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Summer Learning Handbook by The Thinking Tree (Review)

I've been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I wrote about twenty of them we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

Fun Schooling with the Thinking Tree

Summer Journal
Kids out of school and need something to keep their minds active, that’s where the Summer Journal comes in.  If your child can read at least a 2nd-grade level and is between the ages of 7 to 17 then he or she is ready for some fun learning through the summer (or any time of the year). Younger children may need some help while older children can work independently.

Theme: Forest & Summer Garden

The Summer Learning Handbook For Creative Kids 60 Day plan uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). With 300 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 5-6 pages each day which comes to about 2-3 hours of fun & guided learning. 

Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least eight books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!

The Summer Journal starts each day with a Circle Today’s Date page which makes it easy for your child to know where to start and stop each day. There will always be some sort of writing a lesson for your child either through copywork or being asked to write about their day or the child may be encouraged to illustrate a picture and write about it. Copywork may be from their book some days but other times it will be through copying a recipe.

About every other day or so there is a 1 hour Reading Time page. Your child will choose a book to read for 15 minutes then write or draw something about it. Your child will use four books to read, write and/or draw about. An hour may sound like a lot but don't worry, it doesn't have to be all in one sitting. If he needs a break from reading complete the Screen Time page next! How fun to turn a documentary, movie, or YouTube tutorial into school time! Watch, write, & draw about it!

With the Summer Journal your child searching their books for spelling words or if he/she needs to get up and move, have him look around the house for words. Your child will be interacting with the words from his books or cereal boxes and copying them in his journal.

Other pages included (pages are rotated~only about 5 pages will be completed each day):
Coloring page -illustrations to color
Illustrated To-Do List (draw what needs to be done or write if your child prefers)
Copywork -copy a passage of your child's choosing from a book
Draw a Meal Plan -draw and illustrate what was eaten that day, make a meal plan or tie it into history and draw what the person from the era of history you are studying would have eaten!
Recipe -your child will copy a recipe from a cookbook
My Thinking Page -child will write goals, ideas, I’m thankful for, and a checklist
Sketch a Picture -gives the child a chance to be creative and wind the brain down to process the learning from the previous subjects!
Relax and be Creative -coloring pages, this activity may help improve concentration and build creative thinking. We need our kids to color more =)
Nature Study - a nice break and 'excuse' to put the books away and go the kids outside!
Listening Time -listen to an audio book or classical music and color or draw another great brain exercise that can help our children retain more information. 
Learning a Skill -a place for your child to write/draw/describe a new skill they are learning whether it be woodcutting or growing tomatoes!

The Summer Journal 60 Day Plan is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals. 

This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

What others are saying:

“It's summertime and school is out. Your kiddos have a lot of time on their hands now. Studies have shown that students who don't read during the summer break see their reading abilities decline. Not good. If you're looking for a fun way to keep your kids’ reading than you might want to try Summer Learning Handbook for Creative Kids 60 Day Plan.” ~Homeschooling6

A great book for anyone looking to do some interest based learning. My kids love picking their topics and especially the film and nature study pages.” ~Amazon Customer

Take a peek inside this journal, enjoy!

Look What We Found

I was excited to see this in my neighborhood!
Little Free Library
This is between two houses on a little path to the pool. I had seen it before but from an angle where I couldn't tell what it was. I usually saw it as we were driving away.

Yesterday Annette and I passed it and I was so super excited to see it was a Little Free Library and my kids knew about it!!! Can you believe that, and they didn't even tell their mama!

We peeked inside, Annette found a book she was interested in reading and so did I. And because we didn't want to just take, plus we have tons of books at home, we walked home, and returned with six books to add to the Little Free Library.

Horse Dreams by The Thinking Tree Review

I've been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I wrote about twenty of them we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

Fun-Schooling by The Thinking Tree

Horse Dreams (by Naomi)

Do you have a horse loving daughter in your home between the ages of 7-10 (or a little older)? If so The Thinking Tree has a journal just for her! Horse Dreams has 180 Learning Games, Lessons, & Activities. This one is extra special because 11-year-old Naomi Brown (the author’s daughter) illustrated and helped put this one together. What an inspiration Naomi is to other girls her age!
Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore, bring home a stack of at least FIVE interesting books about horses (make sure to choose some with pictures and diagrams and illustrations), and few horse movies too along with gel pens, colored pencils, and a pen or pencil.

Depending on the age and goals your daughter can complete between 2-5 pages a day for a few hours of delight directed and fun learning.

Fun-Schooling with The Thinking Tree

Subject and Topics included in this journal:

~Coloring pages: use crayons, gel pens, or colored pencils. Let the child add to the picture and make it her own using!
~Five Facts About Me: this page has an illustration to color and write down facts about it.
~To Do List page: this page has space for your daughter to write her list of things to do, draw & doodle, and a How are you Feeling Today? (she can color the emotion face).
~Art & Logic: here she will draw the missing part.
~Reading Time page: she can write & draw about what she read.
Photographs of real horses throughout are used in this journal.
~Backyard Science page: draw or write about the things you see outside.
~Cursive Writing Practice: half the page has a cursive upper & lowercase font. The second half of the page has lines to practice cursive.

Fun-Schooling with The Thinking Tree

~Spelling Time: this page has your daughter use her books to find 10 words that start with a certain letter (you choose the letter).
~Color & Trace the Horses: an illustration drawn by Naomi to color and trace.
~Movie Time: watch a movie, documentary, or tutorial about horses and write/draw and rate it.
~Math Design Time: graph paper for math practice, lessons, stable designs, or notes.

Fun-Schooling with The Thinking Tree

~Trace & Color: a two-page spread. On the left is a photograph of a real horse on the right is the same horse but printed in lighter ink for your daughter to trace & color.
~Copywork: copy a paragraph from one of her books and below she can illustrate it.
~Draw Anything page: be creative and draw anything
~ list to an audio book, classical music, or read aloud and doodle or draw on this page. There is also space to write what your daughter listened to.
~Creative Writing: this page has a picture that your daughter will write about.

There are Photographs of real horses throughout are used in this journal

Fun-Schooling with The Thinking Tree

The paper in this journal is a nice cream colored paper which is great for dyslexic students.

The Horse Dreams Journal uses the Dyslexie Font by Christian Boer.
Use this book along with Dyslexia Games Therapy to help your child overcome problems with reading, writing, and spelling. Visit www.DyslexiaGames.com and choose Series A for ages 5 to 8, or Series B for Ages 8 to 12.

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal: Horse Dreams is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals. 

This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

What others are saying:
We have really enjoyed Horse Dreams Fun-schooling Journal. It is the first thing my 10-year-old daughter wants to complete each morning. She enjoys the freedom of expression it employs while getting to explore the world of horses. This has been a joy to use and has added a lot to our daily homeschooling routine. A definitely recommend.” Lori A

“What a breath of fresh air for the tired homeschool mom! My daughter loves this book, and I found myself sneaking to color in it so often, that I ended up with one of the Mom Journals :-)” Amazon Customer~J&A 

Take a peek inside this journal.

Real Science 4 Kids Middle School Chemistry Review!

Is your child interested in chemistry? Real Science 4 Kids Focus on Middle School Chemistry for grades 5-8. I love that the text is in color and keywords are bolded in red. The font is fun and "kid" friendly. By "kid friendly" I mean that it doesn't look like regular textbook fonts like Times Roman or Serif fonts which for kids can get pretty boring and seem "adultish".
Real Science 4 Kids

What I received:
~Middle School Chemistry Teachers Manual: the teachers manual is an 88-page softcover book that contains much more than an answer key! The Teacher Manual has mini pages of the student workbook with the answers,

For each chapter, it lists the materials needed, the time required,, and sometimes a 'Just for Fun' for instance in chapter 6: Mixtures there is a recipe for Easy Chocolate Cake! There are notes for each section in the workbook for example in chapter 6 section 6.4 it will tell you that the main point to emphasize in this section is how soap "allows" oils to dissolve in water and so forth.

~ Full Color 78 page Student Textbook: the textbook includes a full-color periodic table which is just cool! The Student Workbook consist of 10 chapters. Each chapter has 2-8 sections which are titles.

Example: for Chapter 6 Mixtures:
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Types of Mixtures
6.3 Like Dissolves Like
6.4 Soap
6.5 Summary

By having the sections in each chapter divided, it really helps with "breaking" up the reading. Younger students or students who struggle with reading can see that light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes a section will be a few paragraphs long other times up to six or more. The chapters are kept short too which keeps the reading enjoyable and keeps the kids interested. I know my boys don't like super long chapters when it comes to school ;)

Don't let the short chapters fool you though, Real Science 4 Kids does a wonderful job with providing lots of information it's just not set-up in a boring way. I'd rather have my boys read something short that is jammed packed with great information and colorful illustrations AND retain that information than having to read a long boring chapter and not remember much. This is where I believe less can be more.

Real Science 4 Kids Student Text

The full-color illustrations really help the child to "see" chemistry. I believe pictures (even for adults) help us understand the information, especially with a subject like chemistry. A pronunciation guide is provided along with a glossary. I really, really, appreciate the pronunciation guide because if I'm not sure how to pronounce words like cytosine or guanine, I don't have to go to the computer and google it which takes time -time I don't want to spend searching how to pronounce a word.

Each chapter and section of the Student Textbook correspond with the Teacher Manual.

~Laboratory Workbook: love the name! What child doesn't like the word laboratory and it sounds so much more interesting than saying, "Here's your science workbook."

The Laboratory Workbook is set up to record an experiment for each chapter. Your child will write the objective, hypothesis, results, conclusion, and review. By review I mean they will define terms, answer questions and sometimes illustrate.

Real Science 4 Kids Laboratory Workbook

I also purchased the downloadable Study Notebook: this is a fun extra, it's totally optional. Your student will assemble the pieces in a tri-folder study notebook. It's sort of similar to a lapbook. The Study Notebook comes with an answer key, instructions, and is 26 pages, all student pages are in color!

Real Science 4 Kids

Real Science 4 Kids Study Folder

Suggested Schedule:
Monday: read the chapter. For a struggling reader, you can alternate the reading or make it a 'read aloud'. Or have your child read to you or on his own.
Tuesday: go over the laboratory experiment and collect what is needed.
Wednesday: have your child do the lab experiment and record the data
Thursday: complete the review page of the Laboratory Workbook.
Friday: if you purchased the Study Folder complete the page that corresponds with the chapter and/or use the Graphics to make flashcards, posters, and such for review.

Please note that I did not receive the Lessons Plans which contains a self-tests for each chapter (among other things) therefore I did not include them in my suggested schedule. Real Science 4 Kids has a schedule that includes the self-test which you can find on their website. Just click the "How to Use" tab.

Pros: colorful, great illustrations, short chapters that are packed with lots of information, student-friendly font, includes fun experiments, easy to get started, it's flexible, and teacher friendly too!

Cons: there are only 10 chapters. If you do a chapter a week it will last only 10 weeks. You can flesh it out by purchasing the Study Folder, Graphicsand library books. Or you can stretch out chapters to last two weeks. You can do this in two ways. One, have science only three times a week instead of daily or two do all the reading and the laboratory workbook one week and use the Study Folder, Graphics, and library books the second week.

Fun-Schooling Ethan (8th Grade)

We recently moved and are super excited about having a 'school' room again. A place to put our school books and sometimes meet for a subject that we do together.

My 8th grade son Ethan has been doing so light school using the Thinking Tree books and by light I don't mean light learning or not doing much. I mean light on subjects but with the Thinking Tree journals he covers a lot. 

We rotate the Timeline with the United States Handbook so right now his days include:

Creative Writing
Texas History
How to write an adversitement

Fun-Schooling with The Thinking Tree

With the Thinking Tree journals it's amazing with how much "cross-learning" they get. For instance with How to Make Money Ethan is learning about jobs, economics, and research.

With the How to Make Money Journal Ethan uses the internet and a DK book called Careers. If he wants to he can dig deeper with any of the occupations (but of course my guy doesn't, he's a reluctant learner and only does what he has too).

The Timeline of World History, history of course but he also does some copywork or writes a summary of what he read, he researches, so he's also getting some writing in there too. Of course geography is included when you add a map or globe.

Are You a Math Genius is not only a math book but creative writing too! In one chapter he has to write an advertisement for the inventions. He also has to think outside of the box when completing a math "problem" (we don't call them problems though).

He also uses ACE for Texas History and CTC Math. Once we find the rest of our curriculum that went MIA during the move we'll add in a more formal grammar and writing program.

Oh, and the Spelling Journal, Ethan is a bit on the older side but he's still searching for words and interacting with them. He was using Word Hunt but we haven't unpacked it so I pulled out the Fun-Schooling Spelling Journal.

History -He spends about 40-60 minutes completing history which includes TX History. He might spend 40 minutes on the Timeline Journal or State Handbook depending which he is using that day and another 15-20 minutes on TX History.

Spelling - 10-20 minutes depending on which page (he's older a younger child would spend less time)

How to Make Money - about 40-60  minutes

Math - 60 minutes which includes Math Genius and CTC Math

Reading - 15 minutes on a book of his choosing, 15 Bible reading, and 15+ of school subject reading through history books, online, and our home library.

Bible - right now AWANA is his main Bible, I hope to have Bible Study time again with him.

This is how we are doing "light" schooling with a lot of learning going on. 

Trim Healthy Mama Baking Day (THM)

I've been making yummies again. I love the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (THM) because:
~ recipes are pretty easy and you can usually make things using one bowl or the blender
~ even the E (carby) meals are low glycemic
~ the recipe uses things like gelatin, whey, coconut - almond - oat fiber type flours, flax, in other words flours that I can eat (and I use often)
~ many are good, there are times I'm so disappointed like with the truffles but many I love!

Since I was baking today I kinda ate not so good, hehe. It was all low glycemic and who doesn't like donuts and coffee for breakfast.
Trim Healthy Mama Donuts!
To make it sound super good for you I tell people I had two low glycemic donuts and an antioxidant rich cup of coffee, bwahahaha.

These donuts are sooo good. I wasn't expecting them to actually taste like those cake donuts at the store but they did! Annette, Caleb, Ethan, and Brent tried them and gave them a thumbs up!
Trim Healthy Mama Donuts!
Here's a recipe that might be close to the THM one I made.

For Lunch I had the Cry-no-more brownies, I know, I know, really bad but they were so yummy. I even got some veggies in too because these brownies have 3/4 cup of okra!
Trim Healthy Brownies
When I desribe to my friends what I had to lunch it sound more like this, "I had some yummy low glycemic ~ okra brownies and a mug of antioxidant & gelatin rich coffee", too funny but it's true.

I've also been drinking water and my good for me Apple Cider Vinegar drink. I add Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil and stevia.

The rest of the house is a mess with boxes because we moved a few weeks ago. I'm thankful the kitchen is unpacked because it's one of my favorite places to hang out.

I've been organizing my specialty foods too. One thing I like to do is put together the dry ingredients for smoothies, shakes, and coffee type drinks. I bought these Rubbermaid container and the are perfect for this!
I do this with muffins, cakes, and other recipes, like today, I made a donut mix by putting only the dry ingredients in a container. Later when I want to make more donuts all I need to do is pour my "donut mix" in a bowl and ad the wet ingredients.

On each of the little containers above, I put the name of the smoothie (abbreviated), the cookbook. I abbreviate THM for Trim Healthy Mama and B for Briana's, etc. and the page number. I'll have to write more about this later but that's what I've been up to, lots of baking =)

Fun-Schooling the High School Students

It's hard to believe that I'll have 4 kiddos in high school come this fall. Ethan will be a 9th grader, Brent 10th, Caleb 11th, and Annette 12th. Oh- where did the time go? Was it just yesterday we were using Rod & Staff 1st grade with Annette & Josh!

With my three boys I plan to use the Just for Teen Guys and/or the Steampunk High School Guide. It depends on the boys with which one they choose.

Our fun-schooling looks way different from Sarah's and that's okay. My boys learn better with lots of structure and textbooks (that's why I love the new high school journals because they work so well with both).
Fun Schooling the High Schooler

In my perfect fun-schooling world we'd use lots and lots and lots of books. "Real" books, like from the library or from the hundreds and hundreds that I've purchased (because you know, my kids were going to love reading). Unfortunately I have reluctant readers which puts a wrench in my fun schooling plans, haha!

I can make a beautiful basket or put together a cool container of goodies for a subject, set it out and guess what? Yup, nobody (when I say nobody, I'm talking about my 4 boys not Josh & Annette) touches it. 

So, with that said, I am still a fun-schooler even though we use textbooks like ACE and Notgrass. We are just a different kind of fun-schooling family. My high schoolers will learn lots of real life skills, read great leadership books that aren't found in your average high school curriculum, have fun baking, playing games, and kicking a soccer ball around, and of course use some Thinking Tree books and journals. 

My high schoolers will even use the new Yum-Schooling journals which reminds me, I need to order another Yum-Schooling Journal. You can watch a video of this journal HERE.
Yum Schooling from The Thinking Tree
Now, because we are more of a traditional fun-schooling family I plan to use the high school journals a little different. At first I was going to have them use the journal every day. I thought that instead of them writing in their workbooks they could sum up what they learned and write in their journals instead but then I started thinking and praying and remembering how my boys learn best. Unfortunately for this fun-schooling mama is filling out workbooks, bleh, but it is-what-it is.

Instead I'm going to have them use a days worth of pages over a week. My teen guys will write what they learned or found most interesting in each subject that week and write about it. Basically I'll use the High School journal as a portfolio. 
FUN-Schooling is Happy-Schooling. If your teens are enjoying what they are doing  and learning, I believe they will retain more, yes, even if it's a textbookish. My boys have LEGOs near by and in between lessons they are free to "play" with them. In fact having them do something like playing with LEGOS (or coloring in Thinking Tree journals) gives the brain some downtime so it's not so stressed out it will help solidify memories and information. Mental downtime is a good thing and we need to make sure our teens get plenty of if in between learning and lessons.

 There are some other Thinking Tree journals and books we'll use but I'll write about that another day!

Hope that helps all you Thinking Tree mamas that not all Fun-Schooling looks the same. I'm sure to many our way of Fun-Schooling may look more like Boredom-Schooling to you all (smile).

Remember too that season change. At times we have used the Thinking Tree journals as our main curricula and other times as more of a supplement. 

High School The Thinking Tree way =Fun-Schooling

This is a picture of Annette from yesterday. She was working hard on her history.
 Every morning she makes herself a smoothie (or at least most morning).
Annette has used Heart of Dakota since 7th grade and continues to use it but this year she's been using some of the Thinking Tree journals instead of the ones that come with the programs.

This journal is the Timeline one from the Thinking Tree. She is also using the history pages from the Portfolio and the Science Handbook. She's waiting for Sarah to finish a History Handbook.

Just For Teens - High School Journals from The Thinking Tree

I was super excited to work with Sarah to create a High School Journal. As much as I love all her journals, I wanted something more like the 10 and 12 Subject Portfolio but separated by days instead of subjects.

I also wanted my boys writing more. Especially with being in high school I really think they need to up their game in this area. The more they write the better they will become. So with that said I'm so excited to share these two Teen/High School Journals with you all!!!

Teen Thinking Tree Journals
This journal's suggested pages is 12 per day making this a 6 week journal. With this journal your child will choose from their stack of books four to read. They will also need a book for English, Math, and Science. These can be books or textbooks or both.

With one of the chosen reading books your teen will choose one to write a summary and illustrate it. I thought this would be a great way to focus on one book. I notice my kids write more when they have more space as well.
Teen Thinking Tree Journals
Using their subject books your teens will write what they learned in science and history. I think it will be fun to see illustrations of what they are learning about. The history page, your teen can draw an illustration or make a mini timeline!

If your kiddos don't like to do a whole lot of drawing they can print something from the internet and/or use timeline figures for the history side.
Teen Thinking Tree Journals
With the nature study pages I wanted my kids to write a little bit about what they saw or research what they saw (if it was an unusual bug or something) and write about it.

I know not everyone does English daily. My boys have Latin assignments and use what they learned for this page. Latin has a lot of grammar so it works out. There are a lot of grammar non textbookish types out there that your kiddos can use for this page too or have them google what they want to learn. Life of Fred Language Arts series would work great for the English page too!
Teen Thinking Tree Journals
 Math, Finances, & Economics, this page your teen can rotate. Use it for math one day, finances another, and economics a few times a week or just have them work out their math problems using this page. Make it work for your teen.

I LOVE copywork. If your teen is beyond copywork, use it for dictation. I like the idea of my boys copying things that are meaningful to them (although it doesn't always work out that way, but that's okay =)
Teens Flip to Fun Schooling!
The Film Study pages in the younger journals were too busy for my guys so I love this one. My boys can watch a tutorial, documentary, or movie and write a review about it, draw a scene, and have fun rating it.

I absolutely love the Spelling Time pages in the younger journals but I wanted to up their game by having them look for specific words.
Teens Flip to Fun Schooling!
My boys are not in to coloring much (so sad for this mama) but what I did notice is that they would add to the illustrations. In the other journals they would draw little people or add to the picture so I thought this could be another way for them to 'relax' their brains and help them to remember what they are learning.

Isaac, Sarah's eldest child drew the illustration on the left above and I absolutely love it!
Teens Flip to Fun Schooling!
Really make the journal work for your homeschool. Another way to use it (especially for a younger student) is to use the 12 pages per day, spread them out for the week. Use the Date Page this way too! Have the child fill out the Day as the first day of the week. Write the week you are on above the 'Verse or Quote' section like this, "Week 6"

Throughout the week the student can write what he's learning about in history, science, English, etc.
The Thinking Tree
Take a peek inside!

The difference between these two journals is the illustrations. The color-yourself Steampunk cover doesn't have a lot of tanks and army illustration. It has more architectural type pictures.

Also the campfire cover has the words "Just for Teen Guys" but of course gals can use it too.

You can also purchase the Color-Your-Self Steampunk one on pdf at Educents.

Teach by Example ~ Mom School Weeks 5 & 6

I combined Mom School because my family was super busy getting ready to move and now that we are moved we have lots of unpacking to do. Annette and I are also painting the kitchen and dining room too! We are super excited with our new cool color, and it's actually a cool color. After living in a small space and loving my warm cozy browns and beige I needed something that was airy, light, and breezy. Dreamy Clouds is the color we picked!

So needless to say, Mom School has been Mom Fun-Schooling, haha with all the hands on stuff like painting, shopping, and enjoying our new place.

You can all see that I'm a little late with my post too. It's obviously Wednesday not Monday, hehe. I really planned to get this post up Monday but my whole computer set up is still not so "set-up" yet. My phone is not transferring pictures either.

By the end of the day I've been too tired to read my one lonely book that wasn't even included in my original stack of books.
 Its taken me a week to finish this skinny little book, that's how busy I've been. Its never taken me a week to finish a book like this. A few hours yes, but a week! No =)
 Ethan, Lance, and I started our Critical Thinking Detective book together ~ teaching by example :)
The kids are slowly getting back into a "school" routine. Our school room is full of boxes still.

As you can see this round of Mom School has looked so different from my last. Once we are settled I'd like to do another 6 week challenge and get back to hitting the books!

How have you all been doing?

Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day we were busy packing. We will be moving this week! Yay, we are so excited. With that said we didn't do much for Valentine's Day. Our oven stopped working a few weeks ago so we didn't even bake cookies.
 What we did do was buy the kids some yummy Krispy Kreme donuts! They loved the heart shaped ones. Yup, even my boys were "fighting" over who gets what, haha, Thankfully there were 6 heart shaped ones.
 I stayed away. I've had too many cheats during the holidays that my Triglycerides were up when I was tested a few weeks ago. So back to being super strict again. No giving in to these yummies!