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