June 30, 2012

Learning: Bird Bones, Little House Meat

JUNE 25th-JUNE 29th

Our main focus this week was on birds and Little House on the Prairie Read Aloud.

Nephi had a great week! We put together the U snack which was Unbaked cookies and the V snack which was a Volcano made out of whip cream, graham cracker and red food dye. He went over writing those letters and even wrote a few sentences. He's been working on his shapes a lot as well as animals in general. We also read a lot of books that started with the letter V and W. I'm looking forward to July where we will be having more focused school time now that he is 5. I'm planning Tuesdays and Thursdays to be "Mommy and Nephi School" where we will do circle time "ish" stuff. Should be lots of fun!

Free Range this week but a lot of art is being planned for the coming weeks and we are excited!

I love read alouds! We have used the Wright on Time series lately and now we are going for something different... Little House on the Prairie series! I love how this time allows all of the kids to be involved with the story and what we're learning. It's a great way for our kids to calm down at the end of the day and I love it. It's even better when it's a good story! I allow the kids to do any activity as long as it doesn't require a lot of thinking, so most of this is arts and crafts such as play doh, coloring, painting and card board puzzles. The cutest thing happened! While I was reading about the past, the story was talking about how meat was killed, cut, prepared and kept. I explained how it was like beef jerky and then we continued reading. Later, when I was done reading, Nephi showed me his Beef Jerky that he made out of play doh. This led us to buy beef jerky at the store for our next reading. It's things like this that make homeschool so awesome! I love it!

Noah learned a lot about the sounds that "ed" makes at the end of different words. He also reviewed how to look words up in the dictionary. He also did a lot of vocabulary lessons and reading comprehension and cursive. He had a very succesful library trip this week so he was happy during silent reading.
The girls learned about homonyms and using language to tell directions. They also reviewed the story of "Little Sparrow" for comprehension. During silent reading they had fun teaching Nephi sounds of the letters and blending words.

We studied New York, North Carolina and North Dakota. New York has lots of buildings and people and the Statue of Liberty. North Carolina was the state that they were all born in and the state has the Smoky Mountains and the Beach. North Dakota has a lot of clay, buffalo and sunflowers.

We continued the number bonds in the math notebooks as a review for addition and subtraction.

All about birds! We read a lot of bird books from the library and learned a lot about birds. We learned that bird's bones are actually hollow and that is why they are so light and most of them are able to fly. Each child picked a bird that they wanted to do a report on. This week they took 5 notes about their bird. The bird name, where they live, what they eat, what they look like and then another fact about whatever they would like. We were able to talk about the difference of fact and opinion and later they learned how to put their notes into sentence form. To study the bones of the birds we have been using the words hollow and solid in our vocabulary regularly. I also used a toilet paper roll to show what hallow meant when nothing was in it and solid when toilet paper was in it.

June 28, 2012

Week 11

Well, this was a horrible week! I have hurt my leg/ankle so I haven't been riding the bike or doing the Jillian DVD's as much. I think I must have pulled something in the inner and upper area of my right ankle. I've been doing some exercises to try and help it but they don't seem to be working. Only Motrin works. I have been doing the Zumba once a week and I have been jogging/walking three times a week. They are things I enjoy and I couldn't imagine NOT doing them, but I haven't been as motivated or even able to do the other work on top of the fun. It hurts. I also ate out one time this week AND had ice cream. Can you believe that these two things caused me to actually GAIN weight? ugh! I understand that things don't always come easy and it does take work and dedication, I just hope that I can get this ankle feeling better. Until it does, I'm going to be wearing a brace during any exercise and doing some floor work-outs that aren't as hard on the ankle along with more walking than jogging and jumping around with Jillian. I'm gonna find a way to make this work. I'm so disappointed but I have learned from my horrible diet choices and I'm looking forward to new work-out's this next week.

The Ratings:
1- What happened? Just do it already!
2- I can do a lot better
3- I can do better
4- Doing good, Keep it up!
5- Check! AWESOME! (because I like the word AWESOME)

Watch what I eat (Eat for FUEL)- 2

Watch my servings (1 cup of cereal not 2)- 3

64 oz of Water Daily (I need watered just like a flower!)- 3

1 hour of exercise (at least) M-F- 3

Move More (do more than just sit on my butt)- 3

Family Fitness (hikes and sports) - 4

Take care of myself (hygiene, vitamins, medical)- 4

Calm Down (take it easy = less stress)- 5

ME time! (reading, bubble bath, friends, crafts)- 5

7 hours of sleep (sleep gives you wings, not red bull)- 3

Use time wisely (finding balance to work and play and limiting internet time)- 5

Find my information and motivation (learn and share more)- 5

Read Personal Scriptures Daily (it's the best "meditation" and brightens my day)- 5

Personal Prayer Daily (I am not in it alone and am thankful for my life)- 5

Weight- 225- Gained 3 pounds. TOTAL: 14 pounds lost!
BMI Scale for my height and weight- 39 (obese)
Thighs- Once a month
Tummy- Once a month
Hips- Once a month
Arms- Once a month
Minutes Exercised- 4 hours
Minutes Moved (family activities, cleaning, other stuff)- 3 hours

June 27, 2012

Power of Play #6

Watching children play is the most beautiful thing in the world!

Trucks and Dirt!

Scripture Felt Stories have been a hit lately!

Funny Paper Play!

June 26, 2012

Top Ten Questions People Ask Me

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

#1 Question: "Are they all yours?"
Answer: "Yes they are!" SMILE!

#2 Question: "You have your hands full, huh?"
Answer: "Yes, and my heart is too!" SMILE!

#3 Question: "There's no school today?" or "Why aren't the kids in school?"
Answer: "They're homeschooled." While I wonder to myself if they are still stuck in the 50's and why they think it's any of their business...

#4 Question: (Happens when people come in our home) "Do you homeschool?"
Answer: "Yes!" SMILE!

#5 Question: "How do you do it?" and then there's usually some rambling about how they can't stand to be with their kids all day or how they REALLY like their alone time during the day... blah blah blah.
Answer: "It takes a lot of patience but we love it!" While I wonder to myself how that sounds pretty selfish. ::sigh:: Trying my hardest not to judge and reminding myself that everyone is different but still feeling bad for the kids and wondering what their weekend is like.

#6 Question: "Don't you need a degree or a certificate?"
Answer: "It depends on the state. Usually you don't." Trying to SMILE! While I wonder why they think it is that I don't have a degree and wonder if they think I'm not smart enough. Silently giggle to myself...

#7 Question: "What school do they go to?" or "What grade are they in?"
Answer: "We homeschool and it depends on the subject." SMILE!

#8 Question: "What about college?"
Answer: I want to secretly play along but I say "They can go if they want to. Transcripts, GED, Online Diploma are ways that they can still be accepted to college." While I think about gathering an information packet loaded with facts and names of successful homeschoolers to hand to the next person that asks this question so they don't feel like I'm ruining my kids life.

#9 Question: "What about sports or prom?"
Answer: "There are sports through the community and some homeschool groups offer proms and dances." While I wonder to myself why they think that way and roll my eyes about it later that day... I guess they must've been the popular type in highschool. That would explain it.

#10 Question: "Oh! I have some questions for you if you don't mind?" This usually leads to a very intellectual conversation about the rules, curriculum, methods, co-op's, groups and schedule because someone is looking to homeschooling their kids.
Answer: "I don't mind at all!" SMILE! While I think to myself how more and more families are choosing to homeschool their children. These conversations are usually the best because they are interested so they sincerely listen and have very good questions.

June 25, 2012

When Prayers are Answered...

I am not sharing this to boast. I am sharing this in hopes that it might help those in need, to recognize the Holy Ghost and the True Power of Prayer. I hope that one day as my children or grandchildren read this, that they may know that I do have a testimony of my Heavenly Father and Prayer and Revelation. I hope that they too can know the truth for themselves as they exercise their faith.

Prayer is Wonderful
I am so very grateful for the relationship I have with my Heavenly Father. I know that as I live righteously, faithfully, and do my best to follow his commandments and keep my covenants and remember my ordinances in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that I draw closer to my Savior and my Father in Heaven. I know without a doubt that my Father loves me. I know that He listens to my prayers. He understands my wants, needs, worries, anger, frustration, joy, challenges, and everything in this life. I know that when I take the time to pray I am indeed talking to Him and building a relationship between the two of us. I know that while at times when I have questions, that He does not answer right away but eventually does when the time is right. I also know that there are times when he does answer quickly and I know what He wants me to do. I am so thankful to be able to have this relationship and to be guided in my life through someone who knows me, my life and my plan better than I do. It gives me peace. It strengthens my testimony of prayer, revelation, God, The Father in Heaven, The Holy Ghost and the Gospel itself. I have had two very special times when my prayers have been answered. I would like to share them...

Should I be a Pet Sitter?

When we first moved to Tucson I was excited to start up my pet sitting business here as I did in North Carolina! I was especially excited knowing that I could earn a second income for our family after finding out I was pregnant. I thought this was what I should do. I thought that our family needed the money, in which we really did. Then, I decided to pray about it. I don't know exactly why. I just did. I went to my Heavenly Father telling Him that I thought I should be a pet sitter as I was in North Carolina and to ask what He thought. I did not feel anything. In other words I didn't feel that I should do it. Then that same day when I had prayed, I went about my regular scripture study. During my scripture study I came across a verse that made my heart swell with a feeling of warmth and joy. I came across this special verse without searching for it. It was just scheduled in my next day of study. This is what I read and what answered my prayer fully... " But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth... you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house... first set in order thy house," in Doctrine and Covenants chapter 93. From that day forth I knew that my heart belongs in the home and I had work that needed to be done. The more I thought about it and planned things with the kids the happier everyone was. Heavenly Father knew what our family needed even though we thought it was something different. He showed us the importance of our lives here on earth and our focus was on our family 100%. I would not have it any other way. Will I always be a stay at home mom who homeschools her four children? I don't know. I do know that it is what my calling is right now in life and I am completely happy with that and I know the Lord is too.

Should we do Foster Care?
The second prayer was answered very recently. I had been having thoughts about adoption and foster care for the past two years. Before I was pregnant with John and miscarried him I thought that our family could possibly adopt two children at some time. Chris and I talked about it here and there but not totally seriously. About 6 months ago the thought of foster care came into my mind. I don't know exactly how it got there. I knew that since our lives do seem pretty easy for the most part, that we should DO something. I wanted to do something to help others and to make a difference while still staying at home and focusing on our children. Our home is filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and love and I couldn't imagine it any better. This is what I have to offer... a home and unconditional love to those in need, especially children. I looked into foster care and if we could actually do it already having four children and being a military family. I found that we could and I got excited. Foster care came to my mind but I didn't REALLY think it would stay there and really touch my heart, but it did. Then, soon after thinking more seriously about it, a teacher in Relief Society brought up that her daughter was training for foster care and her experience working with children. So that's when I knew that this could really be something to look into. That's when Chris and I decided to fast and pray about it. We did the same thing before we joined the military, before we were given the guidance to join the Air Force. So, we went to church for testimony meeting with our hearts open and trying to find our answer. We didn't have to listen very hard, because one of the first testimony's had us in tears as our spirits were touched by the Holy Ghost. This lady shared how she felt blessed to have grown up in a loving family that were members of the church. THAT was our answer. Not to mention that once we told some families in the church that we were going to pursue this new adventure in our lives, that we were told of another family that does it and they recommended an agency. We didn't know why we needed an agency but when we went to an orientation all the different agencies were there including the one that was mentioned. We've had a consultation/home visit since then and are now in the process of getting paper work together and we will start our classes in September. I am thrilled. At the same time I do get nervous and wonder if I will be able to give enough for every child that comes into our home. But as we talk about it as a family I know that everything will work out because we are in fact following the Lord's direction. I know that we have to do this. Now, as I go about my days I am constantly reminded about this new experience that is about to enter our lives (probably by December). As I was reading The Five Love Languages of Children for the second time I came across that children learn from our service we give to others including our hospitality in our homes to our guests. As we were watching The Saturday Morning General Conference this Sunday (we hadn't watched it yet) we had two different speakers that talked about children in need and one even mentioned foster care.
You can find the talks here...
Then, as I was reading the scriptures last night I came across another scripture that reaffirmed everything once again... " He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow and loveth the stranger in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger." Then it goes on to mention the importance of teaching children and more about the fatherless in The Old Testament of Deuteronomy. Once again this was just my regular scripture study and it happened to be the next thing to read as I'm reading The Old Testament. This scripture and all of the many other things that have happened the past few weeks to remind me and open my heart and eyes have my soul filled with joy and excitement for doing what I have been led and asked to do.

Still Praying Every Day...

I have continued to pray more and more through-out this last year, especially, since my testimony in the Gospel has grown. I know that through life I need my Father on my side. I need to have Faith and Trust in Him that He will help guide me through it all. I am not in control of my life, He is. I have been praying for Noah that they may find what causes his fainting. I have been praying for his bad dreams. I have been praying for Chris and his stress at work. I have been praying for Liberty and that we may do what is right concerning her eyes and whether or not she should have surgery. I have been praying that I may lose weight and become healthier. I have been praying that I can teach my children in a way that they can understand and remember and that I will teach them those things that are most important for their lives. I have been praying that I can have the strength to over-come this one year anniversary of the miscarriage of John. I have been praying that our home can be a safe haven and filled with love. I have been praying that all of my children will feel loved and that I can show them in a way that they will know. And that is not it. I pray for thanks in everything that I have been given, because I want my Father in Heaven to know that I am so very thankful from the bottom of my heart, for everything that He has given to me. I pray to give thanks for our home, our food, our marriage, our children, our love for one another, for my brother's fight and conquering cancer, for the growing and strengthening of Liberty's body and abilities in over-coming the challenges of her stroke, for the freedom in our country, for the answers to my prayers, for homeschool, for our family, for our friends, for our callings, for my testimony, for the Savior and His example, for the atonement, for resurrection, for the plan of salvation, for the scriptures, for the prophet, for prayer, for our pets, and the list goes on...

Prayers are Heard and at the right time, they are Answered
These experiences are true. I believe in the many times that Heavenly Father has answered prayers in the past. Many, many scriptures have involved prayer to Heavenly Father. I know that during this time, prayers can still be answered and we are special and loved enough that we can still have things revealed unto us. I know that as I have humbled myself onto The Lord, that great things have happened and I have received answers and been led in a way that is really unexplainable but understandable through Him, above. I am so thankful for the revelation that can happen through prayer, scripture study, listening to the living prophet today and listening to testimonies of others. I know that my Heavenly Father cares about me, listens to me and in times that are right for me and my family He does in fact answer my prayers and gives me direction. When prayers are answered, I feel as though He is right here holding my hand and standing at my side and helping me through my life and guiding me in a way that will make me a better person and fulfill my talents, abilities and make my weaknesses strengths. I know I have to follow through and do what He wants me to do. He is my Father. I am His child. He loves me just as He loves everyone, all of his children. I know he wants to hear what I have to say. He wants me to draw near unto Him. Prayers can be answered and heard, and for this I am very thankful and blessed and I am more than happy to be led by His hand and to do His will.

June 24, 2012

Family Update: Runny Noses, Coughs, Sore Throats


In between the sniffles and snuffles we've been swimming and playing the wii a lot. This cold is slowly going away so I'm thinking by tomorrow we should be great! We've had to miss swimming lessons, activity days, church and a few other things we had planned. Chris is the only one that hasn't caught it. At one time ALL the kids were in my bed snuggled in and watching a movie. Now they are up and about but still coughing here and there.

Liberty has been off and on but she has lost her voice for a long time. She's been enjoying a lot of art projects lately and letter writing to grandma. Looks like her and grandma have become pen pals.

Noah had a hard time here and there but during the times that he wasn't feeling down he did a lot of scout stuff! I am so proud of him for making such great use out of his time and being so involved in the scout program. This is him taking a picture of himself for one of his projects.

When he was feeling down he enjoyed playing video games inbetween naps and having time with daddy.

Harmony has been the worst with this stinker of a cold. She even had a fever. She's doing better but still has a cough here and there. She found a new favorite toy at our next door neighbor's garage sale. A horse! She even wrote on it the name, address and phone number just in case the horse ran away. So cute!

This also included some pretend play with little brother. She was giving horseback riding lessons as a horse.

Nephi has enjoyed this time because he's able to play the Wii a lot more than usual! He's been the least sick so he's actually had a pretty good week.

Chris won a great game with his softball team! He's in the process of doing a lot of work at work but it should start slowing down soon. He's almost done with his two classes that he's been taking for psychology. He's also enjoying watching his college baseball team. They are doing great. Go Hogs!

I'm doing good. I've been getting things together in order to become a foster mom (along with Chris becoming a foster dad). We had our first home visit/consultation and we'll be taking classes in September due to Chris taking some classes for NCO training in the near future. I haven't been feeling 100% so I've been also napping and reading a lot. This week has really just been laid back due to our sickness. I'm hoping it goes away soon!

Other Stuff...

I've been cookin'... whatever is on sale! I was pretty happy with an italian casserole that I made up. It consisted of bow tie noodles, beef, ragu sauce, basil, oregano and mozzarella cheese on the top. It turned out good and the kids ate it all up.

I've been reading... The Book of Mormon as a family. I haven't been doing so good with my Bible reading as I would like to. I finished reading The Curfew which is a horrible read. I didn't like the way it ended. I also read "Three Little Words" which was about a girl in foster care and it was pretty interesting. I'm now reading "The Real Macaw" which is a silly mystery involving animals.

We've been watching... So you think you can dance (as a family), Hell's Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior and our family movie for family fun night was "Finn on the Fly" which was a silly movie about a dog who turned into a person.

I'm thankful for...
My husband's job and the medical insurance it provides. I'm also thankful for all the medications and doctors available to help us when we are sick.

June 23, 2012

Date Ideas

Some of my most favorite memories are those when me and my husband were able to get away from our every day lives and focus on the two of us while doing something very simple or very different. Not too long ago I made a list of dates to have at home. Now, this list is for the regular dates out on the town but with a little bit more adventure and spunk. I hope that through-out our marriage we can experience all of them!

Visit restaurants A-Z. You don't have to do this within one date but can make it an ongoing date.

Go Bird Watching

Tour Open Houses

Donate Blood

Take a tablecloth, silverware and candle to McDonalds to enjoy a "romantic" dinner.

Do chores for 3 different homes such as raking leaves or sweeping the floor.

Shovel snow off someones walk and driveway before they wake-up

Place 10 items from the store into a cart, switch baskets and each of you have to put the items away. Whoever puts the things away first wins.

Go to a planetarium

Tour a factory

Hunt for 4 leaf clovers

Go to a museum, better yet visit all the museums in town through-out your dates

Go to a historical site

Go to an opera

Go to a symphony

Go to a concert

Take an art class

Take a cooking class

Take a karate class

Play a sport together on a team

Watch airplanes

Play camera tag in a store. Try to take as many pictures of each other (duck and hide!) and whoever get's the most pictures wins.

Play Tennis

Go to a gym to participate in a class, work-out, swim, or play racquetball or some other sport.

Plant a tree

Fly a kite

Glue 50 cents to a floor and watch people.

Walk others dogs and bathe them.

Clean up a road, park or highway

Visit someone who is sick

Visit a hospital

Visit a retirement home

Visit a ronald mcdonald house

People watch at an airport or mall

Go to the zoo

Go on a picnic

Visit every park in your town. This may not be done all in one day.

Go to a pet store

Visit an animal shelter

Go to a field of flower to pick some and watch the clouds

Go TPing

Go hiking

Go caving

Go swimming

Play hide and seek in a mall

Play putt putt

Go bowling

Play laser tag

Go paint balling

Go running or train for a 5k/10k/marathon together

Window shop downtown

Play bingo

Go to a circus

Go to a carnival

Go to a festival

Go to the fair

Pick out outfits at goodwill/thrift shop and go eat in the funny outfit

Go to a thrift shop

Go to an antique store

Go fishing then go eat fish at a fish and chips joint if you didn't catch anything

Go canoeing

Buy each other a gift at the dollar store

Pick a certain spot to watch the sunset or sunrise. Make this YOUR spot. Have reunions there and be sure to bring binoculars and doughnuts.

Do laundry at a laundromat

Go to a park for a walk and slides and swings

Put together a parade for your neighborhood

Go to a parade

Volunteer at a homeless shelter

Go to an arcade

Take pictures of every fire hydrant in the neighborhood. Be in the pictures yourselves. Could do this with any object.

Go to a field to tell scary stories then out for pie for a lift me up.

Go to the library to check out books of interest, poetry readings, lectures or any other events that the library offers.

Go to a used book store or barnes and noble for the same.

Go to a book store and each of you read a book or magazine and discuss it.

Go to a flea market.

Go to a farmer's market.

Go to a convenience store with 45 each and try to buy something for the date that could make it fun.

Play pool

Play darts

Go skateboarding

Go ice skating

Go sledding

Go to a race track with cars, horses or dogs

Go bike riding

Go skiing

Go carve initials in a tree

Do a progressive dinner which is appetizer at one restaurant, main course at another and dessert at another.

Go to the movies and sneak into a second one

Go on a nature walk or hike and study the beauty of nature around you

Visit a lake and go jet skiing, fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing

Visit a river or creek and put your feet in

Visit a beach to experience the boardwalk, make sand castles, go swimming

Go to a local play through a high school, college or beginners/professionals

Go to the temple

Go to a hotel for the night

Go to a bread and breakfast for the night

Go to a farm to pick your own food such as pumpkins, grapes, apples, etc.

Go to a photo booth

Go to a comedy show

Go to the rodeo

Go on a hot air balloon ride

Visit a recreation center for a swimming pool, sports such as basketball or racquetball or other classes

Play frisbee

Visit a waterfall

Heart attack someone by putting cut-out hearts on their door filled with nice messages

Go to a craft show

Go to a gun show

Go to a car show

Go to any show that interests you

Go camping

Go get ice cream

Through-out your dates try to go to all different kinds of food such as mexican, itallian, seafood, american, indian, and etc.

If you have a favorite food then visit all the restaurants in your area that offer it so you can find your favorite one. Of course this will take different dates too.

Take a dance class

Go on a ghost tour

Go to a haunted house

Go roller skating

Visit an outside town that is named something romantic (like one of your names, love, beautiful, or etc.)

Visit the capital of your state and find something to do

Take a roadtrip to somewhere you would like to go

Go shooting

Go shopping for clothes, Christmas, Birthdays, or anything for the home.

Go to a cafe for some hot chocolate and a snack, to people watch and have good conversation.

Go to a sports store to get more ideas on what you would like to do together

Go to garage sales

Go to a sporting event such as baseball, basketball, football, hockey either little league, highschool, college or professional

Go geocaching

Go letterboxing

Flip a coin that will tell you to turn right or left... see where you end up. Get lost!

Do a ring and run for someone in need or for a friend. Ring the doorbell and run after putting a gift on their doorstep.

Participate in a community service project such as building a playground or a home.

Go lingerie and perfume/cologne shopping

Visit a botanical garden

Go rock climbing

Go to chuck e. cheeses

Climb a tree

Go golfing

Go horseback riding

Go to a bounce house that has big blown up bouncy things

Go to Lowes or Home Depot to get some things for a home project or to get home project ideas

Get your photographs taken professionally

Go dancing

Go through a drive thru backwards or in reverse

Do a chinese firedrill

Go mudding

Go 4-wheeling

Test drive some cars

Rent a motorcycle

Throw darts on a state or city map and go where the dart goes

Thumb through the phone book and go where your fingers land

Go to a foreign market such as a china town

Go to a spa for a couple's massage

Go to different cultural restaurants and learn the language while you are there.

Take a college class together

Visit a bakery

Visit lover's lane

Visit a street that is named romantic

Hold signs that say "Free Hugs" and deliver the hugs as people need them

People watch at wal-mart

Do something funny in wal-mart

Volunteer somewhere

Visit an aquarium

Go feed ducks at a playground, pond, lake

Go snorkeling

Go scubadiving

Go skydiving

Go swimming with dolphins

Go to an amuseument park

Go to a water park

Go on a cruise

Go on a vacation

Visit a top romantic restaurant in town

Go ice blocking. Get a block of ice and sit on it and slide down a hill.

Go to a mattress shop

Go to a souvenir shop

Go to a group class or get together through www.meetup.com Find a group that offers something you are interested in.

Plan a double date

Plan a grown-up board game night with many couples

Have fun in an elevator by pushing all the buttons, saying funny things, or etc.

Visit a donut shop

Take a ride on the city bus or subway

Visit a cemetary, this is especially nice when you have a loved one there.

Go on a train ride

Go on a hellicopter

Go on a plane, better yet, take flying classes

Take your dog to a dog park or obedience school

Go hunting

Go parasailing

Go rafting

Find an event that is happening in your local newspaper

June 22, 2012

Learning: Electricity, Lots of Reading, Sickness

Our Homeschool Week of June 18th- June 22nd

Nephi LOVED his workboxes that we made last week! He loves the activities in it and the freedom to do whatever he wants in each drawer and take breaks as needed. He finished up the letter U except for the snack (we were supposed to do that today). I'm getting very excited for the alphabet party I have planned just around the corner! Then he will be starting to read!

So we talked about static electricity, sources of energy and focused a lot on solar energy. This week we talked about electricity itself. We went over when some of the first electric things were made and who invented them such as the light bulb, computer and television. We made a list of all the things in our home that are electric. We talked about safety around outlets and electric objects. Then we ate lunch in the living room and watched an animated biography on Benjamin Franklin and how he discovered electricity.

Noah reviewed pronouns and did a lot of cursive handwriting.

Liberty and Harmony read their first book to go along with their "Learning Language Arts Through Literature" curriculum. I was amazed at how well they did and how they were able to comprehend everything that was happening in the story. We also reviewed about verbs and adding "ed" to the end of a word.

For Tuesday and Thursday reading, I've decided to read with each child for 30 minutes, outside of their regular lessons to bump up our reading even more during the week. This way they will be reading silently for 30 minutes, do a reading lesson for 30 minutes, read with me for 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, read in their bed for about 30 minutes and not to mention our family scripture study every night for about 30 minutes. That's about 2 1/2 hours of reading every day and then of course any reading they do outside of that which happens to be a lot as well. I like being able to just snuggle up with them individually with whatever book they want. We take turns reading pages or chapters, depending on the child. This time they picked out their book but I'm already looking forward to picking out the next books I read with each child, then it will be their pick again. This has been great and they were very excited to start and I have seen a dramatic change already by adding this little tidbit during our week! Reading is a lot more fun when you can read whatever you want AND have that special one-on-one time with each child!
Liberty chose Puss in Boots
Noah chose Star Wars
Harmony chose Honey
Nephi chose Yum Yum (his first sight word book)


Math noteboooking review!


Not anything structured this week, just free range.

We continued our study on the 50 states. We learned about New Jersy and the many chemical and soap factories that they have and how women were able to vote there before anywhere else. We learned about New Mexico and the chilli peppers, Native Americans in the area and the hot air balloon festival that is held there once a year. During our studies we color the state on our map of America, do a couple puzzles out of our workbook that explain the state and then print out the map of the state and draw or paste things on the state that represent it.

We had a great week but wish we weren't all sick on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday! Hopefully we can get rid of the sore throats, fevers, runny noses and coughs soon.