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I started Writing with Ease level 1 with Ethan today. He completed lesson one which was copywork.I had hoped to start this sooner with Ethan, but with family visiting and me taking forever to get my energy back................

One thing (of many) that have been on my mind with regards to what writing program to use with Ethan, is, should I still purchase PAL/Writing or just only use Writing with Ease?

I have been going back and forth. I think PAL/Writing is pretty amazing. I love everything I see (not that I own it yet).

PAL/Writing is $89.00 but I don't plan to purchase the complete package. Only the writing portion, omitting the spelling.

With spelling I will have him finish Soaring with Spelling and may or may not move him to Spelling Wisdom. Still thinking about if I should continue with Soaring with Spelling or go a more Charlotte Mason approach. I like the idea of study dictation.

Summer School

Today, Caleb and Brent both started week 7 of Writing with Ease, did copywork, completed a Phonics Lesson and penmanship.
Ethan, completed a lesson with Delightful Reading and completed his first Writing with Ease lesson. Lance, will do All About Reading after nap and some math.

I was excited to receive some Snapfish pictures today. Can't wait to buy a few more photo albums and get them organized. I now have four full albums.

The children have been making paper airplanes. Some of them really fly far. I'm impressed.

The kids watched four 20 minute episodes of Liberty Kids. Right now are listening to The Story of The World vol. 3.

I am not sure what we will have for supper. Yesterday I made Spaghetti. It was yummy!

Well, that's all for today. I'm itching to write about our upcoming school year, so maybe soon I'll get my school writing juices flowing.


Summer School Days/Weekend

I woke with more energy today. Caleb and Brent finished week 6 of Writing With Ease. Ethan, built words with 'alling' from Delightful Reading. Lance, practiced the sounds of some letters.

Later, I plan to do a lesson with All About Reading and do some math. Maybe get one lesson in from Writing with Ease 1 with Ethan.

This past weekend Ethan and Lance, helped their dad mend the sidewalk by pulling all the grass out of the crevasses.

Here are some pictures of Brent, eating Lupe's Friday lunch leftovers. I think he went to a Chinese restaurant.

TX May 2008

These pictures were taken my my sis on one of her visits to Texas.
The kiddos made pizza.
 I miss my big kitchen. I haven't seen another that large and believe me, I've been searching.
 Can you find Josh in the tree.
 Josh and mom. Thanks Reff, for taking this picture.
Celebrating Joshua's 10th birthday. He was still little. Now at 13 he's a big kid. I was talking to my sis and telling her that being a mom to little kids is much easer than big kids. Not that Josh or Annette, talk back or have 'attitude' but there is just something different and I don't know how to explain it.

Summer School

Not too much school was completed today. I really need to get back into the swing of things. I'm just so tired. I think I spent too much time doing nothing when I was reading. I read for days. In fact I finished another series, Mr Tucket. About a 14 year old boy who is kidnapped by the Indians. His family is one of the many on the Oregan Trail. There are a total of 5 books in this series.

As for school Caleb and Brent did a Writing With Ease lesson. Ethan, finished half of a Delightful Reading lesson. This took all my energy to do.

I hope to finish Ethan's reading lesson and go over the sounds of the alphabet with Lance.

That's all for today. I'll leave you all with these freaky pictures of Ethan .

Splitting Tomatoes

Some of our tomatoes are splitting. I checked around the Internet and it could be a number of things. The sun beating down on them or not watering consistently. When these pictures were taken the weather was over 100 degrees for days. Maybe it was a combination of both. I thought we were watering enough but I read that it needs to be consistent otherwise the tomatoes may grow in spurts. This will cause them to split.
 Our Bell Peppers never grew. They shriveled up and turned dark.


Lance, made a cute little tent to sleep in. These pictures were taken 7/10/11

 Lance, was upset and I told him to wait (while I finished with something) next thing I knew he was fast asleep. This picture was taken on the 15th of July.
 Lance, made a picture of his dad. He said he made dad with a beard.

Family Visit

Here are a few pictures from last week.
The cousins Z, Lance and J2 woke early and to keep them quiet, Grandpa had them play a game. Our table is pretty big. It's hard to sit around it and play a game, especially if you are small. This is why little Z, decided to sit on the table instead.
 Cousin M, playing games on his phone with Ethan, Caleb, Lance and Brent.
 Little cousin D, loved hanging out with Annette.
 So did cousin R.
 My Mother/Father-in-law celebrated their anniversary with us. This picture was taken the night before they would be leaving. It was almost 10:00pm. Lupe and I had taken them out to dinner, with our kids earlier.
 Grandma wanted a photo of all the grandchildren. Ethan, was feeling sick, so he was laying in bed when this picture was taken.
 Josh, acting like he will be the driver.
 Saying goodbye.

Interesting Fruit

Last week Lupe, brought home an interesting fruit. I don't know the name of the fruit. Lupe, couldn't remember what his friends said it was.

It tasted sweet.

Mom's Summer Readings

I was suppose to start our summer school sessions back up today, but.........instead I was glued to the couch listening to one of the kiddos audio books. Gregor the Overlander. It's about an eleven year old boy and his two year old sister. They fall through a vent and end up under the city of New York. People live down in the 'underland' along with talking rats and large, talking roaches. They end up on a quest to find their dad who's been missing for almost three years.

The author was inspired to write a novel about a boy falling from a manhole because many children live in cities. She wondered what city kids must think of Alice in Wonderland. In the city one is more apt to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and thus her story began about Gregor.

I really enjoyed it and appreciated how clean it was. No name calling and such. Now I can't wait to listen to the second book. My children have already listened to all five books. Caleb, would like to collect them the printed books. Yay! Maybe he'll be inspired to read them.

I've also had my nose in a few books as well. I am taking the summer to read some of the books I  have for the children. Sad to say, I'm unable to read all the books we buy and rely on lots of prayer and teaching the children to pick good literature. I also encourage them to talk about what they read.
I like to read the book when I can to further discuss the books. The Midwifes Apprentice for instance is pretty dreary. The midwife is very superstitious and it talks about that in the book. At first I was glad that I picked up the book to read before Annette. I thought to hide the book instead of letting her read it but the I thought, this book takes place in medieval England. In that time period there was a lot of superstitious beliefs. I have since decided that I will let Annette, read the book and we can discuss what happens together.

I have also read Ruby Holler. This one is about a boy and girl who are twins and live in an orphanage. They aren't treated very well by the orphanage parents or foster parents, they tend not to trust adults and are waiting for a good time to catch a train and escape. Then an elderly couple take them for the summer to their home called Ruby Holler. I was glued to this book as well. Couldn't go to bed until I finished it. The only thing I didn't like was the girls attitude and her constant word 'putrid' but I soon accepted it thinking, the poor child has been through a lot. Anyway, it was a good read and am sure the children will enjoy it as well. It will be another good book to talk about with the kiddos.

Brian's Hunt is another good one. This one does have a scene where Brian finds a mother and father who are mauled by a bear. The couple he knows. This book is actually the second or third of a sequel. I hope I didn't pack the first two books because I can't find them here at the house. I have looked everywhere. Now that I read Brian's Hunt, I  would like to read the first book too called Hatchet.
Brian's Hunt, is about a sixteen year old boy who feels more comfortable living in the woods then in the city. He is homeschooling too, so he can live in the wild.

I  was skeptical and unsure of the children reading Wolves from the Beyond because it has myths and talks about the animals spiritual journeys. Again, I have decided to allow the children to read it and we can discuss it. The author of this series about the wolves also wrote the books Guardians of Ga'hoole (which I haven't read but there is a movie out that we plan to see as soon as it's available from Netflix).
I read the first two book and hope to read the last two in the series.

Those are a few of the books I've been reading this week. If I stay up late I can average a book a day.

I have slim pickings though because I packed so many books away. I am pretty sure Hatchet was one of them.

Family Pics

Homeschooling6 Family

 The Grandchildren with Grandpa and Grandma.
 The three oldest girls. The girls are all 6 months apart from each other. Annette's age is in between the two cousins. Cousin A is 6 months older than Annette. Annette is 6 months older than Cousin J.
Cousin A, Cousin J and Annette.
 Two oldest boys. The boys are 1yr. 1 month apart.
Cousin M, is older than Josh.

Happy 7th Birthday Lance!!!

Lance, turns 7 in August but we celebrated his birthday in July. His cousin 'Z' is a few months older and turned 7 in May. We decided to celebrate their birthdays together. This is the first time almost all the cousins have been together since 2008 (I think). We are missing two little ones.

Lance, received a Duck Tape Wallet from Caleb.

I cropped some of the photos to only show Lance, because I didn't ask my SIL if I could post pictures of her children. I try to keep pictures of cousins to a minimum.

Lance, received a Thor helmet and sword. We haven't seen the movie but that doesn't matter to Lance. All he knows is he has a neat helmet/mask and new sword ;)