Our Week in Review

HomeschoolMothersJournal

 

In my life this week…I have started my “official” Facebook page to go with my blog. I had been thinking about it for awhile and took the leap this week.
In our homeschool this week…We are trying to stay on track while still being outside enjoying the spring/summer we are finally getting. I asked Jordan if he wanted to do school outside on the laptop, and he wasn’t too thrilled 🙂 But he hasn’t been complaining too much about getting up a little earlier in the morning and doing school after supper. Hey, what the heck, it works for us and that is what homeschool is all about right?!?

RayRay and Ary have been having fun with finding letters in the books we are reading. RayRay is also happy to find the words he knows as we read. We found a fun book at the library and have been “learning” science as we have fun talking about why something is the way it is.

 


Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…Sunday is Mother’s Day and if the weather is permitting we are going to have my mom over for some brats and hot dogs on the grill while the kids run around and wear themselves out 🙂
My favorite thing this week was…I honestly loved the warm weather this week. Being outside and having the kids outside (without all the extra layers) was nice. Just spending that time out there is something we all love as a family.
My kiddos favorite thing this week was…We went out to the flea market on Wednesday with our “gaga” and than hit up some thrift stores and had lunch with great grandma. The kids loved getting out and looking for good deals (which we found) and being with their grandmas.
Things I’m working on…I am really trying to work on my crocheting. I have a few projects that I started and really want to finish them.
I’m cooking…I have found some new recipes that use more veggies. I hope to try these out and get these kids  healthy!
I’m grateful for…I will never stop being grateful for my husband. He makes it possible for me to be at home teaching our kids.
I’m praying for…This week I am praying for all the moms out there, that they are able to enjoy their special day with their kids and loved ones!

 


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Little Miss was actually pulling her big brother around in the wagon!! He was so happy to be the one to sit back and relax for once!!!

Life Lessons

Jordan and Grandpa

 

It’s Monday, we should be doing school. Instead of sitting down in front of the computer and wanting to get stuff done while the weather was nice outside, we did some life lessons today.

My great grandpa is in his upper 90s and we decided it was a nice enough day to help him out with some of his spring clean up. My kids love being with grandpa and playing outside by the lake. Grandpa also has the fun big kid “toys”. Jordan was put to work helping clean up the garbage and than moving some plants and tree branches.

Our lessons today included learning how to “socialize” with our elders. My kids were able to learn how to show respect to grandpa, and how if they didn’t, he wouldn’t stand for it and take things away…even if it was just a rope and to RayRay that meant the end of the world. But they also learned that if they listened, he would give them things they wanted, like that end of the world rope 🙂 Jordan learned how to work the 4-wheeler some more and found out that steering while in the soft grass was not easy. Grandpa told him that he would have to be moving and turning the wheel at the same time and that moving did not mean speeding across the yard!

We were using the 4-wheeler to move branches around the yard, and Jordan had to load them up and make them stay balanced, since Grandpa didn’t want to teach him how to control the trailer yet. He would balance them on the front and rear racks and have to make them stay while they traveled around the yard. Jordan also had to figure out how to “tow” one large branch that wouldn’t fit on the racks, and Grandpa refused to let him use a saw or ax to cut it.

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RayRay and Little Miss didn’t get to skip out on the lessons. They were busy finding different things throughout the yard and deciding if they would float or sink once thrown into the lake. We found out that dead grass, branches and pine cones float and that rocks will sink. We than talked about how heavy the rocks were compared to the pine cones while holding one of each in each hand.

Now that we are home, it is time to do some things on the computer and rest up a little! But before we do that I wanted to let you know that we will be using Time4Writing as a summer writing program for the next couple of months.  We are excited to get started with the interactive lessons.  Our online tutor will correct our work and give us writing tips on how to sharpen our writing skills.  Come visit in a few weeks to see how we like it.

A Change in Weather

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Can you believe we were supposed to get snow last night?!?!?! I am so thankful we didn’t, but it sure did get cold! After enjoying all that time outside and not needing jackets, it has been rough trying to tell the little ones they 1need to put them on again.

We pulled out our small trampoline for some energy draining today. The kids thought it was the best thing in the world, considering it has been about a year since they went on it. I like being able to pull something like that out and let it be “new” again. I had to tell J that since we weren’t outside running around, riding bike and skateboarding, we have to do regular gym class again.

It has been a little easier for everyone to focus on doing their school work now that there isn’t the temptation to want to go outside. J is doing awesome on his Social Studies, I don’t have to ask him to do that, I have to ask him to slow down. I love that he is so interested in the history of the United States right now and is talking about the things he learns throughout the day. Now if only I could get him that interested in his math. He is doing good in that too, especially since he started doing the 6th grade math they said he couldn’t do at Public School. He gets so happy when he does good and I love seeing him so happy over his accomplishment!!

RayRay has been working on some basic Kindergarten lessons, and breezing through them!! Now, if I could just get him to sit down long enough to practice writing!! I plan to enroll him in Kindergarten home school in the fall. As fun as it would be to see what he does at public school, I know that he will thrive better in an environment that suites him, just like his big brother! Both of these boys are so full of energy and I love to see them be able to move around as they need to and not get into trouble because they are not sitting still as a stick in a classroom that is full of distractions.

Little Miss is her same princess self! She has been watching during RayRay’s lessons and loves to “count” and “read”. She will count: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10…I think it is adorable and as much as I want to just love her up while she is doing that, we end up counting together after she starts. We have been checking out some easy reader books from the library and when RayRay doesn’t want to read his sight words, she will read them after I say them.

I hope the weather warms up again, and that you all have a great day!! God bless!!!

Spring is Finally Here!!

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Well, Minnesota has finally decided to give us spring!! We have been having so much fun outside without the extra winter jacket bulk! It’s not very often that we can play in the snow in a t-shirt!!

We started some bean seeds, first in a plastic bag so that we could watch them root and than transferred them into cups and soil to watch them sprout and grow. The kids are having a competition over whose is growing faster! We have still been doing our “school”, only we are doing that right away in the morning and later in the afternoon. During the middle of the day when it is gorgeous out, we are outside too!! Hey, one of the benefits of homeschooling I guess 😉 I love the ability to do that with the kids. We can do whatever the day brings as long as we complete our lessons for the week.

I would like to finish the day with a prayer request for my cousin and her new son. She delivered him 4.5 weeks early and everything seemed to be going good. They soon found out that he will need heart surgery and it sounds like today will be the day. Prayers for him, mommy, daddy, all family and surgeons would be wonderful!! Thank you so much!!!