Saturday, January 9, 2016

Homeschooling: Jan. 4-8, 2016

Christmas break is over. We made it through our first week back at school. Here's a little peek into our week:

Baby Girl's Daily Calendar - We purchased it at Target.

Baby Girl's School

Bug is reading a book from his current Sonlight core.

Doodles is watching a math lesson using her DIVE CD
Bug is doing a science experiment to demonstrate a fossil mold and cast.

This is super cool!


What a wonderful Christmas season we've had! The only downside was that our Dec. 25 was very warm and very rainy. Thankfully we're enjoying sunnier and colder weather now. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Here's a look at ours:

Friday, December 11, 2015

Homeschooling and Life: Dec. 1-11, 2015

We are winding down our school work soon in preparation for the holidays. We will have three days of school next week and then we'll take a break until January 5. How long do you take for your holiday break? What are your plans and traditions? We love to watch special Christmas movies. Our favorites are Home Alone, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version) and The Nativity. We choose an angel off the Angel Tree and buy gifts for a less fortunate child. We also enjoy riding around to look at Christmas lights. We bake gingerbread cookies and build a gingerbread house. This year we even made a gingerbread nativity! We have a basket filled to the brim with Christmas books that we love to read. Also, the children receive candy and a small gift on the feast day of St. Nicholas. We have a special Christmas Eve candlelight dinner after we attend Mass. We let the children open one gift on Christmas Eve; the rest are for Christmas morning! After breakfast on Christmas Day we play board games and lunch consists of a variety of appetizers. For dinner on Christmas night we meet friends at a local Chinese buffet. I love the holiday season! I'm probably more excited than the kids. I'd love to hear about your family's celebrations! Meanwhile, though, we have a little more school to finish before the break: 

Books I use to plan Baby Girl's winter activities. 

Grinch ornament...thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest!

Gingerbread nativity

Baby Girl during school

Bug is studying layering of earth elements.

Science experiment


Placing sod over the soil

The sod prevents the erosion from being too bad.

Studying cells

Baking cookies

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Homeschooling and Life: October and November 2015

We have been enjoying school and preparing for the holidays. It certainly is a busy time of year! I've been thinking about how awesome it really is to be a homeschool parent. I get to teach different levels, from elementary to high school - including special needs. It is so rewarding to be a part of the excitement that my children feel when something finally "clicks." I remind myself of this on the tough days. Want to know more about what our life looks like? Here's a little peak:

Daddy reads to Baby Girl.

Doodles makes a sketch for her biology assignment.

Bug enjoys a book by the pond.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homeschooling: Aug. 31-Sept. 24, 2015

We've been plugging away with school, staying very busy in all areas of life. I will more than likely only blog once or twice a month now, rather than once a week. Life is just too crazy these days. Here' a look at the past few weeks at our house:

Baby Girl got a new wagon. She would rather lie in it than sit in it. Oh, well! That works fine. ;)

Baby Girl cut out shapes (of course I helped.)

Our "inside" dog loves to cuddle with Bug as he reads....

And so does Baby Girl.

Doodles conducted a "stinky" experiment (OUTSIDE.) She grew microorganisms in pond water.

Bug tested the rate at which objects fall.

Baby Girl enjoyed her read-aloud from Sonlight's preschool package. 
Welcome to autumn!!! It's my favorite season. I chose Baby Girl's Circle Time verses from these books.