They shall mount up with wings as eagles…

Its day 4 and our challenge today is “Green.”  If you’ve missed my past posts, we are working through a 30 day photography challenge.  I hope you enjoy our artwork today.

Mommy

Promise

Zion

Israel

Gabriel

Jacy

In other news, Zion has introduced Israel to Starfall.  If you have preschool/early elementary aged kids you should really check it out.  It’s a free program aimed at helping kids learn to read.  They love listening to the little stories and playing along.  I love that they can play without realizing they are learning something very useful.  I imagine that the website is where Israel learned to read numerals.  I know he knows the numbers 1 – 6 already.

I ordered the kids a new read aloud book, Redwall by Brian Jacques.  Not that we needed more books to read, but I thought maybe they’d like it given their affection for the video game Legend of Zelda.  A small hero, a big bad guy, adventure.  Sounds right up their alley.  I hope they like it, especially since there are 20+ books in the series.

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Today’s photography challenge is “clouds.”  I think every one did a great job despite the fact that there was barely any clouds out at all today.  I hope you enjoy our photographs and join us tomorrow for day 4.

Gabriel's

Promise’s

Jacy's

Mommy's

Earlier today we visited the Swanson Library since the two closest to our house were not open.  It had been a long time since I have visited.  We will be going to this branch again soon.  They had lots of fun toy to occupy the little boys while the rest of us browsed the shelves.  My favorite part was a small display of my favorite American Girl Doll, Felicity.  Whats best is that it is a really early doll, plus some of her coveted accessories.  Makes me want to get a job there just so I can play with her.  They also have a lovely display of many old and out of print books.

This afternoon, we did a couple fun activities to occupy our time.  First we played with some dry beans and un-popped popcorn.  The little boys especially liked the dumping, pouring and filling.  The big boys even joined us for while.  Zion really liked doing this and even added our stones and clothes pins to the mixture.  Of course, he got kind of wild at one point…dumping beans on his face over and over.  Silly boy.

Playing with the beans

While Israel was napping, I took the quiet opportunity to make a Drop Box, something I had read about at the Play at Home Mom.  It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but there are little holes cut into the top of a printer box.  Above each box, I wrote a letter, shape, color or number.  Then, on seashells we got at the thrift store, I wrote upper and lowercase letters, dots for each number and matching colors/shapes.  I added some other small items to the container of “droppables” just for fun.  Promise seemed to like helping Israel match the seashell letters up to their proper box.  Israel liked this project the best out of all the kids.  We will definitely be doing more of the ideas from the PAHM

Day 2! Day2!

Today’s challenge was “What you wore today.”

Zion

Promise

Mommy

Jacy

Gabriel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us tomorrow for day 3.

I came across this blog post about a 30 Day Photography Challenge, on Pinterest recently.  What a perfect thing to get my kids taking more unique photographs (not that they need much help in that department).  We started today with “self portraits”.  I think they turned out fantastic.  Hopefully I will keep on top of this and post our challenge pictures daily.  Next up for tomorrow: “what you wore today.”

Yesterday, the kids and I went to a couple thrift store in search of treasures and boy did we find some!   Everything in the picture we found at the thrift store except one jar (it used to be a jar of honey that i d been saving.  Going left to right:  Clay pot filled with polished stones, tall jar full of sea shells, unpainted wooden house, basket (that we filled with cooking utensils, stuffed fake fruit, and small pie tins), a punch of old school clothes pins (not the pinchy kind) and a peg board.  And that is just the stuff pictured.  We also got a big paper umbrella, a light house bird house, tons of books, a new shower curtain, and the best thing ever, a Cow Wheelie Bug for Lincoln.  Brand new cost: $80.  Goodwill price: $5.99

Zion loves kindergarten in every way, shape and form.  I am so glad.  A month or two ago he wouldn’t even sit to listen to a story or play quietly while I read to him and now he is asking to do his kindergarten work.  One morning after I laid Lincoln down for a nap he reminded me it was time for kindergarten and another day he asked to do more school work in the afternoon.  He loves using his alphabet flashcards.  He has a couple different sets and a chart showing the whole alphabet.  He isn’t too keen on listening to me tell him what each letter’s sound is, but he loves matching up the capital and lowercase letters and finding them on his chart.  He does really good until he gets to ‘L’ which comes out “elemenohpee” instead of pronouncing each letter individually.  We are still working on that.

Monday

We had a giant play group on Monday with our friends from the Omaha Area Homeschoolers group on Meetup.  It was crazy and chaotic and lots of fun.  It would have been a bit easier if the backyard wouldn’t have been so muddy.

Zion had a reading day for Kindergarten where we skipped phonics for the day and just spent some time cuddled up reading and coloring.  It was nice.

Tuesday

Daddy helped a lot with school work on Tuesday.  I sure appreciate when he is active with the kids education.  He even started a fun lesson on martial arts with the bigger kids.

Zion made a giant “days of creation” mural down the wall in the hallway.  Now he wants to cut and paste all his work to the wall.  He even added alphabet flash cards later in the week.  Thankfully I have 3 extra sets of those alphabet cards.

On the fifth day, God created all the bird and fish, so we had goldfish crackers.  The kids will be sad when our creation snacks end.

I found an old book of Mad Libs for the kids to play with.  Gabriel wasn’t too happy with the idea at first since it reeked of something educational, but after we read their first Mad Lib, he was hooked.  I even caught Promise playing alone with them later in the day.

Sometime during my internet travels, I came across a recipe for play-doh.  I decided on the Classic Play-Doh recipe since I had all the ingredients on hand.  I did do the baking soda substitution since I dont keep cream of tartar on hand.

Wednesday

Promise woke up sick this morning, so she got the day off school.  Jason read some of  “Sign of the Beaver” to the kids.  They must really like it since they asked him to keep reading when they were finished with today’s chapters.  Today was the day Zion asked to do more school work.  Makes a mama’s heart happy.

Thursday

Jacy and Promise have been making a series of funny fighting videos.  They film using my camera in slow motion and then replay the video using the fast forward button making their movie look like it’s going in normal speed.  The final result reminds me of those old silent videos since the speed isn’t quite right.  Leave it up to them to figure something like that out.  I had no idea my camera had a fast forward button.

I found some great  Preschool/Kindergarten activities for large and fine motor skills.  We will definitely be using some of the fine motor activities.  When a child’s hands are stronger, it makes learning to form letters easier

Jacy’s Reading List:


Gabriel’s Reading List:

Promise’s Reading List:
  • The Amelia Bedelia Treasury  I am pretty sure we got this one from the thrift store for 20 cents.  Can’t beat children’s books 5 for $1.  Makes me want to take a trip just to see what they have today.

 

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I love Pinterest.  I come across the best things, and it’s easy for me to find the things I’ve pinned since I can scan for “pins” easily on my boards.  Something I pinned recently was some really neat journal page printables.  Technically, they are meant for adults, but I thought the kids would enjoy doing them as writing exercises.  We’ve done two days so far, and they seem to be liking the newness of them.  Especially since before we were just doing straight journal writing.  Sometimes I chose the topic, sometimes they got to choose the topic.  Gabriel still needs a lot of help in the writing department, so whatever gets his pencil to paper is good.  We might even do these on non-school days.  Imagine that!

After we finish up with these journal pages, I will be on the hunt for some good writing prompts.  I am always up to suggestions.

 

I just came across this great blog post about incorporating Physical Education into your homeschooling education.  They linked a great source for activity calendars.  I definitely want to start following their suggestions since I seem to do better when I have a plan mapped out for me.  I think we will start September 1st, since August is nearly over.  The calendar is meant for children 5 and under, but I bet we can all get something out of the activities.  I won’t rehash everything written at The Homeschool Village, so click over there and take a look!

Speaking of Physical Education and Health (since Nebraska does require that we teach health).  I came across a health curriculum that follows traditional eating rather than that severely upside down “food pyramid”.  Its called Real Food Nutrition For Kids!  They offer a free chapter, but it did take a couple of days for me to get the email link so be patient, its worth the wait.  As soon as the weather gets cold, and we are having more time in the house, I am going to get the full curriculum to try out with the kids.  Probably just Jacy, Gabriel and Promise, but maybe Zion too.  It’s for ages 6-11 so Zion might be a bit young to keep up.  They also have a course for ages 12 and up.  If I like the one for kids, I thing we will use the older one for junior high health.  Currently we use Apologia Science Anatomy and Physiology in lieu of a health curriculum since in encompasses both science and health for us at the moment.