Sunday, October 26, 2014

Week #10: Introduction to Ten Frame (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

Hello everyone and thanks for joining us for week 10!  We took Thursday off of homeschool completely but we made that day up on Saturday.  I love the flexibility of homeschooling!  Friday the boys were starting to not feel well so we decided to give them a break and let them rest so they could feel better.

We had many family situations hit our family this week, but we remember that God is good.  My mother-in-law lost her father to cancer this week but he is now with our Lord and Savior, and is no longer suffering.  Our sweet kitty had a sleepover visit at the vet a few days this week as she was spayed but she is now home and resting with us.  My brother and his family welcomed a new baby into the world this week and I can't wait to go visit with them now and meet my nephew!

We were also blessed to get a second vehicle this week.  It's been a long journey (3 1/2 years) with no second car but we are incredibly humbled and glory be to God who has made this all possible!  Whatever you may be going through this week, I pray for you and your family and remember to turn it all over to the Lord.

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  Luke 18:27.

Introduction to Ten Frame
Reading log:

If you would like to follow along with us on what curriculum we are using, please click here.

Bible and Reading:
Tuesday - The boys did the Bible App on Moses and the Plagues.  B did Reading Lesson #57 out of "100 Easy Lessons" and was introduced to these new words and sounds:  there, sent, well, bit and chicks.  G learned about letter T on ABCmouse.

Wednesday - We reviewed last week's verses with the boys for Awanas and they did a great job on remembering the verses!  They also learned about "A Test in the Desert" on the Bible App where Satan tries to deceive Jesus in the desert.

The boys got to enjoy Library Time this week again and we learned about the letters U and V.  The librarian read, "Froggy Gets Dressed," "Creepy Carrots," and "Asiago."  They also got to watch a video from Walt Disney on "The Ugly Duckling."

Saturday - Today, we read, "The Gruffalo's Child and G continued to work on letter T from ABCmouse.  While at the Library on Wednesday, we discovered they have a whole area of children's DVDs so we borrowed 4 Scholastic videos!  These videos are amazing because they have special features where you may be able to find out more about the author, read alongs, and even some of them are available in Spanish!  The boys enjoyed watching some of their favorite books come to life!  It also introduces us to new books that become family favorites and classics!

 where the wild things are
Art, Music and Physical Education:
Monday - B drew and colored a Gruffalo, and a quail by following the art directions.  Both the boys colored the map and flag of Spain, and then we went for a walk and to the playground.

Wednesday - We took a walk in the park after library time, and we saw a 10 foot alligator sitting in someone's backyard!  The boys danced and wiggled to Sally the Swinging Snake.  B also got to play sports at Awanas.

Right across the water on the opposite end was the alligator!

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - The boys and I worked on a 48 piece puzzle together.

Tuesday - Both of the boys had to answer reading comprehension questions from the Bible App and B had to answer reading comprehension questions from his reading lesson.

Wednesday - The boy got to interact with other children at the library today and also had Awanas.  They also both had to answer reading comprehension questions from Bible App.

Monday - B wrote quail, 4, 9, 6, and 8.  G wrote the letter q!

Tuesday - B wrote letters p and b.

 100 Easy Lessons

Monday - We started using templates today from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits on learning how to use the ten frame.  I wanted B to know how to do this in case he is ever tested on it because I know this is the new way they are trying to teach kids about math but he will be learning both ways!  We worked today on the equations sheet and we used some Legos to help make it fun!

Tuesday - G learned about the number 6 on ABCmouse and B did the Making 10 worksheet, and again we used Legos!

Wednesday - The boys learned about the finger play Five Little Pumpkins.

Saturday - We watched the video from the book One Was Johnny.  It's an awesome counting book because it counts to ten forward and then you get to count backward from 10 to 1.  G started learning about the number 7 on ABCmouse.

Science and Social Studies:
Monday - The boys learned where Spain is in location to Africa and America.  I explained to them that Spain is next to Portugal, which is where Gamma (my Mom) is from.  They thought that was pretty cool!

Wednesday - They boys were amazed to see an alligator in someone's backyard!  There's a park close to the library and there are many bodies of water near where we live so we have to teach them the dangers of being near and not swimming in them because of alligators.

Saturday - This week, we have seen a lot of wildlife near where we live!  Not only an alligator, but we have seen eagles, deer, a coyote and a hog.  

While the boys were not feeling well today, we were all just snuggling in the family room together and my husband called me over to the patio slider.  There was a boy who shot a flare gun in the empty field behind where we are renting and it caught fire!  He was a young boy, maybe 11-13 years old but it scared him and he ran off.  We had to call the non-emergency number because it would have set the whole field on fire.  The lesson learned here for the boys is not to play with guns.  Luckily, they were able to subdue the fire before it got bad.  My husband was a hero in this case because he not only called but also went to try to stuff out the fire before the police and fire fighters showed up.

So, we had a lot of adventure this week for sure!  I pray you and your families are well!  Thanks for joining our adventures again this week and we will see you next week :)


 18 Weeks of Lesson Plans: 1st Grade Science


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

21 Ways to Enjoy a Break from Homeschooling

 21 ways to enjoy homeschool breaks

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
It is not an easy calling to be a homeschool parent, but it is a rewarding one. Whether you need an hour, a day or a week off of homeschool, trust in God that He will bring you back refreshed and ready to make the homeschool year the best one yet!  There’s plenty of time to finish a curriculum, but we only get a short time with our children before they are grown.

For the Homeschool Parent:

  1. Pray – This should be the number one answer in everything in life, but it is the one most forgotten.
  2. Rest – For some of us, this is easier said than done.
  3. Ask for help – This does not make you a bad parent or homeschool parent, but it does show that you are human. We like to do it all, but sometimes we need help.
  4. Meet up with a friend and have a good laugh – If you and your friend’s kids are the same age, arrange a playdate and have some adult conversations while the kids play.
  5. When in doubt, there’s always Starbucks – Leave the kids with your spouse for an hour and go enjoy a coffee and a good book. Pumpkin flavor’s only around for so long you know ;)
  6. Light some candles and enjoy a bubble bath.
  7. If you like to exercise, go for a run, to the gym, swim, walk, dance, or do some yoga to get you back to feeling like you.
  8. Write in a journal.
  9. Read a good book.
  10. Watch that movie you’ve been waiting to see.
  11. Have a date night with your spouse!

For the Homeschool family:

  1. Go on a field trip.  There are tons of museums, zoos, historical sites, libraries, parks, beaches, and fun adventures to get into right around where you live.
  2. If your budget allows, take a vacation.  Learning doesn’t stop just because there is no set curriculum or books with you.
  3. If a vacation is not in the budget, do a staycation.  That’s going somewhere within driving distance from your house and enjoying the activities for the day.  For instance, my family and I went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom resort for lunch and spent the whole day in Downtown Disney.  Less than $80 for the day for the four of us!
  4. Have a “Mommy and Me” or a “Daddy and Me” day with each of your children.  It doesn’t have to be anything but going to get ice cream and talking with them one on one.
  5. Go camping as a family. (Even if it’s just to the backyard!)
  6. Go visit with some friends or relatives – a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house may just be what you all need!
  7. Ask one of your older children to teach what they want for the week to the younger ones, or ask what they want to know for that week.  It could lead to a grand adventure!
  8. Research the area where you live.  You would be surprised at all your town or county has to offer and then go exploring! (And many of the options here are free!)
  9. Get some of your family or friends together and build a project together or create a play.
  10. Volunteer with your children whether it be at a food shelter or a nursing home, there’s always help needed and appreciated somewhere.

What is your favorite way to refresh on a homeschool break?

This article appeared originally as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on October 22, 2014 here.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Week #9: Christopher Columbus and Birds (Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Learning)

Hello there and hope you are enjoying some cooler temperatures!  It always seems that Halloween brings about the cold weather.  This week, we learned about Christopher Columbus and we took off on Monday to observe the holiday and just relax. How is your homeschool year going?  Thanks for joining us for our adventures.  We're glad you're here!

Christopher Columbus and Birds

Reading log:

  If you would like to follow along with us on what curriculum we are using, please click here.

Bible and Reading:
Tuesday - B did Lesson 55 out of "100 Easy Lessons" and his new words were went, those and down.  We also used Shirley Dobson's "God's Ten Best" to learn the Ten Commandments.  I had B write 1 down for God being the only God and the boys laughed when I asked if we prayed to a cup or to God (not praying to false idols.)

Wednesday - Daddy had to work late today so the boys got a chance to go to the library for story time and they read "The Three Bears' Halloween," "Leonardo the Terrible Monster," and "The Teeny Tiny Ghost."  They also got to watch a cute, short cartoon based on the book, "Trashy Town."  The theme at library time today was the letter T.

Thursday - We read "Follow the Dream," "Fine Feathered Friends," and "Birds A to Z."  B also did Lesson 56 out of "100 Easy Lessons" and learned the following sounds and words: ing, red, read, then, need, let and them.  

Friday - We listened to the Bible CD in the car from Creation to Noah on the drive to visit my Mom.

Art, Music, and Physical Education:
Tuesday - B drew a picture of himself and one of his friends from church, and the 10 Commandments.  We learned the "God is so Good" song.  The boys colored a cardboard box as Columbus' ship and then got in it!  G drew a picture of the Avengers.

           Our "Map"

Wednesday - Library time was a blast!  They learned some finger plays called "Five Little Ghosts" and "The Little Ghost." The librarian made a ghost on her finger by placing a tissue and then loosely placing a rubber band around her finger, and drawing eyes and a mouth!  They also learned a song called, "Sally the Silly Snake" and each child was given a piece of green string to pretend it was a snake!  They danced with the snake to the instruction of the song.

Thursday - We went on a nature walk and tried to find birds but could only find one!  We did the "God is so Good" song. again, and then we drew a map on our cardboard box.  We drew the countries we have learned about so far and the route west Christopher Columbus pursued.

Friday - We went to go visit my Mom today and we went to the marina, beach, and two different playgrounds!  We had a lot of fun swimming at the beach and looking at all the seagulls.  The boys also had fun making music at one of the playgrounds!

Motor and Social Skills/Critical Thinking:
Tuesday - We made some brownies today and B answered his reading comprehension questions.

Wednesday - The boys got a chance to play on the computers at the library and interact with other children at story time.  No Awanas today.

Thursday - B answered more reading comprehension questions today and we had fun doing some pretend play as we learned which way was west.  G got on my back and we pretended to be explorers crossing the Atlantic into America.  The boys also helped me make dinner; country fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn!

Friday - I love how the boys make friends wherever they go!  They had so much fun playing, splashing, swimming, and building sand castles with other kids at the beach and at the playgrounds.

        Working on those motor skills!

       Captured one of those "I did it, Mom" moments!

Tuesday - B wrote sh, ch, and blue.

Thursday - B wrote ch, b, north, south, east and west.

Tuesday - We played a game today at clean up time trying to count all the toys we could throw into a bin so we called it "Clean up Basketball."  We counted to 40!  The boys also had fun measuring out the ingredients for the brownies we made today.

Wednesday - The boys counted to five today during the finger play at the library.

Science and Social Studies:
Tuesday - We did some more pretend play today with Jake and the Neverland Pirates toys as they crossed the map to go west towards America.  

  The "Nina," the "Pinta," and the "Santa Maria"

Wednesday - The boys learned about the trash going to the dump after it is picked up by the trash trucks from the video, "Trashy Town" at the library.

Thursday - We learned about different types of birds from the books we read and the boys learned their directions of north, south, east and west.

Friday - I didn't realize where my Mom lives how many public bird sanctuaries there are so we saw many types of birds during our visit!  The boys also got to see a crane lifting materials to the workers on the roof of a high rise!  We stared at this for about twenty minutes!  They loved seeing how much the crane could lift from the bottom and bring up the side of the building!

                         At the marina

         Can you see this cute little bird?

We are going into out 10th week of school next week already!  Thanks for joining us!  See you next week!

What week of school are your children in this week?


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The Balancing Act After "I Do"

 The Balancing Act After "I Do"
My little sister got married this past weekend and at the ceremony, the pastor said marriage does not come with an instructor’s manual.  How easy would that be?  I think we would all be racing to the stores to buy this more than the latest iPhone!   The reasoning behind not having an instructor’s manual, is because every marriage is different.  Each individual person comes to the table with their own gifts and struggles.  Marriage is a beautiful partnership but the thing that many people miss is that it is indeed work. 
We grow up thinking of the big, white wedding dress and the prince coming in on his horse and riding off into the sunset.  In order to make this fairy tale a reality, it takes work getting to know what your prince likes and dislikes, and also him knowing what you like and dislike.  Sometimes learning this balance and being willing to negotiate or meet in the middle is not what people signed up for.  This may be the reason why half our nation is divorced.
I am a child of divorce so I know a little bit on this subject.  My parents, despite their best efforts could not make their marriage work.  It wasn’t due to a lack of love but just two people traveling on different paths, that didn’t want to meet in the middle. That’s how easy love can get lost.
The best thing you can do in a marriage, whether you are newlyweds, engaged, or have been married half your life already, is entrust your marriage to the Lord.  It is never too late or early to do this.  Prayer is powerful.  In these verses, it describes that the wife is protected by the husband, and the husband is protected by God.    
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” Ephesians 5:22-23.
There is a holy union formed when husband and wife marry.  They are dedicating themselves not only to each other, but also to God.  This should be the first layer of a marriage is God and then each other. 
My husband and I were high school sweethearts who separated during college.  We remained friends but we both knew we were headed in different directions.  It was a few years later, but we reconnected and we were soon married.
After the birth of our second child, I felt called to attend church more and to learn the knowledge of the Word that I had missed as a child.  My husband, who grew up in the church, had this head knowledge so he didn’t feel as called to be there.  This was the hardest year out of our marriage. 
Through entrusting my marriage on the Lord and praying relentlessly for not only our marriage but family, my husband came around to not only wanting to go to church, but he also rededicated his life to the Lord.  He is also now in the process of studying to become a pastor or missionary.  This is something that not even in my wildest dreams I could think of, but this just goes to show you the power or prayer.
No matter what your marriage is going through, keep faith in God. 
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28

What are some things that you do to keep your spouse happy, or things that your spouse does to make you happy?
This article originally appeared as a guest post on Sew Crafty Angel on October 19, 2014  here.



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