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Week of Sept.19th-23rd, 2005

Week of Sept. 19-23, 2005

"What a busy week!" That is what Joshua said. Not only did he have
to do school, but learn the Awana Motto: My Friends for Christ. The
Awana Key Verse: John 3:16 and the Pledge to the American flag, plus
his Sunday school verse and lastly to learn how to introduce himself in
sign language, so as you can see it was pretty busy.

Josh had a good week in school. His reading is improving. It will be a
good day in the Beltran house once he can read without having to sound
out words ;) He is being introduced to synonyms, antonyms, what a
palindrome is and similes, nouns, verbs and punctuation marks. At this
point he does not have to remember it all. Our goal is to introduce him
and later some of the light bulbs will come. When he does get something

that we have been working on for a while he says, "My light bulb
turned on. I get it now mom."

In math Josh is learning how to write out his numbers from 1-100. I
don't know why it is so important, but that's what we are supposed
to do. I think I am going to have him know how to read them all at
least, but not how to spell them all out. That would take us forever!!!
We will continue to learn how to spell them, but not stop our whole
program just to learn to spell it.
He still writes some of his numbers backwards and gets 68 mixed up with
Joshua's schooling time is about 2 ½ hrs. (Excluding History, Bible
and Science)

Annette is doing well with her reading. She still with her 3 letter
words. Right now we are working on her hearing all the sounds. For
example I will say bed and she has to tell me if it is the sound; ba,
be, bi, bo or bu. Or sometimes she has to tell me what the ending
sounds it. She is also learning phrases and complete sentences.

Math she is pretty much doing the same. Learning that there is more
then one way to get an answer.
Annette's whole schooling time is about 1 ½. (Excluding History,
Bible and Science)

With Caleb I am still trying to fit him in. He does about 2 days of
school, but I would like him to at least have 3 days. Teaching
Kindergarten isn't a whole lot of work, but trying to find the time
is hard. His school would be a total of 1 hr and that would be doing
the 3 R's. Reading would be more, but we do our read-out-loud book
together. (Excluding History, Bible and Science)

History, we read about the Justinian, The Just Emperor, his wife
Theodora, the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople and the Church in the
East. Constantinople, the capital of Byzantine is between Asia Minor
and the Aegean Sea. Other then finding these places on the map we
didn't do too much Geography this week. The kids are working on
Iceland and Greenland, trying to remember which is which ;)

Well, science fell through the cracks again. We were getting ready for
Annette's 6th Birthday so we let it go. I wasn't going to do
History, but Annette said she really wanted to do it. They like the map
work and coloring pages.

Our read aloud right now is about Glady's Awylard. She was a
missionary in China. If you ever get to read about her you won't be
disappointed. She was pretty amazing. She led 100-orphaned children
through China during wartime with a bullet in her back and not eating
for days. Sometimes when I am so tired and think I can't do this
anymore, I think about Gladys. If she could take care of 100 orphaned
children, with a bullet in her back, with not enough food or water and
no shelter then I can surely take care of my kiddos with food in the
pantry, a roof over our heads and no bullet in my back!

If you feel lead to pray for us at Homeschooling6 please pray for Ethan and
me. He is so disobedient and it makes for a hard day. He does not
listen for anything!

Joshua, Annette and Caleb are in a church club called AWANA and they
all did their Key Verse, Motto and Pledge.

Brent is in Cubbies, and loves it! He learned his verse; God is Love 1
John 4:8.

Well, that's all folks!


Mom to Six Very Challenging Cathedrals in progress ;)

Week of Sept 12th-16th 2005

This week a big moment was Lance took 3 steps towards Lupe! He was

wobbly but he did it. He still crawls and stands by himself. He is a
screamer like his brother Ethan.

Okay, back to our homeschooling week :)

Praise the Lord; we got everything done on our schedule/list, well
almost everything. I didn't fit in our art book, bummer!

Josh, is doing great with his reading. He is learning the rules of
spelling. This week we are adding in spelling. Before I was
concentrating more on him learning how to read, I think he is ready to
add in spelling now.

Math, he is doing great! He is learning how to add and subtract. I am
using a combination of two math programs. Ray's is his primary math
program and is easy for me to teach. We added in Miquon Math and he
really likes it, but it is hard for me to teach this one. I'll have to
scan a couple of pages of it, so you guys can see why I am having a
hard time explaining a 2nd grade math program to Josh :) The program
wants the kids to understand the concepts and not just memorize
problems. They are suppose to work them out. I'm not great in math so
it takes me awhile of studying the Teachers Manual before explaining

For History we have covered The Glory That Was Rome, The Early Days of
Britain and this week we studied Christianity comes to Britain. The
kids learned how Monks lived and how they made books. It was a long
process to write a book, because they had to make their pages, ink and
pens themselves. No going to Target and buying a pack of paper and
pens. If it weren't for the Monks and their books we wouldn't know
much of what was going on during that time. The kids also learned why
we call the Dark Ages the "The Dark Ages" it is because we don't know
much of what was going on at this time. People did not write things
Monks and Christians, were the ones who would set up schools so the
less fortunate could also learn to read and write. Normally this was
for the Rich only. The goal for the Christians was for them to be able
to read the Bible.
As you can all tell, I am having fun learning about History and the
History of Gods Kingdom (a study I am doing) It just ties everything
together. It is amazing how God has had his hand in everything! By me
studying The History of Gods Kingdom, it enables me to explain to the
kids how God ties into what they are learning about the Romans and so
forth. Okay, enough about History. I'm starting to babble and repeat
myself ;)

We also did Science this week. We learned how this earth did not just
happen by chance, but how God, in seven days made the earth and made
us. I won't go into our whole lesson since I wrote so much in our
History section. We'll save Science for another week ;)

Annette, is still reading 3 letter words. She learned that ck makes the
"k" sound. Only one sound. She has a hard time with the "i" words. Like
hit, sis etc. Her cute little mouth just does not want to say that
I started Annette on a new reading program called Rod and Staff (a
Mennonite company) and in her reader yesterday she read, God made
light. She is learning phrases, and parts of speech. I also have her
copy sentences, this helps her to learn when to capitalize, use commas,
periods and so forth.

Well, this is getting long and I know you guys have better things to do
then to just sit and read about the Homeschooling6 family. LOL.

We love and miss you all. Oh, April, Josh misses your cooking. We went
to a restaurant a couple of weeks ago (a tex mex restaurant) Josh order
tortilla soup, because it looked like something you have made before.
When he was done I asked, "Did it taste like April's cooking?" He makes
a funny face and say's "no" I felt bad because he loved to eat your
food. He would say "mom, why doesn't your food taste like April's?"



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 ;)