Monthly Archives: September 2012

recent pic of boys

our new friend 

Thanks to the big pine tree at the local park my boys had their first tree climbing experience.  Big got SO FAR up in the tree the photos do not show it, but i was at once freaked and proud.   Best thing, none of the kids had to go to a medical professional — and for us that is saying something.

The tree

 

 

 

 

Finally, just another day in the sandbox.  

 

 

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Our move

Yes we are moving.

Recently you may have noticed some reference in my blogs to “saying good bye”.  Our family will be moving.  It is going to be difficult for everyone to leave this home, full of memories of first steps and fist Christmas’; but the new place has a lot to offer.

At the beginning of October our family will be re-locating to the wonderful state of Georgia for 5.5 months.  We did 6 weeks on the coast in 2010 and we all loved it.  We will be on the southern coast; enjoying the beach.  There are many educational opportunities in the area also that we will avail ourselves of.

I have to say I love the role homeschooling plays in this; homeschooling is vital.  If we were not a home educating family we’d never have the ability to take advantage of this opportunity (5.5 months on the coast ‘in between’ moving from this home to our next).   There is no way the boys could start the school year here (in Aug) the move to Georgia in October then move again in February   Three classrooms in one year would obviously be a determent to the boys.  Not only academically:  what would they have to repeat over again and what would they miss?  But also, in the pure emotional toil of changing people and routines so often with new schools.   We educated at home; no gaps, no class / school transitions and no problems.

As of March first our family will be settling into our new home; we will be in Southwest Missouri.  That is home to me, momma, I was born and raised there.  The boys will have the amazing chance to live in the same town with two of their grandparents and also one of my best friends and her three children.

There are going to be many transitions in the next 7 to 8 months; from now until we are ‘settled’ in our new home town in March.  A lot of changeover going on and while it is all positive and all desirable; that doesn’t mean it is all going to be easy.

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our last nature club

The boys have been active in a monthly Nature Club though the local Arboretum.   This past Friday was our last meeting with the group.  We will miss Miss Lee.  (This session looked at seeds)

First order of the day was to show off the toad we have been taking care of (the boys found him in the sand box)

Then we started our hike to find sees then got a chance to plant some too

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Heney A Wallace Nature Center 9.15.12

Took an afternoon off from packing and cleaning, to walk at one of our favorite Nature Centers.  We have photos of the kids, in these same locations, for years and years now.

 

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learning our math facts

We are going to use Mammoth Math for our ‘full math’ curriculum.  However, I have held off starting it while we mastered our math facts (though 12).  I realized recently while he is getting faster at his practice sheets, and while he has a great feel for doing the work, we are not as far along in the ‘committed to memory’ as I would like.

So I created a practice book for us, rather than just counting on repeatedly working the problems on our daily sheets (40 problems a day).  I made two pages for each number.  On the front I did a column of the number plus each other number (1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3 and so on), and the 2nd column on the fromt of the page is the same list of facts mixed up.

8 + 1 = 9 8 + 4 = 12
8 + 2 = 10 8 + 6 = 14
8 + 3 = 11 8 + 1 = 9
8 + 4 = 12 8 + 5 = 13
8 + 5 = 13 8 + 10 = 18
8 + 6 = 14 8 + 8 = 16
8 + 7 = 15 8 + 3 = 11
8 + 8 = 16 8 + 9 = 17
8 + 9 = 17 8 + 2 = 1-
8 + 10 = 18 8 + 7 = 15

On the back I kept all the problems the same but removed the answers

2 + 1 = 2 + 4 =
2 + 2 = 2 + 6 =
2 + 3 = 2 + 1 =
2 + 4 = 2 + 5 =
2 + 5 = 2 + 10 =
2 + 6 = 2 + 8 =
2 + 7 = 2 + 3 =
2 + 8 = 2 + 9 =
2 + 9 = 2 + 2 =
2 + 10 = 2 + 7 =

I laminated the pages and hole punched them to put them in a binder.  Now we are read though the facts on the front page, Big Brother is very verbal and learns well from hearing, and repeating, data.  i plan to read it to him, over and over, and to get him to read the facts to me, now that they are all easy in one place.  I can quiz him and he can practice on the reverse of the page using dry erase crayons (which wipe right off the laminated pages).

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9.9.12

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Cheerful Chart

This week starts something new for us at school.   We are starting a Cheerful Chart for Big Brother.  I am seeking to improve our learning experience, to accomplish more, and to make school more fun for everyone.

Today is our first day of use, so I can’t speak to the over all effectiveness but I will describe be for you, and a post on results will follow in a few weeks.

I started with my planning document.  I have created a chart to plan school on because I have not found a planning book that I liked, that had enough space for all our subjects and would let me plan both boys.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Activities
Bible
Phonics / reading /
spelling / diction
Lang Arts / Grammar
math
World history
US History / Social Studies
Logic / Science
Art / Geography

To make our cheerful chart I started with the planning chart and added ‘subject’ to it that I do not have on my planning chart (read-a-loud time, quiet reading time).  Then I tool the columns of Day 1 to Day 4 (since I plan for 4 days of academics a week and do not label with weekday titles) and divide each into two columns labels then DONE and CHEERFUL.

Each day I sit down with it and mark out subjects we will not be doing that day (for example I did not have any spelling or dictation planned for today) so I marked that out.  Then as we do subjects we mark them as DONE and if he earns it he can have a sticker for him CHREEFUL box.

In truth it is more than cheerful, it is attention and effort too; but I thought CHERERFUL was a good catch work to use with a 6, almost 7, year old.  I am still fine tuning it.

 Weekly CHEERFUL Chart

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Activities
Bible / memory

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

done

cheerful

done

cheerful

done

cheerful

done

cheerful

Phonics / reading /
spelling / diction
Lang Arts / Grammar
math
World history
US History / Social Studies
Logic / Science
Art / Geography
Read-a-loud time
Quiet reading time
Penmanship
Cheerful totals

I explained to him that we’d count up his cheerful points and he will have the ability to earn things with them.  I gave him the example of toys he asks for and assigning a cheerful point value to them and allowing thing to earn them.  As we develop I also see him having to maintain a certain cheerful percentage to plan his video games.  Again, we just started this, it will grow (I hope). 

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