August ’13 happenings…

I am going to be trying to do some major ‘catch up’.  I don’t know how I let myself get so behind. Actually I do know- it’s called three kids, business, homeschool, and life! ha

Reagan’s art pieces from TC!  Her teacher Ms. Margarat Migas is seriously the best at bringing amazing talent out of children.

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Writing spelling words, letters, and shapes in shaving cream-

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Our spelling curriculum “All About Spelling”.  It is a very thorough program.  I really like it- it just takes some extra time to complete the lessons.  We just do AAS every now and then.  I hope to maybe incorporate it more over the summer to help keep her on track.

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My Healthy food-

TJ’s Cinnamon almonds, kiwi, blueberry yogurt with blueberries and flax seed….

And a banana/kale shake (not as bad as you might think!)…

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Stamping out spelling words-

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Emmy making a snake.  Reagan doing her Sonlight LA copy work.  Sonlight’s program believes in hearing, seeing, and modeling good literature in order to teach. Every week has a copy work section where she simply has to copy what she reads.

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Dixie hanging out during home school and then helping clean up a mac n cheese fiasco.

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Mommy/Emmy Thursday Zoo Trip-

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Our first stop to Earthfare “The healthy supermarket” was a surprise when we walked up on the bakery! I wasn’t expecting such yummy treats to be in there! ha

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Emmy always peeks in Reagan’s last class while we wait to pick her up.  She cannot wait until she can go to TC.

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A boy obsessed with plungers (unused, of course! ewww)-

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Sunday Dinner goodness-

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Journaling my calorie intake and burn-

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How about the day I decided I was going to drink a whole gallon of water…  Fail.

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Hanging out of the sunroof of my car on a warm summer afternoon….

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Thursday morning nap in the car-

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Emmy/Mommy Thursday Zoo Trip-

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Back To School, Back to School

So after spending hours and hours and hours and hours and hours (you get the idea) researching home school curriculum, I decided to go with a company called Sonlight.  Sonlight Curriculum is a Christian, literature-based program.  The selling point for me was that it comes with Instruction Guides that tell you everything to do.  You get everything you need (pretty much) for the entire year in one box.  Last year, I used a wide variety of curriculum and hands-on activities, but I wanted something with more structure this year.  With my busy schedule, I needed something more planned out and “ready-to-go”.  It was a more expensive choice, but seemed worth it for everything you get.

Here’s a picture from our “box day” when it arrived in the mail.  I admit, opening the box and pulling out/sorting all the stuff was overwhelming.  After having used the curriculum for several weeks now, I will give a more in depth review of our experience (this far) sometime soon.

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1st day of home school– Pancake breakfast!

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I let them choose their outfits for some quick 1st day pictures on the front porch.  (It’s fun to not have a dress code to worry about!) They were sure to model their new backpacks!

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Even though our routine is pretty flexible, it looks something like this-

(if time) Opening Activity on rug (shape blocks, sight word bingo, etc) with classical music playing

Play the Bible Verse of week on CD (Sing the Word: From A-Z)

 Here they are saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  They always want to stand on the table while they do it (they did last year, too).  Not sure why they do that, but whatever….

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Our curriculum came with this prayer cube.  The kids each roll the cube and then tell us what they want to pray for.

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Classroom Calendar on the wall

Folder activities- (calendar, 100 chart/patterns, graphing weather)

Handwriting (while I read aloud from our Sonlight bible, history, nursery rhyme/poetry, and literature books)

Math

Language Arts (journal, Sonlight LA activities, reading, spelling)

Science (sonlight)

We do not have a designated time for Social Studies/history, geography.  It is integrated into the Sonlight literature!

Here’s a few pictures from our first week-

Rea writing spelling words in shaving cream at Gran’s.  Emmy did letters, and well, Max just made a mess. ha

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A field trip the first week of school?  Why  not!?  I took them to the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  They loved it.  We had a fantastic time!

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A stop by the Apple Barn afterwards….  (my fav!)  I enjoyed have a cheat meal….

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Here’s Rea using our new white boards to do a spelling lesson (All About Spelling).

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Emmy and her fashion ways….

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They absolutely love using these shape blocks to build pictures…..

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Getting Max involved a little bit….  I love the free dot letter printables available at Confessions of a Homeschooler!

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Sorting meat-eaters and plant eaters…..

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Max sorting by colors-

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Here’s a video with some random clips from our first week of home school (bible verse, science experiments, field trip)-

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Just July, summertime in motion…

A trip to the park-

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Tent building in the living room-

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Playing with mud and water=hours of fun

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The girls picked their own raspberries-

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Pedicures-

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4th of July

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Only a genius kid would think to ride his scoother sideways, right?  That’s what I’m telling myself, anyhow.

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1st trip to Trader Joe’s

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Passing a semi full of pigs on I-75

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Zoo trip while Kay Kay was in town-

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The library’s summer reading program finale-

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Max dressed himself for church-

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A trip to Safety City with Kay Kay-

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Reagan decided she wants to open a savings account.  Here she is counting her change from all her piggy banks.

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Max had to get a new backpack for school, too!  He loves it.

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All in a week’s time-

I am always amazed when I blog and look back at everything I squeeze into a week with my kids.  At the time, I always feel like I am dragging along barely accomplishing anything, but then I always feel better looking back at what we actually did!  Yes it is chaos.  ALL THE TIME KIND OF CHAOS.  I know it won’t last forever so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.

Another trip to the library for story time-

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Reagan read Grow Little Turnip, Grow Big

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Reagan had been waiting over two years to be able to get her own library card so she was SO happy to finally get it.  She had to be out of Kindergarten and be able to write her whole name.

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Lunch at the park-

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With all the zoo trips, we have been reading lots of animal books.  This one was a favorite.

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I checked out this dvd to try for the kids.  It was quite education and funny- just a little bit over their heads still.  I will definitely use this series with them when they get a little older.  Even for adults, I would recommend it!

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Reagan’s reading log.  We try to log most of the books she reads.  When she gets a full page, she earns a field trip for us.  It is a good system!  It helps keep her motivated.

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I started reading this class to her- (usually a couple chapters at bathtime/bedtime)

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We had an early birthday get-together for my brother since will be out of town on his birthday.  Reagan wrote this for him.

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Our first trip to Dollywood this year-

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My backyard at sunset-

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haha.  I love this.  Emmy censored the baby butt with a stuffed animal.

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The girls had their yearly check ups at the Dr.’s office.  Emmy just had to dress herself.  It was hard for me to let her pull this one off, but I just took a big, deep breath and obliged.

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Emmy got two immunizations.  Reagan didn’t have to have any.  Both of them will not have to have anymore shots til they are eleven years old.  They were pretty excited about it!  They both checked out great.  I always feel so blessed to have such healthy children every time we visit the Dr. for check ups.

We try to swing by the vet’s office across the street from the Dr.’s office every time we go.  They always enjoy seeing what animals they have.  We got to see a brand new baby pony.

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We found a new home for my studio pet bunny Puddin.  It was bittersweet to say goodbye, but we agreed that he would probably enjoy his new home with other bunnies more!  He was the best bunny that we’ve ever had- a little on the spoiled side as you can see…

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Emmy was limping from her two shots in her leg.  She had to lay down at the studio for a rest.

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Max playing under the bleachers at the girls’ game.

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