Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thirty days of October Fun! -Week One-

Thought I'd try to take a picture and make a little post every day in October!  Here's the first week- I'll edit this post as the week progresses.

Day One
We have a little rotating Bible time with the neighborhood kiddos- it's so much fun!  We hosted this week- read The Pumpkin Parable, played some cute games, sang Jesus wants me for a Sonbeam, and made jack o lanterns from paper plates and their hand prints were the leaves :)




Getting her face painted later that night at Neighborhood Night Out.  It amazes me how still that little gal can be sometimes!  She was like a statue :)



Day Two:
Evie and I made a black and orange paper chain (lots of good fine motor skills in the glueing and weaving together!)  Originally we were going to have 31 links and tear off one each day until trick or treating, but she decided she'd rather keep it whole.  It amazed me how much she enjoyed making this!


Day Three:
We planted mums today in her mommy made Red Riding Hood dress!


A better shot of the dress from the other day when she wore it the first time. 



Day Four:

We took a fall leaf finding bike ride and then did leaf rubbings, in her mommy made rainbow pony skirt!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our DIY Homeschool Calendar!

I wanted to incorporate a calendar time for Miss E into our school this year, but since we don't have a school room, and we do our learning in the kitchen/ breakfast room, I didn't want to have some primary colored kiddie calendar that looked silly in our house.  I love those calendars, don't get me wrong, but our house is an open floor plan type of look, so we just don't have a kid colored area.  I was planning on just hand drawing it, but my awesome and SUPER talented friend Lindsay designed it on her fancy pants computer instead... and can I just say, did an amazing job!  


I pretty much just sat next to her in awe and watched her make magic with her computer. 

Then I went home and tried to make some pockets with just my hand lettering.  
Not so pretty.  I threw these away!

So I ended up typing them up on the computer in the matching font and making pockets with contact paper.  25 year old contact paper.  No lie, my mom bought the roll when my brother went to school.  Now that was an investment, lol! 


It has a Weather area (I used these printables from Learn Create Love), a sight words area (I used the dolch kinder list and cut them out), a season area, and a Catechism (Westminster Shorter) question area.  If anyone would like the questions, I typed them up all prettily and can email them to you :)  I would post the file, but as I am not computer savvy, the best I can do is email!


We are using these videos each day to learn the days of the week and months (another one here) of the year.  Each day she writes the day and temperature on with a dry erase marker, and we do a sight word and catechism question as we learn them.  She pastes them in her journal when she has one memorized.  So far its been great fun! :)


Little Pattern Review

I just finished up these ruffle pants for Miss E and I absolutely love how they turned out!  Just in case y'all are looking for a quick pants pattern, this one was quick and easy.  I think they took me about 2 hours start to finish, and I'm always slow the first time I try a pattern.  I used a grey knit and a pattern (Jocole Flounce Ruffle Pattern) from Girl Charlee.  I absolutely love that website, I could easily spend a small fortune on gorgeous knits! :)  I used a 3t capri size for her (she's 39" tall and 35 lbs) and it's just right.  Can't wait to make lots of fun things from this one!  So glad I took a risk and got it!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stand For Life

Recently in Texas we passed legislation that will hopefully close most of the abortion clinics in our state, and also prevent abortions after 20 weeks.  A small step in the right direction.  Supporters were asked to wear blue and put up a picture with the hashtag stand4life on facebook.  The kiddos were amazingly cooperative! :)  The little pictures are Asher's sonograms.  I originally planned to put each of their sonogram pictures on the board, but I really only have extras of Asher's around since I was pregnant for so long and had a lot of sonograms there at the end :)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How we did Preschool :)

Thought I'd put this up here so anyone who had questions could see how we did preschool.  We started preK at age 3 since Evangeline showed so much interest.  She's just like her mommy- loves a good project or worksheet!  For us it was mainly about setting a routine- learning to do school almost every day together and starting to love learning!  So I tried to always keep it light and fun- things she was really interested in.  The great thing about preschool is there are SO many free resources out there. There are tons of great printable packs about anything your kiddo is interested in!  E's favorite was definitely the Tangled Rapunzel preschool pack-

Tangled Pack

It was a great way to get her really excited about "school".  We focused on the basics first, with lots of play, and lots of projects!  I always tried to make it fun, especially around the holidays.  It was also our special time together as we usually do school when Asher is napping.  We usually only did school for 1 to 1/2 hours, sometimes 6 days a week, sometimes 3 or 4 days of the week.  Sometimes for longer, sometimes for shorter!  Evangeline is SO type "A" so I didn't want her stressing at all about school.  She's a little perfectionist, so I don't want to put any pressure on her.  I let her take the lead- what she wanted to learn about, do, and stop doing.  Here are a few of our fun projects we did together, usually after worksheet time.

Making leaf cookies...


I cut out the pieces for a Jack O Lantern and a black kitty and she painted and glued them together :)



 Our thankful tree for Thanksgiving...


We also did theme "units".  This one is from our Rodeo unit from the month our town has its rodeo.  Here she is making a cactus!


Here is a huge list of printable packs-


Usually I just spent some time on pinterest or google to find her a printable pack about whatever she was interested in at the moment.  I also check out Amazon for preK books, find the ones with the best reviews, then reserve them at the library. We spent a lot of time reading aloud for Prek.

Other resources we used were a PreK curriculum book I bought when I was pregnant with E at Sams (I'm not even kidding, lol) and lots of puzzles.  

Here's a link to my pinterest board for our school projects.
It's mostly preschool towards the bottom :)

Evangeline also did Awanas at our church for scripture memory and "social" time, and a ballet/tap/gymnastics combo class so she could learn some school skills... things she wouldn't learn at home- like how to walk in a line, lol :)  We also do Botanical Gardens tot classes when we can (they stop in the summer)



I think preschool home-school is so much about building confidence.  Mommy's and child's!  It's a great way to transition into the idea of homeschooling without pressure.  So have fun and don't stress!  Since I wasn't home-schooled, this was a huge point for our family.  We had no idea how to go about this.  But God has really blessed us and made it a very enjoyable journey for our family!  If anyone ever has any questions, I love to chat about school, so please feel free to ask anything.  I'm definitely a beginner at this, but I love to help in any way I can :) 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My new love...

Chalkboard Markers.  SO fun!  Definitely great for memory verses and timely reminders for mommy hearts :)



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Homeschool Curriculum

I haven't touched this blog in a reeeeally long time, but I decided I really needed a place to keep track of my homeschool curriculum planning, with links and all, so here we go!  This was the curriculum I prayed over, fretted over, hyperventilated over, and just flat out pestered my hubby with, lol.  Thankfully one of my dear friends Liz talked me through tons of ideas and even read me plans over the phone... now that is a true friend.  One who will read you homeschool catalogs.  :)  Here's what I think we'll be doing.   At one point I was ready to order Timberdoodle, but decided against it in the end, since I think it's more of what we've already done a lot of.   I would love Sonlight, but I think it's a little much for us "relaxed" homeschoolers here, and it was way out of my price range.  So this is my very first time ordering/ planning/ executing "real" homeschool, and I'm pretty excited about it!  I'm not ordering anything until August, and we will be out of the country in late August, so probably starting in September.

In with all this, I plan on doing lots of library book reading (our library is fantastic and has a great online reservation system, so I am going to be getting a lot of the Sonlight read alouds through there) and of course fun unit studies for holidays with projects! 

We didn't really stop homeschooling for the summer- we've been a bit more relaxed about it and we certainly don't do school every day. Some days we just read together, some days we make pies. :)  I'm looking forward to fall and starting our first official homeschool year!  I just hope it's not too much, and I hope it's not too little.  Eek!

 
My little pie maker.   Because I can't have a post without a picture, it's just too boring.
 
Language Arts--

A Reason for Writing
http://www.timberdoodle.com/A_Reason_for_Writing_Kindergarten_p/765-579.htm

Language Lessons for Little Ones
http://www.timberdoodle.com/Language_Lessons_for_Little_Ones_1_p/188-437.htm

Lined paper/ pencils (Sonlight)

Timberdoodle Animal Antics Readers
http://www.timberdoodle.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=234%2D511&CartID=3

Teach your Child to Read in 100 Lessons
(we already own this... we started with it and got bored, but I'd like to continue with it)

Science-

Sonlight Science
http://www.sonlight.com/AS5.html

Let's read and find out books

Usborne look inside your body
http://www.timberdoodle.com/Usborne_Look_Inside_Your_Body_p/417-180.htm

Spanish-

I would really like to expose Evie to more Spanish, so this will hopefully be a start.
http://www.amazon.com/Play-Learn-Spanish-Audio-Edition/dp/007175928X/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1373950142&sr=8-6&keywords=preschool+spanish#_

Math-

Singapore Math B
http://www.singaporemath.com/Earlybird_Kindergarten_Math_STD_Ed_Txbk_B_p/ebstdtb.htm

Activity book
http://www.singaporemath.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EBSTDAB&CartID=2

Lollipop logic
http://www.amazon.com/gp/prime/handle-buy-box.html/ref=dp_start-bbf_1_glance

Geography-

Timberdoodle Beginning Geography
http://www.timberdoodle.com/Beginning_Geography_p/215-290.htm

History-

(honestly I feel this is a little lacking, so we'll be doing read alouds to go with this area)

Usborne living long ago
http://www.sonlight.com/AH02.html

A street through time
http://www.timberdoodle.com/A_Street_Through_Time_p/199-201.htm

Bible-

Calvary Curriculum
http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/littleones.php

Memory Verse CD
http://www.sonlight.com/AB02.html

Berenstein Bears Bible Storybook
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310727219/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0310726085&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1DZHVVP8ZR9K3ZK62T78

A Child's Book of Character Building
http://www.amazon.com/Childs-Book-Character-Building-Growing/dp/0800754948/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373953402&sr=8-1&keywords=child%27s+book+of+character+building

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

December

We had such a lovely December.  I just love the holidays!  Asher started walking really well, even trying to run.  He is my rough and tumble little boy, for sure.  I don't think he's ever without a bruise on his body or face somewhere- he climbs everything, for better or worse.  He doesn't have much of a sense of what's not a good idea to flip over the edge of, whether that is a bed or a bathtub. :-p  He started signing, which I just love!  His first sign was "more"... as in "more cheesy poofs" :)  Which is just perfect for him.  He's a bit of a chub, still nursing all the time, and sleeping with mommy and daddy, and treating me like an all-night buffet!  Hopefully we'll be fixing that soon, lol.  Here he is in his new mama-made camo pants.  Every boy needs camo pants, and Asher is too 'fluffy' for the ones in the store!

Asher was not a fan of any Santa anywhere!
 

Mommy and her girl :)


With Gigi!

We took a very last minute trip to Aggieland to see the Heisman announcement.  It was SO much fun.  Hubby said at about 11 am, lets go to College Station.  At 1, we were on the road!  We spent the night there and made so many great memories.  We even got a picture with Reveille!
 

 Evangeline on Christmas morning with her stocking.  She got a little time in with presents before little brother woke up :)


We spent lots of time at the parks around our neighborhood.  Evie and Asher both just love to go outside and play!
 

 My brother got engaged! YAY!  I can't wait to have a new sister :)


Waiting for a balloon animal at breakfast with Santa.  We went with my grandparents and had such a wonderful time.  Evie got her face painted, as you can see. 


We are working on tricycle riding.  Right now its a lot of mommy pushing :)
 


We have already started our Valentines crafts!  For some reason, Valentines is one of my favorite holidays.  I go all out.  Expect a post on that soon :-D
 

 Ah, glitter crafts.  So much mess, but so pretty!


Happy New Years!!! :)  I pray we are blessed and grow closer to God in this coming year!

October with the Family

I realize this is an old post, but I wrote it and forgot to publish it!  So here it is anyway :)

We are having such a nice October so far, but with LOTS of traveling.  Which is lots of fun of course, but this momma is ready for some routine :) 

 My parents rented an unbelievably beautiful home on the river to stay in while my brother was here.  Wonderful memories were made, with lots of kayaking, a little swimming (in the very cold water), and lots of good conversation and great food!  Evangeline loved kayaking especially, and keeps asking to go back to the house.  I tried to explain it wasn't really ours :)  Though everyone wishes it was!  Asher took his first steps while we were there. 

We got a picture of the whole family together.  It was wonderful having my brother here- we look very much forward to the day he will hopefully be living nearby.  He is almost done with his residency as a general surgeon, and next year will be completing his fellowship in trauma surgery, then we hope a move back to Texas!

We've been doing lots of very fun fall preschool crafts.  Here's Evie decorating her fall leaf cookies.  They were amazingly yummy!


Our thankful tree.



Daddy and Asher at the corn maze.


Hubby's next youngest brother got married!  We had so much fun at the wedding.  Evie stayed with her gigi and pawpaw and had loads of fun, but we took our little nursling along of course! 


My new sister in law and my handsome brother in law, in his Army uniform.