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First Day of School 2012

Little Brother started, at his request, Kindergarten.  He is not officially “kindy age” till NEXT fall so if this year doesn’t work out, we can start over then.  However, he has been dogging along all last year as may actually be ready (save fine motor which is behind at best).Big Brother returns to First Grade.  He actully is about a quarter of the way in, having finished all my Kindy Goals for him in 3/4 of last year.  He will be getting some new stuff (such as new Science) but a lot of his work is continued from June.

Both boys got new “I can read” superhero books to start the new year.

I love this photo.


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A Galley of Big Brother’s Art from his Kindy art class

He loved art this year (duel enrolled with the Kindy class at the local elementry). He went to art (and PE) with the class he’d have been in if he was not homeschooled. They had art once a week; Big only went second semester. He loved his teacher, and she was really responsives to him. she always took time to really talk to him and she took a genuien intrest in the art he brought in to show her.

But as much as Big really did like that class and seemed to do a great job. i am kinda netural on the whole thing. I am very glad he had fun, and i am very glad he was excited to go each week. I am very glad see too the time to talk to him, and to look at his art and to engage him. She is a great “relationship” teacher and he bonded with her and looked forward to calss and talked a lot of what they did in class.

Nevertheless; the projects do not amaze me. frankly the projects that i could have done with them, all paint and a little glue. he also brough home a number of marker drawings from “free draw time”. again, he has free access to crayone and markers here. So I am coming away with the feeling he did not expereince anything in his school art class that he has not expereinced here with me.

I work really hard to try new things. I was just dissapointed that he didn’t have any new art expereinces in the school class.

I believe they spent 2 weeks on the Kite.  I know they made smaller practice kites with crayons to design before getting to the paint.

this is 2 layers, the frog was painted and cut out and glues on to the background.

this fish took 2 weeks (more?) the drew the entire piece in crayons then painted with water color.

this projects was 2 weeks also, the drawing that is, the lady bug is a project Little Brother brought home (the wings move)

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Reviewing Kindergarten goals

As I get ready to move Big Brother into more and more First Grade Work; I have taken some time to review our kindergarten goals to be sure he is as ready as I feel he is for First.  He has mastered almost everything we set out as ‘to be learned in Kindy’.  There are a few things lacking, but I realized as I went though the list the things he “can’t do” are things I have not introduced or exposed him too.

So after reviewing this, our goals for the year, I feel even more sure he is ready to move on to First Grade curriculum.   I’ll intentionally hit on the final few items from this list, and start on First Grade.

 Items he has not had exposure to in RED

Items in BLUE he has some skill in, but not Mastery of 

Social Studies
  • Meanings of holidays, traditions, and customs
    * Individual’s role in family, home, school, and community
    * Relationship of the individual to the group
    * Safety rules and symbols
    * Basic human needs
    * Location / Diagram of home and other common location
  • Recognize events that reoccur (at specific times of the day or week).
  • Knowledge ofUSA– location on globe, national bird, distinct from other countries
  • Knowledge of where child lives (country, state, city)
  • 4 directions
  • Name of 7 Continents


  • Observation of everyday, familiar things
    * Common animals and plants
    * Interrelationships of animals and plants
    * Classification of living things
    * Like and unlike plants
    * Weather and seasons
    * Temperature
  • Use a balance scale to compare the weight of two objects and identify which is heavier.
  • Simple measurement
  • Sort, order and classify — Sort and classify objects by attributes including size, shape, color, texture, orientation, position and use, and explain the reason for each sort.
  • Describe and make comparisons of qualitative and quantitative changes of a given pattern using terms such as warmer, softer, more, one more, less, one less, bigger, smaller, longer and shorter.
  • Identify and extend visual, auditory and physical patterns to make predictions.
  • Describe location, direction, and position of objects or parts of objects, using terms such as under/over, inside/outside, next to/near, top/bottom, in front of, first and last.
  • Pose questions about objects and events in the environment that can be used to guide the collection of data.
  • Collect data, record and the results using real graphs and picture graphs.
  • Arrange information in a systematic way using counting, sorting, lists and graphic organizers.
  • Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
  • Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference.
Speech / Communication
  • Following and giving directions
  • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions correctly (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
  • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners
  • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion)
  • Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
  • Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
  • Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
  • Relating events and experiences using complete sentences


Language Arts / Phonics /Reading
  • Social listening
  • Constructing visual images while listening
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Recognize and name end punctuation.
  • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
  • Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
  • Recite familiar stories, poems, nursery rhymes, and lines of a play
  • Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
  • Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
  • Phonics


Health and Safety
  • Personal hygiene
    * Good eating habits
    * Good grooming
    * Care of teeth
    * Physical fitness
  • Major body parts
  • Name 5 senses and identify organ of use
Mathematics / reasoning
  • Simple counting to 100
  • Count to 100 by 2, 5 And 10.
  • Write numbers from 0 to 20.
  • Understand One-to-one relationship
  • Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
  • Sequence of events
  • Recognize, reproduce, extend and create repeating patterns.
  • Measurement:
    * Concepts of more, less than, same.
    * Correspondence of quantities
    * Ordinal-cardinal relationship
  • Identify the ordinal position of objects: first, second, third, fourth, fifth and last.
  • Meaning of addition and subtraction
  • Act out and solve addition and subtraction story problems that reflect real-world experiences and contextual problems using sets of up to 10 objects and describe the strategy or reasoning used to solve a problem.
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10.
  • Write the number sentences that correspond to story problems using addition, subtraction and equals symbols (+, -, =) correctly
  • Fluently add and subtract within 5.
  • Number line (Introduction and use for simple math)
  • Identify and describe familiar shapes (triangles, squares, rectangles and circles) and solids (cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones and prisms) in the environment.
  • Basic chart and graph concepts
  • Locate yesterday, today, and tomorrow on a calendar to sequence events and use terms such as before and after to compare events.
  • Complete simple shape and jigsaw puzzles
  • Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes
  • Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes. writ writing





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“Spring” Semester Run Down

I did this, this past fall so I thought I would again give a run down of our curriculum and activities for thus new semester.

This time I shall be including the activities the boys are participating in, because I feel they add the necessary flesh to our structure of school.

You’ll note that some things have been changes since fall, some I did not like, and some I liked but felt was more than necessary and so, I admit, I have just not gotten worked in, my fault totally.
FALL in review:





Sign & Say: Bible Verses for Children   — DROPPED

Signing for Kids  — NOT STARTED YET






Gee looking at THAT summary it looks like we didn’t do anything this semester.  We ended up doing a ton of free printable worksheets and cheap dollar store workbooks.  A lot of phonics practice, a lot of math drills.  We did a great unit on American Tall Tales (I should write that up some time) and also read all of http://www.amazon.com/Around-World-Tales-Saviour-Pirotta/dp/075345999X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325858977&sr=8-1 Around the world in 80 Tales.

So here are the Spring Plans, it will be interesting in June to see how they worked out:



  • dual enrolled art with the local Kindy class 30 week (with ST)
  • Dual enrolled PE with the local Kindy class 30 minutes a week
  • Speech Therapy at local school 1x a week one-on-one
  • Awana’s
  • Little Ninjias (Taekwondo)
  • Additionally: 2 to 4 hours in gym time at the local Y


  • Dual enrolled per-school 6 hours a week (with ST 2x a week)
  • Active Kids at the local Y
  • Awana’s
  • Additionally: 2 to 4 hours in gym time at the local Y

I am looking to start them in swimming lessons in March.  I also looked at wrestling for Big but there vas a conflict.  Little might get to join the Little Ninja class (he is old enough, but we may let that be Big’s own activity).

Spring Curriculum


  • Pathways Phonics
  • Progressive Phonics readers
  • Dolch sight words
  • Exploring the Code workbooks
  • Additional dollar store colorful workbooks


Critical Thinking


  • Introduction to Classical Music
  • Introduction to the Orchestra


  • The Usborne Art Treasury




  • Pathways Science path
  • Random experiments and reading


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God by the numbers

Recently we have been studying what seems to fit under the title or heading “God by the numbers”.  Last week we looked at Exodus and the 10 Commandments.  Momma also escaped withOUT Big Brother asking “what is adultery”.  This week, Leviticus, we have been looking at 5 ways to show our love for God.

Today to tie it all together, and give them one more revive and hands-on experience we made a poster.

Momma did the prep work then the boys and I taped the items on to the poster and discussed each of them; one of our better discussions, giving examples of each thing (good or bad) and the reason it is important.  Reinforcing in God as beloved father that wants time and attention and that genuinely cares.

The 5 ways to Show God we are:

  • Pray and read his word (Spend time with him
  • Obey to show we are listening and attending to Him
  • Sing (or do art or write or make poems) Praises to his Name
  • Give in his Name.
  • Give ourselves to Him, lay our lives down for Him. 

We did use more simple language version of the 10 Commandments; and you’ll all be glad to know that today Big Brother DID ask what adultery is. 

The boys chose where they wanted to hang the poster in the house.


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A Slimely Quest


In search of the perfect slimy recipe; a quest.   When asked about what he wants to learn this year, the boy doesn’t sayREADINGand make his momma happy; he is honest and says “SCEINCE and POTIONS”.  I have convinced him if he doesn’t learn to read he can not read SCIENCE.  

I went in search of good, EASY for MOMMA, fun science that would still teach the boys something.  I decided the most important things, in science lab, for the boys to learn is observation and following directions and safety and good listening and careful behavior.  These are the habit and skills that they will need as they progress in school and in scince.  So I decided to do a Slime Survey.

You remember Survey classes from school; one class on one topic.  A little from here, a little from there; compare and contrast.  If you search Slime on the Net and find tons of sites, tons of recipes.  I have looked at them till my eyes melt, trying to look for differences and the reasons for the differences. 

I chose many ‘slime’ and other ‘slime like’ experiments / recipes to work our way though; the ‘goal’ being to try many, see the ones that work vs don’t and to compare them (at least to a limited level in discussion).  I thought repeating, in different ways, the same thing; would lead to better observations for Big Brother.    

Here is the list I am working from right now:


Started with http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/slime.htm — Daddy home too — and tried this one first NOT HAPPY – it did not even remotely “slime” it remain like watery white school glue.  BOO.

So today, our first official home educating science day, we tried:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/slime-665589/ — same ingredients, but I do trust Family Fun Magazine and the instructions were different; even easier.

I set everything up before I let the boys join me in the kitchen.  I still do not trust Big Brother’s measuring – that is going to take a lot of work; nor can I rely on either of the boys to be patient and allow me to read and measure carefully.  So I had all the parts set up for them before they arrived.



The boys did OK at “not doing until asked to” – and the slime successfully became a slike – like – substance, so they were totally HAPPY.  They took their slime and went out the door.  I later found them playing in the dog’s stock tank with it, and it had become much more rubbery. 


(left over liquid)

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Choose a title:

  • First Day of School 2011-2012 school year?
  • First Day of Kindergartner for Big Brother?
  • First Official Day of school at Scribing Life Academy?

Today was the day.  We started officially home schooling, legally registered with the State, for the 2011 – 2012 school year, Big Brother’s Kindy year. 

We started right after Daddy left, and were working at the table by 7 am.  The boys are just better bright and early. 

Today we did a number of “first day of school” activities that will not be part of our normal day (like photos, and drawing a picture of ourselves and so on).  So on a normal school day we’ll get to “academics” sooner than we did today.  Today school lasted from 7 am till 9:45 with two short breaks.  I need to move math and phonics up in the day, of course today we did a lot we generally won’t.  This week in general is a bit off; since we’ll be traveling Friday.  (Math and phonics and maybe a few thinking worksheets are going with us – 30 minutes to 45 minutes at Grandma’s table is totally doable; even better Daddy can take the Chatter Box). 

Big Brother did great: we started our memory verse, talked about the new words in it, talked about what the Bible is and facts about it.  We did 2 lessons of math and then practices letter (identification and filling in the missing and putting flash cards in order).   Little Brother hung at the table all the time, did not leave our sides for a moment.  He chattered constantly, not one to be left out, even for a moment.  Big brother counted up to 70 all by himself; I was quite impressed.  Little Brother made it to 8 all alone; both boys will soon make their counting goals.  I was more impressed when Big Brother counted from 10 to 0 all by himself, without hesitation.  So Momma can check THAT goal off LOL.

So now we wait and see if the boys are as cheerful and agreeable again tomorrow. 

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