Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pardon me.....

Greetings All!

You'll have to pardon us for a bit while we take a little break during this, the busiest time of the year.  I've got a combination of some sick children, sick husband and I'm still on the mend myself.  I feel fine but I'm still coughing and sniffling - which is annoying after two + weeks.

So while we  hustle and bustle my blogging will be intermittent and not daily as it usually is.  I will be posting here and there throughout the next couple of weeks.  We will be returning to our regularly scheduled homeschool programming on Monday, January 5th.  
Wishing you an amazing holiday season from our family to yours!

Friday, December 12, 2014

We love Friday!!

Greetings!!  I tried posting last night but blogger was being uncooperative so today's a two-fer!  Yesterday we had a regular day of school with the focus on cave paintings! We did a virtual tour of the caves at Lascaux.  Talk about AWESOME!!  We did the tour 4 times over.  Then we opened up some brown, paper grocery bags and I set out some rustic brushes and sticks along with earth colored paint and let the kids have at it!  They even used some of my spray mists that I use in my crafting to create an outline of their hands the way early man did.

Today was a busy day as far as schooling was concerned.  They had a spelling quiz AND they had a 3 page test on their knowledge of early mammals and man.  They ROCKED it out!!  I let them use their notes but I am thrilled that they are able to navigate through their notes to help them find the correct answers.  They played a lengthy game of Timeline after their tests.  If you aren't familiar with it's a fantastic card game that teaches when things happened in history.  We have both the inventions version and diversity version.  We combine the two to make the game more challenging.  It's totally awesome and such a great learning experience!  We had a group reading session after this and then Ari was up.  We headed to our local trampoline park for a 3 hour jump session!!  What a great way to end a Friday!

mammals and early man test
rocked it out!

totally awesome!
appropriate I thought!!
brain drain time!!  We jumped for 2 1/2 hours and then they used their allowance money to play video games!
What a great day!!  See y'all next week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rolling right along...

Good Morning!!!

You're not seeing sunrise pictures from my morning runs because...well it's been super cloudy and rainy AND I've not run in a couple of days due to my terrible cold.  I'm finally, finally on the mend and I keep pumping in the homemade spicy juices and using my peppermint oil to comfort me.  Better now than at the holidays for sure!!
Today we've rolled through a lot of material.  We worked through our spelling words on the board.  The children have a spelling quiz on Friday along with a test on the material we've been studying on early man so the oral quizzing is very helpful for them.  I gave a detailed description of each spelling word and asked them what the word is and also how to spell it.  They love it as they view it as a game.

We then read more about all of the different types of early man from Australopithecus to present Homo sapiens sapiens and everyone in between.  The children took detailed notes for about an hour and put them in their binders.

Tyler worked on algebra and fractions today and Kendall continued with her multiplication moving onto 4 digit by 1 digit and some word problems.
The children headed off for DEAR time and then we headed off to one of our favorite places - Barnes and Noble and then to one of our local and AWESOME libraries!
on our way!
LOVE the big connect 4!
huge puppet fan!
kendall creepin'  in with the photo bomb!
what the?
perusing the books!
this one looks good!
self check out
she's been dying to read this to us!
reading and teaching Ari!

See y'all tomorrow!