Friday, August 22, 2014

Our First Week of School

Weekly Wrap-Up
We had a pretty good first week back to school.  We're finding our groove and it really is overall going very well.  Here's what we did this week.
MJ-6th Grade
6th grade is no joke.  The work load has been more than in the past.  More writing is required which Mj is not happy about, but he really has done well this week.

Bible: Mj is on book two of the Apologia Bible series, Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?)

English: Reviewing sentence structure.

Math: Reviewing place value and decimals.

History: Mj has learned about historians and how they gather information.  We've discussed world views and talked about the Creation of the World.  He wrote an awesome first essay about what historians use to gather information.

Science: Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  Mj is loving it!
A little experiment using the scientific method.  How many pennies does it take to break an uncooked fettuccini noodle? 86
Mj with the help of his crew made a structure that could withstand an earthquake.
Eating the building was a lot of yummy fun!
Art: I'm using HomeArt Studio DVDs for art.  My kids love it!  Mj made a shade scale.
Jadyn - 1st Grade
Jadyn has loved getting back into a school routine.
Bible: Jadyn is learning the days of Creation and making a Creation book.
When we talked about God making water on Day 2, we did a fun experiment to see if fresh water or salt water was heavier.
Phonics & English: Jadyn has been reviewing her letters (T, I, S, N, & W)
Math: Jadyn reviewed her numbers 1-10 and learned which of those numbers are even.
History: Jadyn learned that God created an amazing world for her to live in.  And we are to take care of the world God made us.
Science: Jadyn is learning about the 5 senses.
Spanish: Jadyn learned how to say "hello" and "how are you?" And we began learning colors.
Coloring her  "rojo" page.

She spent a lot of time this week making bracelets on her rainbow loom.
 One of those "This is why we homeschool" moments was this morning, when I saw Jadyn teaching Job where the continents were.
Gabe - Preschool
I really wanted to focus on Gabe this week and make "school" fun for him.  We focused on the letter "B", "#1", and circles.
Matching Uppercase and Lower case "B" butterflies.

Coloring his "B" Wordy Worm page.
B is for Batman.
Gabe loved the magnet letters.
We worked on following directions to color his bug page.
Making alphabet chains.
My Gabe has such a creative imagination.  Everything is a story.  I told him to draw a picture of a person bouncing a ball.  He did that, then added monsters bouncing balls cause they came and ate the people, then he drew his imaginary friend Michael bouncing a ball and then he drew sharks cause we all know sharks like to bounce balls, too.  Oh, I love listening to his stories.
Finding all the "Bs" on the paper.
Gabe got to glue a star on his "B" square for learning "B" this week!
Job - Totschool
Little erasers kept him entertained one morning.
He was excited when I got the food out and had him put them in the oven.
B is for balloon so we had a lot of fun with some balloons.
Gabe & Job loved play dough time.  Wow! was my floor a mess.
Fun Together
Calendar Notebook Time around the table.

We're going on an Expedition around the Earth and our trip started in China.  We learned about the Great Wall of China. We learned how to say some words in Mandarin.  We learned about animals that live in China.  It was a lot of fun!

One day for lunch I grabbed some Panda Express so we could enjoy some Chinese food.  I'm the only on in the family that likes Chinese food.  More for me! =)

We ended our first week by spending the morning at the beach with friends.  A perfect way to end a good start to our school year. 
Check out what other homeschoolers are up to at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day of School 2014

Today we began our 2014-2015 school year.

We've got Job - Totschool. 
Boy, did he make a disaster of our playroom during school today. 

Gabe - Preschool
He did great today!  He was so excited to do his work papers and play some games together.
Jadyn - 1st Grade
She was amazing on her first day of school.
MJ - 6th Grade
He had a bit of heart failure looking at all the work required for 6th grade, but it'll be a good challenge for him.

I attempted some group pics of my crew...... yeah, it didn't go so well. LOL

The best pic I got.

Looking forward what God will teach all of us this year.  So thankful for the opportunity I have to homeschool my children.  I always saw myself as a teacher to a class, but never homeschooling my own kids.  I love it and am blessed to be able to teach them.  It's a daunting task that I don't take lightly and some days I just want to cry and have a pity party, but the rewards are so much greater than those hard days.

He's Officially In Youth Group - Gulp!

Yesterday, Mj officially joined our youth group!  So weird to think that he's old enough to be in youth group. This is a whole new ball game for us, not only do we have a son in youth group, but now we're youth group leaders with a son in youth group.  So excited to watch him grow.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Where we Homeschool

We have a tiny house so we kind of do our schooling all over the house. I thought I'd give you a little tour of our homeschool areas.

This is our playroom.  This is where Gabe & Job will hopefully be entertained with educational playing and free play.
I love the trofast system from IKEA.  Great way to keep the toys organized and easy for the kids to clean up.  We have a lot of blocks, hotwheels cars, play food, Melissa & Doug stacking toys.  In the Rubbermaid bins to the left of the trofast system are school manipulatives - flash cards, unifix cubes, alphabet magnets, learning links, geometric shapes, education cubes, and cups and bowls for sensory  play.
The bigger toys are on these shelves.  We have 3 boys so lots of cars and trucks and buses are in our toy stockpile!
This is our game closet.  The bottom shelf has puzzles, but everything else is card games and board games.
Here is our reading corner.  I try to keep the shelves somewhat organized.  The top shelf are educational books for MJ and teaching materials for church. The next shelf are leftover arts and crafts in the bin and coloring books. The next 2 shelves are books for the little kids and the bottom shelf are puzzles for Job & Gabe.  The blue and gray bin store Thomas the train tracks and some big balls.
The other side of the playroom.
Our paper roll and art crayons and my amazing globe!  I love that globe!  It was a thoughtful gift from friends of ours last year.  It glows!!!
Jadyn & Gabe's school area.
This is Mj's domain. It's actually our storage room and laundry room, but Mj also uses it for school.  It's great for his independent work.  He closes the door and has peace and quiet from the craziness around him! I store my teacher's books and manipulatives on the shelves.
This is where I store our chalk board (from IKEA - I love it). On the top shelf I have my craft supplies and stickers. next shelf are sensory bin items, alphabet manipulatives for Gabe and Jadyn's reader books she likes to read, bottom shelf is science experiments and some Usborne Encyclopedias.
Beside those shelves are the kids "cubbies".  This is where they find their text books, work books, and whatever else they may need for the day.
The top shelf are my folders where I have the week's papers organized for the week. Next shelf is MJ's cubbie.
Then Jadyn's cubbie, Gabe's cubbie, and the bottom shelf are scrap paper for drawing.

We will do our group learning, art projects, and science experiments in our dining room.
The hallway is where their artwork gets hung up.  You can see the artwork we've done over the summer.  And our world map for our Expedition Earth study.  The pocket chart on the door has their chores for the day.
And our backyard - yes we do a lot of learning out here, too.
So that's where we homeschool.  I'm grateful for a handy husband who can makes desks and turn storage rooms into school rooms.  I'm thankful that we have the space to use to homeschool.  I'm excited to start our new year on Monday with these kids of mine!  Stay tuned to what this year will hold for us! =-)
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