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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Week in Review - Week 2

As is normal for me, life got in the way of me blogging about last week in a timely fashion. Soccer Girl's team played in a tournament out of town this past weekend and came in 2nd! Needless to say, I didn't even think about blogging over the weekend, and then I've spent the past few days trying to teach the small people and recover from the weekend.


We began learning about Job. While we were illustrating the lesson about the first chapter of Job, The Boy's picture of Satan looked an awful lot like a ninja, which Soccer Girl was more than happy to point out to him. Here's Soccer Girl's picture of how God blessed Job with a lot of things.


We studied about the Spanish conquistadors and Mary, Queen of Scots and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth I.


In astronomy, the girls studied Uranus and Neptune. The Boy finished up the first chapter on measurement in Physical Science.


We finished our study of the days of creation, and Sassy Pants finished her Creation Book. I didn't take a picture of Day 7's page since it was blank with only the words "God rested."


Sassy spent the first couple of weeks exploring different math manipulatives, including the bear figures and pattern blocks.

She also made a pictograph that showed the number of boys and girls in our family.

 On a completely unrelated note, when did my son grow up? He was lying on the couch the other day working on his grammar assignment, and he no longer looked like a little boy. I can't believe he's almost a teenager!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week in Review - Week 1

The first week of school was crazy! Somehow Sassy Pants got the idea when I was trying to get her pumped up about starting kindergarten this year, that I would be spending all of my time working with her. Unfortunately, with 4 other small people needing me to teach them, that just isn't possible. I'm sure that once we get into our routine, things will get better.

Day 1 - We started off with our traditional gifts of school supplies greeting the small people at the kitchen table and did just a few subjects. You can read more about that here.

Day 2 - We began the rest of the subjects full force.


We finished up our study of Noah that we began last year. Here are our pages for the final lesson on Noah and God's covenant with him.

This says, "God said He would never flood the earth again, and he would show that by a rainbow."
This says, "God said Noah could eat meat but not eat blood." and "God said do not kill."


We began our year learning about the explorers: Leif Ericsson and the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, De Soto, etc. After we read about Columbus sailing across the ocean, we created our own sailing boats out of aluminum foil and then set them afloat in the bathtub.
Sassy worked really hard on making a boat.

Sassy's boat

Little Red was really creative and made a boat with a mast.
Little Red's boat
Ballerina was not exactly excited about this activity. She ended up leaving the sheet of foil flat and making a raft.

Ballerina's boat (raft)
The Boy worked on making a Viking boat.
After each day's reading, each of the small people added information to their Early Explorers notebook page.


The older girls are finishing up Astronomy before co-op begins. Last week, they studied Saturn.

The Boy is doing physical science. He completed an activity where he studied using the measurements of cubits and fingers and found why they aren't reliable units of measurement. 


Sassy Pants and I began a study about creation which I'll share in our weekly wrap-up for week 2. We also have been doing a lot of letter recognition review. Last year, Sassy really struggled with letter recognition. Having successfully taught the older 4 to read, I knew that when she was ready, it would "click", so I didn't push her too hard on it last year. Sure enough, this week she's did a wonderful job of recognizing her letters! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Our School "Room"

Over the past few weeks, I've seen a lot of my fellow homeschoolers posting pictures of their school rooms - rooms completely devoted to their school items with comfy chairs for reading, space for timelines on the walls, etc. That got me thinking about our school "room".

We have a sun room on our house that is open to our living room. That's the room where most of our school books are stored, but I wouldn't exactly call it our school room. The computers are in there and the bookshelves, but other than working on the computers, none of the small people do schoolwork in there.
Then there's the living room. That's the room where we go to do Bible, history, and science. We all get cozy on the floor for me to read to the small people, and then spread out to do our notebooking activities. After we finish those subjects, there's usually at least 1 small person sitting in there doing school work or curled up on the couch reading a book.
The kitchen table is a popular place for school work also. It gets them away from the noise of the rest of the house and is a hard surface for writing.
Last but not least, there are 2 desks upstairs - one in The Boy's room and one in one of the girls' rooms. These are also a great place to get away from the noise of the house (unless Sassy Pants is upstairs of course).
I guess we don't really have a school "room". We live in our "school" house!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Day of School

Yesterday was our first day of school. Sassy Pants was beside herself with excitement because she started kindergarten yesterday. Of course, she thought that I was going to work with only her most of the day and was a little disappointed that she had to share that time with the older kids.

We started the day with our first day of school tradition. At each place at the breakfast table were new school supplies for each of the small people plus one fun item. For The Boy, it was a new Lego set. Soccer Girl received a bracelet making kit. Ballerina got this little keychain making set. Little Red got a marker-by-number set, and Sassy Pants got a VeggieTales coloring book (or as she calls it "veggin' tales").

I love how just by doing this, the first day of school feels like Christmas morning.

We only did a few subjects for school (Bible, history, science, and kindergarten withSassy), and then we headed to the library, which I think is the perfect field trip for the first day of school. After that, we met Robb for lunch.

Here's my crew:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Campfire Cones

I'm pretty sure I've shared this before, but I'm not an outdoorsy kind of girl. It's dirty, there are bugs, and I don't like to sweat. But I do like campfire food (or at least the sweets). I love s'mores, and when I heard about campfire cones, they sounded just as yummy. The best part is - you don't have to make them around the campfire! We made these in my (relatively) clean kitchen, which is bug-free and has air conditioning.

We used waffle cones so they would hold a lot of goodies. I bought a variety of goodies for the small people to choose from - marshmallows, chocolate chips, bananas, coconut, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.

After filling the cones, we wrapped them in aluminum foil and baked them in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

The results: Absolute ooey-gooey deliciousness!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ice Painting

One of our summer fun activities was to do ice painting. To make the ice paint, I put a few drops of food coloring into the water in an ice tray. Then I put it in the freezer for a few hours until I had colored ice.
Once the ice cubes were frozen, I popped them out of the tray and put them in a bowl so the small people could begin painting. It was fun to use a new art "medium". The only complaints - 1) the food coloring stained fingertips (it washed off later that day) and 2) there were some chilly fingers after a while.

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