Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
On a happy note, we had a wonderful day AT HOME yesterday! lol. Because we were unable to drive anywhere we just made the best of it. It seems that every weekend we are busy going here and there. It was nice to have a quiet Saturday afternoon. Matt played Bball with the kids, went for a walk and watched family movies, and to my horror watched Bre climb a 20 foot tree!!! Matt said she is fine, we did it when we were kids. True, but I still made her wear her helmet. lol. :)
Friday, September 18, 2009
SpellQuizzer has made our spelling lessons easier on myself and fun for the kids. Breanna whom started 5th grade this year has noticed that her spelling words are more difficult. As you know, we are mostly a CM homeschool, the majority of the spelling words come from our literature. Because we do not read twaddle books, the words are more complex and harder to spell than your typical textbook spelling list. With SpellQuizzer I have the freedom to input my own words and make an audio of them. Breanna then logs on and hears her spelling words that I have recorded, she then types in the word to find out if she was correct or not. She likes it because I record the words in my goofy voice. Remember, we do not like boring. ;)
If you do not like to make your own spelling list, you can use one of theirs. It is virtually an easy to navigate and understand program, to make things more simple for you as well as your child.
You can download the free trial for 30 days to see if it is something you want to use. I think you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was, just how such an uncomplicated tool is so useful. I also use the words that I created for copywork. The one thing I would like to see in this program is a progress report. However, as a Homeschool Mom I can clearly see how well she is doing with the program just as it is. Remember leave me a comment if you would like to participate in the giveaway. I will choose one random commenter SpellQuizzer for the free download on October 1st. Good Luck!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So, the surgery IS a good thing, if I can get some of my life back. I thank God every day for my family and my blessings.
Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest.Bible, Matthew 11:28
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
*The Blue Jay's coloration is not derived by pigments, but is the result of light refraction due to the internal structure of the feathers; if a Blue Jay feather is crushed, the blue disappears as the structure is destroyed.
*They will sometimes prey on eggs and nestlings of other birds’ nests.
*Captive jays have been observed using tools and strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
*A group of jays has many collective nouns, including a "band", "cast", "party", and "scold" of jays.
After our walk the kids and I made breakfast and started our morning chores. We finished up our lessons around 2:30, then we made yummy peanut butter balls. We finished the afternoon with readalouds while we enjoyed our snack. Overall, we had a delightful day and all work was completed with happy hearts. I could not ask for more.
Today, we started with our morning walk that included daddy and the dogs. We didn't linger long for we started out late, but still had a good 45 minute walk and exploration. We started off strong with morning work and bible study. We are using Mystery of History vol 1, for our bible curriculum. After each lesson is an activity. For today's activity the kids were to make Adam, Eve or animals out of clay. I thought they would spend about a half hour on this. Nada. They became inspired to create clay animations with the video camera and spent 3 hours on it. The finished project was amazing. I will post it later, if I can figure it out. lol. We did get to math and grammar. This is what I love about homeschooling. They were able to work together as a team and be creative, without interruptions of a harried schedule. They still completed their core work, yet were able to enjoy what interested them. Even my techno geek husband was impressed with the finished project. I love homeschooling. It is days like yesterday and today that make all the "other stuff" worth it. I guess I won't be flagging down the yellow bus after all...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I have been getting stuff ready for school and have cluttered up the dining room a bit-but hey, we are a homeschool family after all. I thought I would have had my surgery by now. I really wanted it before school season started. Between insurance and scheduling with specialist, I will not have the surgery until sometime in October. Oh well. something good did come out of it- I completed an entire years worth of lesson plans for Ty and Bre in fear that I was going to have the surgery and not "feel" like planning. I am a way over planner. :)
I have a ton of pictures to upload-hopefully sometime this week. I have to pace myself due to the neck and back injury, but I seem to do ok, if I keep to a schedule and pace myself. I couldn't imagine being in this much pain and managing a household if I had very little ones to take care of. I am a very blessed mom and wife to have such a wonderful family. Well, I am off to make dinner. I will be back soon. I promise. ;)