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Friday, February 13, 2009

Our Curriculum

(a repost)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Our Curriculum
Here's a list of the curriculum we're using this year for 2nd grade.

Tapestry of Grace

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading

Easy Grammar

Apologia Science: Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures Created on the 5th Day

Saxon Math 2

McGuffey's Readers

Psalty's Kids Bible (NIV)/ NKJV Study Bible

and a lot of literature!
Currently we are reading through Elsie Dinsmore, from A Life of Faith series.
I have hopes of reading through Wind in the Willows, The BFG, The Little Princess, and A Secret Garden.

We also joined Hope Christian Academy, which is a huge blessing and source of encouragement for me this year.

Those are my hopes at least, we'll see what we accomplish this year.
We're still trying to find our footing and our flow, especially with the incorporation of Corinne/Kindergarten into our school days.
(Not to mention Kai and Kaleb's constant demands for attention)
We're doing it though!
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McGuffey Readers
I'm so excited! A package in the mail came today, and inside were my McGuffey Eclectic Readers set!! They are all in really good condition, and the passages, prose, and literature selections are superb! I can't wait to start using them! Thanks ebay!
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Friday, November 7, 2008
This is going to be a running list of great homeschool resources we find, use, and love.

A study on Honey Bees by Haagen Daz

A list of homeschool resources, all FREE, put out by my favorite homeschool blogger.

Free Audio Books
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10 Things To Do With Your Kids Before Age 10

(a repost)
This is what I hope to be able to do! It's not too late to turn things around!

Age Appropriate Chore Lists (WFMW #3)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Age Appropriate Chore Lists (WFMW #3)
Years ago, I received a great list of chore ideas for different aged children, as well as some sidenotes of what to expect from them about chores as various points in their lives.

I thought this would be a fun one to pass along. (There is no source listed on this handout at all, so I don't know who to credit for it.)

Oh, but before I begin, remember that every child is unique. Some children just may not be at a certain point by a certain age. These are just generalizations.

Ages 2 - 3

Chore Ideas:

*Help make the bed
*Pick up toys and books
*Take laundry to laundry room
*Help feed pets
*Help wipe up messes
*Dust with an old sock on their hands

Notes about this age:

*Excited to help
*Needs complete supervision
*Laying the groundwork

Ages 4 - 5

Chore Ideas:

*Clear and set the table
*Help prepare food (example: add ingredients, stir)
*Carry in groceries and put some away

Notes about this age:

*No constant supervision needed
*Feeling independent

Ages 6 - 8

Chore Ideas:

*Be responsible for a pet
*Vacuum and mop
*Take out trash and replace bag
*Fold and put away laundry

Notes about this age:

*Feeling very independent
*Not as excited to help you

Ages 9 - 12

Chore Ideas:

*Help wash the car
*Wash dishes
*Help prepare simple meals
*Clean the bathroom
*Rake leaves and shovel snow
*Operate the washer or dryer

Notes about this age:

*Crave continuity
*Need well defined consequences
*Need to feel they have input

Ages 13 - 17

Chore Ideas:

*Replace light bulbs and vacuum bags
*Wash windows
*Clean out refrigerator and other appliances
*Prepare meals
*Prepare grocery list
*Driving teens can do the grocery shopping

Notes about this age:

*Need consideration for their time
*Manage their expectations
*Appreciate affirmation
*Need to hear they're capable

(Though this is it's first time as a WFMW post, this post was previously published at Many Little Blessings in September 2008. Because this posting on my own blog brought up questions about allowance, you can read our thoughts on allowance at my blog.)
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"New Year, New Posts"

New Year, New Posts...
So it's February already! How is it that 2009 is already whizzing by so quickly? I fell off the blogging train for a while, and now I'm jumping back into the swing of things. I found this interesting website tonight -how, I have no idea! One site led me to another, and another, until I was just there- You know how that goes, I'm sure. The website is called "Monkey See" and is located at I found some really great videos there, and this one I wanted to share. I remember when I was in public school it seemed like several times a year my teachers taught us about safety. When was the last time I taught my chidren about safety? When was the last time you taught your children about safety? (Besides the moments of correction, and explanations. "Johnny, DO NOT run with scissors in your hand! You'll poke your eye out!"

Hopefully this will help spark up some conversations, get some giggles while practicing, and maybe successfully sneak learning into the middle of it!

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I am going to merge another blog I started for homeschooling into this one. There are only 15 posts that I posted on the other blog, but why do I have a separate blog for homeschool? I can't even answer that one! This blog is my journey as a Child of God, Wife, Mother, and homeschool is a part of my life. Perhaps, I just like to compartmentalize everything. Well, time to change that! Not sure what the best way to merge would be but I will work on that today.

The Grocery Game

I've been doing my best for a while now to live as a good steward of all Chist has blessed us with, and grocery shopping has shown itself an area where frugality is well worth it! I firmly believe that no one should pay full price for anything if they don't have to! I'm happy to report that for the last six months I have been feeding my family of six with an abundance of fresh, healthy foods for under $400.00 a month. Some months I come in well under $300.00. All without coupons! However, when I started noticing friends remarking on the amount of money they were saving using the Grocery Game I was intrigued. So I signed up for the 4wk $1 trial and I'm going to give it a try. I'm always looking for more ways to be frugal and a good steward with what the Lord has provided our family. The less money we spend per month, means more money can go towards supporting God's work in the Kingdom! I will keep you posted on how the Grocery Game goes!