Friday, February 25, 2011

I never liked that circut board anyways!

I crashed my computer. :( So until I can afford a new one my posts will have to be mobile. Other than that our week is going pretty good. D is loving having something to do that's all his. We made square cookies today and worked on drawing lines (I realized we'd have to figure out HOW to draw basics before he'll be able to trace stuff). Teaching G is going to be a learning experience for mommy - getting him to listen is going to be my first lesson and finding how he'll learn best follows. Last night we did a simple experiment with milk and food coloring. He ate up doing the hands on fun stuff. We are gearing up for a move next week and I can not wait to have a room solely for learning! My bedroom just doesn't hack it - they only want to see what they can check out (get into) in there. :) My week wrap up post is coming up soon hopefull with photos - if I can get to the library or something.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who We Are

The following was to be my blog description, but it was to big. So... scratch that... now it's a post.

This is the story of one woman’s journey to educate her family and really prepare them for life outside her home.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

The woman is a wife, a mother, a teacher, a peace maker, a cleaner, … you get my drift. The Daddy is a hard working man. He is a loving husband & father who loves music, mechanics, and electronics of all kinds. The Children are as follows:
G - 6 years o
ld is his father’s child! He too loves electronics and doing anything his daddy does. He is currently enrolled in public school for kindergarten and home schooled.
C - 4 years old is our little Buggy. She has autism and is currently enrolled in public school in a LD class. She will remain so as she loves going to school and is thriving in their system. We are looking for ABA home based curriculum to work with her at home as well.
D - 3 years old is the Charmer. He is a little sponge for knowledge and the reason I seriously started looking into home schooling. He is currently doing the Letter of the Week curriculum as well as our family studies.
R - 1 year old is quickly turning into another Charmer. He follows mommy around the house saying, “mom,
mom, mom,” over and over again. Mommy loves hearing it, but sometimes wishes he would expand his vocabulary.
G - 3 months is our Gracey Girl. Her middle name came from God’s Grace in our families’ lives and how powerfully we were feeling it just before her birth. She nurses, sleeps, and hangs out in her sleepywrap on mommy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Maybe I Shouldn't Read Other Blogs...

... it kind of makes me feel crappy about how boring mine is.

Ok, down with the self hate & time to remind myself that these blogs have been in the works for months and years.

Yesterday was a cleaning and research day so not a lot got done on the home school front. D did a cow craft with daddy and G completed an addition worksheet. The counting stones are working so well for him and I'm happy to announce that the reward chart is a hit! Tonight he came into my bedroom to announce that he had eaten all of his supper so he earned a point. This is a wonderful accomplishment for both of us because it's been a pain to get him to eat any mean lately.

I downloaded Home School Tracker today and had fun putting in assignments the boys have done and jotting in the journal. I told the husband I'm going to try out the free basic software for the summer and if I like it, I'll purchase the full version. I can already see we'll probably be making that purchase.

I also linked up with some great bloggers today. If you love to read blogs like I do you should check out Follow Me Wednesday and add your blog.

So there you have it, my day in review. Hope to see you back!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Learning Boards Are Up!

I’ve put up some learning boards for the boys to show them what they are working on that week, and to show off their accomplishments.

Right now our ‘classroom’ is in my bedroom, but when we move next month the room I had thought would be a playroom will now be our classroom. Daddy
brought me some thick cardboard they use to protect lawnmowers at work to use as ‘cork board.’ YAY for recycling!

G’s Learning Board

G’s board is pretty blank right now because we just decided to do school with him and I don’t have a lot set up yet. The yellow paper is his first learning assignment. He did a wonderful job using the counting squares and the addition board I made for him.

G’s Counting Board
& Stones

I planned on purchasing the blocks used for counting, but as I was thinking of things to help him until I could buy them I had a DUH moment. We have about 500 of those darn aquarium stones to use! I also recycled the lids from my magic bullet blender (that I’m sad to report died last week) and glued them to a piece of cardboard. Voila!
I’ll try and capture a photo of him doing his addition later this week.

D’s Learning Board

Now this board I’m proud of! The entire top part is the crafts I did for his nursery rhyme of the week, Hey Diddle Diddle! The middle is his shape, letter, and number for the week. The right side is what he’s been working on, Bessie the cow coloring page and his squares.

My little brother and his friend were over today & D was
so excited to show off his homework to them! Then when Daddy came home he got to show off Bessie the cow and his squares again. Oh and by the way he named the other cow (the moon jumper) Moo. Bessie and Moo are his two closest friends this week!

And finally …
The two things I didn’t blow up on the boy’s boards are their rewards charts.

G’s Reward Chart

D’s chart is basically the same, but altered a bit for his age. I knew I was going to have to come up with a way to get G to want to do his work, and this is the first thing we’re going to try. When the play station is missing after public school tomorrow I’m sure he’ll be wanting to earn some time with it. Now I just need to make Daddy a chart so he can earn time too. ;o)

So that’s it folks, our school is up and running! My life literally revolves around home school now - finding things for them to do, ways to help them accomplish to do’s, and praising them for what they can do. I wouldn’t want life any different than it is right now!

What's Going On This Week

Ready, Set, …. LEARN!

What Brought Us To Home School
D is my 3 year old who is insanely jealous that C & G get to go to school. The first day C went to preschool he laid on the floor of the garage and cried for over half an hour. Since we moved to a bigger town I was hoping to get him into head start, but they were full. I had to come up with a new plan!
I’ve always been interested in home schooling for many different reasons, namely what public schools teach for science. I’m not opposed to teachin
g Darwinism, but only as a theory, not as fact. If our children are going to be taught one theory, they should also be taught others as well, in my opinion.
Another reason is because I want my children to become socialized. Yes, I realize this is one of the biggest arguments against home schooling, but I think it should be the other way around. Call me crazy, but I don’t think sending your child to the same school with the same 20 or so kids for 13 years socializes them. I want my children to socialize with many different people from all different ages and backgrounds.
I have a ton of other reasons, but we’ll cover that in a later post.

This post is about where we are this week (our first home school week!).

D is so excited to start “going” to school. He has been
playing with my ‘cow over the moon’ craft for days, and telling the other kids, “this is for me to take to school.”
The theme of the week is Cows. We have already started learning the rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. We will also be learning about cows, reading cow themed books, and putting together some cow crafts.
D’s vocabulary word this week is calf.
The letter of the week is A. We’re going to learn what sounds “A” makes and trace the letter on a work sheet.
The shape of the week is square. After learning about a square we’re going to make square cookies to share with the family for an after dinner treat!
The number of the week is 1. We’re going to trace the number and he’s going to bring me 1 of some different things in our house.

1st Grade
G has been expressing interest in being home sc
hooled, so we’re going to try it out. He’s currently in kindergarten at our local public school, but it’s a monstrous fight every morning to get him there. When asked why he doesn’t want to go he tells us it’s boring. Yes, I know all children express boredom and distain of school from time to time, the problem I’m having is that he didn’t express any of this at his previous school. Oh how I miss that school & the teachers we worked with! He loved going to the other school, he loved his teachers, he loved his classmates, and he never got bored because they worked WITH the children.
When he started that school he was behind his classmates and was put in preschool in the afternoons so he could catch up. Now it seems he’s ahead of his classmates, and I know from personal experience that makes for a poor out
So, as I said before we’re going to try home school out for him. He will still be going to kindergarten, but I’m going to start him on some first grade curriculum at home.
This week we are working on addition from 1-10. I will probably do some research on some other subjects to start working on, but that’s all I’ve accomplished so far.
If things work well for the remainder of the school year and through the summer, he may be pulled completely out of public school next year. I’ll keep you posted.

Family Curriculum:

This week we will be learning about Adam & Eve. We’ll read a children’s Adam & Eve story and they are going to color printouts of the story.

Since daddy is the musical one in this parenting crew he will be doing the music teaching via guitar lessons. I’m still researching how to go about teaching music basics, but plan on finding a curriculum to teach all the kids notes and such.

As we continue this home learning journey I hope to add more things to our family curriculum.