Thursday, October 28, 2010

Through the Years Thursday--- Garner, other years

Garner State Park 2008

I'll have NEW pictures for you in a few days!!!  :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A quote that makes you think...

I read this quote on another blog post--- this was part of  a sermon at her church and there was a lot more to it than this.... but THIS is the one part that just really struck me.

What we want them to know five years from now needs to be part of our conversation with them today.

Wow... now I have heard something very similar in the past but as I read this I immediately saw my children's future!

Kate in five years will be on the verge of turning 17.
Matt will be 15.
Emily will be 12 1/2.

I feel that in a tiny way I am having THAT conversation with them... I mean we talk about character, we talk about modesty, we talk about respectfulness.... I am training them daily to be the person God would have them to be.  I might not be GOOD at it but I try!  We do talk and train and work on this...

But at 17 Kaitlin should be:

-- a little more than midway though high school (we are NOT a start college courses when you are 14 kind of family... in fact I plan on 5 year high school plan.) 

--- She could be working in some capacity, whether it is babysitting, a part time job, at the church, volunteer situation or heavy into a sport I guess. (this is dependant on a lot of things...)

--- She would most likely be driving (16 is not a guarantee in this family). 

---she should realistically be able to run our household (not that this will be her responsibility but that she has the skills too)

---she will hopefully not be dating ( we are planning on a courtship like approach to dating... I understand that parents don't always get their wish.)  but we would be working on the skills necessary to run her own household or whatever her plan for the next five years is. 

---she should financially be paying for a fair amount of wants and some needs. She should be financially aware of how things work and be able to take care of all her banking needs, keep a checkbook, keep a budget etc.

So how is my conversation today dealing with the above items:

school--Well we are schooling--- I do know pretty much what maths, histories, sciences that we will focus on for the next few years so I guess we are good on that.

work---we are volunteering at the church and she is starting to learn about meeting expectations, completing responsibilities, honest, respectfulness.  We will volunteer outside the church and home also but a lot of the positions are age 12 or up. 

places I am looking into for her volunteering:

Food Bank
Bird sanctuary _feeding baby birds
The Children's Museum

Driving--- not broaching this of course, but at age 15 we will begin drivers Ed and go from there.  I will say that she has driven at Garner (we do this every year) and she can back up nicely and park.  I don't believe in allowing kids to drive JUST because they turn 16 so we will only allow them if they are able to show good judgment not only in the drivers seat but also in general life situation.

running a household-- we are a little behind on this in my opinion.  Kate only began chores and household responsibilities at age 8 and really only started any serious training last year.  Emily began chores at age 4 and can handle many areas of the house for the most part.  So it is slower going with Kaitlin but as she learns each area she is handling it pretty well (minus the forgetfulness) when ON TASK she does a good job.  I just have to find a way to keep her ON TASK.  :)

this year we are stepping up laundry and cooking. 

Dating--- this has been dealt with, number one she clearly understand that this is not allowed at her age.  besides the obvious we are not dating right now... we have begun the conversation about dating.  I however focus MORE on relationships in general than I do solely on a boy.  Kaitlin has always had some issues with social skills.  I mean she is sweet and kind and loves people, but she misses a lot of social clues and is not always aware of certain situation.  So once we established a few cemented rules about dating... we really began focusing on social issues. 

What her body is doing and how to take care of it...

How to be a Christian girl in this society...

Mean girls and that whole situation...

Kindness.. friendliness... grace.... honesty....what is acceptable....appropriateness.... modesty.... trust issues

Finances--- Kaitlin is given an allowance and expected to not only tithe off it but to also save.  Saving, debt and finances are a huge conversation here.  Our kids KNOW and understand that we don't use credit and the very basics of why.  That have for the most part grown up with this and it has been a huge topic of conversation for us... we hope they take after us and that we have been a good example to them both in our mistakes and our life style.  We are willing to talk about these issues where a lot of parents feel that Money is a tabu subject... we do not feel this way.  We want our kids to understand, it is an issue they CANNOT get away from!

SOOO I guess I am having the conversation for the most part.. I do need to step it up in some areas!  But mostly I guess we cant prepare them for everything but we do need to have a plan and try our best to teach them

 #1- to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to put HIM in the center of all their plans and actions and to look for HIS will in their life. 

 #2- we need to get them ready to live in the real world as much as possible, this happens by talking and dealing with "real" life as it happens and preparing them for what can happen.  Also to give them a strong family to lean on and again push the relationship with Jesus Christ.

  #3- to love them and share with them and let them know that they can talk to you about anything so that THEY can be part of the conversation.  Also so you will hopefully KNOW what is going on in their lives!

I would personally rather them stay young... is that an option?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Autumn/ fall lapbook Part 1

I wanted to do a lap book for fall. I looked at some different sites and decided on this one. It is from Currclick. I don't usually buy these things, I find enough stuff free but I just liked this one.

I got some stuff from squidoo.
I got some stuff from Delightfully Learning. (this is where I saw the Autumn is Awesome lap book)

So we started with our nature walk-

we did not find everything... our first time, we will try again, but this is what we DID find!

 Picking up acorns and maple leaves

Kaitlin took a picture of this flower...

MOSS... and a pretty pic of Kaitlin!

 caterpillar--- now we are gonna see what he turns out to be!

THIS is a birds nest- way, way, way up.  We could hear the birds though and the mother swooped down.

Some type of honeysuckle or morning glory???  It was beautiful and all over a fence.

We could not find a spider web (too bad!) or a beetle.

After we had finished collecting our items, we did a leaf rubbing!

We learned some vocabulary words for fall...


And we started learning a new poem...The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

" I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

I had the kids draw a picture like these Harvest themes by Winslow Homer (he was an American landscape artist)

We did an acrostic poem with the word LEAVES.

Here are some of the books I gathered...

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked  by Lauren Thompson

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young
This is one of my ALL TIME favorite books, we read it as a child- I have my copy it is falling apart!  I just LOVE this book!

"the tip, tip top of the tall oak tree...."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

If you go owling...

Emily did this book last March... it just never got posted for some reason...

 Owl Moon. I dont know how I went through two other children and never read this story... but I loved it. It is number one a great lesson book for children on behavior at places like libraries, doctors offices and just places you need kids to sit still and be quiet for a few minutes. Number two the art is beautiful and it is just a simply sweet story!

Kate's owl is the darker brown one, hanging out is the hollow of the tree. Emily's owl is the bigger one with the huge eyes. I did laugh when I saw her owl. I tried not to though! Matt's contribution was the trees torn from construction paper.

Weekly Wrap Up-Week 13-13

Since school has been on and off... here is a wrap up of some stuff from each week.. KINDOF AN OVERVIEW!
We got caught up on ALL ABOUT SPELLING, I am really enjoying learning all the rules.  I just DO NOT remember learning any of this stuff... not that I didn't, but I can't remember it.  So I am as usual learning right along side my kids!   I bought THIS container to store my magnetic letters in.  So when we started spelling today the kids set up the letters really quick!  I might eventually use a magnetic board but not right now.

Math U See is going well--- no problems right now!  YEAH.
Actually Emily IS having a little problem with money but we are getting it!  I decided to set up a store for her to work on counting money!

Everything had a price tag on it and she had her money and had to bring me EXACT change for her purchase.  She ended up doing pretty well, so MAYBE we are over the hump!  If not I found some online games to play when we start back up to school next week.

Memory Work--- we were working on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost but the kids really don't like it so much.  So I decided to find a fun poem instead.  We did however read the Frost poem and discuss about it and the kids drew an illustration of what they think the road not taken looks like.

Writing With Ease... we honestly have NOT done this every day although I should because it is so simple!  I like having my copy work all laid out, decided for me!  The worksheets have both an easy or hard copy work example, this way I have Emily and Matt (who likes doing the least amount of printing he can) do the easy one and Kate does the harder one. 

We do additional copy work in First Language Lessons, science, Bible and sometimes history.

In Bible we finished up Joshua, the kids drew the town of Jericho and drew Rahabs window with the red cord.  We also watched Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: Joshua and the Battle of Jericho

Matt did a Lego scene!

We are well past past Jericho now.. the Israelites have been making the sun stand still, killing giants, tricking neighboring villages and dividing into lands for each tribe... BUSY people!

We have finished reading Gulliver's Travels... it was a good read, but  kind of a hard read!  We talked a lot about political satire-- which crosses over to history as Ben Franklin was big on political satire!


We read a Ben Franklin book called Magic Squares ( all the numbers in the grid add up to the same number, diagonally, horizontally and vertically)   and the kids and I worked one out of the book then I asked them to work on their own for a while.  Matt and Kate whined and fussed, Emily copied the book proudly and finally Matt brought me his final copy....


 it was funny how excited he was when it came in at the library!

I have a list of books for the kids, it is from Classical Christian Education, I have had the list for over two years but got serious about working through it mid way through the 2008-2009 school year.  I try to focus on the books that match with our school year but also choose some just because books.

So far this school year year Matt has read:
Columbus by Ingri
Hundred Dresses
Pilgrims of Plimoth
Sarah Morton's Day and others
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrim
Three Young Pilgrims
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin
All- of- A- Kind Family
Ben and Me
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cricket in Times Square
Daniel Boone and other biographies
Five Children and It
Phantom Tollbooth (stopped said it was really boring)
Stuart Little
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (abridged)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (abridged)
Jungle Books (abridged) but we have done unabridged as a read aloud
Robinson Crusoe (abridged)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (abridged)

Kaitlin has read:
Ben and Me
Black Beauty
Black Stallion
Cricket in Time Square
Little Princess
Rainbow Garden
Story of Dr. Doolittle
Stuart Little
Thimble Summer
Little Women (again)
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrim
currently reading NATIONAL VELVET
started an abridged version of The Scarlett Letter- but said it was too much.

and I have read all of these to Emily:
And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
Caps For Sale
Little House and the others
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
Story of Ferdinand
Green Eggs and Ham
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Put Me In the Zoo
Benjamin Franklin
Pilgrims of Plimoth
Sarah Morton's Day and the others
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
Three Young Pilgrims
Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock

We obviously read a WHOLE lot more than just these but I wanted to share from the actual list.

We had a break from both science and history for the whole week... but I did have the kids play Sequence, work on State flashcards and we spent some time playing on these websites:


The kids participated in Sketch Tuesday with Harmony Art Mom
this weeks assignment was: something you use to treat a cold.  I don't really dig that assignment and we missed last weeks so we are doing IT instead!

Something you find in CHINA.

( sorry I lost my pics for this!)

I decided that I would take some crafts to Garner like I always do but didn't have a lot of money to spend.. so I needed to use what I had on hand and keep within a budget of about 10-15 dollars.  There were 6 kids on the trip so I had to come up with craft supplies for 6 kids.

I went over my 15 dollar budget when I RE BOUGHT Watercolor pencils- but I bought a big set plus a whole set of pastels and ALOT of that is Kate's bday present!

Here is what I found:

Deep Space Sparkle-- Fall leaves
Fall Leaves in tissue paper
Mosaic Cornucopia
Perler Bead Bead-- leaf
Candy corn basket
Leaf People I also read Leaf Man with this craft
Rock and Roll art- marble art (I decided to put silhouettes of camp items and use the marbles over them)
Spoon Pilgrims
Fall Leave Painting-- working on perspective
Contour Leaves
Pasta Skeleton
Crayon resist leaf
Fall Tree Reflections- this is really neat!

So that is our wrap up. The plan when we come back from Thanksgiving Break is to get back on board for some REAL work for the next 3 weeks!  I have a goal of posting for Weekly Wrap up each Friday so I will GET done what I am supposed to get done!  :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up --- Week 11

So if "legally"- which in TEXAS I am an unaccredited private school and this technically does not apply to me- my children have to complete 180 days of school... but we have always complied to this PLUS some!

Anyway with this being our week 11 we have completed 44 days of school only 136 "legal" days of school yet... That puts us finished up (with holiday breaks) ... May 17.

Of course I WILL not be done then because I will take "breaks" here and there, other than the holiday breaks and NOT do school every single day that I counted, but it feels good to know I have a goal and I am checking off those days!! In fact this is the first year I have actually made a page with 180 spaces and I am checking them off as we complete school days.

BTW.. we technically school year round, so I can take LOTS of breaks, I like to start my "new" year at the beginning of August.

Okay enough numbers... onto our week!

Monday started off well enough...

We started our Autumn lap book and worked on finishing up THE STAR by Jane Taylor so that we could start our new poem this week..

We started The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost for our new poem.

We participated in the Outdoor Hour Challenge-- we did not learn ALL about trees and leaf patterns as we are not studying it in science so I did not go too in depth, but we did collect a few specimens and looked at shapes and veins. We completed a leaf rubbing. I had the kids watch this video of the watercolor technique to draw a picture of a harvest theme painting like Winslow Homer drew. I could not find my watercolor pencils so I just had them paint over the sketches they had done.

sorry blogger will NOT let me turn this picture for some reason!

Matt has finished up Explode the code 8, so he went from Book a- all the way through Book 8! He will miss them... I would like to find another easy workbook to fill this time space as he really enjoys it... I might get him Easy Grammar... I think he would like it. He is definitely a work book kind of guy!

The kids are moving along in math. No problems right now, just plugging along!

We are working through our ALL ABOUT SPELLING. I started doing one step a day, 4 days a week but have moved that to twice a week. I am a little behind schedule on this but it one of the first thing I knocked off the list in the last two weeks with being sick! We are working on getting caught up again.

The kids started working on the word cross puzzle in their Anatomy Notebook.

We measured the amount of water we drink in a day--- which led back to THE GREAT BRITA PITCHER WAR... :) They are doing better, instead of it being empty once a day it is more like once every couple of days!

We studied simple and complex carbohydrates. Very basic but we did get into actual molecules and how one breaks down quicker than the other to give us energy, which has a higher or lower glycemic index.

We did NOT get this intense though....

We made cookies for the homeless ministry at our church. The kids did most of the baking and then packaged all the cookies. We added a scripture to each package- we used this recipe for Cake mix cookies...


Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

•1 - 18.25 ounce box cake mix
•1/2 cup vegetable oil
•2 eggs
•2 cups of * you can add up to 2 cups of any mix in: nuts, cookies, chocolate chunks etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet(s). Mix together cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in *. Make little balls with the dough and put on cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire cooling racks.

We worked on Writing with Ease, First Language Lessons and our memory work.

The kids played Human Body Bingo.

We also learned how to play solitaire with real cards. The kids could only play on the computer, so I decided they should be able to play with real cards....

We started Joshua in Bible- The kids built the city of Jericho and then KNOCKED it down. We also watched the silly Veggie Tales with the silly slurpy being thrown over the walls... NOT my favorite show, but the kids enjoyed it!

We were supposed to have our science class on Friday but Emily got sick in the night (very early morning- so a lot less sleep AGAIN)   so we cancelled.