Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mr. "Tortilla" Head

S is for Saturday and Sunday

The two days of the week that I look forward to the most.  Why?  I work Mon - Fri and feel I am always on the go.  Saturday and Sunday are the days when I can relax, spend time with my family and not worry about the rigamarole of schedules during the week.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Looking Back on Week 5 and 6

This week's looking back is a combination of week 5 and 6. It has been a strange couple of weeks but lessons were learned, people were visited, fun things were created or dismantled, etc.

Math and spelling is still going strong.  The kids are working at their own individual paces and I couldn't be happier with their progress.

Reading is a daily activity and it is the main thing that I ask Nick and Sam to do.

During the last 2 weeks, the kids and I learned about Terrific Tigers.  We used the Download-n-go by Amanda Bennett and again we were impressed by the information that we learned.  Did you know that there are only 5 species of tigers left in the world?  I did not know that.  Did you know that white tigers only exist in captivity?  I did not know that either.  Tigers are beautiful and unfortunately not very many remain in the wild.  All of the tigers are on the endangered species list and therefore protected.  I pray that one day the tigers will thrive in numbers and that no more will become extinct.

Other things that the kids did during these past 2 weeks:  took a part 4 lawn mowers (do not worry, their daddy made sure the sharp, dangerous parts were removed before the kids touched the mowers), helped with the scrap yard runs, tried the fix a riding lawn mower with hopes of turning it into a go-kart, read books, played with legos, drew pictures, painted, library time, watched Drive Thru History and What's in the Bible 6, 7, and 8, and went to a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new bridge in our town.

A lot of learning both formal and informal...I love homeschooling :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

R is for Reading

Reading is an activity that takes place daily in our home.  The books that my children choose to read can range from picture books to chapter books.  I do have a challenge for both of my read a chapter book per month.  The following are the chapter books that each of us (son, daughter and myself) are currently reading:

My son is currently reading

My daughter is currently reading to me 

What I am reading to the kids as our history.  We are still working on Volume 1 and already we are learning quite a bit

I just finished reading this today. 

Every Saturday the kids and I go to Canaan Library to visit with the wonderful librarians and to see our friends.  There is one month in the year that the kids look forward to and that is July...the Summer Reading Program month.  Yesterday we signed up for it and already the excitement is growing.  This year's theme is Dream Big...Read.  The picture below was taken quite a while ago, but it gives you an idea of how many books we check out on a weekly basis...

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Girl's Still Got

"Walk with Ruth as she travels from Moab to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future.  Hold Naomi's hand and watch love put the pieces of her broken life back together.  And hang out with Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer, who blesses both women and honors God, big time."

I have read the Book of Ruth a few times and only remembered the following verse: "And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for wither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." ~ Ruth 1:16.  I even remember hearing that same verse quoted in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes".  So, not really knowing Ruth too well, I read this book with a bit of hesitation and I found that I could not put the book down.  Liz Curtis Higgs takes the reader on a 'walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World' and the reader will not be disappointed. Click here to read the first chapter of the book.I highly recommend this book to all of my family, friends and followers of my blog.

In the back of the book are discussion questions and study guide if you want to dig deeper into the world of Ruth.  

(Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Looking Back on Week 4

Wow, 4 weeks already into the new year and to be honest, it does not seem it has been that long.

The kids have been working on their perspective math and spelling workbooks/worksheets.  I heard a few grumblings, but they forged ahead and completed what was put before them.

Samantha has an interest in animals and I have been wanting to get back into unit studies.  Fortunately for both of us, Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies are a click away.  This week, Nick and Sam learned about some Astonishing Animals.  We finished up the study this morning and we all learned something new about Aye-Aye's, Komodo Dragons, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Adelie Penguins, and Wolverines.  The unit study was a success and my kids asked what the next one will be.  I clicked on a few Download-N-Go's that I had already purchased and they chose Terrific Tigers for our next Unit Study.

Nick has been drawing a lot...he is always drawing...this week.  Sam has been reading and playing with her stuffies.  Also, because of the beautiful weather we have been experiencing, the kids have been outside everyday riding their bikes and running around.  Today, they had Spanish Story Time at the library and visited with the wonderful librarians.

All in all...another great week of learning :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Q is for Quotes

"The home is the cradle of virtue, the place where character is formed and habits are established." ~Gordon B. Hinkley

 "I'm tired as a tumbleweed" ~Samantha Smith age 6 

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Be ye kind one to another

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." ~ Ephesians 4:32

Each month I receive Ensign.  It is a magazine that is published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This is one magazine that I look forward to reading.  The articles are uplifting and this one in particular really stood out for me. 

May you have a blessed day.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Looking Back on Week 3

Another great week (almost) behind us.  It was a meeting week for me and so lesson time with mom was not every night.

Both Nick and Sam are doing great with spelling and math. The review from the previous year math is about over and new 'problems' are now being introduced.  Nick still has one more lesson of math and spelling to finish out this week and he will be working on them today when we get home from the library.

Yesterday was 'Dentist Day' for Sam and 'Change Tire Day' for mom's Chevy. While I was with Sam, Nick was with daddy and they talked about cars and how they operate and what it takes to run a car.  When we got home, the kids observed Scott changing the tire on my vehicle.  They thought it was pretty cool to hear the air coming out of the tire.

During the week Nick and Sam rode their bikes, played "Cars 2" with legos, read books, drew pictures and played dentist...(well, Sam played dentist).

Now we are off to the library to meet up with friends and possibly head over to the thrift store...

Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

P is for Patience

"For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."  ~ Romans 15:4

Being patient is something I work on everyday.  Patient with the way my children process information.  Patient when my children just can't 'get it'.  Patient when the kids are dilly-dallying along and not working on lessons.  Patient that when changes need to take place.  Patient while adjusting to new ways of learning...delight directed and unschooling.  Patient with all the questions that are asked and trying not to get frustrated when they keep coming.  Patient in listening.  Patient in prayer. 

"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof:  and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."  ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Family History

Have you ever heard of Captain Miles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins? I am sure you have if you studied the Pilgrims and The Mayflower.   I bet you didn't know that Captain Miles Standish was smitten with Ms. Mullins.  He wanted to talk to Ms. Mullins, but was a bit shy.  Because of this shyness, Miles asked his good friend John Alden to speak to Priscilla for him.  Well, Priscilla thought John was using Miles as an excuse and basically said, "John, why don't you speak for yourself".  John ended up courting and marrying Priscilla and Miles learned that if he wanted something, he had to 'speak for himself'.

If it wasn't for Miles Standish, John and Priscilla would not have married and my husband would not have been a direct descendant.  I knew from genealogy research about the family lineage and had always thought that John and Priscilla were married before coming over on The Mayflower.   Apparently they met after landing in Plymouth.  I love learning the stories behind the research.

And there is more family history to tell in another post :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Always Learning Something New

Tonight, while reading from 'Stories of America', we learned about Captain John Smith.  Did you know that he became one of the first Governor's of Jamestown?  Did you know that he was a slave at one time?

While he was Governor, he made sure that everyone worked and he had a don't work, you don't eat.  This stopped the laziness of the men and help prosper the colony.  Unfortunately, Governor Smith was hurt with exploding gun powder and had to return to London.  Guess what happened to the colony after he left?  If you thought that everything stayed the same, you would be wrong.  The men became lazy and a lot of the colonists starved to death.  When Governor Smith left, there were 500 colonists.  By the time more ships arrived in Jamestown, there were 66 colonists.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Looking Back on Week 2

Week 2 was a short week.  We didn't do any formal lessons on Monday (Memorial Day) and only did lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

With their spelling and math curriculum, tests are inevitable.  This week, both Nick and Sam had spelling tests and they did a great job.  When grading their tests, I focus on the words that are spelled correctly and show both Nick and Sam how well they did from the beginning of the week to test day.  As far as misspelled words, I have them re-write them the correct way and we move on.

This week, Nick helped dad (Scott) with our house building project, had computer time, rode his bike, and played with his legos. Sam rode her bike, read books, had computer time and played legos with Nick.

Friday, June 1, 2012

O is for...


 "Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord."  ~ Psalm 107:43

I enjoy observing nature...fluffy clouds making shapes, Swallowtail Butterflies flittering amongst the lilacs, birds gathering worms and seed from the freshly cut grass, deer nibbling the sweet leaves, chipmunks racing across the driveway...

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