Sunday, July 31, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." ~ Mosiah 4:9

Week 3 and 4 Wrap-up

For weeks 3 and 4, the kids have been doing great.  They haven't hit any road bumps and are doing very well with their lessons.  The only thing different these past two weeks is that the kids have not had to do a country report.  I've decided that they will do one or two every 6 week block.

Sam completed her last Summer Reading Program with the Canaan Library.  She had a great time and will truly miss this summer ritual.  She is looking forward to helping with the program next year.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." ~ Psalm 32:11

Thursday, July 21, 2016


First chapter books that they read all by themselves.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twelve things about Blackie!!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Blackie!!!!  

Twelve Things That About Blackie...

He loves to use me as his person scratching post

He loves to nuzzle

He enjoys listening to our read-alouds at night

He loves to cuddle

He loves to sleep under a blanket

He has a favorite toy...a stuffed bird...that he carries around

He likes to participate in our lessons, especially Life of Fred: Math

He loves to scratch at paper, especially around 5am each morning...he knows this will wake me up.

He will only take people food from Scott. 

His favorite people food is cheese, bacon, chicken, turkey and ham

He grunts when he eats

He loves to play hide and seek

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scripture Sunday

We stayed home from church today because of sore throats, runny noses and coughing...So here is a random scripture for today:

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
—Matthew 4:19

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wrap-up Week 2

This week was pretty good in the lessons department.  There was one sick day and a couple of evening lessons were skipped, but the kids still managed to to get most of their work completed...

Here is a look at Week 2:

Bible Time - The kids read from Genesis 6 to 10

Reading - Samantha and Nickolas completed their assigned readings and book reports.  They are now reading Gathering Blue (Samantha) and The Giver (Nick)...both by Lois Lowry. 

Language Arts - Life of Fred: Australia was completed this week.  I didn't realize that it would only take two weeks to complete...guess I need to order the next book in the series.  Until that order gets placed and arrives, I will probably generate some language arts exercises for the kids to work on.

Zoology - Nick completed Lesson 6 and has started Lesson 7 in the Swimming Creatures book and Sam just completed Lesson 7 in the Flying Creatures book.

Geography - This week Sam learned about Germany and Nick learned about Russia.

Vocabulary - This week's words were:  prohibit, obtain, communicate, efficient and harvest

Math - Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology - Chapters 5 to 7. 

History - Mystery of History Vol 2 - finished up reviewing Lessons 1 - 3.  We also did some mapping exercises about Paul's Journeys from the Book of Acts

Fallacy Detective - Lessons on Love to Listen and Opposing Viewpoints

Dude, Don't Be A Lemuel - completed Lesson 1 and started Lesson 2

Life Lessons - This week, Nick mowed the lawn for the first time.  He had a blast!!!!  Sam also helped by doing some raking...unfortunately she came down with a cold mixed with seasonal allergies. 

Today is Library Day as well as the Summer Reading Program.  This is Sam's last year to participate and the kids are looking forward to seeing their friends.

Another good week!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Being that it is hot and humid...I thought this would be a good reminder of what we have to look forward to in a few months...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today, after missing 2 weeks in a row, we went to church.  Great lessons, a couple of good talks and several scriptures to choose from.  Here is one of them:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." ~ Romans 8:28

Friday, July 8, 2016

Week 1 Wrap-up

This week, the kids started their 2016/2017 homeschool year.  We have an 8th grader and a 6th grader...where has the time gone!!!
Wrapping up the first week, here is what the kids worked on/learned...

Bible Time - They read the first 5 chapters in Genesis.  (Last year, the kids read through the Book of Mormon and this year they have chosen to read the Bible (King James Version))

Reading - at least 1/2 hour daily.  Nick and Sam will be reading assigned books for book reports.  Right now, Nick is reading The Outsiders and Sam is reading The Giver.

Life of Fred :Australia - this is a language arts curriculum and so far the kids are enjoying it.  They worked on chapters 1 to 10.  The rate they are going, the book will be finished next week. (Looks like I need to order the 2nd book in the series)

Science - Both kids are finishing up their Zoology that was left over from the 2015/2016 year.  They have about 5 chapters left.  Nick is learning about Sea Creatures/Animals living in the water. Sam is learning about Flying Creatures.

Geography - Country Reports - This was an idea from do country reports throughout the year.  This week, Nick learned about Italy and Sam learned about Canada.

Vocabulary - As the kids were working on their year end evaluations, I noticed that they needed some help with vocabulary.  I gave the kids 5 words to work on this week:  Liberty, equal, pursuit, creation, and respect.  They used the 1828 Dictionary to look up the definitions of the words, they used the words in sentences, they used a Thesaurus to find alternate words that mean the same thing, they alphabetized the words, and wrote out the words at least 5 times each.

Math - Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology - Chapter 1 to 4.  So far so good.

History - Mystery of History: Vol 2 - Lessons 1 to 3.  The kids learned about Pentecost, Saul, who was also called Paul, and Paul's Missionary Journeys.  The time span for these were from A.D 33 - 66.  The kids also worked on the memory cards for these lessons. 

Logic - Fallacy Detective - Lesson 1: Inquiring Minds.  We started this last year but did not finish.  The kids were happy that we started the Fallacy Detective again and they are looking forward to finishing the book this year.

Dude, Don't Be A Lemuel -Lesson 1 focused on 1 Nephi 2.  We will be working in the lesson next week as well.

One thing I want to mention...last year a time limit was put on the kids to have their lessons and chores done.  The results of the time limit were not very good.  So, this year I decided not to have time limits and allow the kids to work at their own pace.  Even though this is the first week, I can already see improvements.  Why I didn't think of this last year is totally beyond me!

All in all, it has been a very productive week.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

"Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions. The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the tyranny mediated against them."
– George Washington, General Orders, Headquarters, New York, July 2, 1776

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written." ~ Ether 2:12

Saturday, July 2, 2016