::The party time::
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In the pictures: Little corners of the house that are always changing!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
10:00 We are done. The kids are dressed. I have not had a shower! They are hungry. We grab a snack and head to the school room.
(But loved this book and art project. Can you see the sparkly fin?)
These are the books we've read in the past week.
::Spelling Workout (B, C)
::Handwriting (Abeka cursive)
Toot's reading project: a Floss puppet
Jaybird with his book report mobile
::Logic (Mind Benders puzzle for each)
*These subjects were taught while "ping-ponging" from each boy, and the 2 year old. And occasionally I ran upstairs to work on the laundry. Here are some of the things Lydie did during morning school time: (She has been drawing faces the past few months. Aren't they cute?)
Then she put glue on her brother and lost the opportunity to play with him. She spent the next 20 minutes in her room playing alone (with my Grandmother's breakable miniature tea set!!)...and eventually changed her attitude and came down to apologize.
And Toot finished first, as usual. I am so glad he has the freedom to do something creative with his free time and not just busy work. (He also made a yarn ladder on his chair for the kittens.)
12:30 We stopped work and took a break for lunch. Here's how far we got with our list for today.I grabbed turkey dogs, mac and cheese and apples. I gobbled down my lunch while the kids ate. Instead of reading a book to them as I planned, I wrote a card to a friend. Then Jaybird unloaded the dishwasher (I forgot to turn it on last night so we couldn't do it until now!). While he and Toot cleaned the kitchen, Lydie watched a show and I folded laundry.
1:30 We run to Blockbuster...Wednesday is movie night! It is a gorgeous day, so we stopped by the playground for 30 minutes or so. Ahhh, love to breathe in that fresh sunshine! I ask them to let me sit on the picnic bench and rest, but then realize there will not be time to mow the grass later. And this was my plan for exercise today. So, I get off my rear and run and play with the kids.
2:30 We're home and the kids are starving AGAIN. I let them pick a snack. Lydie and I dance and sing around the kitchen to some silly music while the boys eat AGAIN. 3:00 Lydie went down for a nap. We sang and read and cuddled. The boys played together. I put in a new load of laundry and fold clothes. I (finally) hopped in the shower.
4:15 Time to finish school. The boys are hungry, again! But yogurt smoothies will have to do. We learn from :
::Math (Saxon 3 and Horizons 1)
::Grammar (Shurley 1 & 3)
::History (Mystery of History, Vol. II)
::Latin (Prima Latina)
::Bible (Veritas Press)
(Their interpretation of the cherubim and flaming sword guarding the tree in the Garden of Eden. Complete with glitter and everything!)
::Art History (We are studying Etruscan art to go along with history. I made up our history study because I wanted it to be chronological with history.) (Jaybird's Etruscan tomb painting)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Jaybird's writing assignment was to write a personal letter to a friend
Here it is:
How have you been? I am doing fine. How was your fall down the rabbit-hole? I hope it was okay. I hope you made some friends down there. And I hope you went on some great adventures. By the way, why is the Mad Hatter mad?
P.S. Write back soon!
And Jaybird's first page in his journal:
Welcome to my journal. I know I can trust you. You're brave, you're smart, you're daring, and you're ready for an adventure! Now, read about my 9 year-old life that is filled with Thrills! Chills! and more!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Happy birthdays, my little sweet hearts!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
~We also began using a nature journal for the first time. We found wild asters in the backyard and tried to sketch one. We are going to key it out tonight with Andy and find out the common and scientific name of the plant. It is so beautiful!