Friday, September 19, 2014

It is almost fall!!

Sorry for lack of blog posts. I know my mom looks forward to reading them, so I am totally letting her down! Sorry mom! We have been busy! School, activities, co-op, and just enjoying this lovely fall weather!

A lot has been happening lately. We started co-op last week! My kids were soooo excited to start their new classes...and so was I! This year I am running the co-op with another friend Alicia. So my teaching load is a bit easier than past semesters. Still a lot of work coordinating things to make co-op happen and run smoothly!

The girls are taking a cooking/nutrition class. They have made quiet a few new things. Some things they have loved...some not so much. They are trying new things though and that is good!

Some kids are not so excited about the food being made in class:)

And a Science class. This is a picture from the 5th grade on up class. I teach Speech during this time so I haven't gotten a picture of their actual class.

They both love their classes!

The boys are taking a Creatures of the Ocean class. They studied octopuses last week and this week they learned about sea turtles.

They are also taking a PE/games class! I love seeing them play with their little friends!

We have been busy with school here. We started our United Kingdom study. Katelyn was so excited, because this is the country where her accent comes from...um ok?

The kids did their own replicas of Stonehenge.

Weston is moving right along with his alphabet. He is already a year behind the other kids...but I am not worried. He loves just being a boy and playing instead of school. I can usually sneak in about 5 minutes with him a day singing his letter/sound song or a small math activity.

Wes doing his math--counting and adding

Easton loves school, but some days he would rather just play with his brother. He loves playing games and doing math. His favorite game is War. We play that quiet often.

The girls are staying busy with their studies. It is nice that I can get them set up on some of their subjects and leave them be.

They love playing games with each other!

Here are a few fun Science experiments we have done...we talked about smog and energy. The kids love doing Science experiments.

Oh how I love our days together!

 

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On week 5 and counting!

We just entered into our 5th week of school for the school year!! At first I was a bit hesitant at starting a few weeks earlier than we usually do, but we were ready! It is so nice being in a routine, yet still being flexible to the fun things that come our way. We typically have a 4 day school week, leaving a flex day for day time activities. Some weeks we only have 3 days of school at home, because of field trips or other commitments. But in my eyes we are always learning new things...even if we aren't at home sitting around the table!

Here are a few pictures from our adventures over the past few weeks!

Katelyn counting out money
Ever taught a lefty to use scissors? Not fun.
Learning letter recogntion
Joc working on a new recipe for a blog post!
My friend Tonya put on a back to school game day! The kids had so much fun!

 

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Nebraska State Fair!!

I know going to fairs are not everyone's cup of tea. Since having children we have only gone twice. Once when the kids were really little...Easton was a baby...and then another 2 years ago. Fairs are expensive. The food, the rides, admission, everything that the vendors are trying to sell...it just all adds up. I am a cheapskate! BUT there are ways to enjoy the fair without breaking the wallet.

~~The summer prior check to see if your library is having a reading program--and they may possibly be giving away free tickets. I know of at least four cities in Nebraska that do this!

~~Check the schedule for special admission days! Our fair had a $2 Tuesday and a $5 Wednesday! They also allowed everyone in for FREE until noon on the opening day! We just happened to go when the fair first opened...and already had tickets in hand...so we had an unexpected extra day at the fair!!

~~Bring your own food if you can! Fair food is extremely expensive! We were lucky enough to get coupons as part of our summer reading program for free things like hot dogs, pop, and shaved ice! There is also a yummy Highlands Roberts booth that sells malts for $1...so you can't beat that! If you don't have any coupons, why not buy a footlong hot dog and split in in half like I did!

~~Check out the schedule in advance! We timed our visit so we could see several shows that interested the kids, like the penguin high divers, the wolf show, pig races, and a horse show. There were too many shows to go to!

~~If you don't want to break the bank on rides, warn your kids in advance. We had a coupon to go on one kiddie ride and that was all I was about to spend. The girls aren't of kiddie ride age anymore, so they were not happy. Oh well. It doesn't hurt my feelings. They started a change jar, so hopefully by the time the fair rolls around next year they will have enough change saved. I refuse to let them break into their savings or piggy banks for this. I know, I am a mean mom.

We are heading back on Saturday with a few of my cousins! Can't wait!

Here are a few pictures from our first two visits this year!