Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Little Guy is reading!

Little Guy and I were cuddled up on the couch last Tuesday night reading his phonics book. (Phonics Pathways) He had been reading three letter words for a few days. He kept asking for more words. So, I thought, why not try a BOB book. The heartwarming thing was that he wanted to cuddle with Tiger and read! Watching him sound out words with his brother there to guide him was amazing. They both looked so proud and happy. It was neat to watch them share this moment together. I just can't believe I didn't grab my camera!
Here are some pictures from the following week:
Little Guy reading a BOB book.

All the kids were so proud of him.

Little Guy loved all the attention from the older kids.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hopscotch Grammar

Need help remembering the 4 types of sentences? Try playing Hopscotch Grammar! Hubby drew this for me the night before our class! Love hubby! Each square has the abbreviation for a type of sentence. The kids drew a card (with an abbreviation) and had to tell the name of the sentence. ex. D = declarative. Then they defined a declarative sentence and told me declarative sentence. If they got it right...they were able to begin. They enjoyed it much more than I thought they would! Happy Hopscotching!
Here the kids are giving Little Guy a "little" help. Oh, he had gotten a bloody nose during the game...thus, the tissue in his nose!

No pics of Tiger because he was bike riding with hubby all day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Starbucks + Math = Home School Fun

Since I made hot chocolate last Monday, the kids thought Mondays were going to be hot chocolate days! I had no idea how much they enjoyed drinking hot chocolate while studying the bible. So, today we packed up and went to Starbucks for the first hour of school! The kids memorized the next few catechisms and then studied their math facts! I am thinking Starbucks might get use to seeing us once a week!
Nothing like being silly after working hard!
Isn't Little Guy getting good with the camera!?

Tiger and Cutie did very well on their timed math test today!

The whole gang.

I knew that I would love home schooling. I just had no idea how rewarding it would be. I had taught in a private school the last four years and found it very rewarding. However, there is something more rewarding about home schooling. I love being with all my kids. It is so nice to have them all together. Watching the older ones teach the younger ones is truly amazing. I love how much more my children help one another...look out for another...encourage one another. Last night at the dinner table they couldn't say enough about our day. Hubby told me later in the evening how nice it is to hear their happiness! They were happy before, but there is a different feel in our home now. I am sure that I will have days when I want to pull out my hair (at least that is what I am told), but for now I am just so thankful to have this time with my kids. They are truly a blessing to me.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Who needs chalk???

The kids wanted to draw a four square in the street last night. They went looking for chalk...but none was to be found. We decide to use flour instead! It worked wonderfully! The kids were so excited that a lot of the flour ended up on their cute little faces! What a fun evening!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our First Day of Home School

Here we are on our first day! The kids all did a wonderful job. We started our morning with hot chocolate and Bible time in the kitchen. I am amazed at how much the kids wanted to learn! I knew they were excited...but not that excited! We all can't wait to start again tomorrow!

Here is Little Guy working hard on some coloring. He finished his work early, but he didn't want to leave the school room!

Little Guy and Tiger had such determination today!
Tiger working hard on his work.

I still can't believe Cutie is in the fourth grade! She did a fabulous job today!
Everyone working hard to finish! We were done and noon! How nice to finish early and then go to the pool! What a great day!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Am I ready? Really?

Maybe it is because I am a teacher...or maybe because I feel so organized...but I really feel ready for Tuesday...our first day of "home school." The curriculum has all finally arrived. My yearly plans are complete. All weekly lessons plans are done. The room is ready...the kids are excited. My desk is finally complete! I don't think I have forgotten anything. WAIT! I don't know who is going to clean my house next week! Ha!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Too Hot To Go Outside

What do you do when it it too hot to go outside? My kids and their friends like to slide down the stairs in a sleeping bag! I was thinking my poor kids have been a little neglected while I was getting things ready for school! NOT! They have been enjoying trying to figure out how to entertain themselves!

Tiger at the Skate Park

Tiger can usually be found at the beach skim boarding or playing football at the park with Hubby. This week he has found a new hobby...skateboarding. We have gone to the skate park almost every morning. He is getting pretty good! As his Aunt Tami says, "he was born to have a board under those feet!"

I just love watching him!

He's contemplating the "Volcano"