I'm Linda, child of God, happily married to my Sweets, we have six children ages 15, 14, 13 ,12, 11 and a 9yr. old. They keep life fun! I enjoy blogging our days for the children. I usually have two cups of coffee. One in the morning and one while I blog. My favorite colors are brown, baby blue and pink. Hope you enjoy your visit!
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Actually Caleb is doing most of his own reading. I want to sit with him more but haven’t had the time. In fact it’s 3:00 P.M. right now and I still need to sit with Lance, get back to Brent to do the Inventor Study, and go over literature questions with Annette.
Here is a little bit of what Lance has completed in Preparing.
I printed the first 10 notebooking units that a talented mama made. I thought this would make things easier on Lance.
Unfortunately he’s not always that smiley but I’ll take it when it does happen!
Lance didn’t write all the words to the memory verse and I know I should have had him write it again but I didn’t. He has a hard time writing as it is and I don’t want to discourage him. In time I’ll become more strict.
I gave Ethan my large print Bible. I thought it would be something special for him as he marks it up and makes it his own study Bible.
Highlighting a verse.
I was able to get an All About Reading 3 and All About Spelling 3 lessons in. He completed lesson 5 in reading and 6 in spelling. We are taking two days to complete one lesson in All About Spelling.
Sorry I don’t have any pictures of Caleb and Brent. Hopefully this week I’ll get a few good ones.
Both boys are having trouble with possessive pronouns, especially with plural possessive. I have found by letting them teach it to me and/or with me walking them through it while they are teaching it has helped.
Caleb teaching while Brent laughs and cheers him on.
Yesterday I was still teaching at 7:00 P.M. but you know what? I really enjoyed my time with each of my boys. I loved sitting and reading to them. Would I like for them to read most of their work on their own and do the projects without me, yes, but at the same time they are growing up too fast. Maybe this is God’s way of showing me that I need to slow down and enjoy reading aloud to them, sitting and laughing with them.
I admit it gets frustrating at times but again, one day this house is going to be way too quite!
My kids and I have been enjoying another coconut blueberry muffin recipe. We love smothering butter on these muffins.
I got this recipe from The Coconut Ketogenic Diet book: No Sugar Blueberry Muffins. If you swap the cream for coconut milk, stevia with honey, and butter with ghee, they will be Paleo friendly.
They are Atkins, ketogenic, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
Look how pretty they look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
3eggs 1/4 cup heavy cream or coconut milk 5 Tbls butter or ghee 1/4 tsp almond extract 1/4 tsp salt 30 drops liquid stevia 1/4 tsp aluminum free baking powder 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 400* Blend together eggs, cream/coconut milk, butter/ghee, almond extract, salt, and stevia. In separate bowl combine coconut flour and baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter (use those muscles whisking as you add the coconut flour into the wet batter) until there are no lumps. The batter will be slightly stiff. Immediately fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before eating. Store in the fridge.
Yields 6 muffins
Each muffin contains 2.2 g. of net carbohydrates. According to the book 3 muffins provide the equivalen of 3 tablespoons of fat.
Each time I’ve made these muffins the blueberries end up at the bottom. I’m not sure why but it doesn’t affect the taste. I put a tablespoon of Kerrygold butter on mine.
My children love these as well. I now double the above recipe.
I’m still trying to get things organized. My problem is where to put the stuff after I pull it off the shelf.
These books were in the kitchen bookshelf.
Other than Rod and Staff English 3 I don’t think I’ll be using them. I really don’t want to put them in storage. It seems every time I do I need it later. There are so many books in storage that I’m missing out on.
Right now I still have a stack of books in the kitchen sitting on a chair.
You don’t even want to see the living room. All the books that I pulled out to add the new Heart of Dakota books are still piled on the floor.
I need to figure something out because I am watching 3 girls this weekend. One being only 8 months.
As for school things are moving along. Ethan completed lesson 6 from All About Spelling-3 and lesson 5 of All About Reading-3.
This is actually a picture of him working on Fix It! Grammar from last week. It’s hard getting picture of Ethan.
We are continuing with our current grammar as well: English Lessons Through Literature because he does enjoy the program. What’s great about both grammar programs is they don’t take that long. Both have copywork. On Friday when Ethan has to copy the passage that he was working on for the week, I don’t assign any copywork from English Lessons.
With English Lessons Through Literature I like that Ethan is practicing cursive daily.
Caleb and Brent are half way through Rod and Staff English 4. I don’t think I’m going to have them finish the book though.
When Caleb starts Mission to Modern Marvels and Brent Rev2Rev, I am going to have them both use book 5. I want to keep them together and Rod and Staff book 5 is scheduled in Brent’s guide.
Today I let the boys do the teaching.
They had a lot of fun.
I took a while to get through the lesson but I think they better understood how to diagram the subjects, predicates, and adjectives.
I even schooled Lance today. He completed a Let’s Read lesson, his first Rod and Staff English-3, and science. I’ll have to write more about what I’m doing with him right.
I see all my blogging friends starting back with homeschooling and I want to join in. We schooled through the summer for the most part. Our ‘summer’ break won’t start until Dec/Jan. so we’ve been chugging along.
Homeschooling6 did take 2 weeks off to visit family and friends in CA. Then my Mother-in-law was here for two weeks. All together we ended up taking a month off.
Annette and Josh continued with their schooling while grandma was here and the boys did do UberSmart.
I need to take pictures of all their books. I seriously need to search online and figure out how to upload my pictures from my new camera. I’ve been using my phone.
Here’s the plan with the four younger ones (still figuring out some of it).
Math: Math-U-See, finish Zeta and start Pre-Algebra, supplement with UberSmart and CTC Math Spelling: Spelling You See, which includes copywork and Friday dictation English: Rod and Staff, I hope to add Grammar Revolution but it might have to wait until our new homeschool year starts in Jan. Literature:Memoria Press, currently we are working through Lassie. I have the boys read aloud to me so we can break apart any words that they are having trouble with.
My goal with Caleb is to hopefully start him using Heart of Dakota: Mission to Modern Marvels in January, maybe sooner if I can get his notebook and a few other consumables. I’d like to start him at half speed now. Right now because we don’t have all the consumables he will continue using the above curricula.
Brent’s school is pretty much the same as Caleb’s. The only difference is math. Right now Brent is using Math Essentials Book 2 and CTC Math. I would like to switch him to Teaching Textbooks but we’ll see.
My goal with Brent is to get him ready for Heart of Dakota: Revival to Revolution. I need to purchase all the consumables for him as well.
With Ethan I plan to start him using HOD: Creation to Christ in January. I’m praying anyway. He’ll be 12 by then. I would also like him to finish Teaching Textbook 5 and get through most of 6. AND, finish up All About Reading 3 & 4. That’s a tall order considering we only 4 months till Jan. I need to stay consistent with him and just get as much done as I can. Praying, praying, he’ll be ready for Creation to Christ.
Lastly Lance, ack, I don’t know what to use with Lance but here is what I am currently using with him.
And that’s about it. He struggles with writing and reading. He writes like a 1st grader with big letters. He’s still using 3/4” paper. I hope to start HOD Preparing with him soon. I need to organize it.
And that’s where we are at right now. This past school year 13/14 had been a tough one with me concentrating on reading with the younger 4 boys. I’m praying that they will greatly improve so they can be blessed with using Heart of Dakota’s awesome curriculum.
Of course the younger two wanted to get in on the action.
Posing with their his boxes of goodies.
Annette was super excited!
Lance jumping in on the picture.
Opening the box!
Books, books, books . . .
Another fun box came. Something that I’m really excited about for Josh.
The One Year Adventure Novel is a writing program that I’ve been wanting to get for Joshua for a few years now. I wasn’t sure if he was ready for it. The past two years I’ve been concentrating on his writing and I do think he has improved greatly. Especially with Heart of Dakota’s narrations. I know the OYAN is completely different but it will be a good challenge for him. He’s really excited about it too.
And that is another Box Day! I’m kind of sad that we only have two years left of Heart of Dakota Box Days. All we need is two more guides and we’ll have all but one of the HOD programs.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get some of the consumable items for Caleb, Brent, and Ethan. I pray that they will be able to sue HOD come January.