Monday, July 27, 2015

Back to school time!!

We start back to school next Monday, August 3rd!! I can not wait! We will be only going part time for a few weeks, because August is still a busy month for us! Since we will be in Co-op in September and a baby in October, I wanted to start earlier rather than later so we have the luxury of taking more time off thoughout the year.

This next year I will be teaching three grade levels, however I will teach mostly the same lesson to all four kids and then their activities vary depending on how old they are. For example when we do Spanish, the boys (preschool and 1st grade) do not do the same extended activity as the girls since they can't read or write yet. Our first grader is at a basic reading/writing level...but foreign languages sends him into a state of confusion!

The girls are at the same level for everything pretty much, so they have the exact same curriculum as each other. I have a lot of local friends who are just starting out with homeschooling, so I want to stress, that just because I am posting what I am doing, does NOT mean that you need to scramble and do the same exact thing. All kids learn at a different pace and all families do different things when it comes to homeschooling! Friends ask all the time what curriculum we use, so this is a little post that I can send them.

All kids:

As mentioned earlier we do Spanish together. I took 5 years in middle/high school...so teaching Spanish isn't as hard for me as it would be for someone who took a different foreign language. We use this book as a guide and then the girls use a free ipad ap called Duolingo for more practice.

We also do Bible together. We used this book from Bob Jones as a guide, but it is just a guide. We used the Bible (obviously) since that is the source of the subject and we will will watch some "What's in the Bible" this year.

For History we are starting something new called the Story of the World. It is Biblically based and I am really excited to start this!

We are also almost done with our Passport studies. We just have South America to cover!

Science--We are going to start studying the Human Body in detail in November, but I do not have all of marbles together to get that started right away.

For the girls we use:

Bob Jones Math grade 5. I try not to buy new books, so I found a deal on these used ones. We used Bob Jones Math last year and liked it. It seems like 5th grade is a big review of last year, but just a little more complex. I plan on having Math an independent study subject and will provide links to Khan Academy to teach them. Obviously I will be here for questions and grading, but we will see how this goes.

They will be using Writer's Express for writing and grammar. A gal had these at my curriculum sale this past Spring so I got a deal on these!

Spelling Power will be something new for us. Katelyn can spell just about anything, Jocelyn isn't the best speller, but can read just about anything. So the girls will probably be at different levels with this new program. I also bought this used!

Cursive- this was put on the back burner last year. Jocelyn can write in cursive, but would prefer not to. Katelyn was introduced last year and wasn't a fan, so we will see where this goes next year.

Easton: (age 6)

He will be learning multiplication this year. I will use jingles from Math-U-See and this book. I have lots of fun Multiplication acitvities up my sleeve.

I also bought him a Star Wars Math book...however it has magically disappeared....

For writing a grammar we are using this:

He is also still in Hooked on Phonics and we will be moving onto book 4 soon!

Weston- Preschool!

Just still working on reviewing writing letters and numbers. He will sit in on almost everything...but mostly just playing with his big brother!

I have a lot of other things that we will be working on. Hoping to teach Easton all of the states and both boys the books of the Bible!

 

Friday, July 24, 2015

4H fun!

This past school year we signed up for 4H! I have always wanted our kids to do 4H, but I was under the impression you had to join a group...like Girl Scouts and that you had to have farm animals. Neither are true. We joined as an independent family, where we do our own thing and there are hundreds of projects that kids can work on that have nothing to do with animals!

Katelyn and Easton were able to be in Clover Kids this year. Projects are easier and there are no point values placed on their projects. Jocelyn was old enough to be in the older group where her projects could earn different colors of ribbons and there was a $ stipend depending on what color you recieved.

In total the kids completed 32 projects over the year. Yikes! A lot of work for this mama...but the girls are pretty capable of completing most things on their own...I just need to make sure we have proper supplies!

I know Jocelyn wanted to get at least one purple ribbon at our county fair. We discussed that she is young and this is our first year..do not get your hopes too high. We are all learning! I think she understood.

As we walked around the fair to see all of their projects on display I had one thrilled little girl...she earned 6 purple ribbons!

All of the kids were excited to see their projects on display! They are already planning out what they are going to do for next year...and Joc has already made one project so far!

Here is a little sample of our 4H year...with projects! I wish I would have taken more pics!

At the fair!
Joc made dog bones!
Joc sewed an outfit for Maggie
Working on making ice cream
She earned a blue ribbon!
Joc made a few collars for Maggie
She is working on looming Saige--an American Girl keychain
Kate made a blanket for baby Landon
They all made tshirts
Most of the projects!

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Katelyn Rose turned 8!

Our Katelyn Rose turned 8! It seems so old!! She had a low key birthday party today with 8 friends. I am thankful she is a kid that does not expect much since I am moving slow these days.

We started our day off with donuts and flowers.

The girls helped me make party food and I made cupcakes.

Once her friends got here they played a sponge water game, balloon toss, and had a water balloon fight.

They danced, ate, and played yard games.

For dinner Kate wanted a steak dinner, with corn, crescents, bernaise sauce, and potatoes...so we whipped that up for her.

She fell in love with a backpack at Walmart, so I surprised her with that and an American Girl cheerleader outfit that I held back for her. Sean and I also picked out some puppy essentials as we are supposed to be getting a new pup in a few weeks!

All in all she had a pretty good birthday!

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saying good bye.

Our last pic of Tiger. Wes wanted a selfie with him.

We said good-bye to our cat Tiger yesteday. He was only about 4 years old. At our last house he showed up as a stray and the girls batted their eyes and Sean agreed that we could keep him...even though he said we would never have any cats. Well he had a 2 1/2 years with us. I really anticipated having him a lot longer...don't most cats live like at least 15 years or something?? So I thought.

A few months ago we thought he got in a cat fight because he came home with an open wound...turns out it was a ruptured tumor. We had it removed and tested and it was a fast moving cancer. The tumor came back and he was having a rough time. I hate that...and the girls and I have been a mess. The only thing they want for their upcoming birthdays is another cat, but unfortunately Tiger will probably be our last cat.

We had quiet a few good times with him over the past few years...I am going to link to a previous blog post that I wrote about him last year.

http://gigglesandgumballs.blogspot.com/2014/01/fun-with-our-cat.html

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

11 years and counting!

Today Sean and I are celebrating 11 years of being married!

He is the best husband a girl could ask for and winderful dad!

Thank you for all that you do for us Sean!

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby Landon!

We found out what we were having last week!  Many asked if we cared what we were having.  The kids had strong opinions.  Neither Sean nor I really cared.  Both sexes have their pro's and con's...but we really were neutral.

My mom warned me, to not trust the ultrasound results, because we have had some friends who had the wrong results.  Well yes, there is always a change of mistakes...and if there was a mistake in our case, we would still welcome a girl, however when the ultrasound tech put the little camera on the baby, she asked us if we could tell what it was...yep it was pretty obvious.  Even if we were not planning on finding out...it was CLEAR in many shots that it was a boy.  So we will see if it was something else floating out there, if you know what I mean.

We figured out a girl name right away, but went back and forth on boy names.  We sat down earlier this week and Sean had me write down all of the possibilities.  He came up with the name "Landon" and it kind of grew on me.  I do not know any other Landon's personally---so that helps.  Teaching has ruled out some name choices.  We have had a few people that have expressed their dislike towards the name...we don't really care.  Is that rude?  I think it is rude asking us to reconsider our name choice.

Anywho....I wanted to tell the kids somehow in a fun  way.  The girls came up with a cupcake idea.  We have participated in it before, so that is what we did.  My friend, Christina, makes cupcakes, so she made 6 girl cupcakes and 6 boy cupcakes.  She marked the girl ones with pearls so I knew which were which.  They were really yummy!


When we got home from a nice afternoon out, we had the kids bite into the cupcakes.  I knew that at least one little girl was not going to be happy, but I really didn't expect this reaction:

I am 22 weeks along today.  I have gotten 3 due dates, but in my mind...the baby will be here, when the baby is ready to be here.  So I am not too stressed out about it.  I would rather take later over earlier.  So my due date has been September 29th, September 30th, and October 4th.  So we shall see.  I would like to make it to October 10th.

Here are some fun pics from our ultrasound.  We don't do the 3D ones.  Not sure if that was even an option.  I didn't ask.



I love this pic--it is the front of his nose and mouth!

I love this leg shot!
Arms in front of face
Yep it is a boy!

Here is a pic of me from before church.  Thanks Christina for selling a whole bunch of cute summer dresses!  Much more comfortable than pants!  Yay for Summer!
I am so not photogenic at all!