Saturday, December 6, 2014
I found myself struggling trying to homeschool and go to college full time so I made a few changes. I'm getting up a little earlier to try to get some of my reading done before I start their school day and I changed some of our curriculum. As a history major, I love to design my own curriculum for the kids but it was seriously falling through the cracks. They hadn't done history in about four weeks so I brought down and purchased a curriculum for them. Not how I like to do it, but it will work for this year and next. I just can't juggle it all.
It doesn't help that with popcorn sales in Boy Scouts, I've been really busy with that and thanfully this is my last year being the treasurer. I'm done. TL has one more year of scouts and I'll have volunteered for ten years on scouts. The girls need me with their American Heritage Girls program so that will by my focus. Christmas program practices have kept us busy also. I'm hoping to spend more time with the kids but it seems like all I do is housework, laundry, homework, and homeschooling. We've gotten off of our chore chart schedule so I'm making sure that we get back on track this week. I'm planning on taking May off this next year (I have two classes right now that end in February and will take one eight week class in March through April). I'll have five classes after that and will hopefully be done by April of 2016.....so the prize is in sight. I just have to stay focused and pray alot. I've been losing my patience with the kids when they interrupt me doing homework. My other problem is that the little ones need to have a more structured bedtime. If I get them in bed at a set hour every night I'll be able to do some homework then and not be too exhausted. Unfortunately, as I get older, I'm finding late study nights are not my thing. I'd rather go to bed and sleep a good eight hours.
I'm off to bed for now. Early day tomorrow with Sunday school. Have a blessed weekend everyone!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
- We were visited by our homeschooling blogging friends that we'd never met but "known" for years. It was a wonderful visit and way too short.
- The teen got his driver's license!! WOOT! WOOT! I don't have to drive him around anymore! And at the end of the month he'll have his own vehicle.
- Boy Scouts is in full popcorn swing. I'm tired of it already. As treasurer, I'll have a busy few weeks.
- American Heritage Girls has started. As an explorer leader and vice-coordinator, I'm really busy.
- Last three weeks of this term for school. I have two 12 page papers to write, ugh. It wouldn't be bad except that I wasn't able to pick my own topic for the one class so I'm dragging my heels on it.
- Canning is done for the year. We've had frost several times and I didn't get as nearly as much done with the tomatoes as I wanted but sadly its over.
- We got a pig and a calf to take care of. We're still getting plenty of eggs from the chickens so that's a blessing.
- The heat is on already. I had to do it because it gets down in the 30s at night and its just really really cold.
- My dad and his wife have decided to sell everything and travel in their RV full time. I'm very excited for them. Should be alot of fun.
- Homeschool co-op is going really really well. The girls are enjoying all of their classes.
- TL is taking Russian classes through Currclick and loving it. The classes are fun and engaging and he likes his teacher alot.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
For a printable version of this Native American study, go here.
For a printable version of week four immigration, go here.
Friday, September 19, 2014
At that moment, I decided that my children would learn better geography skills than I possessed. So I've come up with this study program for them to do. The wonderful thing is that this program can/will be used for years as they can do as many levels each month as they wish.
I have a blank world map hanging on the wall that we use to test with.
Each month, I print out the sheet corresponding to that month's study and then I give them a blank map to fill in themselves. It gives them ownership of what they are doing. I designed the program to go over countries, capitals, vocabulary terms, oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, deserts. Here's a look at month one and two. September is a short month because we're getting into the swing of things so that only has two levels. If your child knows these already you can move onto level two. I've designed a ten month program.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I cannot function this way. Perhaps its because I have so much on my plate between homeschooling, full time college, American Heritage Girls, and Boy Scouts? Probably not...I've always been this way. Making lists checking things off. I've even done things for the day not on the list and then written that item down just so I can check it off. I know, I'm pathetic.
With homeschooling I struggle to juggle five different levels. I have two that need one on one time for all their lessons and two that work independently that need one on one time for certain things and one that is almost exclusively independent. And of course, they are all clamoring for my attention at the same time.
This year I made a very organized detailed schedule. Listing what happens when and if mom is needed for the lesson. Now I do answer questions or give directions as needed but the kids know that I am working with someone else and are pretty patient for a few minutes until I get to them.
One saving grace is Homeschool Tracker. I love that I can plan out lessons for the entire year for each subject and each grade level. Once the lessons are in, I just use the scheduler button to plan out each week and I can even include a time for the subject to be started and completed. A lot of times, the girls are done ahead of schedule so they just move onto the next subject. No problem there. Several times during the day, I grade their work (with the girls its usually after each subject) and mark it completed. The program records attendence, grades, and books for me. I have purchased a yearly plan of $60 for the online version. I used to use the Plus program but when the computer crashes there goes your lesson plans. I enjoy having access wherever I am at. It also saves lesson plans for me to use for the kids that are moving up so I don't have to replan or retype or rewrite in plans. What a blessing! I can even type in goals if I wish. I'll do a more in depth post on the tracker program later this week.
On the homefront, I'm canning up a storm. I did eight quarts of spaghetti sauce, 6 quarts of chili, and 3 quarts of pickles in the past week. I still have to do relish, salsa, and the carrots. I've already done the green beans and the apples will be ready in the next week or so. We still have apple butter left from last year so I'll do applesauce and some apple pie filling recipes. I'm hoping my friend will let me have access to her pear tree which is loaded with pears and they don't plan to use. That would be a huge blessing! And of course, tomatoes are still coming in so I'll be doing more spaghetti sauce and chili. I already pickled beets for Kevin. I think they're yucky and so do the kids. Peppers and onions are all in. We now have 12 quarts of bread and butter pickles so I'm pretty sure we're set for the year with those.
Have a wonderful week!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Sing, Spell, Read and Write Level K
Horizons Math K
Handwriting without tears
Unit studies and art
Little Miss-Second Grade
Sing, Spell, Read, and Write Level 1
All About Spelling Level 1
Introduction to Science-Elemental Science
Unit studies and art
Saxon Math 2
Explode the Code
Bug-a-Bug-Sixth Grade and Princess-Eighth Grade
Explorer's Bible Study
Sassafrass Science-biology and plant science
Asst classics to read
All About Spelling
IEW-Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales
History-my own design
Russian (Currclick Live)
Teencoder: Windows Programming and Game Programming
History-my own design
Of course, all four girls are now in American Heritage Girls in four different levels. Its very exciting. Monkey is super excited to join her sisters this year. They also attend the after school program at our church one day a week at which Princess volunteers at.
The three biggest attend a Friday night program at our church. TL is also involved in taekwondo and Boy Scouts.
I hope to get the girls into riding lessons in the spring. Too cold and snowy here in the winter for that. They are very excited to start.
Tomorrow I'll have an updated list of books that they will be reading and hopefully first day pics.
Today we got out the school supplies and set up their desks with the new books, supplies, etc. They were very excited. We'll see how that goes at 8:30 in the am.
This week we're only doing half days. My mom comes next week so we'll be taking that time off.
I'm sorry that I haven't posted in the last month. With Kevin home we were extremely busy trying to get things done around here. And now that the garden is really coming in, I've been busy trying to get the canning done!
Prayers for a wonderful week for all!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I realized with a second grader and kindergartener this year, that I need to switch back to those unit studies. This week I'm going to work on setting up unit studies for my girls on the following topics: Indians, Thanksgiving, oceans and animals, space, and a few animal studies.
We will be supplementing science with Elemental Science's Intro to Science curriculum. I used part of it last year and we really loved the interesting science experiments and the girls loved to work on their science notebooking pages. They felt like they were keeping up with their siblings by having their own work to do. It was a blast. I highly recommend this program!!!
The big girls will be using Elemental Science's Living Book series on the Sassafrass Twins studying zoology and then botany this year. Last year we used their classic series and totally loved it but I wanted to change things up this year. Princess will be in high school science next year and I wanted to make science fun and interesting this year. You'll notice that it states the curriculum is for K-5th grade. We will obviously be beefing up our studies plus both girls need to earn a science frontier requirement for American Heritage Girls so they will be able to work on these requirements and earn their badges. I plan on using these studies next year with the littles.
I'm off to work on my homework and lesson plans. I am very behind in both. I can't believe we start to homeschool in a month. I just ordered the books for the kids!! And I'm on week 5 of two classes for my masters. Only 11 weeks left with two big papers to write
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I'm juggling right now trying to keep up with the outside chores and the garden. I have several projects that desperately need my attention outside. We have several areas that are really just weeds that need to be dug out and redesigned. I've been putting it off because when I go near them the giant mosquito infestation swarms out to attack me. I really need to get moving on that though.
My brother comes tomorrow and we need to deep clean. The cats are all outside right now but he does have an allergy so I want to make sure that the cat hair is gone so he can enjoy his stay.
College started this week. The one class has articles and a book that's about 120 pages to read, plus books and articles for my paper. Not too bad. The other has 2000 pages in just the texts which does not include the articles or the research for the paper. ugh
So needless to say, I'm running around from one thing to another. I'm sitting down today and writing out a list of things to do which will hopefully allow me to stay on task.
And this week starts our birthday week. Bug-a-Bug's is today. She is such a sweet and gently soul. I am so blessed that God blessed me with this wonderful child.
Have a wonderful and blessed week!