Sunday, July 24, 2011

FREE...did you hear

A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of a blog giving away a free unit on Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  I am always looking for fun, creative things to do with my little ones, and to find them for free is that much cooler!  All you have to do is go here and follow a few simple steps and it can be yours also!
Can't wait to start this with my middle daughter, she will be so excited to have a complete unit just for her!  What are you waiting for...stop on over, follow the directions and you can get yours also!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's been a hot one that's for sure!!

It has been extremely hot outside, but surprisingly we have maintained our regular school schedule and excitement throughout the entire week.  That is a major score for this family!!  I am not particularly good at any temperature above 75 and below 70...there are only a few days out of the year that I am at my peak temperature. {grins}
But, horribly hot weather put aside, here is my curriculum choices for the upcoming  year.  (This is the first time I have written them down...I may overwhelm myself just seeing the list...beware).
My oldest one...starting 2nd grade:

Math:  BJU Math 2
Geography (and many other subjects thrown in there):  Galloping the Globe
Language Arts:  Spelling:  Spell to Write and Read
Reading:  Pathway Publishers Grade 2 Readers and Abeka Grade 2 Readers
Grammer:  First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 2
Handwriting (although this is more for the art than anything):  Draw Write Now
Bible:  All three of my girls are using The Gigantic Coloring Book of Bible Stories right now, we are halfway through it...I am ready to move to something more in depth but they really enjoy the rhythm we have started with this so we will just continue on it until the book is completed.

My middle child entering her K5 my family we break the kindergarten year into 2 years, this year will be a step above where we were last year but not quite at the first grade level.  I have lots of worksheets, art activities, and lapbooks planned to work on with her while I determine what her learning style is like.

Math:  Making Math Meaningful is where I am hoping to start in the next few weeks, we may have to bump that back a little.
Geography (and many other subjects):  She will be working with her sister while we work through Galloping the Globe
Language Arts:  Spelling:  Spell to Write and Read
Handwriting: Draw Write Now (again, more for drawing practice)

For my youngest, blocks, puzzles, worksheets that she begs for her so she can do "school" like her sisters, work on colors, enjoy being 3, etc.

Please hop on over and see what others are doing for their weekly wrap up.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's finally....Sunday???

I can't believe the weekend is over.  It went by so fast.  I knew that on Friday I should post our update and thought I would do it later, and later...and later...until well, here is is Sunday night and I am finally doing it.
What has kept me so busy you might ask?  Well, pretty much everything.  We have barely been home for most of the week, on Friday I finally put my foot down and decided we were not leaving the house, and we didn't. Friday or Saturday.

Here is a quick recap of the whole week...
I have gotten a whole lot of scheduling done.  The girls stayed at my moms Sunday night so I was able to spend all of Monday planning for the new year, not the best 4th but I can guarantee it was the most productive one I have ever had.

We did absolutely no school this week, unless you count the summer reading program.  We were pretty busy reading every day.

I am going to sound like a freak manic organizer when I say this but getting so much work done all by myself in a completely empty house was my favorite thing.  It is quite therapeutic for me.

Getting the girls shelves organized with everything they will need throughout the school day.  The summer months have put a hurting on our pretty organized shelves.

I am almost embarrassed to say I am still reading the same three books that I started the summer reading.

That about wraps my week up.  Ready to start again fresh tomorrow...we start school again in the morning, Elyse seemed excited tonight when we talked about it...guess we shall see if that is true in the morning.
If you would like to read how others weeks are looking, head over toWeird Unsocialized Homeschoolers  and see who else linked up.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Busy weekend

Whew...this has been the busiest weekend we have had in a long time.  I don't think we stopped moving all weekend long.  We took the kids to the new drive in theater about an hour away from our house.  They had so much fun, we got to see 2 movies, and get a large popcorn and drink for 25.00, how often does that happen for a family of 5?  Last night we went to my dads farm and watched had a bonfire and fireworks, today is a family picnic and tonight, I think we will be crashing early.  I hate to miss the opportunity to see fireworks but I know that for my husband and children's sake, early bedtime is a must.  Hubby is such a trooper, we have not gotten a decent nights sleep since Thursday night and he had to be at work at 5:30 this morning.  I think he deserves a quiet evening at home relaxing before his whole week gets messed up because of being so tired. 

The rest of our week looks pretty boring, we are going to work on finishing up some more math, I guess I will succumb to the world of testing even though I absolutely detest the idea and get that taken care of so that we can report to our school system. 

I have every intention of finding one neat cool activity for the girls to do each week that will get us out of the house and learning from new experiences.  I will report on how successful I am and where our endeavors take us!