Friday, August 26, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #4


This week started of awful.  We slept in, I had a headache, and I threatened to send one kid back to public school

What a way to start the week.  Do you every wonder why you are doing this, or if you are doing the right thing for children?  I sometimes wonder if I am hurting them more than I'm helping them.

I know the reasons we decided to homeschool, and they haven't changed.  If anything they are stronger, and we have added more to them.  But somtimes I just wonder if I am really capable to homeschool my girls.  I always hear people say they don't have the patience to homeschool; well I don't either, I just do it.  But sometimes I feel like I could explode.

Okay.....enough ranting.
After I got done exploding, the girls did pretty good on their school work.  Baylee went to cook with her Nownie.

The girls did good today.  Molly had chemistry, and of course I was not prepared.  She didn't have her notes, and we forgot to study for the quiz.  Thank goodness I was blessed with a smart girl; makes up for my slacking, she made a 90 on the quiz.

She is also doing great in algebra 2.  It could be that she has a new teacher, her daddy.

Baylee has decided she loves to read.  She would reather read than do her school work.  It's hard not to let her read, but we can't get behind the first month of school.

For the rest of the week we are not going to get to much "school work" done.  Remember how I don't like to tell people no.  Well.....I am having a Body by Vi party Thursday night for a friend.  And since my house is not emaculate, and we have been remodeling; I think I need to get some cleaning done.
And I have decided to change curriculum after only 3 weeks of school.  We are just book people, and the whole textbook method is not working out to good for us.
So we are switching to Sonlight for History and Literature.  I feel like it won't be as hard and time consuming as Tapestry, but we still get to read "real" books.

No work on Thursday.

The girls did real good today after we got started.
Molly seems to be doing real good in Algebra 2 and Chemistry.  Maybe I won't do to much damage.
We are not doing to much History and Literature until I get the new curriculum.

I can really tell a difference in Baylee this year.  It seems like everything is clicking; Science, Math, Reading.  Everything but spelling.  I can't blame her though, I'm not a good speller either.

She worked on a little science experiment today.  She was trying to see how strong one stand of fettucine was.  She played for a long time with it, doing it several different ways.  She is going to be my engineer.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #3 (Better)


We did a little better this week.  I still am having problems getting my little one (10) to get her school work done without whinning.  She never feels good or always has a headache when its time to do school work.  But she doesn't seem to feel that bad when she wants to read a book. 

I am also having problems with people calling and wanting me to do things that takes away from my time at home.  It's like since I homeschool I have all the time in the world to do things for other people; forget that I need to be teaching my kids.

Baylee is chuggin along in her Abeka Language Art books.  She seems to be struggling a little with fragments, run-on, and compund sentences.  She is doing great in reading and comprehension.

We are reviewing some math facts from last year, so math seem to be pretty easy right now.  That probably won't last.

As always she is really enjoying science.  This year we are using Bob Jones 6 and Apologia's Astronomy.  We are talking about volcanoes and some basic astronomy concepts.

She really loves the Abeka Bible 6 program.  I think she likes it so much because of the pictures and the story aspect.  The girls like to play the Sword drill game too.

Molly is on the yearbook staff this year, so she had to work at our homeschool parent meeting.  She did very good helping and talking to people.

I am not sure if Molly is going to like the textbook method for Literature.  She has already said something about wanting to read real books.  But she really needs so be exposed to a Literature program and learn all the concepts.  I plan on added several "real" books to the curriculum for her to read. She is also doing the IEW program.  She loves to read and has a great imagination.  If I could just get her to write; I think she could write a best seller.

Now on to Algebra 2......LoL. We did the first lesson on Monday, and I began to wonder if I am going to be able to teach this.  And this is just after the first lesson.  I guess I need to get the DIVE cd's, and let her dad teach it to her. 

Molly is taking Chemistry at Covenat Christian Academy (Thank the Lord).  She loved her Physical Science class last year and the teacher.  She went to her first class this week, which was just a review of some basic concepts.  Hopefully the experiments will pick up, and she will love this class as much as she did last year.

Both of my girls have always loved the Bible and the stories that come from it.  I think that is because we view it just like history and tie it together.  Molly is using the Abeka Kings of Israel program this year, and so far she is loving it.  It is a lot of work, but she enjoys the bible so much I don't think she cares.

Both of the girls are going to have to do some school work on Saturday to catch up.  Maybe it will help then get on the ball next week.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm a Winner!!!

I'm A Winner 2.25" Button

Over the past few months I have started couponing, and I have done pretty good at it.  I even have a little stock pile. 
Last week I started looking into surveys and swag bucks, and all of a sudden I began to notice all these giveways on different blogs.
So, I entered several of the giveaways.  And.........I got lucky and won a few. Yippie!!!

It seems like since I started couponing, I don't want to pay full price for anything anymore, and if I can get it for FREEEEEEEE, well that's even better.
From Wendy at Artsy Chaos I won, $25 gift certificate at Odette Alfaro, $10 for certificates, and a $5 e-Gift Card.

From Dana at NW Bargains I won a Coach wristlet. :)

I have entered several more giveaways; maybe I can win some more.  I love being a winner. LoL

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 (Not in the Groove)

We haven't got back into the swing of things yet.

I had to keep my nephew 2 days this week and a friends 2 children one day.  So, it was real hard to do school work on those days, and we have been trying to play catch up the rest of the time.

This is not a good way to start out the new school year.  Ugh!!!

Our classes outside the home start next week, and we will not have any extra kids; so maybe we can do better.

PS. I saw Kris' title and had to use it in mine.  Cause I so don't have it together this week.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up - 1

We started school a little this week, but we will be in full force next week.  I really think we are going to like every subject this year.  Maybe I finally picked the right curriculum.  To check out what we are using this week click here.

Here is the schedule I have done for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We are to busy on Tuesday and Thursday's with outside classes and activities to have a fixed schedule.

6:30 Morning Routine  Morning Routine  Morning Routine
7:00 Exercise Exercise Exercise
Shower / Dressed Shower / Dressed Shower / Dressed
Hair / Teeth Hair / Teeth Hair / Teeth
Swish &Swipe BR Swish Swipe BR Swish & Swipe BR
8:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:30 School Time Bible Bible
9:00 1 Load of Laundry Math Math
9:30 Kitchen Science Math
10:00 FL Hour Cleaning Lang. Arts Science
11:00 History Literature 
11:30 Writing Literature / Grammar
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30 Fly Zone Piano Grammar
1:00 Violin History
1:30 Chores Speech History
1:45 AHG / Art Piano
2:15 Chores Violin
3:00 Free Reading Chores
3:45 Free Time