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Week 1 of 2016/2017

We started homeschool this week. Monday I was up at 6:30, Tuesday at 6:45, and today (Wed.) 7:00, hehe, I guess tomorrow it'll be 7:15, ack! Nope, I won't let that happen. I need to get up and start waking the kids.

One thing that helps us get started is me NOT getting on the computer first thing (so sad I know). Now I wait (except this morning because I really needed to blog about Josh and needed some alone time).

I am having the kids start off with a half load. This way I am not stressed. I want to spend some time with each of the kiddos.

 This was what the table looked like a few days ago. I'm still putting schoolwork together. Yes, I STILL don't have our school year planned out. Two weeks before school started my Mother-in-law arrived and at the same time we were in limbo with Josh. We didn't know if he was going to be able to go because of a medical issue. We didn't get the go ahead till the day before he had to leave!!! So yeah, it was a bit hectic and homeschool planning took a back seat.
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 Below is all of Ethan's work. Some in the tub and on top. He won't be using everything daily or even weekly. I'm still figuring out how to schedule his weeks.
 Below is how our table looked the first day of school. That little can of Dole Pineapple was turned into a single upside down pineapple cake. Yum. It was my lunch.
 It was so deliciously  yummy. Today I made a lemon cake (single serve).
Here are some pictures of our school work. Most is from The Thinking Tree. The boys worked in other school books too but since I had fun coloring with them those are the things I took pictures of.
I know Lance is a little bit old for this book: Teach Your Child to Read 100 Words, but it's great practice and a fun way to review words like clouds, worms, and high. He did know the other words. 
 These pages are from the Asperger's Journal. Lance completed the logic puzzle and I had fun coloring it.
While I colored Lance worked on his Intermediate Language Lessons.
He had to rewrite the story about two seeds. He mainly copied parts but that's okay. We'll work on his written narrations.
I interrupt this blog post to insert two pictures just because they are of my cute kids: Caleb and Lance.
I don't think Lance understood what he was suppose to do on the page below, haha. 
Asperger's Journal by The Thinking Tree
I enjoy completing some of their pages in the journals. One because it's fun and two because I want them to see what I expect. Not that they have to do it exactly like I do but what kind of "work" as in caring and doing their best.
Library Based Journal for Boys by The Thinking Tree
 Ethan is working through the Library Journal for Boys.
How to Make Money by The Thinking Tree
Ethan will work his way through the How to Make Money journal.This week (because he is not doing history) I have scheduled the How to Make Money journal 4 time.
How to Make Money by The Thinking Tree
Ethan and I completed these pages together. While he completed the Thinking Questions I sat beside him and colored. This really was a neat way to spend time with Ethan AND get some school done. I think it made it more relaxing for him too.
Ethan's pages from the Library Based Journal for Boys.

Brent started the Travel Dreams Journal. Here is a page (he still needs to finish labeling).

During homeschool hours the kids are NOT allowed any computer time (unless it's for school) and ALL their devices are put into a basket. At 4:00 P.M. they are allowed to play for an hour to an hour and a half (this is when their cousins come over). At 8:00 P.M. all the devices go back in the basket.

Things were getting out of control over the summer. I mean like the kids were playing ALL DAY!

Next week I hope to add in history and explain a bit more with how we are using The Thinking Tree journals and scheduling other curricula in (but we'll see). 

How is your homeschooling going?

2 comments

  1. Happy "back-to-school" days!! You've got a lot books there to bring about some amazing learning days together. I love that you color with your children. Please do share your single serving lemon cake recipe!

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  2. I'm glad Josh was able to go! Your cake looked yummy. We are also enjoying some of the same books from the Thinking Tree. We have started back to homeschool this week and are doing around a half load. So much had been happening with putting the offer in on the house that I think my head would explode if I tried to start all the kids back at a full course load at once. :) I always enjoy reading your blog.

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