Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Workbox cards my first attempt

This evening I decided to try my hand at a set of workbox cards. I needed something simple to go along with what we are actually doing lately... I made 5 rows: Copywork, Math-U-See,, Lapbooks, and Bible Verses.  I couldn't decide on the icon for so I left it blank and am going to use some stickers I have (saved on ink.)  I uploaded the cards to our 4shared account if you would like something simple.. I hope to create some more cards as we expand our folders/boxes.
Enjoy! Hope you are having a great week.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workbox Wednesday

Picture of Earthwise File FoldersImage via WikipediaToday Cameron and I have been thinking out a plan to get us both back on track.. Our workboxes are a mess and our planning pages aren't working.. Thankfully I found and revisited Sheri's workbox blog  and downloaded her Planner Book pages. We are going to do 3 days worth of pages and numbers.  We are also going to do file folders instead of workboxes. The idea is that in his boxes will be all the folders for the day. We will eventually if this works get colored folder like the ones pictures color coding subjects but for now I am reusing some basic manila folders I had laying around.  I created 1/2 sheet labels the say Workbox #__ for each folder to coordinate with his schedule pages and cards. Lately we have been doing copywork and reading with a little math thrown in... We need to get back on track so we can start some of the fun units we have planned, especially our Civil War unit next month. 

Here is a link to the first 2 labels. They print on the half sheet labels we use for shipping USPS. 
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mingle Monday Blog Hop and Mom Blog Monday

So this is a little early, but why not...
Mingle Monday is hosted by KdBuggie Boutique Photobucket
Hop over and check her blog and join this family friendly blog hop.
I hope you will follow our journey and leave a comment here so I can follow you back.

Here is another Blog Hop, Mom Blog Monday hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums

Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums

I hope you will hop over and visit her Blog as well.

Weekend Blog Hop


I am finding all kinds of wonderful blogs to follow by joining various blog hops. Here is another one I found. If you found our blog through this or any other blog hop this weekend please leave a comment with your blog and follow us. We love to follow newly found blogs.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

In our homeschool this week...
We continued on our journey with copy work. Actually  Cameron finished the 23rd Psalm. Nathan is continuing the 100th Psalm at his pace. We also played games. 
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
This week we had a play date with some co-op friends. Cameron got to play Wii and now that is all I've been hearing about...  We also had dinner with my family for St. Patrick's Day (Friday evening) and Purim... since we aren't Catholic or Jewish we blended the 2 (dinner Corn Beef and Cabbage)  ( story and desert Purim).. All the boys had fun and my youngest nephew loved the Hamentaschen I made... he ate 3 of them and he isn't even 2 yet..
My favorite thing this week was...
Playing letter kid with Nathan Friday morning... (read previous blog)
What's working/not working for us...
Our classroom is still not cleaned up so we are using the dinning room table and living room floor.. Copywork is still our best friend though.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
Homeschooling is still a blessing for me, I can't even imagine my boys in school during the day and not with me.
 quote to share...
Make a joyful noise until the Lord.... Psalm 100
 (from Nathan's copywork)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Letter Kid

This morning Nathan and I were reading a book "G-O-O-D spells Good" and decided to turn Nathan into as many letters and numbers as we could...  He made the obvious letters (L, N, O, V, C,T) and then tried to make a couple more but realized he would need brothers help, so we moved on to the numbers... 1 and 7 were pretty easy, then he tried a 2 (that was a challenge, but a success).. he wanted to make a 4 and a 5 but didn't quite get there... We were laughing to hard to even get pictures of it...

 I did however take pictures of him vacuuming, he decided that housework was part of school time too, I guess he gets an "A" for home ec. today...( I would share them but my camera deleted them... I so need a new camera... )

A full English-language Scrabble tile set. See...Image via Wikipedia
Tonight after everyone had settled down , Nathan went to bed and Cameron wanted to make a story so I told him to draw a picture and I would help him with the sentence... He changed his mind and got out the travel Scrabble tiles and made as many words as he could figure out only asking for help if he was unsure of the spelling... 9 words later he was still going through the letters, he isn't linking the words just putting letters together for a word then moving onto the next line for a new word.  Guess if you let them they will do school time even into the late late night.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Doorposts of Your House | Weekly Encouragement and Ideas for Applying Scripture in Your Home, from Doorposts and the Forster Family

As I was sorting through email this morning one of my email friends shared this giveaway on Doorpost. I am always up for a good giveaway and following another wonderful blog. You should stop by and check out Doorposts of Your House. One fo the giveaway prizes is winer's choice of one of these wonderful books.

Doorposts of Your House | Weekly Encouragement and Ideas for Applying Scripture in Your Home, from Doorposts and the Forster Family

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Recycling Crafts a free ebook

Here is a fun free e-book full of ideas for green crafts. Recycling crafts is a great homeschool project as well as frugal and environmentally friendly.
42 Ways to Recycle eBook |

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
This week has been a week of ups and downs. Had some pretty good days, but we are battling a cold bug so is has been a roller coaster of sorts.

In our homeschool this week...

This was the final week of our co-op for the term. We had a guest speaker before classes began. Alter Weiner a holocaust survivor spoke to the group telling his amazing story.  He is the author of a moving memoir "From a Name to a Number"  I'm still processing the whole talk as it was moving, power, inspiring, and heartening.  The group was blessed by his talk and then he stayed for the afternoon hanging out with some of the moms during their free periods.  
My husband and I ran the sound and lights for the presentation so I was not totally focused on the presentation and can't wait to read the book. (I will borrow my Dad's copy when he finishes)  
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
Between co-op and our regular Adventurer club meetings this was a week of activity. We were blessed on Monday being able to pick up some bread at a local church. Tuesday was our Adventurer club meeting and my group on kids finished their book work for the year, now we can focus on some fun creative honors and have them help teach the younger kids an honor...

My favorite thing this week was...
I'm not sure I had a favorite... 

What's working/not working for us...
I really need to work on getting us back to our workboxes and get our classroom area decluttered. I think I will have the boys help this afternoon (Monday is garbage day so Sunday afternoon seems to be a good cleaning day)

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

"Every Jew was a victim, every victim was not a Jew"  
quote from Alter Weiner during his presentation to our homeschool group.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lesson Planning online Co-Op

If you haven't noticed we love In the Hands of a Child . We have participated in the online co-op for HOAC since we found them 2 1/2 years ago. The upcoming unit is a Peek at Poetry, where I will be finding and putting together the preschool activities. I usually try and find stuff that can be used for PreK through Kinder as Nathan is K this year.. Poetry is not something we have studied a lot with the boys so this should be a great new unit for them. We have both this unit and the coordinating younger kids unit Preparing for Poetry as they were Super Member units last year.
********  If you love lapbooks or Notebooks as much as I do and want an easy way to do a unit study in your workboxes a Super membership at Hands of a Child is  an awesome deal.   ******

I hope to find some fun activities for younger kinds related to poetry that are more than just learning nursery rhymes. I'm thinking of early reading activities and such... We will see what I come up with. Whatever it is I know the ladies at Hands of a Child will take the ideas and create wonderful graphics to go with it.