Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reading lists for the coming year

I have been working on a preliminary list for next year's literature work.  I may end up tweaking it more, but this is what it looks like so far:

TL-11th grade

To Kill a Mockingbird
Last of the Mohicans
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
Fahrenheit 451
Prince and the Pauper
Cricket on the Hearth
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
All Quiet on the Western Front
Study and Watch three Shakespeare plays: Hamlet, Richard, Taming of the Shrew
Poetry study

Princess-7th Grade

Phantom Tollbooth
The Long Winter
Bridge to Terabithia
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMPH
The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Cricket in Times Square
Poetry study

Bug-a-bug-6th grade

By the Shores of Silver Lake
Nim's Island
Best Christmas Pagaent Ever
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E.  Frankweiler
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Twenty-one Balloons

Monday, April 21, 2014

The crazy life

I have many pics from Easter that I need to post sometime this week.  My inlaws and the kids' cousins came up from IA to spend the day with us.  It was fantastic.  We had a blast.

We're finally getting warmer and staying warmer.  Its a struggle with all the rain to try to get any work done outside but we're trying.  Its supposed to get a little cool again this week but the temps are moving up and that's what we like to see!

The kids and I have very busy schedules the next few weeks.  I just need to make it through May and the planting of the garden.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....

My college is going well.  This week I'm working on completing two assignments that aren't due for several weeks.  I'm hoping that this will free up some of my time for the larger two papers due in eight weeks.  I can't believe I'm halfway through already.  Wow.  This has been a learning experience trying to juggle the house, school, and homeschooling but its going.  I hope to get more on top of the homeschooling this summer so I will be ready to go for the year before fall hits.  I'm not sure how we're going to do scheduling this year.  My mother comes the last week of August to visit and hubby will be home for two weeks sometime in Sept.  I'm not sure if I'm happy about starting school in October or late Sept.  We'll have to see what happens.  Maybe we can start early August and just do four days a week with only math and English or something like that.

Take care everyone!!   Enjoy your spring weather!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Zoo project

I designed a new project for the two oldest girls.  They enjoy doing these projects and they learn alot.

Zoo Project

1. Make a detailed map of the zoo.  Include vendors, stores, and animal displays.  Have at least 12 different animals in your zoo.  You can include a petting zoo, garden, pond, etc.

2. Make a zookeepers notebook.  A page for each animal with the following information:

  • animal name (include family, species, etc.)
  • habitat information
  • types of food to feed them
  • photo or drawing of the animal
3. Design a poster to display at the zoo:
  • an ad for one of the stores or restaurants
  • an ad for feeding time
  • an ad for a show (sea lions, bird show, etc)

The girls have one month to complete this.  Bug-a-bug has already gotten started on hers.  Next year, we may do an aquarium one.......


Its finally happened.  After years of planning, working with my kids, and getting excited about curriculum, I'm experiencing a little burnout.

I just can't seem to get excited about these last few weeks of school.  I used to sit and plan and get excited about all we can do and now its all I can do to just get the daily stuff done.

I need to recharge my batteries.  I'm going to plan a field trip and a game/movie day.  

I need to plan the field trip on a day that will be warm so we can go on a nature walk somewhere.  Its supposed to be nice today, but cold and rainy this weekend and next week so that may have to hold off for a while.  

Tomorrow is co-op day in the afternoon.  We will spend the morning playing games and enjoying instead of doing other workbooks and math problems.  It will be a good day.

And I need to plan another fun project for the girls.  They get so excited and involved.  It will be a great idea for them.

Hopefully then, mom can get out of her slump!! 

Have a wonderful day!!  God bless!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Survival Saturday

I'm excited.  Tomorrow I am going to a Preppers convention.  I hope to find out some information about living off the grid and water purification.  

This week the trees arrive.  I'm a little disappointed with the company because they are supposed to hold them until the zone is ready for planting.  We still have snow and with a 7 foot frost depth, I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be planting yet.

This week I got 1/2 beef and 1/2 pig:

It is so nice to have a stocked freezer.  Now I can concentrate on stocking up my pantry for the next few months.  I'm excited to have all this meat....grilling season is upon us!

I've narrowed down the seeds that I need so I'm getting those together and ready to start.  I'm going to work on an herb garden this year also, which I'm very excited about. I'm trying to decide if I should do planters and then move them in in the winter, or just stick to a garden and dry some for the winter.

Praying that you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ready to plan the next year.

I have been so busy the last few weeks and none of it involves spring cleaning.  I probably won't be able to touch that until June after the garden is put in.  I do have the garden all planned out and I'm super excited.  I am more than doubling the size of our raised beds and I pray that it will provide quarts of canned goods to line my shelves with.

TL had a taekwondo tournament this Saturday.  It was a small tournament so there was only one person in his age group, in his belt range to spare.  It was a girl.  She was fiesty, but he was about five inches taller than she was and the poor girl didn't have a chance.  

This is week five of full time Master's classes.  Wow.  That's all I can say about that.  Sleep is highly overrated.

I've been looking into our year next year.  I think I have things planned out.

TL-11th grade
Apologia Chemistry
Apologia Health
High School Writing Intensive
Bible Quest Promises
Teaching Textbooks Algebra II
Literature-to include Anne Frank, To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Prince and the Pauper, Cricket on the Hearth, three Shakespeare plays, and a poetry study.  

Princess-8th Grade
Teaching Textbooks
Vocabulary connections
All About Spelling
Easy Grammar
Essentials in Writing
Elemental Science-Chemisty
Trail Guide to bible Geography
Bible Discovery-Words of Wisdom

Bug-a-bug-6th grade
Teaching Textbooks
Vocabulary connections
All about Spelling
Easy Grammar
Essentials in Writing
Trail Guide to Bible Geography
Bible Discovery-Words of Wisdom

Trouble-2nd Grade
Finish Sing, Spell, Read, and Write
Saxon Math 2
How to teach art to children
Essentials in Writing
Elemental Science-Biology
Explode the code

Sing, Spell, Read, and Write

I was able to pick up TL's Chemistry and Health on ebay very cheap.  I'm excited about that.  I plan on starting to plan in June and get all the lessons into Homeschool Tracker for the year.  I also plan on printing out all the science and geography pages and putting them together before school starts which will save a ton of time during the year.

My biggest change will be history.  I absolutely love Tapestry of Grace.  Unfortunately, we just can't afford to buy all those books and the curriculum.  Its just not in the budget.  So, I'm back to designing my own curriculum again for history.  It takes a ton of work, but I enjoy it.  I am after all, a history major.  I look forward to using books that are inexpensive and able to be used for many weeks on end to lower the costs.  I have several lapbooks/notebooking pages for the girls that I can also use.  I may as well use them if I have them right?  We'll be studying 1900-present.  

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wow! super busy

I can't even believe how quickly the weeks have flown by.  I'm now on my third week of school.  My master's is going well so far but its going to get really really busy the next few months.  I am enjoying my classes so far.

American Heritage girls is going well.  The girls are all working on completing at least one more badge by the end of the year.  I've enjoyed being the Explorer leader this year.  Next year, we're going to have a huge group of girls moving up, so many that we will have to split into two groups.

TL is doing well with Boy Scouts.  One more merit badge to complete and then he will have his board of review for Life Scout.  In the last few weeks, he completed his testing for his Blue Belt in Taekwondo.

Princess had her 13th birthday.  Oh where has the time gone?  And how did I become the mother of two teenagers?  She is growing up in to a thoughtful beautiful young lady and I am really blessed.  She also just got her braces on and not enjoying them, but the smile will be gorgeous when she's done.

For her birthday, her friends came over and we did Jamberry Nails.  It was a ton of fun and the girls really liked it.

We are trying to deal with the flooding from all the melting snow.  The driveway is gravel (well really just dirt) and has standing water in it.  The snow is lining the driveway in 2-4 foot drifts....hey, its better than the 5-6 foot drifts that they were.  TL and I had to dig a tunnel out through the snow into the pasture so the water had a place to drain but we still have another bad spot at the end of the driveway so we need to get out there tomorrow and get it down.  After we have this storm with snow, freezing rain, and rain today.  Yuck!

And I get my bifocals today.  This aught to be interesting.  I didn't realize until I started wearing my glasses a few months ago, how much I really needed them.  No wonder I was having such awful headaches.  

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Survival Saturday

We are buried deep in snow but its still time to turn thoughts to planning and planting your garden.

This year, I am doubling the size of our garden.  I should have enough carrots, peppers, onions, and green beans to make it throw the year after canning and freezing are done.  I hope to have enough tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce for the year and also make enough chili to last through the cold months.  I just finished up the chili and spaghetti sauce from last year.  

I'm adding more beds for beets.....hubby wants pickled beets.  Yuck, but I will do it for him.  I'm also adding broccoli this year.  Potatoes didn't do well last year but it was so wet and cool that I'm surprised I got anything at all.  Hopefully they will do better this year.  

Last year, I used the previous owners vegetable garden area to plant the cucumbers and pumpkins.  I don't know if it was because the ground was so bad or the weather, but they didn't produce hardly anything.  Six cucumber plants and I got eight pints of pickles.  This year, I'm adding a raised bed for the cucumbers, pumpkins, and cantalope.  I was able to get 14 cantalopes last year off of two plants in the raised bed.  They were delicious and I was literally giving them away after a while.  We couldn't keep up with them.

I ordered another blueberry bush and 25 more strawberry plants.  I also will be getting three peach trees and two pear trees.  I hope to add some more berry plants this year, possibly cranberries and currants/  We'll see how it goes.  Next year, I hope to add dwarf apple trees.  I'm looking forward to getting more apples.  I will be looking for organic solutions for our apple trees that are already on the property.  We lost a lot of apples last year due to bugs.  I also need to really getting into pruning.  The trees have never been pruned and the fruit is really small.  

This year I'm also planning on buying a wheat grinder and start making our own bread.  It will hopefully be sometime this summer.  I've very excited about that.  

Have a wonderful weekend!