Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November


November has come in with a brisk chill in the air. But lots of things to learn. We have been doing a pilgrim unit which I have also combined with a badge out of our AHG book called Our Heritage. We have subscribed to the letters from a pilgrim girl and a Wampanoag Indian boy from scholastic. The girls have learned alot about this time period. We have been fortunate enough to be able to combine this unit with spelling and language arts too. We will take the week off for Thanksgiving to do our baking and such to prepare our own feast. the girls have done their Thankful tree which we have all contributed to as we have alot to thank God for.

Monday, September 13, 2010

We have started off September into full swing

We went on the 10th to Oaks park Not Back To School Days. We had an awesome time and even though we home school year round. We have had a fun filled summer. We also will finish up any curriculum left from last year as I order my new curriculum every February. The older ones start college on the 20th. The girls are looking forward to many new and old activities.

Today, I had the privilege of hearing my dd with a speech impediment read her first book by herself today. As I recall how great that was for her I also know it has been a long road for her to be able to do that. It brought tears to my eyes as I think how I would have probably missed that if we hadn't home school. I felt honored to be the first to hear her do this:)

Michelle

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

saturday afternoon and learning outside the classroom

Saturday afternoon we had the pleasure of visiting a hands on native American Plank house.(I love hands on museum type places) We learned so many things even I learned a thing or 2. The children got to help ground red rock for the paint that they used to paint different things. They learned about all types of foods they ate and what they used to make their clothes with. This Plank house was built along the Lewis and Clark trail so they learned about that also. They had all types of furs from animals on display there that they could touch. All in all we had a great time and learn so many new things. So if you are ever in the Ridgefield, Washington area you should stop by there and check it out.

Monday, August 2, 2010

to continue homeschooling or not

Hi all. Summer is going well. But it has left me with some wondering about homeschooling the children still. We chose to home school because when we moved out west here Catholic school was much higher tuition then back in New York (like over a $1000 a month more) and we felt we just couldn't swing it at the time. So we found a place that provided Catholic Curriculum actually the same the children had been using at St Marys'. We love the program, the books and everything about it. Now comes the but; I volunteered at our Churches VBS and of course it has a Catholic school on the campus with the church. I guess I got to thinking maybe we should consider sending them there in the fall. As my dh and I contemplate this I have come to realize I love homeschooling the children and have done it successfully for quite awhile now and ours that have graduated are successful in their lives, got accepted into college, received scholarships. So I guess this is just me trying to figure out why I feel the girls need to go. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we contemplate what to do.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer

Summer is Here and we have many adventures ahead of us. As I plan our summer schedule I think back to the days with the older ones I have 4 now who no longer go on all our fun adventures as they have moved to older things to do in their lives. I never realized how nostalgic this time would be as I think about the fun times we had. I know I will have many fun times with our younger ones too. I am planning many nature adventure hikes , camping, day camps and so much more.

Summer time when I was a child was filled with camps and horseback riding and hiking and lots of other things. So as I plan a camping trip for each month this summer it makes me think back. As we just returned from our first one and it had many activities that were educational but fun. I now know that when I was younger even though I wasn't in school I was learning even though I didn't know it. I guess even as an adult you don't think about that until you are actually planning on a learning activity. I love the phrase "Homeschoolers the world is our classroom".

I would just like to say to all parents whether you home school or not get outside with your children there is so much to learn and they grow so fast.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

outside activities

As the younger ones get older and we explore more outside activities. I wonder what is too much. The older 4 were always on the go and doing activities almost every night of the week. But as I grow older I realize maybe that isn't what is best for the younger ones. They are doing church activities and American Heritage Girls. They belong to a homeschool group and now we are joining another. They also want to take on some horseback lessons and of course we do service projects for the needy. My dh thinks they have enough on their plates and I believe that somewhat but am not sure.I want them to enjoy their childhood but also experience everything they want to. So if your reading this and have any thoughts on this subject let me know.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Let the Ball Drop!

*** Cross-posted at all the Lotsofkids blogs. ***

It's New Year's Eve (at least in this part of the world). 2009 is almost gone and 2010 is standing before us. It was a difficult year for many people. Financial hardships and insecurity made the year a struggle for so many. That said, even though things were hard, the trials led so many back to focusing on what is important, such as family and friends, as well as simple living.

2009 was a difficult time for us over at Lotsofkids, as we had to focus our spare time on projects to help make money to pay the bills, including our server costs. Though things are not particularly better now, we are thankfully at a point where we can re-focus on the site and our blogs like we want to.

A big "thank you" to all of our followers here, as well as our wonderful Bloggers who have kept things going during this down time. We appreciate you all! We are looking forward to 2010 and hopes for better times. We are excited as the prospects and hopeful that in the coming weeks we'll be getting things back to normal with regular blog posts and new content.

In the meantime (and while there is still a couple days left in the "holiday" season), we leave you with a little visual/musical gift created by me and my husband. We hope you like it...