Study - Ancient Greece:  This week we started learning about Ancient Greece.  Our lessons included geography, the Trojan War, Social Studies (what it was like to live in Ancient Greece)

Reading:  Nick and Sam have been reading daily and have been doing a great job.

Delight Directed:  Drawing animals (i purchased 3 Draw Write Now books for the kids to use), reading, knitting (Sam), Computer time

Read Aloud:  We finished A Lion To Guard Us earlier this week and plan to start a new book From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler.

Great job kiddos!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Lion To Guard Us

Tonight we finished reading A Lion To Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla.  This book is about 3 siblings that embark on a journey across the Atlantic to find their father in Jamestown.  They first sailed on the Sea Adventure and ended up sailing on a new ship to finally end their journey in Jamestown.  

What we found out was that there really was a Sea Adventure and Clyde Robert Bulla brought her to life through his book. 

Very happy to have purchased this book for our home library!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scripture Sunday - Father's Day

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.  For I was my Father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words:  keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth."

~ Proverbs 4:1-5

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wrap-up Week 2

This week found us doing the following:

Math:  Nickolas continued doing worksheets and started learning his 3X's tables.  Samantha is coming along with her math and took her first test of the year.  She made a couple of mistakes, but was able to sit down with me to correct them.

Copy-Work:  The kids pick and choose what they will copy-work and I check it each day when I get home from work.  Nick does pretty long as he takes his time and concentrates.  Sam does her best with penmanship but needs to work on it a bit more. (i'll explain later in the post)

Reading:  So far, the kids are doing great with their selections.  I can tell that their reading improves daily.

Language Arts through Literature:  This week we worked on Lesson 1...nouns and proper nouns as well as copy-work, a few spelling words and a bit of reading.  This is mainly for Nick, but Sam does tag along.  The lessons were short and sweet and so far well received. 

Delight Directed:  Nickolas painted with watercolors and made a great picture of a car with passengers.  He also continued to work on drawing.  Samantha is undertaking a knitting project.  She knits a couple of rows each day and sometimes at bedtime.  She also decided that she wanted to learn to tie shoes.  

This week the kids had their 2010-2011 portfolio review.  Scott had to take them because I was working.  I did speak to the evaluator and received a good report.  The only thing that she felt the kids needed work on, especially Samantha, was their penmanship.  The evaluator gave us some writing paper for Sam and we will start using this.  In fact, I had Sam use it yesterday and she did a great job. 

 Week 2 was a pretty good week!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2010 - 2011 Portfolio Review

Today was Portfolio Review Day for the 2010-2011 homeschool year. I was unable to attend, but I did receive a good report from Scott and I also spoke with Ellen Busl, the person who did the review.  Ellen told me that the kid's portfolios were very well put together and that they showed a good job of progression.  The one thing that Ellen did mention was that she would like to see some improvement with penmanship.  She gave me a few ideas to work on...especially with Samantha. Other than that...all is good!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:  So shall knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off."

~ Proverbs 24:13-14

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Love That Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

After reading their first book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting, I knew that I had to read A Love That Multiplies.  I learned so much more about this incredible family and the struggles they went through during the time their littlest child, Josie, was in the hospital.  I really like the resources that are mentioned in the book and will put some of them to good use. 
If you enjoyed reading the first book, I highly recommend you read A Love That Multiplies. Glad I did!

(i purchased this book for my own personal library and am quite happy that it is now on my shelf)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wrap-up Week 1

This was our first week of the 2011-2012 home-school year.  Even though the kids had colds all week, we were able to do the following:

Math:  Both Nick and Sam worked on their perspective grade level.  There were a few mistakes, but that is to be expected since they did not do a bit of math during our break.  Nick's mistakes were made because of distractions.  This is a constant for him, but as long as someone is near by, he seems to concentrate on his work. 

Copy-work:  Looks like more practice is needed for handwriting, especially for Samantha. Nick improved as the week went on.  They both needed to be reminded to take their time with each word.

Reading:  Very impressed with their reading selections!  I require that Nick and Sam read a book each day...their choice.  When I get home from work I am impressed with pile of books that they have chosen.

FIAR:  This week we studied The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco.
With the Bee Tree, we learned the following:

Geography - learned the location of Michigan and the Yukon
Art - Mapping - drew the course of the adventure
Science - Bees and why they are important to nature
Social Studies - Family relationships
Narration - Nick and Sam narrated the story back to me as a review

The Bee Tree is about Patricia Polacco's mother when she was a little girl. I love the ending of the book and if you want to read another great book by Patricia Polacco, I suggest you read Thank you, Mr. Falker.  This book also ties into the theme of The Bee Tree.  In fact, I recommend all of Patricia Polacco's books!!

I will end this with a quote that is found in The Bee Tree:
"Such things...adventure, knowledge and wisdom.  But these things do not come easily.  You have to pursue them.  Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Talking Turkey

Before I tell you the image our family saw outside our living room window, I want to apologize for not having a picture to go along with this post.  What we saw happened quickly and when we realized that a picture needed to be taken, the moment passed...

This morning Nick was working on his math, Samantha was lying on our bed, Scott was browsing facebook and I was enjoying my cup of coffee.  Suddenly Scott said "There is a turkey and her baby outside".  Everyone immediately got up quickly to look out the window.  What we saw was amazing... a mama turkey and her little baby taking a walk.  The mama was close to her baby and was constantly turning her head towards the baby as if she was encouraging her little one to explore the big world around her.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

From the back cover:
"Wanda wears the same faded blue dress to school every day - yet she says she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home, "all lined up."  The other girls don't believe it, and when Peggy starts a daily game of teasing Wanda about the hundred dresses, everyone joins in.  Maddie, Peggy's best friend, goes along with the game, but she secretly wonders whether she can find the courage to speak up in Wanda's defense.
It's not until Wanda fails to come to school one day that her classmates learn the truth about the hundred dresses - and Maddie and Peggy learn the meaning of kindness and generosity of spirit."

We started this book a few weeks ago and only read a couple chapters.  Tonight we finished the rest of the story and learned valuable lessons of forgiveness and humility.

(i am happy to say that this book is part of our personal family library and i highly recommend this for all ages to read)

New School Year New Schedule

Today is the beginning our our 2011 - 2012 homeschool year.  I have so many plans and am hoping that the plans will be fulfilled by the end of this year.  As most know, plans can change and they have for us in the past.  With that said, here is our new schedule:

Each Morning Nick and Sam will do the following:
  • Math
  • Copywork
  • Reading
Each Afternoon (when I get home from work):
  • FIAR (weeks that I do not have evening work meeting)
  • Language Arts through Literature (weeks I do have evening work meeting)
  • Story of the World vol 2 (hopefully a chapter a night)
  • Nature Study
  • Story Starters (at least once a week, but not definite)
  • Chapter Book Read Aloud (usually before bed, will depend on how tired I am)
During the Day:
  • Computer time
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Errands with Dad
  • Appropriate movies (1 per child)
  • Playing
Happy Homeschooling to all :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

~ Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up

I am going to start doing weekly wrap-ups on either Friday or Saturday of each week.  This will help me to keep accountable with our homeschool lessons as well as the delight directed activities that Nick and Sam do each week.  We haven't started lessons...yet.  That will happen next week. 

This past week:
  • May ended and June began
  • Sam had an orthodontist appointment.  Not sure if we will continue to see this one...too far away and it makes a long day of traveling.
  • Visited the Canaan Library
  • I worked 40+ hours this week and am paying for it today.
  • Started to plan lessons

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Jumping grasshoppers

Under the shade

New memories

Eating ice-cream

What to look forward to this month...

Beginning of our 2011-2012 homeschool year
The beginning of construction of our house
Father's Day
Library days
Books to read