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May
2013
08

posted by on Random Photos

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cozy in their chrysalis

Spring has Sprung!

May
2013
01

posted by on Random Photos, Update

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Oh, how incredibly happy we all are that Spring is officially here!  Yes, I know it’s  been Spring for a while but with the crazy weather we’ve had here… well, let’s just say I am finally glad that Spring is here!

We’ve been spending lots of time outdoors and the girls are loving that!  Good’ol bike riding and park visits.  Fun fun!

With the weather having gotten much warmer, and our spending lots of time outdoors, I am finding it hard to keep the oldest focused on completing her work for the day.  Spring fever and all!

After trying the “let’s take a break and resume our work AFTER we’ve played outside” idea and having failed miserably at that, we’ve decided to just stick with our work, get it done in the morning, and then not have to worry about it again for the rest of the day.  That is the key to success here!  Wanna play?  Finish your work and you’re free the rest of the day!  Seriously hard to get the kid to re-focus after having a long outdoor play session.

We’ve also got some adorable fuzzy caterpillars and are watching them grow!

We ordered the butterfly garden kit by Insect Lore and are excited to see them transform into butterflies!  They are getting bigger and bigger every single day!  I’ll definitely post more pictures when I’ve got more to show!

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My oldest girl is an avid reader.  She devours books!  Finding new books for her can sometimes be a challenge.  She tends to lean towards fantasy genre, which is great!  Her dear’ol parents love that genre :)

Her most recent beloved series is called The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey.

Now, my girl really gets into her books!  Whatever she is reading about, she will want to research the topic, learn more about it, collect, draw, or somehow create said character/object/etc.  In this instance, it’s all about dragons!

Here is her clay dragon that she created:

Isn’t he cute? :)

We’ve gone through a cat phase, mermaids, aliens, animals both big and small!  I love how she totally dives into her books.

Do you have any good book recommendations for a nearly 10 year old?

U.S. History

Apr
2013
18

posted by on Schooling Resource

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Hello everyone!  I know, I know.. it’s been a while.  My posts are far and few.  Trying to juggle a lot on my plate right now!  Between ‘schooling’ three kidlets and attempting to redo our family room, I’ve definitely been keeping pretty busy!

We spent a whole weekend painting the family room.  Then the details; trim and molding needed to be painted.  Very tedious and time consuming!  Especially when you have little ones underfoot who require things like, breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, love, and snuggles! :)

But I am glad to say that the bulk of our Spring home project is complete!  I need to spray paint (uhmm I guess I should amend that to say:  I need hubby to spray paint) some picture frames to go with the color we chose and that should be the last bit that needs to be done.  Yay!

We’ve also been pretty much stuck indoors.  It’s been raining.  No, pouring here!  Storms and tornado watches.  Fun stuff.  I haven’t seen Mister Sun in weeks!!!  I am so done with all this rain.  I hope we catch a break soon!

Oh, yes, back to the real reason I am popping in here:  U.S. History.  We have officially begun U.S. History!  Which means we’ve trekked through the Ancient World and through the Middle Ages.  We used Story of the World for those two big eras but I decided to find something else for U.S. History.

After tons -and I do mean tons- of research, I decided on a conglomeration of things to teach this subject.  First, I am using Joy Hakim’s History of Us.  We’ve started that a week ago and my daughter and I really do love it!  So so far it’s a definite hit!

I’m having her jot down key words on index cards for her to remember.  She gets to choose what she thinks is important and I kinda guide her with that.

I also plan on using Liberty’s Kids as a supplement to U.S. History.  We haven’t started it yet, but it is definitely part of the plan.

In addition to the above, I also am seriously considering adding some Early American classical books to the mix.  Those can be found at the Heritage Store.  I don’t want to overwhelm the child with too much so we’ll just have to see how it goes.

My girl really enjoyed learning ancient history and history of the middle ages and I want her to continue loving history!  The last thing I want to do is get overzealous here with how much I’ve come across to help teach American History!

So that’s what I’ve got for now. :)  I’m sure I’ll come back in a few weeks time to give an update on how we’re progressing.

Hope wherever you readers are that you’re staying dry!  We sure are attempting just that ;)