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.......

Burnout

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
Computers
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
Typing

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

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

Monkey-Kindergarten
BJUP Math
Handwriting
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!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Let is snow.....

I took several days off this week.  I really needed to pray, rethink, and readjust our schedules.  I start school next month and was realistically trying to figure out how I was going to do all of it.  

I just revamped the kids chore charts...and mine.  Each big kid is assigned an area and responsible for it during the week.  They also each take one day to pick up the bathroom and clean the sink.....which for some reason acquires toothpaste art every single day.  I will be working with the littles in their area, which will train them and help me get things done.

I have also worked on school items that needed to be done.  It was good to be able to clean up those items and organize.  This weekend, I hope to clean up the kitchen good and clean out the basement.  

Other than that, we've been up to snow. And snow.  And some more snow.  Not a lot, except the eight inches yesterday, but the wind has been crazy this year.  The fields are empty, but not my house.....its all been blown to my house.

See for yourself:
On the other side of this giant pile is the driveway.  You can see the little barn roof on the top off in the distance

This is the same pile, but I took the picture with the garage and playhouse so you could see how tall it is

This is the other side of that same pile.  And I swear that there are stairs underneath all that snow that lead up to the deck

TL is standing in front of the tree so you can see how high that pile is in front of the barn.  Before the storm it was about a three foot drift and had a six foot path to get to the barn.  Thank goodness we don't have any animals in there, we couldn't get in.  The wood is stored in there though, so I'm thankful we didn't loose power

The driveway.  The drifts are 3-4 feet tall.  It was clear before the storm.
So, we are officially snowed in.  Who knows when they will plow the road.  We're a small town road, so the last to be plowed.  My friend will have to bring over the skid loader to get us dug out.  Not sure when he'll get to that, we're last on the list for him to do.  Poor guy, he's been plowing for about 12 hours already today.

Take care everyone!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekly Wrap up



I've been quite busy this week getting ready to start college in a few weeks.  I'll be taking two classes at once, so life is going to be very busy indeed.  I'm looking forward to getting my master's done....but it will be a struggle.

As if our weeks aren't busy enough with Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Taekwondo, and volunteering at the church's afterschool program, the older girls and I have thrown in some bible studies.  Princess and Bug a Bug are attending a girls study with the Pastor's wife.  I am attending a meaty discussion on Malachi.

I've been planning out the garden and its expansion.  I just ordered some more fruit trees (it will stop being cold and snowy one day right?) and berries.  I will have to order more cinder blocks and a load of dirt so that we can  build more beds.  I love our raised garden beds!

I have also been working on some cleaning and organizing that I won't have time for once we finish school.  

In school this week:

The big girls are workly on an Olympic study.  They have to research six countries and follow and then graph their medal standings.  They also have to research two sports and write a short report on them.  We've been staying up late watching the Olympics, so our school days have been shorter, but we all love the Olympics so we're enjoying the sacrifice.

The big girls are working on the Human Body.  We will be adding in some games and Professor Noggins cards to help us out.

TL is finishing up Adventures of Huck Finn and is doing well with Biology.  Spanish is difficult for him, but he is making huge strides and trying really hard.

Trouble is doing really well with her reading.  I need to be more consistent though.  I've let it goes several times and she needs the practice.  We're still working on short vowel words, but I anticipate her starting other books in the next month or so.

Have a wonderful and safe week everyone