Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday Lance and I were playing Monopoly Deal again. He won the game! He was excited but was wondering if he really won. He asked, "Did you make it easy", I told him nope! He replied, "Good because I don't like easy".
Everything we did today for school was from being on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. The first thing I did was set-up a ZooWhiz account for Brent. He was happy to do school today. We then headed outside. The weather was cooler than usual at 84*. That was in the morning now it's 96*. Anyway, we went outside to do some Family Time Fitness. I glad to report that I was able to do the whole lesson. The children cheered me on with, "You can do it! You're almost done." ah, what sweet kids I have.
About 30 minutes later I was not huffing and puffing anymore so I called the children to the living room for our read aloud time. This too is a Schoolhouse Review item, A Cry From Egypt. Of course I was trying my hardest not to cry so instead I was quivery. While I was reading I would stop and talk to them about the book. I want the children to really understand how hard it was for the Israelites during the time of slavery. After a few chapters I had to stop reading. It was hard to put the book down but I was getting hungry.
We ate lunch and listened to an Adventures in Odyssey by Focus on the Family. Caleb loves listening to these. Normally I go to my room and eat because it's so loud but today I sat and listened and of course really enjoyed it. In fact I have to wait until tomorrow to find out what happens.
Once we were done with lunch we all went back to the living room for another read aloud, My Side of the Mountain. This is related to our Once a Week Unit Study~Forest for the Trees. I am suppose to be wrapping it up with this book but I'm only half way. Maybe I'll read more tonight.
While reading to the children there was a knock at the door. Lo and behold it was another Schoolhouse item from Beeyoutiful. Of course I had to pause our reading just long enough for me to open the box so I could touch and smell these wonderful products. I feel so spoiled. Here's what I received. Hair Shine-In Conditioner, Laveshmint Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Laveshmint Hydrating Toner, and Vanilla Dream Body Butter, it all smells so heavenly!!!
I haven't been taking pictures but we have been getting some school done. Here's what we have done in the past two days:
Family Time Fitness
A Cry From Egypt (read aloud)
Forest for the Trees
Pearl Harbor Study
And that's about it. Hopefully we get Speekee and Reading Kingdom in tomorrow. Lance hasn't been feeling well. He's much better today, thankfully. Yesterday he said his head felt as if someone was pulling his hair. My poor little guy!
Family Time Fitness has been so much fun. Painful but fun. In lesson 8 (this was Friday's lesson but it was a funny one) we did the Ankle Alphabet. This is where you have to form each letter with your ankle. We were laughing because Lance kept forgetting the order of the alphabet. He'd me on 'l' and forget what came after it. Joshua said, "This is Alphabet torture!" and had us laughing again.
Today's lesson had us doing Frog Hops. Those were kind of fun, but I still didn't complete them all. When I can't finish an exercise I usually skip, shuffle, hop or do lunges while they finish. I try not to just plop on the couch.
Our current read aloud is A Cry From Egypt. This is such an exciting book. I finished it the same day that I started reading it to the children and now I'm reading it at a slower pace with them.
Yesterday we continued with our first week of Forest for the Trees Unit Study. We went outside and studied our tree. We think it is some kind of Elm tree.
Yesterday my Lance said he had a headache, by that evening he was warm and had a slight temperature. He fell asleep in the living room and I hoped he would sleep all night but he didn't. He crawled into our bed and made little whimpering sounds. I took him to the couch, gave him some cool water, took his temperature again and pulled of his socks. He was hot. I put a cool cloth on his forehead too.
I cuddled a little with him but he preferred to be in front of the air conditioner. He said it felt good on his feet.
Wow, I ordered Bob Jones Grade 9, Distance Learning via Dvd this morning. I'm excited and a bit nervous to have a high schooler. I ordered through a Bob Jones consultant, Mary. She was so helpful and when ordering through her you get free shipping, about a $99.99 saving!
As we were talking I let her know my concerns for Josh and she recommended using the 8th grade Grammar/Literature/Vocabulary. The vocabulary is not included, I added it just in case I can't afford our Latin for this year. With the Grammar and Literature she recommended that I go back a year since Joshua has been struggling with it and since Bob Jones is a very rigorous course she said it should be fine as a high school course. I agree.
This year Bob Jones is also selling all that comes on the cds in printed format at a reasonable price, so I added those to my order as well.
With regards to the writing, I may still order Write Shop so I have it just in case.
Now all I need is Annette's Heart of Dakota, Res. to Ref. and Caleb and Brent's HOD, Creation to Christ. Hopefully within two weeks I can order. It won't be here in time for our start date but oh well, it can't be helped.
I may have us start anyway. I have enough stuff to get us started. I have Drawn into the Heart of Reading all set (almost, I'm still in need of 2/3 workbook), all our math is ordered (still thinking about TT4 for Ethan), and we can always continue with Preparing Hearts and/or our Pearl Harbor study.
I'll most likely post pictures later today!
My head hurts today. I'm all out of ibuprofen. Maybe I'll call my Sweets and see if he can pick some up on the way home and to think I was a Target today. Silly me!
This was our second day of our Forest for the Trees unit study. I read a book CelebriTrees Historic & Famous Trees of the World By Margi Preus. I didn't know that the exact locations of the tallest trees are not given to protect them. The previous tallest tree died because too many people stood under it an damaged the roots. We also read some scripture and tomorrow we'll start our Tree Nature Journal.
The children and I watched
another two episodes of Top Shot. Yes, it's addicting. It's also a great way to talk to the children about being a team player, how not to act, and showing them the players that have integrity. For instance some are voting others out because they are not 'friends' with them or others are overly sure about themselves. There is one guy who is just plain rude. I like to go over how they act with the boys.
My hubby and I do this with other shows like Gold Rush, Tree Cutters (forgot the real name) and such.
Around the house~Josh, wants some paintball so he can see where his shots are when he practices in the yard. Brent, Caleb, and Lance are having fun with the gazillion little Lego pieces.
Here are some pictures that were suppose to be on the "Weekend Wrap-up" post that I never wrote.
I went to my bedroom and found my Lance sleeping on my bed.
Caleb made it home safe and sound, thank the Lord. He has a very nice tan from the California sun. I know he went to the beach a lot and swimming with his cousins too. Caleb learned how to swim this summer. His Uncle A said he's part fish. I'm glad because I know it will boost my son's confidence. He's my very careful little guy and I noticed he's a bit like me with the whole confidence and assurance thing, so I'm glad he found a talent he didn't know he had, swimming. Now Lupe and I will have to take him to the pool more to continue and improve his strokes.
One of our current read aloud books is A Cry From Egypt and boy is it good. I started reading it today and after our read aloud time, I took it to my bedroom to sneak in another chapter.
I have been so busy decluttering my school shelves that I was not going to write a blog post today but then I remembered my sister MaryEllen.looks forward to reading my blog daily. I filled a medium size trash with half used books, papers that I printed samples of, and just years of stuff. It was hard to toss some of it. I also filled a box for donation of extra practice math books, flashcards, and other books that we aren't using.
I found more book to sell as well. My house looks worse then it did before.
Yesterday I wrote that I won't be able to start our Once a Week Unit Study~Forest for the Trees, well I decided to start it regardless if we didn't have one of the core books. I figured I can extend the first week or play catch-up once the book arrives. Below you can see what I read today.
I need to get started with using a review item, "Forest For the Trees". I printed the book/guide over the weekend. I should have done this sooner but I wanted to take it to FedEx Office during our date night time. We didn't make it, so I printed it off our Laser Printer. I would have done this from the beginning but because we purchased the cheap toner, our prints don't come out very nice. Live and learn.
I thought our library would have some of the main books for this Once a Week Unit Study, but they didn't, so I just finished ordering them from various places. I also went to Half Price Books. I really dropped the ball on this one because I should have checked on all this stuff last week when the eBook arrived on Thursday. Now I won't be able to start until next Tuesday. That is when my books should be here. I still have plenty of time to review it but I like starting right away. The more time I have to use it the better.
Although since I ordered the books, either way I would have had to wait but at least if I would have ordered them on the 17th they'd be here by the end of this week instead of the beginning of next. Oh well, it will give me some extra time to read what we will do.
Another item I'll be reviewing is from Box of Ideas~World War ll Pearl Harbor. My boys will be pretty excited about this one. They are suppose to start shipping tomorrow. Can't wait.
Last week A Cry From Egypt arrived on our doorstep. I look forward to reading it to the children.
All these goodies should hold me over until I can get some of our school stuff ordered.