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Week 31

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Week 30. April 23-27, 2012

This was a Mocha, Java, Latte, Espresso kind of week.;0) I don't know why but I was so extremely tired! But it was  a good week.

Caleb, continues to use Mathematical Reasoning Level F (which is on sale right now). He alternates between Math-U-See and and Mathematical Reasoning.
 Joshua, completing his Judah Bible Curriculum summary. Notice the pretty bowl, it's a Japanese rice bowl. Right now it has air-soft gun pellets.
 Yes, we live in Texas. The children are practicing with their air soft guns.
 Can you tell what Annette studied in science??? She learned all about ants.


 We did another science experiment. She found about six different kinds of food, honey, piece of bread, chex square, white chocolate morsel and a piece of Chocolate Chip cookie that Joshua made.
 She had to find an active ant hill, place her items and see what the ants preferred. We sat there for fifteen minutes but it was hot, so we went inside the house. Annette, checked later, the ants didn't care for the bread, cheese or Chex. She answered some questions in her science notebook too.
Ethan, has been copying passages from the I Can Read series, many of the books are from the author Dr. Seuss.
He informed me this week that he doesn't care too much for copying poems. I think I'll let him copy from books that he chooses. Ethan, is doing well in school, he completed math, did some Trickomatics, Rod and Staff English and read a page a day from Pathway Phonics. Some pages he reread and also copied many words.
Did I mention it was a Java, Mocha, Latte, Espresso kind of week ;)

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My Sweet Girl

Friday, April 27, 2012

I am so thankful that my daughter loves to spend time with me and just hang out. She hugs me and tells me she loves me. She gives me a goodnight kiss every, single, night. When Lupe and I go on a date, she always says,"Have fun with dad".

Yesterday I was very tired (I know, it's the story of my life, but I had stayed up late the night before getting things done. It was 2:00 a.m. when I crawled into bed). I decided I'd take a quick nap. My sweet girl, tucked me in with her favorite blanket and stuffed dog (Coffee Bean). She also made sure her younger siblings (like Lance) didn't disturb me. I slept for a good hour. Thank you Sweetie, I love you!

I took this picture today. I had just finished combing her hair. I looked up and saw my beautiful daughter, so I grabbed my camera, which happened to be next to me and snapped a picture.

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More Teeth

Here is another photo shoot of me trying to get a picture of teeth again, or really only one tooth. I've blogged before about Lance's dead tooth. Well lately it's been poking out. Of course you know me, I HAD to have a picture. It's a memory. One that would be forgotten if I didn't capture it on film and blog about it.

First I had him smile real big but as you can see, one can't really see the tooth and how it's pointing out. Awww, but look at that face!

 I had him tilt his head back and smile. With the bookshelf in the back, I thought it would help with seeing my little guy's tooth. Oh he so cute!!


That's all folks =)

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I so needed an Espresso this morning.
You know the story of my life "tired", so after my orthodontist appointment I made me a good cup of java using my Tassimo. I absolutely heart that machine.

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Many Faces of Ethan

I was trying to get a good smile from Ethan. Two of his teeth fell out months ago and left gaps. Not a sign of the new teeth anywhere. Now that Ethan doesn't like me taking pictures it's so HARD. Thankfully he was in the mood for a photo shoot yesterday. So happy!




 I LOVE when he crinkles his nose.








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Day 157

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today was a Joshy day! I spent some time with him going over math. He was doing so well for a while. He really enjoys Systematic Math and I like it too. One of my complaints about the program is there's not enough review (for my son anyway). I know there are so many free printable, but I don't want to go searching ;) but we will continue to use this program.

Joshua, is really impressed with his current Bible Program, the Judah Bible Curriculum. This is a TOS Crew item. Today he said, "I've learned more in the past couple of weeks, then all year with my current program". Wow, I didn't realize he liked it so much.

Today with Ethan, I didn't get to our Beyond School, but he did practice his cursive, completed a Rod and Staff English lesson, did a Teaching Textbook lesson and copied two pages (about 8 sentences) from a Dr. Seuss book. I was going to have him copy part of a poem from his Rod and Staff English but he preferred Dr. Seuss. He informed me today that he doesn't like copying poems. That's good to know. I'll have him copy some stanzas but will look for passages from his books.

With Caleb and Brent, they did some of their Preparing school, completed their reading log, math, did an All About Spelling lesson and Shurley English. We are almost done with Shurley English, so I'm hoping to stay on track with it.



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Day 156

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joshua enjoys writing. He is almost done with Writing with Skills Week 11. I must say upfront that I'm not using this writing program as intended (blushing). I'm not tweaking much but not following the Rubric to a 'T'. I know I need to do better but for now looking is writing over and talking about it is how we are using it. He is gleaning from it and I can tell ya, he's doing a lot better than I when I was in 8th grade.



"Ivan was born August 25th 1530. He became Grand Prince at age 3. Ivan's mother ruled for him until she was poisoned in 1538. Russian noblemen struggled over the throne until they were driven out in 1547.

Ivan believed he was a god, from that time on he was regarded with fear. He commanded a new church to be build to celebrate his military victories. The church was called, Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin. Its name has since been changed to St. Basil Cathedral. The cathedral is teaming with color and intriguing designs. The towers are very ornate with individual designs on them. The domes are shaped like chocolate chips.

Ivan wrote, "If a tsar's subjects don't obey him they will forever bat war with one another". An Italian wrote home, "Since he tries to find out everything his subjects do, very few dare to say anything".

Joshua wrote that from an outline provided. He is focusing on writing a chronological narrative of a past event that includes a description of a place. This is from Week 11~Day 4.

Ethan made ice cream today! It was part of his Beyond Little Hearts School. Big brother Josh, was happy to help make and eat this school project.
The instructions said to place the smaller Ziploc bag in a bigger one with ice and salt. We uses a tortilla bag instead and it worked fine. I recycle tortilla and bread bags.


Caleb and Lance had another sick day. Because I school Caleb and Brent together both boys did not complete two days of Heart of Dakota~Preparing Hearts and Write Shop. Brent does need to continue with his reading log and math. Brent is a happy camper right now.

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Day 155

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


It's been a really nice, calm, breezy day. The sun is shining but it's not too hot. There is a breeze coming through the kitchen windows. With that description, bet you couldn't tell I have two sick kiddos home =)

Caleb and Lance both have a sore throat and a headache. My poor little guys. They have been resting up all morning.

This morning I put some chicken in the crock-pot with some Louisiana Hot Sauce. I thought I'd make some Kicken Chicken, okay, goofy name. I named it. It's really called Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken. I'm slow cooking it for 6 hours, then adding a tab of butter and an 8oz block of Cream Cheese. I read that the Cream Cheese will tone down the spice a bit (for Lance). I didn't have a Ranch packet so I made my own and instead of using bread we will make this with Whole Wheat Pita bread. Will have to report back to see how it came out.

While I was putting all this in the Crock-Pot I thought, hmmm, two sick children with sore-throats. Not sure if this was the best day to make this for supper. I had to use the chicken though because another few days and it wouldn't have been good, I don't like to freeze chicken that is past the due date (mine expired yesterday).

I had 7lbs, so I used four for the 'Kicken Chicken' and decided to make Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls (I call it Matzo Dumplings). After boiling some of the chicken and shredding it, I realized I had enough to make my favorite Chicken Salad (this is what I was originally going to use it for but thought I'd sacrifice my chicken for the children and make soup).

I really enjoy cooking and making food for my family but with all the busyness I am often rushed. Today, I was really able to enjoy it. Annette and Josh, did their school on their own. Earlier I read books from Preparing Hearts, but since Caleb wasn't feeling well, we stopped school and I cooked.

Not sure how to explain it but it was one of those non~rushed days. Below is Lance. He just woke up and was hungry. My soup was almost done.

After quiet time, the children and I are going to watch a movie. The one where the little mouse goes to America with his family and becomes lost. I remember part of the song, "There are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese", can't remember the rest.

In Him,

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Week 30

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 30. April 16-20, 2012.

I feel like the rabbit on Alice in Wonderland, "I'm late, I'm late, I'm late" with this review.

Josh and Annette, continue to learn Latin. They practice together at least four days a week.

Joshua 8th Grade

Joshua, continues to use Sequential Spelling but said, he would prefer a rule based one next year. I think he prefers a list of words to practice Monday~Thursday and a test on Friday, so I'm looking into a few spelling programs for him to use next year.
He still likes Bob Jones, below he is writing a summary from his history textbook.

Joshua, has matured a lot this year. He still writes his own schedule and corrects most of his work. I still sit with him now-and-then with a few subjects like math and grammar. He still using Systematic Math and is on his third week of Rod and Staff's remedial grammar program.
He stopped using Bob Jones Bible and his helping me review Judah Bible Curriculum.

Annette 6th Grade
 Six more weeks to go and Annette, still enjoys her science. I'm so happy for her. She is doing great with researching, writing summaries and sketching pictures.
Annette, was happy to do a science experiment. My poor little gal, I have been meaning to do more experiments with her but I keep forgetting. I told her she needs to remind me and write what she needs so we can do more of them. Hopefully this will change and we'll get a few more done before the school year ends.
Soaring with Spelling, she has completed lesson 29 and continues to do well. She usually misses about two, once in a while 4. Once she studies them and says the word slowly she pretty much remembers.
She is right on target with America the Beautiful and on the 3rd Season of Analytical Grammar. She is enjoying Write with World and does most of it on her own with me checking her work.

Caleb 5th Grade and Brent 4the Grade
Preparing School
Completed Unit 16
Focus: Alexander the Great Conquers the World

We are chugging along in our studies. The children are loving Heart of Dakota~Preparing Hearts for His Glory. They love the time we spend together but they don't like doing the work. I believe the majority of the reason is laziness. Their number one complaint is writing in cursive. Much of the copywork is suppose to be done in cursive. If it's a long scripture passage, I will let them write one verse in cursive and the other in print BUT it has to be neat. It seems they both write nicely in cursive but sloppy in print. Weird.

Brent, copying a paragraph.
 Brent, completing a Teaching Textbook assignment.
I love that Write Shop has the children keep a reading log. This will help my reluctant readers, reading daily (although they do read a lot with Heart of Dakota).
Here are the books the Caleb and Brent picked.
Brent's
 Caleb's
On their log they write the pages, date and a short summary.
They both completed two All About Spelling lessons and do their own math daily. Extra math for Caleb is a computer game called Ko's Journey and he continues using Math Whizz. Brent, uses Timez Attack and a new TOS Crew review item called CapJaxMathFax.

Ethan 3rd Grade
Beyond Little Hearts
Completed the 2nd half of Unit 14
Focus:More Problems for the Pilgrims

Although it took two weeks to complete Unit 14, Ethan does continue with math, grammar, spelling etc. It's usually the history, Bible, and poetry that is stretched out.

Copied part of a poem.
 Practiced the 'sh' words.
 Completed three Rod and Staff English assignments.
 Science Exploration~the chief of the Massasoit tribe was very sick and was dying. Edward Winslow made him some broth which was easily digested and gave him the nourishment the Chief needed. Below the coffee filter is the stomach and the salt mixture is the broth. After pouring the 'broth' and seeing how it is easily digested, we then crumbled crackers and added it to the broth and Ethan was able to see how solid food take more time to digest.
 Here, I demonstrated how God, parted the sea to let the Israelites pass. The pepper was the sea.
 When I added a drop of dish soap, the sea parted.

Lance 1st Grade
Completed 3 days of Unit 6
Focus: The Promised Land

Coloring a page from All About Spelling.
 Home Economics. Lance, making his famous Banana Bread. Ingredients~banana and two slices of bread. Cut banana in slices, place on one slice of bread, once all the banana slices are placed on the bread put the second slice on top. Eat and enjoy!
 Penmanship practice.
 Mom, making sure he starts at the top.
 Mixed toothpaste and glue to make mortar.
 He painted the mortar between the bricks.
 He added a red 'string'. God saved Rahab and helped the spies over the wall.
4 year old, Little J joins our Little Hearts school.
 I showed him how to carefully wipe the excess glue on the rim of the bowl. Here he is checking to make sure he doesn't have too much.

Ethan, helped make chicken salad.

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