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A Typical Week at our House

I thought I would share what a week of homeschooling looks like here.

At 9:00am we start school. Josh, does his copy work, Spelling, sight
words and math. By 11:30 he is finished with his morning session.
At 9:00am I also sit with Annette and we do her reading and phonics
(while Josh does copy work)
When I am done with Josh at 11:30am Annette and I do math.

When 1:30pm rolls around I put Caleb, Brent, Lance, Ethan down for
naps. Josh and I do his Explode the Code (this teaches him some of the
rules of writing), First Language Lessons (grammar) and The Ordinary
Parents Guide to Teaching Reading (Phonics) When he is done about 2:15
he takes his nap.
Starting Monday I will also keep Annette up from her nap and work with
her phonics, while Josh is doing his Explode the Code.

On Thursday, I have everyone sit on the couches that use to be Grandma
Tanny's and we listen to a chapter of The Story of the World on cd.
Then on Friday morning I will read the same chapter of the Story of the
World out loud to them ( Josh and Annette) but we will also do our
coloring pages and map work.

Also on Fridays, instead of doing Language Arts at 1:30pm Annette and
Josh will do Science, before their naps.
So that is a typical week here at the Homeschooling6 House, Monday-Friday.
In between all the schooling are diaper-changing, fights, yelling and
so forth ;)



Week of Sept. 5th-9th 2005

This week went well.

For History we studied The Fall of Rome and learned about the Celts.

The Celts, put animal fat in their hair and painted themselves blue.

(Yuck!) They were fierce warriors.

Science, well, uh we didn't get to it again. We will be starting a

Science program called Considering Gods Creation. It is more hands on,

cut and paste type thing. The kids will start by learning how God

created the earth etc. and then we will learn about the planets and so

forth. I like it because the kids will learn how God is the creator and

not that we came about from a form of bacteria in the water.

Josh, has been doing great with learning how to read. He is still

learning his phonics and the rules. He still sounds a lot out, but he

can read lots of words too. He gets really excited when he reads

smoothly, without having to sound out words.

In math he is learning how to subtract. He is also learning that there

is more then one-way to get x+x=5.

Annette, is still learning how to read 3 letter words. She has a hard

time with the "i" sound and still has her speech impediment. I need

to spend more time with doing phonics. She can read a lot of 3 letter


She is starting copywork. I write out a sentence and she copies it

exactly. By doing this she is learning grammar and how to write. It is

considered a natural way of learning, because they learn how to use

punctuation, spelling, reading and parts of speech by copying poems,

Bible verses, sentences from science books, History, in other words

"Great Literature"

Math she loves her Singapore math. She is learning how to add, do more

and less then and next week she will start on subtraction.

Caleb, has learned most of his colors from playing Uno. Yahoo! Finally.

He has learned all the letter sounds, but is having a hard time


In math he can count pass ten but he does not know all the symbols, so

he now recognizes the symbols 1-10.

For Geography I have shown the kids where Italy, Iceland, Switzerland,

Egypt, and Israel is and they learned the name of the 7 Contents: North

America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Antarctica.

They kinda remember the name of the Ocean: Indian, Artic, Pacific and

Atlantic. I might have to go over them again.

Annette and Josh colored a map, showing were the Celts lived.

For PE, we danced too the Phantom of the Opera. The kids love that


We have listened to Mozart all week. The kids really like his music.

Although they can't name the music they like listening to it. Caleb

calls it "the beautiful music"

Well, I guess that is it. It was a great week. We had our share of

tantrums, quarreling, hitting, diapers, and loudness, but all in all it

was great! I thank the Lord for our LOUD house. It could be worse by

being quiet with know little pitter-patter.

Thank you Lord for my Blessings. I pray that I will continue to look

towards you with raising my children. I want to pass on to them your

love. Help me to be more like Jesus, Lord. I want to show my children

how Jesus loves them and how they see Jesus sometimes, is through me. I

am their example. They need to see me reading Gods word, praying and

wanting to be more like Christ. I love you Lord, Amen.



Mom to my cathedrals in progress ;)

Curriculum we are Using

I thought I would write about the curriculum we are using. That way

when I talk about our schooling you will have an idea of what we are
doing and learning.

Our core program is from Sonlight ( www.sonlight.com ) We are using
Core-1 right now. This means that our History, Read Alouds and Bible
are our main part of the core program. We then add in Language Arts,
Penmanship, Math, Science and Electives.

Sonlight is a Literature based curriculum. For History we have and are reading
George Muller, The Great Wall of China, The Story of the World,
Missionary Stories with the Mullers, Tuts Mummy Lost and Found The
Usborne Time Traveler and many more to learn about World History.

We also have Read Alouds. These are books that do not relate to
history. Just fun books and don't forget great literature . Books like
Charlotte's Web, Detective in Togas, Follow My Leader, Greek Myths for
Young Children, Henry Huggins, Little Pear, Homer Price. We are
currently reading Follow My Leader. The kids love to listen to me read
these books.

For Bible time we are reading Leading Little Ones to God. The kids are
learning memory verses (I need to do better with this) We are reading
the Old Testament from Egermeier's Bible Story Book. We sometime
re-read a story with one of the kiddos Bible too.

Sorry, this is so long. I am really enjoying Home schooling the kids.
If my mom were here she would love to hear all this and read what the
kids are doing. (she started home schooling Joey before she past away.
I know she would have homeschooled me if she would have known about it
when I was young) So since my mom is not here to hear all about Josh,
Annette and Caleb's home schooling, I will have to torture all of you
with it.

God Bless,

The 3R's

Okay, now that you know what curriculum we are using. And where we are

at in History and Bible. I thought I would post about the 3 R's
(Reading, Righting and Rithmetic;)

For Language Arts, Joshua is using Sonlight Language Arts 1. McGuffey
Readers (the same readers Laura Ingalls used) Explode the Code
workbooks a series of 8. Josh is currently using book 3. A Reason for
Handwriting (penmanship)

Annette is using a mixture of things for Language Arts, Abeka, Go for
the Code. This is 3 workbooks where she is learning her sounds. A
Reason for Handwriting (Penmansip)

or Math they are both using Ray's Arithmetic (Also what Laura used)
Next year we will be adding in Miquon Math and some Singapore to
supplement our current math program.

We are currently on week 22 of our 36 weeks. In History we are

learning on part 1 of World History. From Creation to the Fall of Rome.
We have studied Ancient Egypt. The kids learned about Pharaoh's,
Pyramids and how they where built. We learned about Sargon, King Tut
and many other Rulers. Josh and Annette have found Mesopotamia, The
Nile and Tigris rivers on our World Map. They have found Lower and
Upper Egypt. The kids made an Egyptian doll, a snake throwing stick and
crushed rocks to make paint. As you can tell we have had many
adventures learning about Ancient Egypt.

We are now Venturing into the land of the Greeks. Places like Sparta,
Athens, Troy and Italy. They learned about the hanging Gardens in
Babylon. We are also learning about Ancient China. As you can see I can
go on and on. History is one of our favorite subject.

I can't wait until next year! We will continue with World History form
the Fall of Rome to present day.


Did the Kids Learn Anything Today???

Posted on Apr. 15, 2005 at 2:23 PM

Today we didn't do too much schooling. We did do History and watched a
science video. We also read a missionary story. It was called, A Modern
Day Elijah. They learned how two American Evangelist (Bob Pierce and
Bob Findley) along with Christian Koreans where trying to find a place
to pray. They needed a place big enough to hold thousands of people.
Some already new the Lord but many did not. It was the rainy season in
Korea, making it even harder to find a place. There was not a building
big enough for so many people to fit in. They decided to hold their
prayer meeting at a railroad station. The problem was the rain. Once it
started raining it would rain for days. They new that people who where
not saved would not come and stand in the rain.

They prayed. They asked God to hold back the rain. Mr Pierce and Mr
Findley decided to announce that they would have the meeting and God
will stop the rain. The Korean people wondered if their God could do
such a miracle. Well, God did hold back the rain. In fact the people
(Koreans) where getting worried because they needed the rain for their
rice crops. They decided to ask the missionaries to ask God to bring
rain for their crops. The missionaries told them that when the 5 days
of their meeting where over they would ask God to bring back the rains.
Many people where saved that week. God in his wisdom, made it possible
for the people in Inchon to hear the message of hope that week. For
they where living on the brink of death! Just a few days later
communist from North Korea swept into the city in a bloody surprise
attack. When the communist came thousand of people were murdered. The
city Inchon soon lay in ruins. For many in that city, that week was the
last to hear the Gospel.

The kids have also met a young African boy who changed his name from
Tisese, meaning The animal which runs through the forest to, Dust Pan,
because he wanted to be a dust pan for Jesus. Carry out the dirt of
their lives and tell about Jesus.

We have also read about Glady's Aylward, Ralph Palmer: The Man with
the Gospel Papers. David Bontrager and how the flowers saved his life.
Ida Scudder the women who said she would never be a missionary in
India. They have met Amy Carmichael, who prayed to God to turn her
brown eyes blue like her mothers. God did not give Amy her request! A
blue eyed women would never have gained entrance to many of the places
in India where Amy was able to go.

So, did the kids learn anything today? A foggy day that we didn't get
much of the three R's in (reading, writing and arithmetic) Yes! They
learned how God could stop the rain so people who need to hear the
Gospel can have Jesus enter their hearts. They learned how this world
does not revolve around them. They see the there is a bigger world out
there. Not everyone is free to read the Bible like we are. Just the
other day Caleb prayed for the people who need Bibles. Josh, noticed
that we have over a dozen Bibles, while some people have only a page.
When the kids look at our World Map they remember these places that we
have read about, they remember the tsunami victims.

Lord, my prayer is to open my children's hearts. Help them to see
you. I pray that they will grow up serving you, seeking you, reading
your word. Lord teach me how to minister to my children. Thank you Lord
for sending your son to die so we may live! We love you Lord.