Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Homeschooling Using The Thinking Tree

Right now it’s only Lance home. Joshua is at work, he works till eight tonight. The rest of my kiddos went to the library. I do hope they get ALL their work done.
Here is what Lance is doing today.
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He is currently reading four books but today I assigned three (aff. links).
  1. Picnic at Black Rock: this is a Hooked on Phonics book that was gifted to me a few years ago.
  2. Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 3
  3. Five True Dog Stories (I got this book when Joshua started homeschooling from Sonlight, awe, the memories).
  4. Dry Bones
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He is working his way through his second journal. Yay, I’m excited for him. The first journal he completed was (aff) The Hyper-Active journal.
Lance also completed one page from (aff) Word Hunt 2 and 2 pages from (aff)  Art & Animals from Dyslexia Games.
Here are some of the pages from (aff) Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling Journal: Eclectic Learning Handbook.
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Lance accidentally ripped his page so he taped it back together.
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I would have loved to color this page of books!
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Copywork from the book (aff): The Secret Pet.
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Lance also completed a CTC Math lesson.

My Baby Turned 11 Years Old

These were taken in August using my phone. I just uploaded all my pictures from my phone from August, September, October, and November so this week I might make it a picture-update week.
We took Lance out to dinner. Just him and us.
TGIF was the place (I believe).
Auntie Anne’s for dessert.
As tempting as it was I didn’t eat any of the pretzel.
My baby is growing up. It seems like yesterday he was five years old.
Our last stop was Starbucks for a coffee.
Lance is reading (aff) Stone Soup. One of his favorite books!
And a few more August pictures. We visited a friend who has a pool.
In September at Target. We missed the whole Star Wars thing that they had.
Sept. 17th he did his one and only page of history from Master Books. I plan to start this is January.
I plan to have a Mast Books Monday post. Hopefully next week will be my first post to share some of these neat books.
I’m still having Lance work through Dyslexia Games, so again, we are keeping things like writing, reading, and spelling low key.
On the 20th of Sept. I woke to this.
Lance curled up in his favorite blanket put together by Grandma June.
This is Grandma June. This picture was taken July 2014.
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She’s a sweet Lady. We love her so much. I remember when she was my age now and I was a teenager at church. She’s always been there. She’s a huge part of the women’s ministry. I remember her Easter cakes that were the shape of bunnies every year.
Okay, back to Lance pictures. I just love his feet.
I have so many pictures to go through, it’s not even funny. With that said, I’ll stop here.

Look What I Found

Look what I found on the computer. I think Annette was having fun with finding a picture for our little anniversary party.


I was 25 and Lupe 27.


I think Annette took the same picture from a different angle.


I had my nails done for the first time. The 2nd time was for my sisters wedding =)

I loved my dress. I only wish I could have wore it a little bit longer.

Monday, November 30, 2015

19 Years and Counting . . .

19 years and counting
19 wonderful years of marriage!!! My Sweets took me out on a weekend getaway and when we came back, the kids had a surprise anniversary party for us. Just the kids, cousins, and my dad. We were surprised!!!
Annette made a low-carb cake too! How sweet of her!
And some high car stuff too!
I had a little bit of the Moose Track ice cream (it use to be my favorite).
Annette made me, um us, a coffee blanket!!! That sneaky girl, I had no idea.
She even found a picture of Lupe and me from 19 years ago.

19 years later, 6 kids, we’ve owned two homes, moved from California to Texas, 3 churches later (1 childhood church, Stonebriar Church, and now our current church), and lots of love later, we are still happily married and are amazed that we have each other. Thank you Jesus for my wonderful hubby!
Thank you kiddos for a wonderful anniversary surprise!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Joshua’s First Time Filleting a Fish

While Annette and I were having a mother-daughter weekend the boys were out camping and fishing.

They didn’t catch much, in fact they didn’t catch anything (smile). A nice gentleman gave them a catfish he caught.

The boys brought it home, looked up some YouTube tutorials on how to prepare it for cooking, and Josh went to work.

A little bloody, sorry.

This was a first for Josh, so we let him cook it up and eat it.

I would love for them to catch some nice big Salmon, yummy!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Girl Weekend

Annette and I had some mother-daughter time this weekend (Nov. 20-22). It was wonderful. As much as we miss Lupe and the boys we cherish these weekends alone. I cherish them because one day my daughter will leave our home (sniff-sniff).

We lined up some movies we wanted to see, books we wanted to read, and stuff we wanted to bake. A weekend sounds like enough time for all we wanted to do but it wasn’t. The baking well, I made an avocado pudding and she tried one of her healthified puddings but that was all the baking we did.

Annette accomplished a lot of sewing. She made me a coffee mug “sweater” and herself a blanket that rolls into a pillow.
She was so diligent to stay on task.

We stayed up late watching our girly movies and woke up late as well. Heehee, we’d watch a movie in the morning in our jammies. It was fun.

The movies we watched (aff): Alone Yet Not Alone, Disney’s new Cinderella movie, and Civil Love (that was a good one, definitely a girl’s night out movie or mother-daughter day).

We had fun laughing and talking and just being together. Enjoying this time with my baby girl while I can. I love being with her and I’m so thankful she likes spending time with me too!

Annette also made a blanket.
We don’t have a big sewing table, that’s on her wish list. The floor worked out, especially with all the men folk gone, (wink).
She looks so cute sewing, I love my girl!
Her blanket is pink!
That pin cushion ring looks dangerous, haha. It comes in handy though.
Her friend bought it for her in Amish country.
Making this blanket is part of her home economics course by Christian Light.
Adorable! All wrapped up in her new blanket.
This blanket can fold into a pillow.
She still needs to sew the pocket on and add some yarn knots (not sure what they are called) so the blanket won’t shift.

The sewing machine her Auntie Hannah gave her for her birthday!!! Super sweet of her to think of Annette.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal Review

This Thinking Tree Thursday I thought I’d share about (aff) The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal: & Delight Directed Learning Handbook.

The suggested amount of pages per day for this journal is 10 so typically there are10-11 pages to complete  between the date pages. The date pages are where the child circles the day of week, month, etc. and at our house is how my kids know where to start and stop.

If completing 10 pages a day your child will have about 4+ hours of structured fun-schooling. Now don’t let the word ‘structured’ scare you. I know this is a delight directed journal but that’s what makes The Thinking Tree journals so different. Your child is able to learn what he’s interested in but yet have some guidance.

The Charlotte Mason journal is different from the other in that it has picture studies. Your child will study a black & white picture (Picture Study Page) and answer the four questions on the Picture Study Notes page.
 Charlotte Mason Journal
This journal is recommended for a child who can read and write at a 4th grade level.
If using this journal with the suggested 10 pages daily a day will look like this:
  • Circle Today’s Date: this is where I have my kids start each journal day
  • Start Your Day! this page has your child copy a verse or quote, my plans, and to-do-list.
  • Letter Doodles: your child practices writing letters by tracing and coloring in the letters.
  • Picture Study page and Picture Study Notes: this is two pages that I count as 1.
  • Nature Study: have your child go outside and draw something from nature or use a book to find something that is found in nature (plants, rocks, animals, etc.).
  • Reading Time: this page ha a child pick 4 books from their stack and spend 15 minutes reading then complete one of the boxes. Your child can draw or write something about what they read.
  • Spelling Time: your child will hunt through their books for words to write in their journal.
  • Screen Time: watch a documentary, educational program, movie, or tutorial and write a few sentences about it.
  • Math Practice: a graph page.
  • World News Today: read with your child about a current event. The child will color on the map where the even happened and either summarize in words or draw a picture.
  • Copywork: your child chooses what he would like to copy from one of his books
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Other pages that your child will encounter in this book but not as often as the above pages  is:
  • Draw a Meal Plan: this doesn’t have to be their meal plan. Get creative and draw what others around the world eat. Are you studying ancient times? What did they eat. Did you just read about a missionary? What kind of foods did they eat. What are some of the meals that the characters in your child’s book would eat, have them draw and write about it on their meal pages.
  • Fun Writing Practice: your child can explore writing or practice their penmanship.
  • Draw Anything Page: a page for your child to draw whatever they want! Encourage them to have fun with this page.
  • Listening Time has two pages that I count as one. One page has the child write down what they are listening too while being creative on the next page. Have your child draw or write something, copy some Dyslexia Games puzzles, etc. You can even add something you’d like them to do by taping a page from a coloring book for them to color. 
  • Animal Quiz: on this page is an animal or bug and your child is to draw the animals habitat, food, and enemies (a little research time).
  • Coloring Page: a picture to color
The pages in bold are what I call the “Main Pages” because they are in all the journals (at least from what I have seen with the dozen journals that I own).

And as always you can assign as many pages as you like. You don’t have to have your child complete all the pages. Have them use a few pages a day along with one Reading Time box to complete.

If you love what curricula you are using now, that’s great, you can use The Charlotte Mason Journal once or twice a week. Do you have a four day school week and are looking for something different on Friday? Use The Charlotte Mason journal as a Fun-Friday school day.

Cold days are coming, lots of rainy days, this journal can be your Rainy-Day homeschooling book of fun-learning.
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What I would love to see in this book is to have the Picture Study and Picture Study Notes pages be side to side. This way the child doesn’t have to flip back-and-forth when answering the questions on Picture Study Note page. Although this is perfect if you prefer your child to study the picture than answer the questions without looking.
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Sometimes the Listening Page and Draw Anything Page are side-by-side. For my boys that’s a lot of empty space to fill. Usually they are spaced out but every so often they are both assigned within the 10 per day pages.

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