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Just Rambling

I'm just doing a little self check in. Sometimes when I write what we have done, I feel like we have done enough ;) I'm trying to be a little more relaxed, but it is hard for me.

Lets see:Rod and Staff Reading we did 2 lessons and plan on doing the 3rd one tomorrow, Sonlight Language Arts 1 & 2, um....well....we didn't get to it this week. Might have them at least do the copywork tomorrow, First Language Lesson we did 4 lessons, we finished week 20 of Core-2 and math we did, but I feel like we didn't.

We started a book called Good Queen Beth and my kids loved it. They also listened to Story of the World about Queen Elizabeth(disc 6). I hope the Bloody Mary part doesn't keep them up. I kinda re-worded some of it, but didn't think to pre listen to the cd. I normally do listen to it first.

I put the kids to bed and I should be reading right now or folding the laundry but thought I would blog a little instead.

The weather has been so nice this week. The kids have had lots of fun playing outside. Their imagination amazes me. It is hard to believe I use to have an imagination too. They were just making up little hay bundles out of the dead grass and selling it to each other. They made their own little stores and I don't know what else, but they had fun. So I guess we had lots of recess time ;)

Well, I better get to my reading. I am working on History of Gods Kingdom from Sonlight and I am getting a bit behind. It takes me about 2 weeks to finish up one Sonlight week, but I'm getting there. LOL.



Bible Reading for Today

Today I read Exodus 33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

I am amazed at how close Moses was to God. Imagine you sitting face to face with God while having your coffee at the dinner table. That's how I want my relationship with the Lord to be. I know today we do not have that particular privilege, but we can have that relationship as God speaks to us during our own Bible reading.

My Bible reading for today will be Psalms 119. and I'll read Matthew26:14-30 to the kiddos today.My little ones are waking up. Gotta go :)



Monday Morning

I just finished with my quiet time. I am surprised that it is 7:20 am and my kiddos are still sleeping.

Today we will start week 20 with Sonlight Core-2. We will start our morning off with Bible time, our reading will be John 13:1-15.

Our history reading will be chapter 68 from Child’s History of the World and this week we will also start Good Queen Bess.

With, Window on the World we will be visiting Lobi, Mandinka and Pygmies.

The Aesop for Children reading will be Bear & Bees. I really want to read our poems this week. It is the one reading that usually gets left behind. A Childs Garden of Verses we are suppose to be reading two poems a week, and I think we have read about only two of them in the last 20 weeks. I really want my children to appreciate poetry, so I am going to make it my goal this week to read it.

I pray that we finish 3 Lessons this week of Phonics and Reading from Rod and Staff, 2 pages of our Sonlight Activity Sheets, go over our sums with Josh and telling time with Annette, Copy two verses, read a chapter a day of our read alouds, read our book on planets, memorize their AWANA verse, and to get Caleb’s lessons done.

So we’ll see. We have been doing pretty good, but I would like us to do better.


Crazy Friday

Whew, what a day and it is only 2:30pm. Well all is quiet now. I have my kids taking a nap right now.

Our morning started off as a very productive school day. We did Story of the World Vol 2, chapter 15. Josh and Annette, colored their coloring sheets and did their map work. We also did some science today. We studied the sun and went over the planets order. We are using Sam's Science Adventure, along with some picture books.

I also went over their sight words and did some math. Josh is learning subtraction and I was trying to help him understand some formulas that might help him visualize the problem and answer. For example 12 less 7 is ___ and 5 and 7 = 12 I'm trying to get him to understand that subtraction is the opposite of adding. He tells me " I get it, but I don't, I know my light bulb will turn on"

While doing our Language Arts Josh got a bit frustrated. He needed to turn a sentence into a question. The sentence was; God kept his promise. Josh changed it to a question; Did God kept his promise? When I told him to read it aloud and if it made sense he said "yes" so I read it to him and asked him what other word could we put instead of "kept" He said "did" so I read the question again with the word "did" and of course it didn't make sense. Josh kept telling me that's the way he wrote it and it's correct and by his body language he wasn't going to budge. He doesn't understand why it needs to be changed when he wrote it like that. Of course I already explained about good grammar, bla bla bla. This has happened to us before were he doesn't want to correct the answer because to "him" it is right. Arrrg!

Then Ethan and Lance kept getting into EVERYTHING today. While doing our Science lesson I had to get the globe in the kitchen and thank goodness because Ethan was on the counter rummaging in the cupboard. I told him he is not to get on the counter, because it is dangerous. He just looks at me with that cute smile of his and says "Okay mom", he also wrote all over himself today. Lance my 1yr old kept pulling Ethan’s hair and hitting him too. Lance is a lot like Ethan was at 1. So I think I am going to add Dr. James Dobson’s book The Strong Willed-Child to my reading list ;)

We also had some tears at lunchtime and after lunch I had to discipline/give a lesson on stealing, with my 4yr old Brent. Apparently he took/stole some gum from his sister and cousin MaryEllen. I had a little talk with him and then had him take some money out of his bank to pay back his sister and MaryEllen along with an apology.

So it has been a little "crazy" around here today but we have survived ;)


I'm Going to Stay Calm ;)

We are wrapping up week 19 of Sonlight Core-2 tomorrow. I still need to read Window on the World. The kids love that book. They get to hear about a new country and how we can pray for them. In the book they mention the Jesus Film. I have not seen it and put it in my queue at Blockbuster.com. When it was finally time for them to ship the movie (after I had been waiting for three months) I had it in my hands. I waited until the kids were napping and got a bowl of popcorn, was about to slip it into the computer disc drive, when I noticed it was broken!!! I was a little upset. I didn't yell and I didn't let it ruin the rest of my quiet time. (two yrs ago I would have been so mad and upset that I would have been a grouch for the rest of the day) I went to blockbuster.com and let them know to send a new one. I wasn't sure if I was suppose to throw the broken disc away or send it back, so I sent it back. When I did that they took it as a return. Meaning they thought I watched it and returned it, so they sent the next movie that was in my queue. Aaak. But I didn't get mad, I just put the Jesus Film in my queue again at the top of my list and returned one of the kids cartoons. So guess what?? I finally got the Jesus Film two days ago and I made myself a hot cup of tea and moved the couch just perfectly in front of the TV and I put the Dvd in the disc player and a blue lighted font flashed across the dvd player saying "unreadable" I'm like what! Let me clean the disc. I take it out and it is BROKEN!!! I couldn't believe it. So I calmly showed my husband, even though I wanted to cry I said "I'm not going to get upset, I'm not going to get upset, I'm going to stay calm” My sister Cynthia heard me and she offered to help change the template on my blog. Now is that a sweet sister or what? We spent about 2hrs that night looking for ideas on the web.

Thank you Cynce for taking the time to make my blog look so nice.



Verses for Today

Some verses that I was reading today and thought I would share :)

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Eph. 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Colossians 3:12-17 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Col. 3.10 and have put on the new self which being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Philippians 2:5-11 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Eph. 4:23-24 to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.



We had an okay Monday. My youngest son Lance woke up with a tummy ache and the GI Blues poor little guy.

I woke up late at 7:00 am. Yikes! I didn't get my quiet time first thing today. (had to wait till naptime)

We started our day with Phonics from Rod and Staff. First with Annette and then Josh. They are both doing a different level with Phonics, but some how ended up learning the same sound. They are working on the sound "oi" on "oy" my son Josh was getting frustrated.I think some of his frustration is my fault. I need to be more patient with him. He takes a little longer to understand his lesson and I need to understand that and not get frustrated too. I try to remember how hard it was for me to learn how to read. Sometimes I wouldn't get something, but the class would move on. I am so thankful that I can go at my childrens pace. He picks up math a lot quicker.

Annette, seems to understand her reading and phonics a lot quicker. I can explain her lesson to her and she will go at it on her own.

After Phonics we then did Reading. We are on our last lesson of Reading 1, unit 2. So tomorrow we start unit 3 It takes us a while to go over the new reading words so we spent a good hr with just reading today.

Since Lance was not feeling well and wanted to be held a lot, we kinda called it a day. I would have at least like to have fit in First Language Lessons, but by nap-time I was too tired to keep Josh and Annette up to finish.

When Josh woke up from his nap, we played a game were he had to add, so we used that as math time. Then we went over his AWANA verses. He also read some pages from; God Is Good Series.

Annette, did half a page of her Ray's Arithmetic and practiced her AWANA verses too.

We have been concentrating on their Language Arts and reading that we need to buckle down with math. Josh is good with adding, we need to work on his subtraction.

Annette is starting to do subtraction. She, like Josh understand taking away, but needs more practice.

Well, that was our day.



One of the Reasons why I love Homeschooling My 6

As I was reading my Bible today, I was so thankful that we homeschool. I can immerse my kids in Gods Word. My kids love for me to read the Bible to them. When I tell them "one more chapter" they immediately ask for more. I love it!

When the kids do their Reading from Rod and Staff, not only are they learning phonics, reading and grammar, but the Word of God too! How wonderful is that :)

They get more stories from their McGuffey Readers and God Is Good series also from Rod and Staff.

It amazes me how much they comprehend at a young age. Sometimes my kids will say "mom, we love because God first loved us." or I know the Bible says "Children obey your parents for this is right" Other times when I am going to explain something to them they will say "I know mom, I know what that means" It is such a great feeling.
I pray daily that my children will continue to grow in the Lord.

I love the verse, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:5. I use that as our homeschooling verse.



Thank You Lord for this time we have with the kids. I pray that Lupe and I will continue to seek your wisdom and guidance as we raise our precious children. We love you Lord.

Viking Ship

Here is a picture of the kids Viking Ship:

Viking Ship

Here is a picture of Josh and Annette with their Viking Ships they made today. We are on chapter 14 of Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. Tomorrow we will do our map work.



Edited to add: Since Homeschoolblogger changed and I pulled some of these post from there along with the pictures, that it affected my post here :(  I believe this is why my pics are not showing up.

Thursday Already!

What a busy week we have had. Not to mention what a busy day!

We got a late start this morning. I was really tired and had to lie down for 10min before starting school. Once I got us all started I was okay.

I thought I would start school with my Caleb my kindergartner. We did his Explode the Code book A. We worked on writing his letter f and crossing things out on the page that didn't start with the "f" sound. He did real well. He also did a page in another book called Jump Right Into Reading.

After Caleb, I had Annette and Josh come to my room. This is were we have been doing most of our schooling lately. It is less distracting then the dinning room table. I went over Annette's Phonics from Rod and Staff. She is learning all the sounds that the double oo makes. It is a bit challenging for her. She has pretty much whizzed through her first to units, but it looks like we'll have to slow down a bit for these o's ;)

When we finished, Josh, Annette and I hopped on the bed and went over their sight words. I drilled them pretty good. Some days we have about 5 new word to learn, so we need to keep up with drilling them. When done going over their sight words they both read a story from their Rod and Staff reading book. They read a short story on Noah. After reading, they did 2 pages of their Reading Workbook. They use their new words. Fill in the blanks and answer questions concerning the story they read.

We then moved our schooling to the kitchen table and listened to our history on cd.

While listening to their story they colored parts of a Viking ship that they were going to put together once the story was over. I sat and colored too. It was fun coloring with them. We then cut out the pieces and glued the ship together. MaryEllen came down stairs asking what we were doing and joined in. I let her put my Viking ship together.

We then had Oatmeal for lunch and the kids played outside for a while. The weather is so perfect today. Not too cold or hot. While I put the little ones to bed, Annette and Josh worked on their Explode the Code books and we finished up with our First Language Lessons. Annette is still learning about nouns and Josh worked on telling a story that I read back to me.

Now all the kiddos are upstairs having naptime or quiet time and I am off to either read my Bible or do my schooling. I am doing Sonlight Core-200, History of Gods Kingdom.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting my little spot in cyberspace



Valentines Day

On Valentines Day, we did some schooling. Josh and Annette did their Rod and Staff Reading, did some copywork and that was about it.

I baked some cookies for the kids to decorate with frosting and sprinkles. Their cousins invited us to have a card exchange. They had a lot of fun passing out their Valentines day card The children made a envelope and decorated it with stickers to put their goodies in.

We had a "snack lunch" cheese & crackers, peanut butter and jelly crackers and some sliced apples. The kids had a lot of cookies and candy so a snack lunch seemed the way to go.

The kids then brushed their teeth, drank some water and took a nap.While they napped I got ready to go to the spa. My dh sent me off for a relaxing bath and massage. It felt so good. I was served champagne, chocolate strawberries and Hershey kisses. They also had cucumber water which was very tasty. (and yes I only had one glass of campaign) I was so tired when I got home. All I wanted to do was nap, but instead we got the kids ready and went out to dinner at the Golden Corral (I think that was the name) It reminded me of Hometown Buffet in Ca. The kids had a great time and they said it was the Best Valentines EVER!

By the time we got home it was 8:30pm and we put the kids to bed.

It was a fun day!

Thank you Lord for a wonderful Valentines Day. I am so Blessed with a great hubby and six beautiful children.


Coffee Break!

My sister Cynthia and I took the girls (Annette and MaryEllen) to Starbucks. Annette enjoyed a Hot Chocolate and MaryEllen ordered a decaf Mocha. They had lots of fun. Cynthia an I both order a Decaf, Soy Mocha. Yummy! We then went to a few grocery stores looking for a certain kind of seasonings. Our last stop was Chick-Fil-A. Cynce and I ordered their sugar free lemonade and some fries, while the girls played in the in-door play yard.

Cynthia did these digital pages.(haven't transferred the pics over yet)

Not Much Done

Today we didn't get much schooling done. Grandpa Joe came over and gave the kids their Valentines. Which was a heart shaped box filled with chocolates. He gives this to them every yr. The kiddos were jumping for joy. Lots of voices saying "thank you grandpa"

Annette wrote a letter to her Grandma Phyllis. Her grandma sends the kids a valentine Day card with stickers and a dollar every yr. They really enjoy receiving some mail.

Josh, sent Grandma Phyllis a Valentine card that he bought with his own money at the dollar store. He said "grandma sends us so many nice cards that I want to send her one"

Josh also got to go with Grandpa Joe to the grocery store and helped him count out what he needed. My dad was trying to fit in some math ;) since he took him during school hours
During naptime for the little ones, Annette and Josh did 2 pages of their Explode the Code books and their lesson in grammar (First Language Lessons) Annette is learning about common nouns & proper nouns. Josh is learning about Verbs; state of being, action and we are working on linking verbs. I could tell he kind of gets it but doesn't.He knows the light bulb will come on sometime soon.

Maybe later today we will get to math. Grammar, reading and writing take up most of our morning. When we are done with it they usually need a break before we continue with math. I need to make at least 2 days for some intense math time.

I’m thinking that once Josh doesn't need so much phonics we can concentrate on math a little more. He should be finished with phonics by 3rd grade.



We Finished Week 17

Our homeschooling week has gone pretty well. We finished up almost everything on our schedules.

We are currently using Sonlight Core-2 and just finished up week 17. Yahoo It has taken us a while (about 3 weeks) We are behind on our read-alouds too. Some of the readers are just too much for my kids. Going over their heads type thing. I ordered Door In the Wall and Cricket In Time Square for them on cd so they can listen to them during nap-time or we can all sit on my bed and listen to them then. The Door In the Wall has a lot of thees and thous, I think listening to it on cd would help out.

The kids have been listening to The Little House books. Joshua really liked Farmer Boy and was asking why Laura Wilder did not write more about him. He's so cute. Annette has dibs on the cd player after Josh. She can't wait to listen to them next.

Since I have added in Rod and Staff to our Language Art Program, Josh and Annette's reading has really improved.

Joshua, does Rod and Staff Reading 1 & Phonics 2 (3 times a week) He is on the second half of First Language Lesson (Grammar) which he does 5 days a week, he also uses Sonlight's Language Arts activity sheets twice a week.

He was using Rod & Staff English 2, but did not like it so we switched back to First Language Lessons.

Math he is doing great! We are still using Ray's Arithmetic, which I love because it is a lot of mental math. He is not just memorizing his sums, which is fine if he does, I want him to be able to work through the problems too. Right now we are working on subtraction.

Annette, is also using Rod and Staff Reading 1, Phonics 1, First Language Lesson & Sonlight's Language Arts 1. She is learning how to read at a faster pace then Josh. She memorizes her sight words pretty fast too. She is a reader, in fact today she told me she wants to be a reader. Since she has been listening to books on cd she want to do that when she grows up. I thought it was so cute, her big brown eyes looking at me and telling me she wants to be a reader. She reads a lot more then Josh also. She will pick up a book and start reading it, she will read the cereal boxes, signs etc. Maybe it's a girl thing!

Math she is also using Ray's Arithmetic Series 1, Book 3. She is learning how to add and has just been introduces to subtraction. She is still working on more and less then too.

Caleb is starting to read cat, ran, rat, hat and a few sight words; the, a & and from his McGuffey Reader. It takes him a while to read a sentence, but he is doing very well. He also uses Explode the Code book A. Right now he is practicing his writing the letter "F" His motor skills have not kicked in yet, but we thought we would go a head and try it, to see how he does. Some of his "f" look like they are flying at least you can tell what letter it is. He can write his name really good and he wrote his cousin Jamies name good. He surprised me with how well he can write sometimes. I think he writes better when he doesn't have the lines.

For math Caleb is using Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten. He is practicing writing his numbers and he does his little math problems: counts how many birds and then writes the answer.

Well, this is getting kind of long so I better sign off. Besides my hubby called and is on his way home from working at the apartments. He stopped at Starbucks and bought Cynthia (my sis) and I some Mochas. Don is with him. He has been such a big help, he has been going with Lupe to fix and get the apartments rent ready. Thank you Lord for Blessing us with my sister and brother-in-law. They both have been a great help and blessing to us.

Okay, I am really going to end this now. Sorry it got so long. I just am so thankful to be homeschooling and it is so much a part of me that I just have to write about it :)