Thursday, December 30, 2010

School & Routines...Returning Monday

I must say I'm a bit excited to get back into full time homeschooling & schedules. We've enjoyed our time off, but it will be nice to get back to "normal," whatever that is. We'll be traveling 45 minutes one way each Wednesday for dd2's therapy, so I'm going to have to tweak our old school schedule a little. In math, we'll review some old concepts & then learn some new ones. Dd10 will step it up a notch with her Latin and will soon move from Primary Language Lessons to Intermediate Language Lessons and also read more challenging material, such as Shakespeare, King Arthur, & Stories from the History of Rome--all for children. Ds7 will move on to more challenging reading and begin Primary Language Lessons, as well as do more narrating & journaling. Dd2 will continue listening to & looking at books I read aloud to her & will learning with the cool developmental toys she got for Christmas. We'll continue with nature study, and hopefully get some more "real" winter weather so we can have "hands on" fun! The next country we'll study in our world culture & geography unit is Russia, so I'm looking forward to that. There is so much to learn about that fascinating country! One fun aspect for us girls will be studying ballet. I'm thinking that's a great PE plan. Can't wait! Here's to hoping you all move into the new year with ease & enthusiasm!

Friday, December 24, 2010

International Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas from all around the World!!!

"Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
' Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”' Luke 2:10-14

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas in Asia & Europe

Inside of our Nutcracker lapbook (Russia)
Back of Nutcracker lapbook
Cover of Nutcracker lapbook
Advent calendar (Sweden)
Fish ornaments (Thailand)
Japanese fans (Japan)
Scene from A Christmas Carol (United Kingdom)
Christmas crackers (United Kingdom)
St. Lucia (Sweden)

Gingerbread (Germany)
Pagoda manger scenes (China)
La Befana (Italy)

Christmas Around the World Resources

          We are having a blast studying different countries and cultures and how they celebrate Christmas. I'll be posting pictures of our crafts and activities--including our international Christmas tree--soon. Meanwhile, have some fun checking into the fabulous books we're reading and using for ideas!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Forever Family Day Anniversary

One year ago our beautiful baby girl was placed in our arms for the first time. What an incredible year it has been, how awesome God is, and what a blessing our little one is! Happy Forever Family Day Anniversary!

Self-Care That's Not So Fun

As promised in my previous post, I am now going to talk about self-care that's not so much fun. This kind of self-care involves thin...