Friday, June 27, 2014

The First 4 Weeks

Four weeks ago, Nick and Sam started their 2014/2015 homeschool year. In random order, the following is what they have been learning/working on:
  • Copy work - Each day, Nick and Sam work on a page, sometimes two, of copy work.  These past four weeks, the kids have copied quotes by C. S. Lewis, Dr. Seuss and L. Frank Baum.
  • Spelling - This year, the kids started with Sequential Spelling 2.  Nick and Sam are working at their own pace each day.
  • Cover Story - The kids watch and work on a lesson three days a week and are also required to do daily journal entries.  These past four weeks, the kids have had to come up with 5 questions each day.  They just finished up Unit 1 and took their first test tonight.  They both did pretty good and I am happy to know that they are actually listening and learning from the DVD lessons
  • Reading - This is a daily, 1/2 hour time for both Nick and Sam
  • Mystery of History - Three nights a week, the kids and I work on a lesson each of those three nights.  So far, the kids have had a refresher lesson about Creation, Adam and Eve, Jubal and Tubal-Cain, Noah, Ice Age, and Dinosaurs.  They also have learned about Sumerians, The Tower of Babel and The Epic of Gilgamesh.  The kids have taken at least 3 pretests and 2 regular tests.
  • Life of Fred - Jelly Beans.  We worked through the whole book and tonight we completed the elementary series.  I really enjoy Life of Fred and so do the kids.  It makes life more enjoyable and peaceful in the house.
  • Don't Be A Lemuel - This is a pretty good book and study of Nephi and his brothers Laman and Lemuel from the Book of Mormon.  The lessons have been about following Heavenly Father's commandments and to find and capture the spirit of the Lord.  The kids really seem to enjoy these lessons and so do I.
  • Chickens - The kids are responsible for helping with the chickens...water, feed and cleaning the coop.  We have added two more to the fold...2 guinea hens along with the two chicks that hatched about 3 weeks ago.
  • Life-Skills - Nick and Sam have helped with the upstairs construction.  They helped with the mudding and priming of the living room walls.  Nick and Sam have also had a few baking lessons and they even fixed dinner for the family a couple of nights.
A busy four weeks and I even left a few things out.  This next week is an 'off week' and I am sure both Daddy and I can find something constructive for the kids to do.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Important Work

"The most important of the Lord's work that you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home"  ~ President Harold B. Lee

Messy bedrooms, toys everywhere, lessons not done, arguing, playing instead of helping around the house are daily struggles.  I keep reminding myself of the above quote and realize that if a lesson is learned each day, then I am on the right path.  I enjoy the peaceful, quiet moments with the kids.  It is during these times that I realize my kids are that...just kids.  There are lessons to be learned in all things, at all times, and in all ways.  President Harold B. Lee is right..."The most important of the Lord's work that you ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home."

Thursday, June 19, 2014


From 2009:  The year we got Blackie.  He will be 5 years old this year.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Just being 'Broody'

Good News!!!

Charlotte is just being 'Broody'!!!  She was pretending to incubate her own little clutch of eggs and now we are working on getting Charlotte out that line of thinking.

I have one happy little girl :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What's 40 more? update

A little over three weeks ago, a friend of ours gave us 41 chicken eggs to hatch.  Scott and I dutifully set up the incubator and placed all 41 eggs in their cozy, warm home.  After a week, Scott and I candled the eggs and ended up throwing out 3.  We then had 38 eggs. 

This past weekend was the 'hatching' weekend.  After much anticipation on the part of our children, only 3 eggs hatched.  Unfortunately, one of the new chicks died.  Samantha named this sweet little chick "Jennie" and we had a funeral Sunday morning.

We have two healthy little chicks that will be returning to our friends house and in exchange, Scott and I are going to try to hatch more eggs.  This time, we are going to try "dry incubation" and see what happens. 

On another chicken update: 

One of our hens is not doing very well.  We think she is egg bound as she has been brooding since Sunday night.  We are keeping an eye on her but have prepared the kids that this hen may not be with us much longer.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Timely Quote

(quote found on facebook)

I was looking for a scripture to post for today and found the above quote instead.  A lot going on in our lives right now and Heavenly Father knew I needed to read the above.

Monday, June 2, 2014

1st day of 2014/2015 Year...

...started on a positive note :)  Nick and Sam were so excited to start their new year of learning.  They each have a list of items to do...spelling, copywork, reading, cover-story and chores.  The list worked!!!  I know that I am counting the 'eggs before they hatch' but I have a good feeling that this year will be a good one for all. All of the items on their list is independent work, which is awesome.  They will hold themselves accountable and I feel this is a step in the right direction.  At night, Nick and Sam will be doing history, math and bible study with me.
Great job, kiddos :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Scripture Sunday

"And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness." ~ 2 Nephi 5:27