Weekly Wrap-Up

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We are up to DVD 4, for the review time around with What’s in the Bible. I let my kids watch episodes 1 & 2 on each DVD twice.  After the first watch, we color together and discuss, after the 2nd watch we go over the flashcards {we are using Alyson’s here}. 

Here they were working on some coloring pages {see links and how we are using these DVDs here}. Homeschool-3932

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We worked on Arkansas in our Sticker USA Activity BookHomeschool-3953

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PS-the color coded school supply caddies continue to work out perfectly for us!

 

Oh yeah, and we voted!


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Krash continues to use both Calvert and  All About Reading Level 1 lessons. I am really enjoying seeing the similarities and differences in the 2 programs side by side.  When he is all done with both, I will share deep reviews and thoughts on both formats.  Homeschool-4034

This week we did All About Spelling 1 ~ Lesson 8, which is now behind what he is working on in his Calvert spelling, so it is a good solid review.  I have been a bit off with his extra lessons {lazy might be a better word}.Homeschool-4037

 

With Calvert, he is working on 3D shapes in math, so our real world shapes were perfect! He loved making the paper lesson hands on!Homeschool-3994

I was able to take the math lesson further than his text did, comparing and contrasting the shapes in many ways, here is he is showing which shapes roll…Homeschool-3977

Pointing to the shapes I call out…Homeschool-3988

We are moving along with Draw, Write, Now ~ this week we worked on drawing a turkey!

We tried out a new gym to possibly move him to so he can excel with his gymnastics, because Krash is often like this…Homeschool-4019

He has taught himself how to push up into an almost perfect handstand from a headstand.  His strength amazes me!Homeschool-4020

We tried out the new gym, and the head boy’s coach evaluated him and he was invited to join the pre team. This gym seems to be the perfect fit for us and it isn’t any farther than our current gym, which for some reason I always thought it was about 20 minutes farther!  So, now it is just time to pray about making this commitment.  The other 2 love gymnastics and will at least take classes, so the commitment is times 3!  A sweet mom of a boy who does competitive gymnastics emailed me after my last post and the info was SO helpful!  If you have a son who does this, and you’d like to email me your thoughts, I would be open to hearing them, and thankful.  I don’t have any close friends who are in this world {specifically boys gymnastics}, and love hearing info firsthand, as we pray over this decision!


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So, Pac was sick, and his entire week of schooling was just a bit off.  He was only really sick in bed one day, but the day before and after he just wasn’t himself.  We took it easy, and will play catch up next week to get to where I’d like us to be before Thanksgiving!


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…



Weekly Wrap-Up

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We continue to use our morning board {see full board here}, We are using the Botany Calendar Connections set this month, which came to an end and we all really learned {and reviewed} a lot! Ladybug mainly perfected her counting skills!Botany Calendar Connections -3600

Having the eBook version is helpful so all 3 kids could look at the picture as I read the fact to them.Botany Calendar Connections -3597

ABC movement cards continue to be a favorite, letter Oo is for “jumping over a pillow” which was a big hit!

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We are up to DVD 4 with What’s in the Bible {see links and how we are using these DVDs here}.  They especially love it when we have communal lunch as we watch together. Homeschool-3517

The kids really enjoyed our Home Art Studio lesson, which was rollercoasters!Home Art Studio Rollercoasters-3659

 

I don’t have a photo of us, but we began reading Christian Heroes: George Muller outloud this week.  All 3 kids sat with me this time, and Krash and PacMan really enjoyed it!George Muller


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Here he was working on his 1st Grade Calvert Sight Words, and graciously posing for me.1st Grade Homeschool-3611

Along with All About Spelling 1 we also do the spelling lists provided with Calvert, mostly as a review.  He is breezing through the words, and really enjoys practicing his words on the iPad {Word Wizard is the app we use}  before we take the weekly test Homeschool-3527

He is a few stories into his 2nd reader with Calvert and is doing well.  I love snuggling with him while he reads his stories to me!

A BIG favorite right now is his First in Math computer game.  He gets access to this through our cyber school, and it is amazing!  He loves the competition and challenge so he learns math skills beyond his grade level and flies through 1st grade math!Homeschool-3702


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So, there aren’t usually a lot of pictures of my dear sweet PacMan, he gets all goofy when I try to snap a picture of him!Homeschool-3695

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I love this goofy kid.  We are enjoying 5th grade learning together, his favorite is science and mine is history.   We read those together, snuggled up in a bean bag most of the time.


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Weekly Wrap-Up x 2

I didn’t write a Weekly Wrap Up post last week, so this post will share some moments from the past 2 weeks. 


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It has taken me years to accept that I am just not at my best in the mornings.  I spent years fighting this, thinking that in order to be a good homeschool mom I needed to rise and shine and get on with the day early.  I no longer believe this and have adjusted our day so that we all enjoy it more.  I began to let go of the need to rise and shine mentality last year and this year even more.  Often times our mornings look like this, with the kids playing together.

We do have a no electronics rule during school hours {unless I put them on the iPad for school use}, so they dig into toys together. I play with them, sometimes I have some extra quiet time, sometimes I clean a bit.  There’s no set routine, I just don’t force myself to begin school before I feel ready to tackle the day.

One particular morning I missed my personal quiet time since I woke up late and I was in a grumpy funk.  I sent the boys upstairs to play and set Ladybug up with a big pile of books so she could read while I wrote in my Journible {I am writing out James, 1/2 Peter, 1/2/3 John, and Jude right now}.  As I was writing and reading the Word, Krash came down to read too.  Then they began sharing books and reading together, then he started reading to her.  It was just so sweet and such a beautiful time of quiet I would have missed had I allowed myself to sit in my grumpy funk.

It is one of those mornings. Instead of fighting it, I put the day on hold. One is upstairs playing, one is resting and this one is snuggled up with a big pile of books. Me? I am gonna write the Word in my Journible until I snap outta this grumpy funk. Someone else came to join the quiet time...So this just keeps getting cuter. Now they are Reading together and sharing the books. Seriously? Now he is reading to her, went and got his easy reader box all on his own and started reading to her. Thank you God for these simple blessings I would have missed had I chosen to just stay grumpy. An hour later and I feel so much better!

 

We continue to use our morning board {see full board here}, Ladybug has become very interested in counting the days.  This is fabulous since she consistently skips 13 and 15, and during this daily practice she is finally learning to stick them in there!

We are using the Botany Calendar Connections set this month.

We worked on Arizona in our Sticker USA Activity Book

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Afterwards, we reviewed using our USA Geography PowerPoint on the laptop this time. They prefer the projector on the wall.

 

We worked on the virtue GENTLE with We Choose Virtues, in honor of our new puppy.Homeschool-3405

Sweenie {“super weenie”} is super sweet and she has been a good lesson in being gentle, another reminder after the kitty addition, Stella.

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The kids really enjoyed our Home Art Studio lesson, and Ladybug was thrilled that she could participate in making a rose window too! Full post coming soon!Home Art Studio Rose Windows-3344

 

Ladybug and Krash continue to love the color cubes and pattern cards.  One morning they sat together and worked on them for a long time!Homeschool-3376

 

Life school was at its best during our camping weekend!  This was our last weekend trip of the season and we all loved it.  The kids met new doggies they fell in love with, made crafts, went on a hayride, colored and drew tons of pictures together, and just enjoyed family time out in God’s beautiful world together!

Camping trick or treating! We dressed up as......campers!!!! Craft time!The best friends of the trip...Lacey, Patch, and little Chipper. I am so glad their owner was so sweet cuz my kids her doggies!!  Hayride with my babies! Early morning stick hunting, gathering wood for the


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Krash completed his first reading textbook with Calvert, he was really excited to move onto the next book!. Listening to my favorite 1st grader read to me

 

Along with All About Spelling 1 we also do the spelling lists provided with Calvert, mostly as a review.  He was so thrilled to begin his own Calvert spelling book this past week.Homeschool-3389

 

We worked on the horse from Draw, Write, NowHomeschool-3390

 

Krash is in gymnastics, and is falling more and more in love.  He practices a lot at home and recently learned that boys can be on a team and that he can challenge himself further.  This is great, except that his gym only advances girls, they only have boys recreational classes. So, we are looking around and seeking God about what to do with his talent and desire. Adding sports into family life is not a decision we take lightly, both for the time and financial cost. Thankfully PacMan and Laydbug also LOVE gymnastics, at least we would be a one sport family for now, but it is still a big commitment to move beyond a once a week class.


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PacMan has learned a LOT about responsibility with the addition of the new puppy that he has BEGGED for. The agreement was that during daylight hours, he is responsible for taking her outside, and making sure she gets her playtime.  He enjoys it, but it has been challenging.Chilly morning romping with the new best friend.


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Weekly Wrap-Up

The Weekly Wrap-up is a perfect way to throw some random things together each week! I don’t take photos of everything we do, but here is where I share what I do capture, either with the boys, or with all of the kids together during our group activities. It will look different each week, or every other week, depending on how much I keep my act together!


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We continue to use our morning board {see full board here} and Ladybug is really enjoying the Songs for Saplings verses. We have completed 4 now and review each one during the day. Homeschool-2160

This is how we listen to them during our morning meeting time, I use my iPhone and our portable mini speaker.  I have a playlist set up on my phone called “this week” and have all of the new songs {Seeds, Songs for Saplings and hymn} as well as the ones from the previous weeks so we can review.Homeschool-2159

One of the favorite parts of our morning board for all 3 of my kids is the letter of the day ABC movement cards.  Thankfully I have a 10 year old who still thinks this is an awesome thing to do.Homeschool-2168

W is for Windmills in action…

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They also all 3 love it when we sing the Name-O song {scroll down for video}, it isn’t just Ladybug who runs with her name, the boys get really into it too!

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We are up to DVD3 with What’s in the Bible.  Here they were working on some coloring pages {see links and how we are using these DVDs here}. Homeschool-2174

While they do things like this, I often play music from the “this week” playlist so they have a natural way to review songs we are learning.  I love this shot of Krash getting really into his singing as he colors!Homeschool-2176

PS-the color coded school supply caddies continue to work out perfectly for us!


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Krash is back to his All About Reading Level 1 lessons. We are up to about lesson 30. His reading assignments in Calvert are a bit below where he is at with AAR, so it is a good review for him.  We are slowing down with AAR, as I make sure he is solid with certain skills and gains more fluency.All About Reading-2182

This week we did All About Spelling 1 ~ Lesson 3, 4, and 5 and worked on vowels. He did really well with this, thanks to knowing the song from the Talking Words Factory DVD!  That song really helps with the concept of vowels {and many other reading skills}. All About Reading-2185

One of the activities was to have him write the letter of the sound I said.  We used our iPad and stylus {the app he is in is the drawing on the window portion of Bugs and Bubbles}.Homeschool-2221

He does really well with manipulating sounds, and enjoys working with the letter tiles…All About Spelling-2280

Ladybug always wants to sit close by and listen in, here he was writing words as I said sounds and she was trying her best to copy him.All About Spelling-2284

With Calvert, the kids get assessed every 20 lessons beginning in first grade.  Krash just completed his first round of these “tests” and did well!  He’s such a big boy now!Homeschool-2224

We are moving along with Draw, Write, Now ~ this week we worked on drawing a cow!Homeschool-2286

Pac snapped this sweet pic of Krash and I reading together…Homeschool-2287


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Pac also completed his first assessment of the year and did really well.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much information was packed into it, even I had to study just to help him study!Homeschool-2198

And again, one of the sweetest parts of homeschooling…Homeschool-2217


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…



Weekly Wrap-Up

The Weekly Wrap-up is a perfect way to throw some random things together each week! I don’t take photos of everything we do, but here is where I share what I do capture, either with the boys, or with all of the kids together during our group activities. It will look different each week, or every other week, depending on how much I keep my act together!


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We continue to use our morning board  {see full board here} and Ladybug is really enjoying the Songs for Saplings verses.  We have completed 3 now and review each one during the day.  She loves holding the cards and singing along. {a few sung by us years ago are in a video on this page}.

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We are doing Seeds Family Worship verses too {mainly for the boys} and are on our 3rd verse this year.  Krash loves to “read along.”

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Ladybug’s favorite part is when we sing the Name-O song {scroll down for video} and she runs the length of the room with her name, and some days, my name!

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We have a few group time subjects that we focus on once a week together,  One is USA Geography.  We are using the Sticker USA Activity Book this year to go through the states in ABC order.  The book comes with one set of printables and provides a CD so you can print additional.  This year I have printed each child a page {even Ladybug} so they can work on their own.Homeschool-1758

We are using my USA Geography PowerPoint again this year.  We have used this since I created it and Pac has easily memorized all states, capitals, abbreviations, and locations.  This is just showing up in his actual school curriculum and is so easy for him!Homeschool-1760

Krash forgets capitals and abbreviations,  but can identify and locate almost all 50 states.Homeschool-1761


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Krash is back to his All About Reading Level 1 lessons.  We are up to about lesson 28 {I think}.  Ladybug loves to sit close when we do things!All About Reading-1769

We did All About Spelling 1 ~ Lesson 2 and worked on segmenting words orally.  he did really well with this.  All About Spelling-1774

A simple visual science experiment to compare and explore mass and volume.Homeschool-1712

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In math he is flying, as he already knows most of what is being covered.  He worked through is word problems with ease this week!

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We got a new Learning Resources school toy and he enjoyed the challenge.Homeschool-1692


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PacMan and I love when a topic comes up that we have made a lapbook about.  This past week we studied plants and flowers in depth and were able to utilize our flower labeling game from a lapbook he made in 1st grade!Homeschool-1677

His very favorite part of homeschool…Homeschool-1717

He especially loves it when she lays right on top of his book and he just has to take a break and love on her.Homeschool-1765


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…