Friday, August 30, 2013

Our First Week Of School

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Well, today marked the end of the first week of school. After all the distractions caused by these two:


Things settled down a bit and we started getting into a routine. I told the kids they could play with the puppies before school as long as their chores were done, breakfast was eaten and it was before 8. They have started waking up at 6:30. 

We have been spending the first hour of our day in Bible study. Which includes a journal entry for my son and a craft for both of them.  Here is one of our crafts for Jonah and the Whale.

The pattern and instructions for this craft can be found at Danielle's Place. My inspiration was from The Preschool Experiment . She has some amazing ideas. 

As things settled down yesterday brought THIS ....

We did not get flooded but under all that water is my neighbors yard and a number of trash cans. It brought much excitement in the house and a great opportunity to talk about weather and God being in control of all things.

All week the subject that was one of the least favorites was Apologia Astronomy. We have never used Apologia and I was beginning to think that it was not a good fit but then the Jr. Notebook arrived in the mail today. Lightning's eyes lit up as he opened the package. When I heard, "This is mine! It's really cool!".

He literally was ecstatic about doing astronomy today. He even went on to say that some day he wants to work for the NASA, as an engineer of course, so he can build cool robots.  

How is your week going?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Puppies and Chaos, Oh My!

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I would be lying if I said we had a great day. Our day was filled with some chaos, many unexpected interruptions, but I am so thankful that we made it through the day. There are a number of things that are going to be changed to fit both my children. 

Our first day begins... with a little madness

4:20 am- I try to get up in a failed attempt to make my husband breakfast before he leaves to work. My husband leaves really early in the morning, tomorrow I am going to try to get up at 4:00 am. 

7:30 am- both the kids are awake and begging for breakfast. Mommy is still reading her Bible and getting ready for the day. Waking up earlier is scheduled for tomorrow. There is nothing like spending quiet time with the Lord, when things are still quiet. 

8:00-9:00 am- Dishes are washed and breakfast is served.

This is a very late start for us, considering it was the first day of school, we are easing back into our not normal "normal" schedule.

Sometime around 9:30- 10:00- I decide to let the kids go out and play before we sit down to do school. Why not it's the first day, right?  So we are outside and the neighbor's puppy escapes (one of two) me being a sucker for all things small and cuddly decide to allow the kids to play with them. Play time over back to school. 

10:30 am- I put the neighbors puppies back in their yard and usher the children back in the house for school. 

Interruption #1 - a handful of puppies. After everyone is inside I look outside to see if the puppies are okay, one has escaped. I pick him up and try to figure out how it escapes and fix it so I can go back in and start school. I ask my son to hold the puppy while I patch a hole in the fence so it cannot escape. Grab brick, patch hole go back inside. 

10:40 am- Go over rules, make a list of things we want to learn about, and pray.

10:45 am- Bible Study time. This is one of my favorite times when me and the kids dive into the word of God together. Currently, my daughter has been stuck on the story of Jonah so we read that from her beginner bible. After we pick up the Jesus Storybook Bible  and read the Singer, the part of the Bible where Jesus is telling people not to worry taken from Mathew 6, 9 and Luke.

I cant say enough about how much I love the Jesus Storybook Bible. I love how the Bible stories are told and how they all point to Jesus. 

11:30- 12:00 pm - Bible notebook/ Craft/ Break

12:00- 12:30 pm- Apologia Astronomy- I am super excited about starting astronomy, my son not so much, my daughter bored out of her mind. At this point I pause and give my daughter a small activity to do with water beads and a medicine dropper while we continue astronomy. 

1:00 pm- Lunchtime/ Recess- on the menu PB and J with strawberries, baby carrots and whole wheat goldfish. For recess play outside with the puppies.

1:40 pm- Naptime/ Geography  

Interruption #2- After the puppies were put back I went inside got Little Bits ready for her nap, started reading her a story when I heard one of the puppies crying. Another puppy escaped. I ran outside to put it back and figure out how it was escaping. Another brick was needed I went to the neighbor the right of me borrowed a brick and patched the whole.

1:45 pm- When I walked into the house there was chaos! My little one running around in her underwear and my son trying to barricade her and prevent her from going outside in her undies . I read Bits a story and put her down for a nap and gave Lightning some independent work while I took a much needed mommy break.

1:50 pm- Mommy break over :( my son needed help with what he was working on and my daughter refused to take her nap. My little one had to stay in the room until her nap time was over.

2:30 pm- Around this time I am thinking of calling it a day but my son is begging to do geography so we continue. We get through geography and I call it a day.

Unforgettable moments:
  • Losing our geography curriculum and frantically searching for it in my "organized" house. I really thought I had everything organized. 
  • My son overcoming his fear of dogs.
  • Holding two puppies in the heat trying to figure out what to do with them, I felt like I was on an episode of  I Love Lucy.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tasty ...... Thursday

Today on tasty Thursday me and the kids whipped up a couple of batches of snickerdoodles. I have to admit that I have tried a number of snickerdoodle recipes always trying to duplicate my mothers' recipe, she makes the best snickerdoodles, but I have not found it yet. These cookies are easy to make and come out soft and moist. The best part is the opportunity for little hands to roll the balls of dough in sugar cinnamon goodness. Let's get started. Preheat oven for 350 ° This recipe yields 6 dozen. 

3 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
6 TB. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon


1. Start by mixing flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl start mixing the softened butter until it is fluffy then add the sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla until well blended.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones by mixing them slowly together. 

4. Set the dough aside and in another small bowl mix 6 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

5. Scoop out dough by the Tablespoon and using your hands roll into a ball, then roll ball in sugar and cinnamon mixture until coated.
This was their favorite part! 
6. Place dough on prepared cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15-16 minutes. 

7. Enjoy with a glass of milk and share with a couple of friends!

Note: Be careful not to over bake your cookies, they are ready when little cracks appear on the top of the cookies and they no longer look doughy

If you have a snickerdoodle recipe we can try out please leave it in the comment section.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to Homeschool 2013 Pictures

It's that time of the year again the first day of school pictures. Technically, we don't start school til next Tuesday but we are sharing a week early. I love taking our back to school pictures. Little Bits said she wanted to dress like a princess and Lightning was not so thrilled but  he obliged.
Lightning is going into 2nd grade. He is a fun loving kid and a complete bookworm. When I think he is goofing around I find him in his room quietly reading a book. He is the big brother in the house and man of the house when Daddy is not home. He squashes any bugs and comforts his sister when she is hurt or cranky. He wants to be an artist when he grows up and a chef. This year we will be focusing on his desire to learn about art. I am excited to see all that God has planned for my son this year. 

Little Bits will be entering Preschool this year. She is the fireball in our house and also has the gift of giving the best hugs. Looking forward to having fun with her learning letters, counting, and learning about Jesus. Her favorite toy at the moment is her little stuffed dog she has affectionately called Lucy.  She wants to be everything when she grows up. But for now she is content being a princess. 

The photo props that I used can be found at Skip to My Lou

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tasty.... Thursday!

Funny for the day. Me and the kids made blueberry muffins and we gave them away to some women around our neighborhood. One of the women knows I homeschool and she was like "Oh, wow, homemade from scratch, blueberry muffins. You must do everything!" I had to laugh I took it as a compliment but at the same time was thinking no I don't. I barely cook and I am really trying to be a better homemaker. I follow a lot of homesteaders and they amaze me with all they accomplish in a day.

School for us starts in another week so we are doing some baking before it starts and warming up those math skills in disguise. Why blueberry muffins? I always try to get fresh berries from the farmers market but a lot of times they get forgotten and not eaten. By putting them in  muffins it helps them get consumed and not wasted.

Let's Get Started .... 

This recipe yields 12 muffins. You can double the recipe and make some to freeze for later. 

Next you are going to make a mix for the struesel topping. This step can be skipped if you just want your muffins plain.

Strusel Crumb Topping Recipe

1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Make topping and set aside.\

Muffin Recipe: 

1 1/2 cup of flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk
1 cup fresh blueberries

Bake for 25 minutes at 400° F or 200° C.

*When combining ingredient mix dry and wet  ingredients  separate and then combine the wet ones with the dry ones.
*mix the ingredients on medium to low and hand mix berries in the batter.
 Tip: If you add the struesel topping a little bit goes a long way. I like to only put a small spoonful on each muffin.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Our Homeschool House

Like many homeschool families we do not have a homeschool room, that being said, every year I pray and ask the Lord to give me vision of what will work for our homeschool house for the upcoming year. Most of our schooling takes place in the first room in our house the living room.

The first thing you will see as you enter our house is the bookshelf right by the front door.

Reading is very important in our house and fostering a love for it is definitely a priority. 

As  you continue to walk in our living room you will see our easel (a simple inexpensive easel from Ikea) and cork board which usually holds what we are learning for that time of the year.
We use a lot of anchor charts and do a lot of writing and math practice on the huge notepad and when my little one gets bored I take it off and let her draw on the paper with smelly markers. Those are some of her drawings. 

Right next to this area is my Little Bits preschool stuff. 
This year we are going to do what I have called Fun in a Box! The labeled buckets on her book shelf will have a fun activity in each one. They will be related to the letter we will be covering for the week. Tins were purchased at the dollar tree and the labels can be found at TPT for free they come in 6 different colors!

On the opposite side of the room Little Bits desk can be found.
She loves going to this table to draw, play with play dough, paint. Its covered in chalk paint so sometimes she will just get some chalk out and start drawing.

Next to her table is Lightning's desk.
This is where he keeps his notebooks, workbooks, and school supplies. 
Not pictured is our couch were a lot of reading takes place. 
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Monday, August 5, 2013

2013-2014 Curriculum Choices for 2nd and Pre- K

2013-2014 Curriculum 

Choosing curriculum can be extremely nerve racking. Time is invested in choosing the right curriculum that fits your child's learning style, your budget, and is fun and engaging for you for your child. All that being said here is the list of curriculum that we will be using this year in Pre-K and 2nd.

~Pre- K~
Hope you enjoyed the list of curriculum that I have shared. As always things change through out the year so stay connected as I give updates of what is working and not working. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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