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Getting Ready for School

I made some space in my kitchen for my ‘diet’ books. I kept losing them. Now they all have a home.

Heart of Dakota

I made room for Annette’s school books.

I also cleared out some shelves in the living room.

Now where to put all the stuff I pulled out. There was actually a lot more. I threw half used workbooks away. Just closed my eyes and threw them in the recycle bin.

Someone Turned 9 Years Old This Month

Happy Birtday
My little Lance is not so little anymore. He turned 9 years old this month.
I made him a ‘good for you cake’ from the book Trim Healthy Mama and Joshua made him an apple pie.
Happy Birthday
I bought the candle on clearance at Hobby Lobby. When I opened the package the candles were all broken. Somehow I got them to stand up.
Trim Healty Mama Cake
Everyone loved the cake. I made two 8x8 round cakes. I decided not to stack them one on the other. This way I could feed twice the amount of people. Not that we had a huge party. It was only my MIL, SIL, the 4 cousins and my dad.
Dad lighting the candles. Lance is blessed to have a father that spends time with him and teaches him.
I love seeing my children so happy. Look at that smile.
Lance was all laughs.
He blew so softly that the candles stayed lit.
Grandma and Lance
It was a nice birthday. Grandma gave Lance some army men from Hobby Lobby. Auntie V and family gave him some Star Wars Legos, his siblings gave him a Dangerous Boys electronic set. and we gave his some Legos too.
Lance Birthday

Not a Happy Camper

Rod and Staff Math

Lance was not happy with doing math. He whined. He said, “This is the worst day of my life”.

Rod and Staff Math

He just sat there very unhappy. He finally told me that the addition problems were too easy. That he knew the facts already. He said he likes his older brothers school because it’s fun (he usually sits in on our Logic of English lessons).

Later when he had calmed down some I let him know that next time he needs to tell me but without his temper tantrum.

Later in the evening I had him move up a few lesson. He did some double digit addition and you know what? He knew how to do that too. It was simple with no caring but still I was surprised. Sometimes because Lance is my youngest I act like he can’t handle something. Yikes, this was an eye-opener for me. Note to self, Lance can move on, he can do the work.

Rod and Staff Math

I went over the first few problems using our base-ten set and Lance asked, “Do I have to use those still?” I asked if he understood he said yes so the next three he completed on his own and continued on. He missed only two so I had him correct them. He did really good. He doesn’t understand place value, this I will work with him.

I wanted to start his Rod and Staff math early because once we start school Memoria Press moves pretty quickly through the first 6 weeks because it’s suppose to have all been learned in the previous level. After the first 6 weeks things slow down a bit.

I have also been working on his cursive. The 2nd grade Memoria Press program has them using all cursive by the end of the 10th week. So again the first weeks move quickly through because this is something they ‘should’ have learned in this the year before as well.

I don’t think Lance is going to make it and I am going to have to have him write in print. This is my fault because I got lazy with teaching him cursive.

He does have a hard time writing but I should have worked with him more. I purchased the Prima Latina Copybook too and it’s all in cursive. He probably won’t be using it. We will see maybe he’ll surprise me there too Winking smile.

My Lance turned 9 years old this month.
Happy Birthday
Hopefully my next blog post will be of his birthday pictures.

Schoolhouse Review: Doorposts

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One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is spend time with my daughter, especially when having Bible time with her. She is a joy and I’m thankful to our Savior for my precious Annette.
This summer Annette and I have had the privilege of reviewing Beauty in the Heart A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women from a wonderful, God honoring company~Doorposts. My sister and I have ordered from them in the past and we both absolutely love everything we’ve purchased.
The actual book will not be comb bound. This is a pre publication copy that we were given for reviewing purposes. The book will have a lay flat binding.

Beauty in the Heart is a revised and updated  version taken from the original title of Beauty and the Pig. It consist of 9 studies with a 10th being a review chapter. The Beauty in Review (the 10th chapter) also an alternate set of questions for young men.

Beauty in the Heart use the inductive study method which means your child will:
  • Read and Observe
  • Interpret and Organize
  • Apply
What you will need:
  • Bible
  • Bible atlas or online maps
  • Study Bible or Bible Commentary
  • Colored Pencils
  • English Dictionary
  • Strong's Concordance
  • Nave’s Topical Bible
Not all of the above are used everyday. Each chapter (study) will provide a list of “What you will need”.  Annette and I didn’t have some of the items like Naves Topical Bible which is a ‘recommended’ item. Many times we used free online resources.
Because Beauty in the Heart does use the inductive study method you will want to choose a Bible that you are okay with marking the words. For this study I chose to print the bible passages and put them in a binder.
Key points about Beauty in the Heart:
  • The studies in Beauty in the Heart uses mainly the King James translation
  • 86 days worth of studies
  • Recommended ages is 10-12 and up
  • The study is appropriate for young men, in a few places there will be a asterisk* symbol which indicates that there are alternate questions for the young men in the back of the book.
  • Online addresses for free Bibles and mobile apps are included
  • Daily assignments are are easy to follow. The child knows when to start and stop each lesson.
  • Shaded marginal study notes
Annette and I really enjoyed using this study together. I printed the NASB and NIV versions and we would also read from the KJV and The Message Bible. I would do most of the reading with Annette following along. Since we were using Beauty in the Heart together as a mother-daughter study we answered the questions orally and discussed them. I liked it this way because I was able to share, discuss, and dig deeper with the study right along with her. Most lessons took about 30 minutes give or take 5 minutes.

What I loved about the study most was it teaches daughters that beauty is modesty, beauty is humility, and beauty is serving. These qualities are very important to my husband and I with teaching our daughter what true beauty is. I’m thankful for another opportunity to teach my daughter about these things.

This is a wonderful study for a mother to do with her daughter. I would encourage my own sisters to use Beauty in the Heart~A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women with their daughters. The topics discussed in this Bible study really touches my heart. I see so many young girls lost and begging for attention in all the wrong ways. It truly breaks my heart. We need to teach them of a beauty that doesn’t dim, that will not fade, a beauty that lets Christ shine through. True beauty from the heart.
Price: $14.00

Some of my Crew Mates also received: Because You Are Strong-A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men. Please click on the banner below to read more reviews, thank you!
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Low-Carb Menu Aug. 18th-24th

Atkins using The Trim Healthy Mama principles of switching fuel cycles (food combining).  Because I combine I don’t think of having an Atkins bar as cheating and/or using another proteins source for a meal. I still believe animal protein (especially beef) is the best but I enjoy not having to cook up a patty at times. I like being able to pull out my cottage cheese, beans, greens, etc. and put everything in a bowl.

I’m a bit more liberal with my fats than most Trim Healthy Mamas. I enjoy my coconut cream in my coffee or cream or half and half but am careful with which fuel I’m burning or how long it’s been since my last meal.

My MIL is staying with us for the week so many of my foods was more of a grab-and-go. I noticed at the end of Tuesday I haven’t had much meat, so Wednesday I started planning some yummy dinners with meat.

Daily I drink water and have two mugs of coffee with either half & half or heavy cream. I want to experiment with coconut cream.

I also drink The Shrinker three times a week and Natural Calm 4-5 times a week. The Natural Calm I mix in my water and sip. For a treat usually once a week I’ll have a Zevia. If it’s a rough week I’ll have 2 Smile.

Sunday: 136.6
Breakfast: Muffin and coffee
Lunch: Chipotle bowl with black beans, chicken, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocado
Snack: Greek yogurt and berries
Dinner: Zucchini Fritters, 1/4 avocado, 1 laughing cow wedge
Snack: Atkins Coconut Indulgence bar
Monday: 136.2
Breakfast: Coffee with cream/Kefir Coconut Blueberry Shake
Lunch: Babes Chicken, I splurged and had a biscuit.
Snack: Greek yogurt with berries
Dinner: 2 Scrambled eggs with avocado and a wedge of laughing cow cheese
Tuesday: 136.4
Breakfast: Kefir, coconut, blueberry shake
Lunch: Apple-Cottage Cheese salad w/1 cucumber
Snack: Greek yogurt with raspberries
Dinner: Pancakes
Wednesday: 135.8
Breakfast: Kefir Blueberry Coconut Smoothie (also has coconut oil, flax, bee pollen, protein powder)
Lunch: In-N-Out burger without the bun
Dinner: Gangues Grill-shrimp, chicken, cilantro, spinach, mushrooms, and three eggs. I also brought my own Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
I was surprised to see 135 on the scale. Yea, I’ve been at 136-137 for three weeks now. I’ve been patient this time especially since it was that time of the month again.
Thursday: 136.4
Breakfast: Kefir, coconut, blueberry smoothie
Lunch: Apple and cottage cheese salad
Snack: Greek yogurt with berries
Dinner: Balsamic Chicken with veggie noodles
When eating dairy I have been paying close attention to how my body reacts. I have found that after eating/drinking Kefir and greek yogurt that I’m fine however with cottage cheese disturbs my gut. I really enjoy my apple and cottage cheese salad but should find something else. Same with the Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad Sad smile.
Friday: 135.2
Breakfast: Kefir Coconut Strawberry Smoothie
Lunch: Apple/Cottage Cheese Salad with lettuce greens
Snack: Lean turkey meat.
Dinner: Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad with veggies and leftover Balsamic Chicken Breast.
Snack: Birthday cake with whipped cream frosting sweetened with stevia. Sugar free vanilla ice cream.

My SIL is so sweet and always thinking of the way I eat when we get together. She brought to Lance’s birthday party sugar free ice cream and I had several scoops. I told hubby to give me just a little but he put two scoops. He said because I deserved it. What a sweet hubby and SIL I have.
Trim Healthy Mama Cake
Everybody liked my low glycemic cake. Even my youngest nephew asked for seconds. My Mother-in-law really liked too which makes me happy because she’s pre-diabetic and I wanted to impress her with my sweets this week (I think I did). I gave her the recipe.

This time after eating my cottage cheese I didn’t feel so bad. I’m not sure what’s going on with it. I’ll continue to observe how I feel after eating two of my favorite cottage cheese dishes.

Saturday: 135.2
Breakfast: I was bad and had coffee with a slice of cake. I call it my ‘good for you’ cake.
Snack: Blueberry Coconut Kefir smoothie
Lunch: Mex. Cottage Cheese Salad with greens
Dinner: Logan’s Roadhouse. I had a steak, grilled mushrooms and splurged with having sweet potato fries (Hubby taking his mom and I out for dinner).
Snack: Low-carb frapp. from Starbucks
Sunday: 135.0 (wahoo) I lost 1lb 6oz this week!

As you can see I had Kefir Coconut Blueberry Shake/smoothie all week. I am NOT a morning breakfast person and having something simple to make hubby and I was wonderful. I add bee pollen or a scoop of protein powder and I recently bought some Maca powder but haven’t tried it. I try to switch things up for us. My Sweets likes it and it keeps the hunger away until lunch. For some days I will need a snack but other days I won’t. Just depends I guess, but I’m glad for hubby he doesn’t feel hungry.
Next week I plan to add more meat to my lunches, most likely deli meat because I don’t have heat it up, just roll-and-go. I know I need to have more meat protein.
My MIL has been enjoying my low glycemic muffins and I’ve been making her the same Kefir smoothie all week that Lupe and I have been drinking. She commented that with the Kefir Coconut Blueberry (or strawberry) Smoothie that it helps her start her day. She doesn’t get a headache after drinking it like other smoothies which I’m sure have more sugar.
After eating the ‘Good for you’ cake she said that she doesn’t get a downer because normally with a piece of cake it causes her blood sugars to crash and she has what she calls a ‘downer’.

Math for Josh

I’m excited to have chosen a math program for Joshua this year. We have a plan too but you know how that goes. I’ll tell you all anyway. Lord willing it will happen.

This 13/14 school year I had planned to have Joshua use Bob Jones Fundamentals Math program via DVD program. For a lot of reasons (trying to respect my eldest son’s privacy to I’m not going to go into a lot of detail) I didn’t feel comfortable with that. I’ve been praying, talking to Josh, talking to hubby and praying.

At the same time I was researching a remedial English program for Joshua and what did I find? The same publisher also has a remedial math program too!!! I was like, thank you Jesus. I found a few samples, not too many but read all I could late into the night. The program is written for the student to use independently (of course we are here if he needs us) with step-by-step instructions. This is exactly what Joshua needs.
Bridgeway Math
So here’s the plan. I don’t have the books just yet. Thankfully they have been shipped. Each book has about 210 pages. Some of the pages I’m guessing are the instructions. There is no separate teachers manual.

Back to my plan. If he can finish this course in the next 12 months or (his sophomore year) next year his Junior year he can start VideoText Algebra and complete Algebra 1 & 2 and his last high school year he can at least start Geometry.

I know this may not go as planned but it’s a start and I see a light at the end of this math tunnel. Joshua is a hard worker and even if it takes the summer after his Senior year to get through some of the Geometry I know he will do his best for the Lord.

As for the grammar course I want to use that with Joshua too but will have to wait and see. Right now I can only order one subject as each book and the answer key is $23.00 each plus shipping. Worth it of course!

I had planned to use Easy Grammar Plus with Josh but with him going into his 2nd year of high school I feel a bit rushed and want something that would get him up to speed a little quicker. Once he completes BridgeWay English then I’ll have him continue with Easy Grammar for the last two years of high school.

We Are Still Here

It’s late and I should be in bed but wanted to right a quick “we are still alive” post.

My MIL is visiting so the children and I have been busy. Believe it or not we have actually continued with some school. Mainly review items like Logic of English and People Keys (would love to write more about People Keys because it’s so interesting but I need to keep this short).

I’ve also received more school boxes. Half of Memoria Press is here, so that’s been exciting.

And I’ve been selected to review VideoText Algebra and it should be here Saturday!!! I’m really excited about this. We will receive Modules A and B. I can’t believe we have kids old enough to use VideoText Algebra.

Oh and I also get to review The Homeschool Mom’s Bible, can’t wait to for that as well.

The children are keeping busy with some school and lots of play. Today the younger boys went on one of their expeditions.

Josh, Annette, Caleb, and Ethan had fun with Grandma running errands. Their first stop was Hobby Lobby. My MIL’s favorite place. She loves buying the scrapbooking paper.

Annette went next door to Hancock’s Fabric. She is looking to make a dress or some aprons to sell.

The kid’s still love their guinea pigs. Here they made a Lego maze.

Lego Maze

Guinea Pigs

And look what I found while cleaning out the bookshelves.

School Planning

I remember the days when I use to plan out the kids school from K-12th. This is five or six years old. I had planned to use Calvert, My Father’s World, and WinterPromise. Some years I planned to combine. Just thinking about gets me a little dizzy.

Josh took this picture of me watering our new trees. He said, “Mom, you look so beautiful, can I take a picture of you?” awe, what a good son I have. He’s so sweet like that.


I am still eating well. I did splurge on Monday. We took my MIL out to one of her favorite places to eat, Babes Chicken. They have the best biscuits. I decided a few days before going that I was going to have me two biscuits. They were so yummy and I forgot the camera, so there is no picture of me eating my first biscuit in over 8 months! We had a good time though.

That is what we’ve been up too. Lupe my Sweets continues to work hard to provide for us.

Low-Carb Menu Aug. 11th-17th

I am applying Trim Healthy Mama principles to my Atkins lifestyle. I try to eat 5+ E meals a week. They are usually my lunch.

Last Thursday I didn’t take the time to plan out this weeks menu. I think I like it when I take the time to plan. I’m still not eating as many veggies as I would like. I don’t know why it has been so hard to add them in. I was doing so well for a while. I keep thinking Whole30, Whole30 but am not ready just yet to commit to one.

Unless otherwise noted all foods are low carb.

Sunday: 137.4

Breakfast: Coffee w/half and half, 2 cinnamon muffins with cream cheese frosting
Lunch: Wendy’s small chili, 3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries
Snack: Atkins Indulgence Coconut Bar
Dinner: Wendy’s Pretzel Burger with only the bottom part of the bun net27. (not low carb) w/water

I was really wanting to try that new Pretzel Bacon Burger (have been for weeks and weeks but have passed it up). Today my hubby had it for lunch and it looked so good. It’s been calling my name.  I took off the top piece of bread and gave that to my hubby. Guess we’ll see this week what kind of weight damage I did, uh-oh.

Monday: 137.4

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with the last two leftover cabbage rolls
Lunch: Salad, this was a premade salad. It had small portions of black beans, quinoa, tiny bit of feta cheese, turkey, and lots of lettuce. I added some salsa instead of the dressing that it came with. I also added 1/2 cucumber and 1 small organic tomato.
Dinner: Spaghetti with sweet potato noodles (my own recipe)

I’m trying really hard to eat more veggies. I was happy that I had some with every meal today.

My lunch. It had a little bit of corn, maybe a TBL or so. Really the black beans was not that much too.

Tuesday: 137.4

Breakfast: Kefir Strawberry smoothie
Lunch: Zucchini Fritters
Snack: Pumpkin low-carb muffin
Dinner: Chile Relleno Casserole THM pg. 325 and a salad with salsa as the dressing.
Snack: Atkins bar with coffee

I kept craving low-carb sweets but I didn’t want to make anything. I was a bit tired toward the end of the day, so I opted for an Atkins bar.

Wednesday: 137.2

Breakfast: Low-carb muffin with coffee
Lunch: Mex. Cottage Cheese Salad with leafy greens and a 1/2 of an Ezekiel English Muffin (12net carbs). This would be a pulled back E meal if you’re doing HTM.
Dinner: Cheeseburger Pie THM pg. 326 added shredded veggies
Snack: Pumpkin muffin

My cinnamon muffins with cream cheese frosting.
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Thursday: 137.4

Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee with a muffin
Lunch: Mex. Cottage Cheese Salad with extra leafy greens
Snack: 1/2 of an Ezekiel English Muffin with a tsp of jam (if on THM it’s a pulled back E)
Dinner: Leftover dinner of chili relleno casserole and cheeseburger pie with veggies
Snack: Starbucks iced coffee made with cream and stevia

I had some high calorie stuff toward the end of the day. I don’t expect to lose anything.

Made some coconut creamer and pumpkin muffins for tomorrow before I went to bed. Prep is a good thing. Saves me time the next morning.

Friday: 136.4

Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee
Snack: Pumpkin Muffin with cream cheese frosting. I need to finish up the frosting.
Lunch: Kefir Smoothie with a Mex. Cottage Cheese Salad and lots of greens
Dinner: Avocado, turkey, and tomato lettuce wraps with cucumber slices and a pumpkin muffin

Wahoo! I didn’t expect to lose anything after drinking the iced coffee the day before. Today I ate about 15 net carbs in veggies. This is my goal. I NEED to eat more veggies. I have been eating Atkins friendly foods but feel like I’m not eating as good as I could be.

I’m having a lot of stomach issues. I know I need to get rid of the beans, cottage cheese, and such but they are so good.

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Saturday: 136.6

Breakfast: Coffee with half and half and a Kefir Smoothie
Lunch: Apple Cottage Cheese Salad with greens
Snack: Kefir Smoothie
Dinner: In-N-Out Burger with no bun and a salad before I leave to get my veggies
Snacks: Saxby’s Raspberry Swirl sugar free coffee

This has been a really off week with my Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. I was experimenting with my own recipes and trying out some THM muffins which are S muffins. With them being S muffins it was harder to get those E meals in for me. I try eating at least 5 E meals a week.

This was one of those weeks were I felt I was not eating very good but at the same time I did add more veggies. I have had some huge salads with cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados. All the meat dishes had shredded zucchini or carrots or sweet potatoes. Not enough to affect what type of meal though. It’s not like I’m eating half a sweet potato with my meals. I also needed to use up some Kefir so I’ve been adding some smoothies in.

Joshua Baked an Apple Pie and Rambling


His pie looked really good. Usually his crust is falling apart. I don’t know how it tasted. I’m pretty sure it was good because it was gobbled up.

My Annette is so sweet, she made her dad a Paleo apple pie the next day. It was made with raw honey which Lupe shouldn’t have but it’s so good for him too. Besides his daughter was thinking about him. Sadly she didn’t take a picture of it.

Other happening:

  • Lance and Brent tried to stay up all night again. I think they went to bed at 2 or 3 o’clock.
  • Brent, Annette, Caleb, Josh, and Ethan made a maze for the guinea pigs. I think the piggies had fun.
  • Josh continues to do math, English, and Computer Programming almost every day. I told him he needs to take a break.
  • Josh is still teaching the younger kids about sword fighting.
  • I have been watching Extreme Couponing with the kids. It’s so interesting. I didn’t realize there was such a people.
  • Lupe and I go for a bone density test on Monday.
  • Monday we plan to eat at Babes Chicken and I’m going to have a biscuit then make my next meal an Atkins one. We are taking my MIL out for dinner.
  • I love listening to Lance talk, staring at Ethan’s handsome/beautiful face, watching Josh become a young godly man, see Annette growing up to be a beautiful young lady (inside and out), Brent smile, and Caleb laughing.

Schoolhouse Review: In the Hands of a Child

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I’m not a big lapbooking fan. I have tried them in the past, even purchased kits but we never completed one. Well In the Hands of a Child has Note Packs. These are more like notebooking then lapbooking. I thought, hey, I can handle that.

With another school year coming up very soon, I was happy to review Honing Your Study Skills Note Pack to use with my 13 year old daughter and 12 year old son. I thought this would be a perfect ‘before we start school’ mini study skill course.
Hand of a Child
In this 27 page note pack your child will be given tips to maximize their study time with successful study habits.
Some topics covered are:
  • Location
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Match Your Study Style
    Flash Card Fun
    Study Buddy
    Key Facts First
Tools for Successful Study Habits:
  • Finding Reference Materials
  • How to Use a Reference Book
  • How to Read a Reference Book
This is only some of what your child will learn.

You know me ‘the need a schedule’ type homeschooling mom. I was impressed to see that a 5 day schedule was included. Each day my two children had new vocabulary words to study, guided reading, and activities.
Hands of a Child
How we used: Honing Your Study Skills for Grades 5-10
I received the Note Pack E-book, so the first thing I did was print two copies and had them bound at our local copy center. This kept all the pages together because around here papers that are not bound tend to get lost. This kept our Note Pack pages neat and tidy!

Annette and Caleb could have completed this Note Pack on their own or together without me but I wanted to do this with them. I read the ‘guided’ reading section and they completed the vocabulary and activities on their own. With a few lessons we were able to do the activities orally. I would ask the questions that were in the activity section and have both of them answer.
What I love about this pack is it only took five days and it wasn’t daunting and overwhelming. It took about 30 minutes or less per day.

What did my two kiddos think: Well Caleb doesn’t care for anything that has to do with using a pencil but he completed his Hand of a Child Note Pack with no complaints. Annette on the other hand I found her a few times working ahead. Caught her reading it just for fun.

My final thoughts: With teaching 6 children I sometimes forget to fit in some of the subjects that are not talked about and as popular like math. Usually I’m trying to fit in math, grammar, phonics, reading, etc. that things like study habits, learning how to use reference tools and such get pushed to the side so this was a great way to have them hone in on those study skills.  

The original price is $12.00, currently it’s on sale for $5.00 and they take paypal!!! I love when a company accepts paypal.

Please click on the banner below to read more Hands of a Child reviews. The Crew was blessed with different lapbooks/note packs.

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The Logic of English-Lessons 5 & 6

Can you all tell I’m loving this program. It takes time to teach because I’m trying to fit almost all of it in which is fine with me. Right now I don’t have a full load of school to teach so it’s perfect timing with using The Logic of English.

One thing that I do like is grammar is added so that’s a bonus. I’m getting in phonics, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. I have been skipping some of the composition but plan to do some tomorrow.

Lesson 5:

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Caleb after he completed lesson 5 of The Logic of English.

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Lesson 5 took about 1hr and 15 minutes. This was a bit different because it was an assessment day.

  • 9:45~Review phonogram and previous spelling rules
  • 9:50~ Section 5.1, I dictated 15 phrases to the children. Once the children were done writing the phrase I’d write it on the board and they would make corrections. I did this with all 15.
  • 10:11~ 5.2, the children read words and phrases
  • 10:15~ completed 5.3. I had the kids read a list of words and mark the ones that they have trouble with. There were 60 words.
  • 10:30~ 5.4 Extra Practice: The children worked on syllables by dividing words. After each word we would discuss the rules and why the ‘a’ said it’s long or short sound.
  • 10:45-10:55~break
  • 10:57~ completed a spelling test and a Phonogram Quiz: 5.6.
  • 11:10-11:30 we played phonogram Blitz. The games would be so easy to skip but I know the boys love this part of the program.

We also completed section 5.5 but I didn’t write it down and am not sure if it was before or after the break. I dictated plural words and they had to write the singular word.

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Brent writing phrased that I’m dictating to him and his brothers. Brent’s work below.
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Ethan’s work. The Logic of English suggested that corrections be made in red.
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Ethan gets very upset when he doesn’t know the correct answer. It’s like walking on egg shells with him. I encourage him and let him know that he’s bound to make mistakes. His brothers at one time memorized the phonograms but he and Lance haven’t so it’s more of a challenge for Ethan and he gets discouraged.
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Brent’s page.
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Caleb and Brent playing Phonogram Blitz. Ethan wasn’t allowed to play because he wouldn’t finish his Phonogram Quiz.
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Lesson 6

New Phonograms: ar, ch, oo
I explained broad sounds and introduced two new spelling rules. Grammar was comma usage in a series (two trucks, five dolls, and three balls).

Look who wanted to join in today!
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He took out is school, paper, folders and made his little desk.
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Eventually we let him join us =)
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Today took almost 2 hours:

  • 9:03-Review previous phonograms and spelling rules. Introduced new ones. Completed 6.1
  • 9:08- 6.2, phonogram dictation
  • 9:15-6.3, practiced reading the vowel sounds: short with a breve, long with a straight line, broad with two dots. It was a little tricky. They all took a turn.
  • 9:20- 6.4, I dictated the vowel sounds and they wrote them.
  • 9:25- 6.5 Discover the Rule. Here they read words (each child read a row) and I asked them what did they notice about the words. What they noticed, letters were doubled (ll, ff, ss). New rule!
  • 9:30- Spelling Test. I dictated a word, they wrote it, I wrote it on the board saying each sound, they made corrections. If the word was a tricky one (with two phonograms that make one sound) I would finger spell it first.
  • 9:45- Grammar time. We reviewed nouns and adjectives we went over which words are nouns and adj. from their spelling list. Completed 6.7 Extra Practice with Plurals.
  • 10:00-10:15- Break time. The kids realized we didn’t take a break after the spelling test.
  • 10:15- Completed sections 6.8-6.10. This is the grammar sections. We practiced marking phrases with parts of speech and using commas in a series of words.
  • 10:20- 6.11 Commas in a series dictation. I dictated phrases that needed commas and they wrote them. We corrected the phrases one at a time together.
  • 10:30- 6.13 Compound Words
  • 10:40- Done!

We skipped 6.12.

The Logic of English
After break Lance came back with an owie. He hit his forehead on a pull-up bar while doing pull-ups.
The Logic of English
He got a small cut but in his eyes his head had split open.
The Logic of English

The Logic of English
Tomorrow instead of doing another lesson I’ll have them do some of the composition work that they have not completed yet.