Friday, January 30, 2009

Art Class

Today I pulled out the valentines candy necklace set I had bought at Walmart. It was great fun for all of them. After they complained a little bit about how hard it was to put the candy beads on the string they finally stoped and got the hang of it.
Here Lorelai is showing us how to eat the candy off the string.

Neleh was very frustrated. Everytime she would go to put one on another would fall off.

Garrett was really good at it. He loved it and it was good for his hand/eye cordination. As for all of them. He got all the beads on the string and then he picked it up to show me and they all fell off.

Alyssa was so excited! CANDY!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ok, so I am changing again! LOL!

I loved the idea of using the prarie primer that I was originally going to do, but since the seller never sent it to me I was going to just write my own. I would say it is going all right, but I would really feel more comfortable having something written out for me the first year. I looked at almost everything out there. I really loved the idea of sonlight. Yet, it is VERY expensive. After tons of research i determined 90% of the books are available at my local libraries. This cut the price from almost $1000 to about $300 for new stuff. I have been searching for used IG's and the other books and I think I have finally found someone with exactly what I need. YAH!!!!! So Alyssa will be using Sonlight 1+2 except for math and handwriting. We will continue using starwrite and Math Mamouth.

As for Neleh and Garrett! Well, I came across FIAR at my library yesterday and grabed it up. I even began writing up the lesson plans for it last night. I will still be using Starwrite for some handwritting practice. I will also be incorparationg Math through play and math mamouth for Neleh.

I fianally feel like I am getting somewhere with all of this!

Monday, December 29, 2008

My 2009 resolutions

Well, it seems that as a child I was never able to keep them, but I hope that now that i am 28 that will change. so... here it goes!

1. Loose weight! Of course that is probably everyones goal. My doctors are concerned that my liver enzymes are high. This all started a little over a year ago with an elevation of 55. The doctors said oh, it is nothing we will check again in a year. Well, with new doctors I never really thought about it, but while my gynocologist was running other test she came across the elevation again, but this time it was 65. It was decided that maybe they should have a look at my liver. It showed that I just had a fatty liver and needed to loose weight, but would check again in 2 months. This time it was well over 100. They tested me for other things, but thank goodness it still all points to just a fatty liver. So loosing weight is at the top of my list! I have lost 18 lbs in 3 months and now i hope i can lose another 18 lbs in 3 months.

2. Get into my Bible more

3. Start and Finish the Love Dare with my husband, Josh

4. Be more patient with my kids and husband

5. Be succesful at homeschooling

6. Pray on a daily basis and not just by myself, but outloud with my family

7. Spend more quality time with my family

8. workout every day

I can't believe it is.... almost 2009

SO, I have been planning the kids lessons for January. I was going to be using the Prarie Primer, but I got taken and it never arrived. So... I am planning it myself. We are going to be learning about snakes and habitates and even talking about.... "ALL about me" It is going to be so exciting. I happen to LOVE the Family Fun magaize and in the December/January issue it told of a place about 3 hrs from here that has some of the rarest snakes in the world. Neleh absolutly LOVES snakes so we decided it would be fun to learn about all these and then take them down there for a trip some time before summer. All about me I figured would help them learn just who they are and what they like. We will be talking about our bodies, our families (including our family tree), our interests (we will be trying different activities (gymnastics, art, dance, martial arts ect)

In math we will be continuing on math mamouth. Alyssa has already finished chapter one and gone on to chapter 2. Neleh is still working on chapter one but i am so proud of how well she is doing. She is just like me though. She gets upset and impatient so some times it takes her a few days to finish a paper. We are just taking it at her pace.

As for Handwriting we will be writing our penpals. Alyssa and Neleh's cousins Gryphen and Phoenix will be corresponding and learning all about each other. The girls will also be writing a little girl name Lisbeth in Peru. Our family decided to sponser her and we will be learning all about her and her customs, community and country.

We are all so excited to be starting homeschool in January and hope to have a blast learning

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Nutcracker

Alyssa was taking Dance as her art elective when she was at First Christian Academy. After we pulled her out we really didn't want all that work she did to be put to waste. She had worked for three months on the CHristmas program and thought she deserved to finish it. After lots of beging and pleading the principle finally agreed. So this week is her recital so she is been at the school 3 hrs today and tomorrow the same thing so school is a little slow. We did manage to do a handwriting sheet and math worksheets. We also made a nativity since we are talking about the nativity.

It has been a wierd day, but the kids feel they have accomplished something.

Neleh has been strugling with the more than less than signs, but I am confident she will get it later.

Alyssa came home from dance class today. It was exciting. One of the books was the Handwriting book I was going to buy. It is exciting to have it to suppliment with the starwright when i want to. Most of the other stuff wasnt worth much, but i will either sell it or pick through it and find something.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lowes Hardware!

We started off our day by learning about Holly and Poinsettas. The kids were amazed that the Holly leaves represented the crown of thorns and the berries the blood Jesus shed on the cross. They instantly wanted to know what they looked like. With nothing more important to do (what would be more important? LOL!), we jumped in the van and headed to Lowes Hardware. The kids were super excited when we arrived.

I am still learning this blog thing so my pics are not in order

This one Neleh found and was fascinated with its teeth. In case you can not tell, it is a venus fly trap. We talked about how this plant eats insects. That is how it gets its nutrients instead of from the soil like other plants. She has decided she wants one for her birthday. LOL!!!

This is the holly and berries the kids wanted to see. We were not sure we were going to find it. We had to search the whole store and then finally asked someone before we found it. When we began to look at the different ones Alyssa made an observation that holly with pointy leaves have berries, but ones without pointy leaves did not have berries. She has decided she wants to research that.
This is a Christmas Cactus. Not a plant we have been studying, but the kids liked it.

Here is the poinsetta. We found many different ones of these. This was our favorite. We also found lighter red, yellow and painted ones in blue, gold and purple.

Here is a wreath. We talked about these last week when we were learning about the advent.

This is one type of Garland we saw. It was the kids favorite, but Alyssa went around and read us all the different kinds.

Last but not least is the little tree. We found all sizes. We liked this one because it was able to be planted in our yard.

After we looked at all the amazing Christmas plants we headed to Taco Bell. I gave each of the girls $3 and they had to determine what they could get with that. They could not go over. They both did very well.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Healthier Ever After!

Well today was field trip day! We originally were going to a old moravian settlement to look at Christmas symbols and traditions. The Lord decided we needed to do something else...He sent rain!

The kids were kinda hesitent to go out in the rain. There were already tons of puddles in our drivway and yard. Yet, they quickly put on their coats and we ran out the door. They had no idea where they were going, but were glad to be getting out of our normal routine.

When we got to the Children's Musuem they were so full of energy we were glad to not be spending the day locked up in our house. Since Josh and I were educaters we recieved more than half off the admission price. Since we were going to be studying the food pyramid and healthier living we went to the Healthier Ever After exhibit.

It was alot of fun and the kids enjoyed learning all about the food groups. They especially liked the climbing wall with the slide. It showed how we can do exercise, but still have fun.

After they had their hands on lesson they went to the other exhibits: krispy kreme donut factory, food lion grocery store, fantasy land, and the build it station. We also stoped in and took a angel bear yoga class.

the kids are excited about our next trip. Real Life Candyland!!