Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today we talked about his menu for the gourmet dinner. So far he has:
Tomato soup with croutons. (I wonder if we can make asiago croutons like Panera does for their soup)
Fruit Salad’ like a waldorf, but no mayo and more fruit- gonna talk to him about some specifics still
Almond Crusted Chicken
Sautéed Broccoli with lemon and garlic- and fancy cut mushroom tops.
Then the following week he’s making a King Cake for a partial Mardi Gras Party. And he’s going to make atole (special Mexican drink they serve at their version of Mari gras )
I’m glad I’m taking those fitness classes and riding my bike more.
Today we read about the King Cake, Mardi Gras , the tradition, and history. Ki loved it. It was both culinary history and church history at the same time!
Gavin did some work on binary code and taught a little class on tricks to decoding binary. It is starting to become oh so very, very clear now as too why he had such trouble with reading. His brain is programmed to use binary and letters were just way to confusing. I should have started him with reading binary when he was 5 instead of real words with letters.
Ki typed out and printed an invitation for his gourmet dinner. I taught him to resize font to make it fit specific measurements so he could print on vellum and attach it to a pretty note card.
Today was our first day using the My Father's World curriculum. It's only Kindergarten, but it seems SO easy! lol Zoë and Corbyn liked today's lesson. Today was Day 1 of Creation - Dark/Light, our number was number 1 and our letters are Aa, Bb. The first 7 days of the curric is the Creation - at the end, I'll post the poster and book we're making.
Pictures of: The books - What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? & Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book, The Alphabet chart (puzzle) and Butterfly garden, and Ant Hill & Cuisenaire Rods
Super Excited about this stuff! It makes me giddy every time I look at it! LOL
So many more blessings to share soon... :D
For a while now, we've been putting anything we can find in it. Soda tabs, beads, charms from necklaces that have broken, foam stickers, craft items, rubber bands, those little plastic things that hold the potato bag closed, buttons, hair pretties, tiny sea shells. We have an extra Candyland man that I found in box in there... little key chains, a bell, beaded necklaces, broken crayons, magnet decorations (the magnet has fallen off), outlet protectors (child-safety),... and we just keep adding to it. When it's full, we'll glue and tape the lid shut and it will created hours of fun for the little ones and maybe the bigger ones! I get a huge kick out of it (but I'm also easily amused)..... :)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This scene comes to mind when thinking about our Wednesday. Not the being a witch part but the day melting away from the rains. The day started fine enough. Then the rains made the street flood and we called off school in favor of a FLOOD DAY; which is similar to a snow day but you don’t need gloves and don’t have a risk of frostbite.
Due to my soreness of throat, the boys took turns reading from Prov 19 and from Story of the World. In SOTW they were reading about a man named Salidin. Ki called him Salad Man.
Then it was off too the dentist with Gavin. The plan was to come home and do a little school after lunch but as we drove through puddles left by the torrential rains we turned into our street to be met with a miniature flood.
This was followed by Hooping & Hollering about the wonderful weather development, finding the motorized boats they made & air soft guns and calling it a Flood Day.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
On the flip side, our 'core' subjects of math and language arts aren't going quite as well, and I still get a BOO HISS now and then...but we are slowly working our way through it and are making progress. I'm trying not to think about how long this school 'year' will take at the rate we are going, but for now, I'm happy with any type of progress. David will be having some extra study time now that I'm working on Saturdays at the gym...so after he is done working out his muscles, he can exercise his brain while I work. Still pondering where to squeeze in a few extra hours for Pat without him noticing that much...LOL! David seems to be catching on in the Language area, but Pat is still struggling with long division. He understands the concept, but the amount of time it takes to solve one is frustrating for him. We will get there, it's just taking a tad longer than either of us expected. But, we are plugging away at it. As my good friend Rose told me once, "If you sling mud up against a wall for long enough, eventually it will stick." So, in other words, if I keep teaching it and working with him, eventually he will get it. So we may skip ahead in the book to something else and come back to it later...and I'm OK with that these days. Anywho, I'm rambling on and on...suffice it to say that we accomplished 'enough' to make us all happy this week and the boys are looking forward to a short week next week since Pat's birthday is Monday and we don't do school lessons on Fridays. Have a great week everyone, I don't know about you all, but I'm really enjoying this!
Friday, January 15, 2010
We did Preschool this morning,here's what we worked on today;
We read the story again "The Snowy Day" Then played a game of what's missing with Maria's winter gear. This afternoon she will go outside to play and we'll play another game "Find The Mitten" I make up these games for her.
For Manipulative, Maria strung beads on a show string and made necklace and bracelet.
For Art, Maria did sand art on paper.
For Cooking, we made corn muffins and we had them for breakfast.
We worked on reading today and writing . Maria practice writing her name. Then we played "The Name game " Where I hide the letters of her name, and other letters too, around the living room and she has to find the right letters to spell her name.
Well that was our busy morning, this afternoon we will just play outside and enjoy the sunshine!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Our Community Helper is "Doctor" So today Maria was "Dr. Maria"! She made a doctors bag on the bag she glued cotton balls, a tongue depressor, and a Q-tip. She then got her own box of band-aids and "fixed" all her dolls and teddy bears. She gave them all a check-up, As we talked about what happens at the Doctors office when we goes see her/him, She claims that they are all healthy!
Next, we worked on Shapes. I took some blue paper and drew a shape on it then I covered it with clear contact paper. then Maria took Cotton balls and lined up them up in the shape. Our Shape today was "Triangle".
Our Story for today was "The Sassy Seniors" we did this story on the felt board. Tomorrow we are going to the nursing home to give cookies to the residents there and Maria is going to sing some songs for them. This is part of our bible work. "Being good and kind to others"
For math we worked on counting to "20" and Maria counted all the canned goods in my kitchen pantry. We were short 3 cans so we went to the pantry in the basement and found 3 cans to bring upstairs. So we worked on 17+3 =20.
We also read again "The Snowy Day" and then Maria practised putting on all he winter gear, snow pants, boots, mittens, scarf, coat, and hat. She then got to go outside to play in the big snow bank that her daddy made for her. When she came in, there was Hot chocolate waiting for her, so she counted the marshmallows to put in her cup, her daddy's cup and my cup. Of course it was to 20!
For our Bible study this week we are studying Noah's Ark. We read a story from another book besides the Bible. Amanda colored her coloring sheets.
Kyle and I read The Frog Prince. He said he didn't like that story. I didn't really think that he would but I wanted to read it anyways. Kyle memorized Mark 16:15, so we moved on to Bear Hug 24. Even though he doesn't want to attend AWANA at church, we are still working through his Cubbies workbook. I bought it, he likes the stories and he is still having to memorize verses. Kyle has a problem enunciating all of his sounds when he talks so today was an important letter for him to go over. It's really strange, some letters he will say in the middle or ending of words but not the beginning. Today he learned the letter "t". He is learning cursive through A Beka also, so he learns the sounds and learns how to write it. We also did the math lesson for the day.
Amanda and I read about tigers and giraffes to finish the zoo animal study for language arts. We started chapter 1 in The Story of the World book 1 about Nomads. So far I am really enjoying this book. And I love some of the workbook stuff that goes along with it. She saw her first spelling list and wrote each word down twice. She likes to do the speed drills in her math lessons and she actually enjoys taking the tests. Today was not a test day, but tomorrow is. Every day has a speed drill.
For our cooking class we sat down with the Paula Deen's My First Cookbook that we got at the library and sat down to do lesson 4. Well Amanda didn't want to choose the dinner she wants to choose the dessert. Kyle wants to choose dessert. So I told Amanda we can do this again but switch roles. For now, pick a dinner. She said to let Kyle decide his dessert first. So Kyle and I looked through the desserts and Amanda sat and listened. She wanted him to do the frozen yogurt pops, but he wants to do the fruit kebabs. She started to cry and got mad. I decided to try again another day. After a little bit Amanda came and told me that she wanted to learn how to make spaghetti, it wasn't in that recipe book. I told her that was fine. Whew! Disaster averted...
Monday, January 11, 2010
I'm so excited! I think I'm more excited than Z! LOL
Today the boys got mixed up on morning chores. Connor did Ki’s chores and that threw off Ki. But we got it on track.
We started Home Room (Reading together at the start of the day) at 9:30 today. I read Proverbs 11 and G & C took turns reading Story of the World while I cleaned a bit in the kitchen. Then Gavin went off to do His J-Term Stuff while I did Sewing Class with C & K. This week’s Lesson Goals are making gathers, sewing pockets, hemming by hand, and maybe some more appliqué practice.
I showed my tailors-in-training the picture of the gathered, half apron on the front of the pattern envelope. (that’s ‘ahn’-ve-lope’ for those that wondered). I showed them the 2 fabrics I am using and the appliqué I put on the pocket. Then we went to the fabric store and they picked their fabrics. At home they put their fabric in the washing machine to pre-wash while they drew design ideas for their apron and for their Class Project. They both are designing cloaks for their big class projection.
I went out back to hang laundry and plant some green onion seed in the planters I prepared last night.
Ki finished his designs first. I had him practice some culinary skills while Connor finished his. Ki tried different knives on a cucumber. He practiced Slicing & Dicing. Half of the cucumber was sliced and half was a diced and julienned. I had ulterior motives for Slice & Dice Class. I wanted cucumber sandwiches for lunch. I bought one of those small Party Loaves of Pumpernickel. The ones that are about 2 inch square slices. They were yummy sandwiches.
Lunch Time Chat was Amtgard Symbols and Doctor Who. Is he a Zombie..Undead? or not - because he starts the regeneration process when he knows he’s dying(before he is dead so he never really fully dies) . I started my apron so I would have one finished pocked attached to show them then they would watch as I did the 2nd pocket. After that they did their pockets & appliqué. I am glad I have 2 machines, even if only 1 can do appliqué.
The boys had a very productive sewing day! It was a long sewing day! We finished our sewing day at 2:30 today.
We just did one Life of Fred lesson today.
Tomorrow..Culinary Arts & Sewing!! I’m tired just thinking about it!
I decided that I will have different wake up times on different days. 8AM on M/W/F and 7AM on T/Th. That should work. In fact, I’m fine if we all sleep-in on Fridays. But Tues/Thursdays need me up early.
~*~My Patrick especially is NOT cut out for public school....not because they are evil and terrible, but because they are centered around visually oriented (textbook/workbook) kids and he is just NOT one of those. He is a 'hanging upside down from his desk, running around the classroom, doodling, whispering, waving his arms kind of kid' and spent PLENTY of time in trouble during his public school days. And being scolded for not following the rules is perfectly appropriate, except that if he never hears anything but scolding, he can't feel very good about himself, can he? At the very least, at home he knows that he is loved and that's way more important than knowing how to do long division in his head, speak 3 languages or sit still in a desk for 7 hours a day. So, instead of fighting with him to work on math this afternoon, we spent quite a while working on a poster to remind him that he IS a good boy and that we do appreciate his efforts to control his behavior. So now it's hanging on the fridge to remind him every time he walks through the kitchen that he is a NICE BOY and knows how to do NICE THINGS. So call me an unschooling wacko (who thought THAT day would ever come) but it was more important that diagramming sentences today. My main goal for homeschooling is to spend as much time with, and be as big of an influence as I can in my boys' lives...and if that means they always need to carry a calculator and use spell check, I'm OK with that. It's more important that they know the Lord, have kind hearts and helping hands. I am realigning my priorities this school year to get Patrick's esteem back to where it should be, he's having a rough year. He's starting to get worn down by constant failure at his attempts to be something he's not.
~*~I need to rearrange my schedule to get school done as early in the day as possible. The boys are all early risers and if I allow them to watch TV or start video games, the day just goes downhill in a hurry when I announce that it's time to start school after I've started laundry, spent an hour on the computer, tidied a bit here and there, etc. SO, I will be getting out my 'Managers of Their Homes' book and making a new schedule for our home. It will be a loose schedule, because there are MANY variables around here, but Pat needs the structure and I need the accountability.
~*~David is getting lazy on me since Pat is taking up so much of my teaching time. It's time for him to start working more independently. I may start making him a list of what needs to get done at the beginning of the week and have him start to self-manage a bit more, or teach Derek a bit more. More thoughts on this later.
~*~Derek needs and wants more lessons...he's the one really getting lost in the shuffle right now. He often ends up watching a video so that I can get school done with D and P...not that watching a well appointed video is the end of the world, but if that's all I ever do with him, then shame on me. So back to our letter lap books we go! This one is easy since I have them all prepared to go, it's just a matter of making the time to make it happen.
There...that's enough self exploration for today : ) Glad I can speak freely and without fear of ridicule. Thanks for your support ladies...none one ever said homeschooling was easy, just worth it! Happy homeschooling everyone! Always remember WHY you do it!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Hello, All! I'm April. This may turn out more like rambling or my life story than a great introduction, but I'm going to give it a shot. :)
I'm the wife of Coby - most amazing husband. We've been married since Dec '02, so we just celebrated 7 years. Yay! :) He's an Instructor at the local auto mechanics trade school. I'm a mother of 2 - Zoe 5, Corbyn 3 - and one on the way - we're due in July. Zoe is my super-active, independent, try anything once, head-strong, fashionista. Corbyn is my sweet, Coby look-a-like, cuddle-bug, follower. He loves everyone and just wants to get along. :) They're both amazing blessings! God is so good.
We are in Wyoming and yes we love it. I can't imagine raising our kids anywhere else in the world. It's beautiful (until you're snowed in...) and very sparsly populated. The kids (and parents) are forced to be creative. ;) It totally works out.
We're super new at home schooling, so I can't speak from any experience yet and I can't tell you what "style" I prefer. Infact, even though we've been dabbling in various things before with preschool, this is the first year we'll have a curriculum. I can say though, that with my lack of creativity and "need" for a list of things that have to be accomplished, I'll definitely stick with a lesson plan. :) lol
We really like A Beka because it's what I used when I was homeschooled and I'm comfortable with it, but we've chosen to start out with My Father's World. I read a blurb about MFW's reading program and it sounded great! So once reading is conquered, we plan to switch to A Beka.
I'm so excited to home school this year! I'm also so excited to peek in on this blog and see what's going on with everyone. :)
Blessings to you all!
Today was a pretty easy day. We started with our Bible study. When I started it, I realized that what I had chosen to read was just way too much for them, so I moved on to the next Bible lesson. It was the beginning of Noah's Ark. So we will be moving on to this study now. The border on my bulletin board is already Noah's Ark and we will put some of their work up for this theme. I also have a large Bible character of Noah that I will hang up.
We did 2 lessons in phonics to make up for missing it yesterday.
For Story of the World Amanda started a booklet of the History of her Family today. For each one of us, Greg, myself, Kyle and Nichole she has a few questions to ask us about our history. For her A Beka history we covered transportation today and it was an extremely short lesson.
She aced her math and phonics test today. And I messed up and gave her the next units phonics test and she still passed! So we'll move onto the unit after that, lol.
For our cooking class we went over the cooking terms as stated in the lesson. I didn't go to the store today (getting low on weekly funds) so we skipped the cookie making. Maybe tomorrow we can make brownies to make up for it.
Right now for arts/crafts they are making stained-glass window ornaments. I will try to remember to take pictures to post. I will also take a picture of yesterday's fruit salad.
Day 4 was spent in Santa Barbara. We went to the planetarium, walked through the museum rooms, had a picnic, drove home, grabbed karate clothes and snacks, drove back to base, had critical Thinking Class, karate class, Fit Class and then dropped the boys off at church, did some grocery shopping, washed dishes, and fell asleep. Kelly did a lot of the driving! She gave us a ride from Base to the planetarium then took us home to grab stuff and back to base.
I read 2 chapters in Proverbs, because we were out of the house so much yesterday I didn’t read Proverbs 7 to them. Then Gavin and Connor took turns reading in Story Of the World about Samurai.
Robotics- Brian has the boys doing computer programming all morning. They are working together and helping each other. Connor can’t wait till after lunch so he can sew.
Culinary Arts. Ki reviewed some sign language. Then we looked up some terms and wrote them on cards. Ki worked on his menu for the gourmet meal later this month. We read about a well stocked pantry and printed out a list. Ki took a break from the reading/writing stuff and practiced garnish cuts on cucumbers. I guess that made him hungry, so he had lunch out in the back yard. Then he took the printed list and went through out pantry/cupboards. He crossed off what he have and not need. What was left uncrossed was our shopping list so we can have a well stocked kitchen/pantry.
Gavin made friend rice for lunch. It’s his latest self-cooked-lunch obsession. Rice, corn, peas, (sometimes carrots- not today), and egg; with soy sauce of course.
I went and played Gavin’s computer game he’s designing and programming.
Ki wanted to do sewing before math, so we (C,K,me) went up and got a start on that. Connor cut out an odd, random shape to practice his appliquéing. Ki finished his bag. He went with a drawstring bad instead of a bag with a handle. I let him use my new BabyLock. All appliquéing has to be done on the B BabyLock because my old Kenmore doesn’t zig as well as it zags and the tension gets all out of whack, resulting in a bundle of thread and fabric.
Connor did well with his appliquéing. He tried different settings and did corners and rounded edges and openings and tight wiggles. He went over it with a different color so he could see if he improved.
Ki finished his drawstring bag.
After Sewing Class was Life of Fred Class. The last episode left us hanging as Fred, who is only 5 ½ years old & 37 #s, was being rushed to the hospital because he dropped a 13 # knife (18”) into his foot. Today we found him at the hospital waiting 35 minutes for the doctor to fix the hole in his foot. Let me say once again how much I love that we have found Life of Fred for Ki’s math.
Connor went back up to do more sewing. Today was Math for Ki and Sewing for Connor but since Ki missed sewing yesterday he did a little of both.
Ki'S POUCH ---->
CONNOR'S GREEN POUCH and HIS PRACTICE FABRIC
Connor was already reading his Robotics info for the day and Gavin was going over his physics practice questions when the teacher arrived. Ki was still in bed, but awake. She called them to breakfast and had a cup of tea.
She talked to Gavin about his physics test and gave him some info to go along with his practice problems, Connor was working on the robotics his Computer Teacher left for him to do, and Ki was ready for Culinary Arts.
Morning Culinary Arts:
Ki read his syllabus for the day then learned a few sign language words to go with his course. Then he got his index cards out along with the 5 colored pencils he uses systematically to take notes. His first task was to read about foods from the Bible. This is the site he used: http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/qt/foodsofthebible.htm He was shown how to use www.biblegateway.com to look up verses and change between translations. He liked looking up the verses that went with each food he recorded. He liked seeing how foods were sometimes called different things in different translations. (Matt 23:23 was given for anise, cumin, dill and mint- no 1 translation had all 4, they would only have 3. Some would have anise, cumin, and dill and some would have anise, cumin, and mint.)He also found a verse that our pastor talked about a few weeks ago. He was excited about that. (the pastor never really said/quoted the verse but talked about what was said in it and Ki recognized it).
Then he wrote an email to his youth pastor about having a dinner sign up at church. He is going to make a gourmet dinner at the end of the month and needs to invite 4-6 people. Yesterday he thought about different people (friends kids, adults, from different groups etc) and he decided he wanted to invite people from his youth group and have a sign up.
His teacher noticed he spelled culinary wrong even though he was copying it from the syllabus. She had him practice it and he decided he wanted to try in cursive so he practiced writing in cursive a bit.
*** I love homeschooling. I love taking what my child LOVES , cooking, and using that as a means to learn other things. Bible Verses, History, Foreign Languages, Cursive/writing, math, etc ***
Ki took a break and watered the yard to help his dad’s new grass seeds grow. He took a little walk and checked on his Sunflowers. His teacher planted a few things and arranged her mini-greenhouse to a better location. He also checked out what his brothers were looking up in their robotics class.
After his break he moved on to the next tasks on his syllabus. He found a tool online he thought was neat, drew a picture and wrote a bit about it. He choose the Citrus Zester. HIs teacher found a video of a chef showing how to use one, so he watched that and got some ideas for his gourmet meal. Then he found a garnish he wants to practice. He wants to make Bell Pepper Grogs. They can be found at this link (scroll down until you find them). http://www.hemmy.net/2007/06/04/vegetable-and-fruit-artwork/
He is eating his mistakes right now; another benefit of having cooking as a hobby!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Amanda uses A Beka for history this year. Today we covered communication. I also have The Story of the World series that we started using this week. When I read her the first lesson, she didn't really pay attention and couldn't answer the review questions. So today we re-read that lesson and did todays lesson. It starts with the introduction lesson, but I think once it gets going and she has things to color, she will enjoy it more. I have also gotten books from the library to do further studies. We will do each chapter for as long as she'd like to learn it.
For Language Arts right now we are reading about zoo animals. Today we started large cats. We read about Lions, Tigers and other large cats in the children's encyclopedia. For this subject right now I plan what we read and learn about. I like to plan themes that go with another subject. In A Beka math right now she has a zoo theme. After my other A Beka materials arrive for reading, I will not plan Lang. Arts for a while. They should be here any day.
We also covered some AWANA lessons. She was on a part that had to do some research with Mom so we got that done along with practicing 2 verses.
For math we are using A Beka. She is currently doing her seatwork as I type. After she is done we will do 2 lessons, we are trying to catch up.
Phonics has been done with the materials from the school that she was enrolled in last year. I was able to keep all of the phonics materials. Her new phonics materials from A Beka will arrive any day also.
We covered lesson 2 of our cooking class today. Yesterday the kids loved learning about the measuring cups and spoons. Today we reviewed safety and covered the lesson. They made the fruit salad and took turns doing steps. After it was chilled they tried it and guess what...neither one of them like it. Doesn't that figure.
Kyle has spent a lot of time today making himself a tent with his blanket. He's utilizing the kitchen drawers and any other heavy or high object that he can drag in there to hold his blanket up or down. I figure this is very creative and imaginative.
After we are done with her math lessons, we will do phonics. That is the last thing that we need to do today. Right now it is all pretty much review until our new books show up.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
For computer work, Maria uses "Reader Rabbit" Preschool. She worked on patterns today and how to figure out how to get to the top of the mountain, by using different angles to get to the top. We read the "Snowy Day" We will be working a a "Lap book" this week on this book.
For the sensory table, this week, I used the packing peanuts.
For dramatic play, I set up a "office". I love listening to Maria's conversations with her stuff bears, and dolls, in the office, while they are "at work!"
With my old 3 children I used A Beka, and it was a "good fit" we used the VHS videos.
Now with Maria, I am teaching her preschool, and I use a "compote" of teaching styles. I mostly Like Charlotte Mason, and use this style the most. I also use "Before Five In A Row" we love this! Maria also does computer work, she thinks she is "Playing" on the compute, well she is to a point, but also learning so much! She told me she wanted to learn to read, so we use the book, "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons" I am amazed at how much Maria has learned from just the few lessons we have done, so far. I also use DVDs as a teaching tool. The best DVD to teach the Letter sounds is Leap Frog, "The Letter Factory" In my opinion. Maria learned her letter sounds before she even knew the names of the letters. Now she knows the letters, and learned them by herself. I am also going to use Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr." We want Maria to learn how to handle money, to "Give" "Save" and to "spend" ( in cash) This program is for 3 -12 year old. So we are excited about using this.
David, Patrick and James (my nephew who schools with us) all use the same 2 curriculum programs.
- ABeka...as far as I'm concerned THE BEST arithmetic and language arts programs out there. All Bible based, even math is taught from the position that God created order and by extension, math. www.abeka.com
- My Father's World....for everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) else. Science, history, music, art, Bible and geography. Again, all Bible based, and the Bible is woven into every subject. The wonderful part about MFW is that it's designed with the purpose of multi age teaching. It's a 5 year cycle...year 1 is a year of geography and getting acquainted with the world and the people in it. The next 4 years are years of historical succession. Quite reasonably priced, especially if you have multiple children and will go the 5 year cycle more than once. www.mfwbooks.com
When D and P were in the younger grades, Pre-K through 5th we used all ABeka, all the time. (except for those 2 public school years, of course) Nothing else was used. As we've changed our style of teaching over the years, and got to know our kids better and their learning styles and personalities have emerged and changed...we've made some curriculum changes as well. Like adding MFW. Like using unit studies, lap booking, 'life lessons' day, etc..to further our knowledge, not just in textbooks, but in real life. Which leads to my next point and link.
For Derek, I'm using Bible based alphabet lap books that I got off of my fave site called currclick. It's a great site for homeschooling materials. They have things for every type of homeschooler...unit studies, lap booking, note booking, Charlotte Mason method, copywork, character studies, preschool all the way through highschool levels, and they've even started hosting live classes online. If you join their e-mail newsletter, you get a FREE resource every week. Not all will apply to your schooling needs of course, but FREE is always the best price, right? And they have TONS that can be downloaded for a very small price. They even have a wishlist section so you can direct others to the site if they want to give a gift to the school. They can be found at www.currclick.com
Hope you've enjoyed this little bit of information about our school curriculum choices. Check out the sites and see what you think
I came up with these lessons for myself but thought that it would be great to share. These are aimed for young children, but older children can also learn from it and help. I think that I will start them today since my kids want to start it and it didn't take me long to write the lessons out. Of course, after the lessons are over, I will keep the lessons up by cooking different dishes. Maybe they will have to choose one night a week to help with dinner or something. And I will have them choose recipes and do the shopping on their own also. It helps to reinforce that this is "their" dish. Happy cooking! I will share on how these go!
COOKING LESSON 1
- No sharp knives for small children. Keep them out of reach and out of sight.
- Make sure all handles on pots and pans are turned inward.
- Cook hot soup or hot food on a back burner if possible.
- Teach children about proper sanitation of foods. Use clean hands. When done cooking, wash hands again. Clean counter tops and dishes well after cooking, to prevent contamination of foods. Always clean items that were in contact with raw meats and eggs immediately after using.
- No licking mixing spoon or fingers -sample when it is done cooking.
- Always turn off stove top and oven when done.
- Keep appliances away from water.
- Don’t put cooked food on a plate or surface that had raw foods on it.
- Put ingredients back after using. (Makes clean up easier also)
- Always use supervision.
- Give a kitchen tour of what is safe and not safe. Tell them what is not to be touched and any other advice for your kitchen.
COOKING LESSON 2
Read more at Suite101: Cooking with Kids - free Suite101 course http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/17437/777#ixzz0brokUnGZ
- A sauce pan
- A big stirring spoon
- An 8" x 8" cake pan
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until melted (4 to 6 minutes).
- Stir in confectioners' sugar and graham cracker crumbs until it is really super mixed.
- Press evenly into the cake pan with a big flat knife.
- Wash out saucepan and dry it.
- Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a large bowl.
- Microwave the mixture for thirty second periods, stirring after each time, until everything is completely melted.
- The chocolate and shortening are very hot, so be extra careful as you pour the mixture over the peanut butter.
- Let this chill until cool, but still soft enough to cut into squares.
- Cut the mixture into squares, then put them into the fridge to finish setting up (get harder)!
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
After the Reading Time, Ki and I started his culinary class while G&C read their robotics and solved their electrical circuit problem. Ki & I read about Ancient Cooking History, prehistoric cooking techniques, and the earliest recorded recipes. (Mesopotamia circa 1,000,000 BC). Then we started Ki's Index Card Box. He made 3 labels; TimeLine, Tools, Techniques. He wrote a few history things for timeline and we wrote a few early cooking techniques. (Salt curing, drying, smoking, pickling, etc). He added them to the appropriate sections. Them he walked to the store to buy flour and made the Mesopotamian Bread recipe. After a short break I set him up with some YouTube videos on garnishing food techniques and a website with tools and techniques. He made 2 technique cards (garnish ideas he wants to try) and 2 Tool Cards.
I rode my bike to the church. I had to stop halfway there for a couple bites of a banana. I was getting light headed. I met with Lisa from church about organizing an event for maybe the last weekend in January or the 1st Sunday in Feb. It should be fun! On the way home I stopped at Albertson's for Whole Wheat Flour, per Ki's request. He wants to try the ancient bread w/ whole wheat flour so it will be a little more authentic.
Ki got caught up in YouTube videos while I was away so he wasn't finished with Culinary Art. While he was finishing I got the sewing room ready for class and planted a few seeds. Then I recorded what seeds I planted on my Planting Log.
Sewing Class.....ah, what can I say about Sewing Class...... Connor is doing great. Ki had a big ol' meltdown halfway through. Ki had to start over. He had planned a Belt Favor for Amtgard. We went with a plain pouch with an appliqué. We had to leave before they were done to get to Karate on time. But my On Time was 30 minutes different than what time the instructor started class. I went to the Class for Miss Fits and had a nice little workout and a splitting headache.
Gavin went over his physics with Brian. He was stuck on the tracing a ray in a mirror stuff. Brian went over some robotics with G&C.
Ki bakes his Mesopotamia bread and practiced a couple Chocolate Garnish Techniques.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I have been married to my husband, Greg, for 11 years now. We have 3 children to complete our family. The oldest is 16, that is Greg's daughter, and we do not get to see her very often. Our oldest is Amanda, who is 6 and the youngest is Kyle, who is 4. They are 22 months apart.
When Amanda turned 4 I started to teach her preschool. At 5 we did Kindergarten. We went through an academy that went through the public schools. They gave me the majority of the materials for free as well as the lessons. Because my husband was not as confident as I was, that is how we started. It worked well enough, I had the freedom to tweak the lessons or just skip what I thought we could skip. I didn't want to do that all the way through school though. I want to be able to plan my own lessons.
This year it worked to my advantage that I was able to teach on my own using Christian curriculum and plan some myself. This year we are using A Beka. While I think this is a good program, I think that next year I am going to switch to My Father's World curriculum. I still plan some of my own lessons also. For example, I did not get the spelling books, art, or Bible lessons for 1st grade from A Beka. I am planning those lessons myself. I have ordered the reading books that we need for this year using A Beka, but I think that I am still going to continue my own Language Arts lessons. I enjoy planning those a lot.
Kyle is only 4 this year, he will be 5 in February. He wanted to start school and I went ahead and started him with the Kindergarten program through A Beka this year. He is doing great and he loves it.
I plan on teaching the kids all the way through high school. I like to make sure that they are getting Christian materials and lessons mixed in with regular schooling. It is also something that I have been gifted by God to do, so I will do it with my family.
No Morning Chores for the boys. Ki made Grands Biscuits for breakfast. I don’t buy those things, but on holidays (usually Christmas & Whatever break we take in Spring & Summer) Brian buys them. Grands & the Cinnamon rolls in the Pop-Open canister. I figure it’s a good arrangement. I don’t like Ki having those (esp the Cinnamon ones) during school weeks because he needs to avoid Artificial- but it is a Dad Makes Breakfast Thing usually- and that is a good bonding/memory thing for the boys- so having it as a Holiday/Special treat is fine. And Brian forgot to make the Grands Biscuits with dinner last week and Ki found them this morning. They should be low enough is artificial (probably just some art. Butter flavor) that Ki will be fine for today’s school.
SCHOOL: Started at 9 today. I hope to get started at 8:30 the rest of the month- most of the time.
9:00 AM- Read from the Bible. Reading Proverb of the Day with the boys this month. And read a little in Story of the World. Then we talked a bit about how we will run J-Term this month. I gave C & K their Index Card Cases for Sewing Class and Ki his for Culinary Arts. Gavin went off to do Computer Programming while C,K, & I started Sewing Class. I handed them the syllabus and showed them the appliqué pouch I made. We talked about different ideas for a pouch and then they had to draw 2 ideas on index cards. Connor wants to make a pouch for Amtgard Thrown weapons and Ki wants to make a belt favor pouch for Amtgard.
I cut 2 plastic bottles for plants while they did that.
When they had their designs drawn, we went to the fabric store. They looked around for what seemed like forever before they found the right solid green and the perfect solid brown and the shade of solid yellow that they liked. They had the lady cut it and talked to the cashier. She was very glad and impressed to see boys happily/willingly learn to sew!
At home they started the prewash with salt 9to help keep the dye from bleeding- which is mainly for multi-colored fabrics, but it won’t hurt to get them in the habit. Then it was break time. I planted some carrots in some mini-greenhouses and they played. Gavin had a snack of course.
After the break I had my Tiny Tailors get out their Sewing Note cards and write/draw how they thought the pouches should be made; what shape/size to cut the fabrics, how to put them together, how to make the pouch and handles etc. Being able to visualize what needs to be done to get the desired result is very important in sewing and in many other aspects of life. I planted an onion)
When they were done with that they we ready to dry their fabrics.
Now they have a couple index cards for their design. They date them and keep them in their index card holder.
LUNCH!!!! I had a quick lunch then rode my bike to Trader Joe’s for a few grocery items.
Classes change after lunch but I had C&K iron their now dry fabric after lunch (before switching to the next class)
Math isn’t really a fun topic about which too blog, so I’ll just share that Ki is reading Life of Fred for math and he actually looks forward to and asks if it is math time yet now! It’s great for non-math kkids that love stories and storytelling!
Brian sent G&C an email with links and assignments for their robotics/computer programming today.
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- Gavin and Connor,
- During J-Term we will need to cover some basics like mechanics, wiring, soldering, and programming. We will be using Lego Mindstorms to cover some of the basics of mechanics and programming. Wiring and soldering skills will be practiced in the shed.
- ASSIGNMENT for Monday (4 Jan). When I get home we will spend 45 minutes discussing the items below.
- Read the attached PowerPoint file. It can also be found at
- 60 Second video on how to do binary quickly
- Read the sections on HISTORY, QUALITY, and DEBUGGING
- Check out the list of computer programming languages - We don't need to learn them all :) We will be learning BASIC and PYTHON at first.
- Read the section on "What is a Hacker"
- For fun - links to check out .....
- In the future (possible this spring) we will purchase some robot kits - see links below.
- sample basic robot using PICAXE robot platform
- balancing robot
- Where to buy.
Hey everyone! I'm Kristy...your average ordinary homeschooling mama. I've been married to the wonderful Mr Dan (aka Hercules or the Love Monkey) for 13 years now and it's been quite an adventure. So adding lots of boys to the mix should keep things from getting boring, right?? We are a regular Plumfield around here (think of the books, Jo's Boys and Little Men) Boys, animals and mayhem abound night and day. In our 'collection' we have 3 biological sons, David 12, Patrick 11 in 2 weeks and Derek 4. We also have Joshua who is 21, grown and married but still frequents the house. (Long story short, Joshua belongs to us...but he's not our child) Over the years, we've had many boys that needed a home for a short time that have stayed with us or only went home to shower and change...they are referred to here as the lost boys. We also have 2 dogs, a cat, a turtle, 2 lizards, a HUGE tank of fish and most recently, a tarantula (that we caught IN the house) LOL~ Have I mentioned yet that we aren't bored?? And up until 3 days ago, my sister, brother in law and 2 nephews and their dog lived here too. Oh my, we do sound crazy in black and white!
Anywho, back to the homeschooling part. We choose to home school NOT because we think that Public school is bad, just that it isn't for us. We've tried it..and it was a poor fit for our family, one child in particular. So for our particular journey we've been homeschooling for 8 years now. D and P both started at home, then went to PS for 2 years (D for 3rd and 4th, P for 1st and 2nd) but it was time for them to come back home and we've been here ever since. D is now in 7th, P is in 5th and Derek is starting pre-K and loving it. We started out VERY rigidly, with charts, lessons planned MONTHS in advance, and everything had to be done at a desk at the 'correct' time. Oh my...what a control freak I was ; ) As the years have rolled on, children have been added to our home, cross country moves, living with other families...I've learned to roll with the punches and have relax quite a bit. Do I still plan? YES! Do I still use a set curriculum? Yes, but I've learned that it's ok to Dr the plans a bit, add to the plans, OR take away from them. Or (gasp!) even toss them all together and start from scratch. Do I still like things done a certain way? YES! Do those things happen?? Not generally...ha ha ha! And that's the "glory of home school"~ if it doesn't get done today, that lesson will still be there tomorrow. For our method. "ISH"...that's a word at our house ; ) It means sorta, kinda, maybe, err, well maybe not. Officially, we are school at home, boxed curriculum kind of schoolers...but we are branching out into lap books, unit studies, do TONS of reading and most recently have thrown our schedule out the window completely. Dan is only working 4 days a week this past year and so we try to get out official studies done in that time frame. Now that sister moved out, half of our school will be done in 2 afternoons a week. So on any given day, you might find us sitting at desks in front of the chalkboard, watching an educational video, calling Grandma with an oral report, out for a field trip, baking in the kitchen or cozied up in a big chair with a pile of books. Life is an adventure. Home school is an extension of that adventure. Come join us as we enjoy living, loving and learning at home.
My name is Kimberly. We homeschooled for 7 years in Ohio and we are on our second year homeschooling in California. My boys are Ki (13) Connor (15 in 3 weeks) and Gavin (16). Ki has never been to public school. Connor went for Kindergarten and Gavin did kindergarten and 1st grade there. We plan to homeschool totally through high school. We are a bit on the Unschool Side of homeschool spectrum. The boys get to choose their classes and how they want to learn things (just not IF they want to learn) They read when they were ready (some as early as 4 some as late as 5th grade) and same with math (G was ready and asking for algebra type math in Kindergarten. Ki is 13 and still is taking his leisurely stroll through beginning multiplication and some fraction facts. We don't go by grade level or do testing (well thee older 2 have some end of chapter tests for the science they choose) no spelling lists, no curriculum other than what we want to learn right now (not dependant upon what they have learned or 'what is next' according to the books).
In January we do J-Term. a month of just 2 classes- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. they get to choose. Ki asked for sewing and Culinary Arts. Connor also wanted Sewing and he is doing Robotics/Computer Programming along with Gavin. Gavin's 2nd class is Physics. (yes, HIS idea and it is what he asked to do last year for J-Term, too)
So join us in reading about our J-Term Adventures!
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