Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Out Like a Lamb...

Here it is, the end of March and as the saying goes...March is "going out like a lamb". 

Instead of looking back on my goals, I thought I would post an update of our homeschool and what the kids have been up to...

Reading ~ Both Nick and Sam have been reading chapter books the last couple of months.  Nick is on book 4 in the Harry Potter series and Sam has read book 1, 3 and a little of 4 in the same series.  Sam has also read a few 'Little House on the Prairie' chapter books and a new chapter book, suggested by our awesome librarians, 'Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library'.  Sam loves this book and is reading it again.  She highly recommends it to everyone :)

Math ~ Towards the end of February, the kids started Life of Fred: Fractions.  They have 8 more chapters left until they finish.  I have to admit that I was unsure about teaching them fractions but 'Fred' does an awesome job with helping me.  (I fear fractions!!!)

Spelling ~ Nick has completed Sequential Spelling 2 (SS2) and is working on 'spelling word practice' that I have made for him.  Sam is almost finished with  SS2. 

Science ~ Both Nick and Sam are enjoying their science.  Nick is learning from Zoology 1: Flying Creatures and Sam is learning from Zoology 3: Land Animals.  I love that they have journals that have great learning exercises to help them.  Also, they have copy work with every chapter...a plus for me!

Language Arts ~ Both Nick and Sam are working in 'Jump In' and have almost completed the second chapter.  So far, I haven't heard any complaints and they love this curriculum because it is easy for them to understand.  They work in this curriculum 2 to 3 days a week. 

History ~ We finished the 2nd Quarter in Mystery of History Vol.1.  We decided to stop with MOH for the remainder of the 2014/2015 year. 

Book of Mormon ~ Everyday, Nick and Sam read at least a chapter, or a portion of a chapter, from the Book of Mormon.  Sometimes Sam reads a bit more, but not too often.  Nick and Sam are doing very well with their reading.

Free Time ~ During this time, the kids are working on the computer, making lego projects, reading, baking, playing outside with the chickens, doing arts and crafts, etc.

We are on the home stretch of the 2014/2015 homeschool year.  I am planning on April 30th as the last day.  May is our summer break and during that time, I will be researching and planning the next year.  Here's to the final stretch :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Frustrated

I try to keep job related things away from this blog, but today...that is not the case.  I am so frustrated with my job outside of the home.  I just want to SCREAM!!!  I have felt this way for some time now and it seems to be getting worse.  I don't know what to do.  Do I quit and stay home with my children? (which is what I really want to do) or Do I look for another job?  Right now, I am the only one who is working a steady job.  I am grateful for my husband who has stayed home with the kids to oversee their homeschool lessons, take care of them and the house.  I know that Scott is ready to go back to work and I am ready to stay home.  What to do?!?!?  I feel a change needs to happen...SOON.

Venting over.

Now back to regular blog posts of family, homeschool, cats and chickens :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

tbt



These are 'Egypt' salt maps.  In 2009, the kids learned about Ancient Egypt and this was one of their activities.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Puzzled Breakfast

I love putting puzzles together.  So do my children. 
Here is the newest puzzle in our collection:

(picture from Amazon.com)

This is a 'White Mountain Puzzle', 500 pieces and fun to put together.  The pieces came in large, medium, and small so that the whole family can work on it.  The kids and I put this together tonight in about 3 hours.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgement which I shall give unto you, which shall be just.  Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?  Verily I say unto you, even as I am" ~ 3 Nephi 27:27   (this scripture was referenced from Hymn#131 "More Holiness Give Me")


"But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." ~ Doctrine and Covenants 9:8  

The above scripture was given as a reference during the first talk at Sacrament this morning.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring





There maybe snow on the ground or falling from the sky...but it is now officially SPRING!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

tbt

Nick drew this picture a few years ago.  This is the Carpathia that rescued the survivors of Titanic.

Monday, March 16, 2015

That Time of Year...

Gathering forms, instruction booklets (from the internet), W2's, copies of last year's forms, and a lot of patience and time.  Yup...it is that time of year...TAXES!  I am happy to say that we have the penciled in forms completed.  Now it is just transferring all that information to the finalized forms (ink).  I am so glad we only have to do this once a year.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

3.1415 (Pi Day)

Last night we went to a 'Pi Night' at church.  Lots of pizza (for dinner) and yummy pies!  Also, the kids were able to have fun with hands-on science activities.  Everyone had a great time :)

Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

tbt

This pretty much looks like our driveway right now.  The temps have been warming up which means melting snow and the beginning of 'mud season'

Monday, March 2, 2015

Prayer

"And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul." ~ 2 Nephi 32:8-9

Last Saturday, the Elders came over for a visit and gave a lesson on prayer.  A couple of days prior to that evening, Nick asked me about prayer and if they are really answered.  This lesson couldn't have been more timely.