Friday, September 28, 2012

Homeschool Day 19

Today was a lovely school day ~ with one exception, and I will be asking for a bit of prayer on that one.

I am thankful for my Five hardworking students!
They all had such a happy spirit today and put their little noses right to the "grindstone" to get their assignments for the day completed! I was thrilled for them!!!

That brings me to my prayer request . . .
my second son is testing the boundaries . . . BIG TIME!
Today was the THIRD day he tried to fast forward through his lessons and exclaim how quickly he was getting finished.
Of course, it was VERY easy for me to know he was not being truthful simply by looking at his lesson timing.
His papers are also a HUGE tip something is not right.
I am so thankful I am right there to stop his nonsense and start him over on ALL lessons for the day.
Of course, this makes for an unhappy son . . .
but, he is making unwise choices and I am too stubborn to let him continue on that little journey!

I ask you to pray first of all for me ~ I know, without a doubt God set us on the home school pathway for all of our boys. 

  • I simply ask for prayers for endurance to make sure, without a doubt he is listening, learning and completing his work. 
  • I also request prayers for wisdom, grace and mercy . . . I definitely want to teach my son and also minister to him. Being a Mama is a hard task . . . being a Mama/teacher to a child who tries to "get by" is challenging.
I don't want to close this post without offering up Praises!

I am Thankful and Give Praise:

  • For giggles and laughter in our classroom
  • For loving children 
  • For children interested in learning new things
  • For a lovely classroom
  • For special helpers and teachers
  • For animal lovers
  • For questions and good comments
  • For great listeners
  • For all of the "learning" I actually get
  • For the hugs
  • For the snuggles while reading
  • For the happiness I see when the kids "GET IT!"
  • For children not afraid to ask questions
  • For my support group
I am truly blessed with my six little ones in my little class.
I love each and every one and get so excited with them as they learn. I know it is a BIG change for three of my boys ~ to be at home school and two little girls that are learning for the first time with other children.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Full Moon?

Was it a Full Moon or is one on the horizon?

Our 15th school day of this year will be remembered as one of the toughest for us this school year. 

Is it due to a Full Moon or just wound up kiddos?

Well, believe it or not September 29 is our next Harvest moon!

I always laughed when our Preschool teacher would remark about the effects of a Full Moon. However, now I really do wonder about the full moon and its wacky effects . . .

Could their be anything such as a PRE-Moon Syndrome?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our HOME SCHOOL Day

We are officially in our THIRD week of Homeschool and are definitely in a Homeschool kind of groove!

Generally, we begin school at 8:30 a.m. ~ give or take a few minutes. Each of the kids get their computer from the computer cabinet where it has been charging since the end of school the day before. They bring it to my desk to log on to the wifi and then into Abeka Academy to begin their lessons for the day. Each have their own list of lessons and they simply go down the list. I keep track of what they are to be accomplishing from the teacher/dvd manual.
I also keep a little steno pad for each of the kiddos - a great idea from Mrs. P . . . it makes for easy reference each day.

As they do their assignments each day, I . . . 
  • take attendence ~ mark it in
  • look over their seatwork papers 
  • grade their quizzes, tests and speed drills
  • put all grades into the gradebook
  • listen to their oral reading and help them to read word for word instead of inputting their own version of the story.
  • try to keep each one on task so they finish their assignments each day ~ sometimes this is not an easy task
  • help with questions about addition, subtraction
  • work multiplication and division ~ many times on the chalk board
  • read the kids the WEIRD Fact of the Day ~ we giggle and the kids like to jot things down in their little planners
  • I also try to read to all of them each day . . . we are currently reading about Spunky in Spunky's Diary.
  • We have snack time.
  • We have lunch time.
  • I take pictures.
  • We take care of our hedgehog.
It is important for me to take time with each child every day. Each of them have their very own little personality and needs each and every day. I love it when they all swarm my desk  . . . sometimes it is because they are "stuck" on something . . . sometimes it is to tell me something . . . sometimes it is for a little support or encouragement . . . sometimes it is just to be close. Today, I had four kiddos at my desk and I helped them ALL at one time! They were all so good about "sharing" me. 

Each of the kids learn at their own pace and it is important to me that they learn what the online streaming teacher is teaching them. It is so much easier to make sure they get it rather than backup several lessons when it is test time and we find out they didn't quite "get it"! So far, the kids are doing very well in their classes. The quiz and test scores are positive proof!


Friday, September 21, 2012

May I Introduce You?

Last day of the school week for these little cherubs!
I thought . . .
Hmmmm, we need an impromptu field trip!
Off to the pet place . . .

Of course, this brood wouldn't all fit in my car, so . . .
Randy drove his and took two of the kids.

We arrived at the pet place and the kids were immediately drawn to these guys: Puppies


I quickly shooed them inside . . .
they saw all kinds of little animals.
I kept them on task and only needed to use my whistle ONE time.

We picked out a little hedgehog, quickly checked out and headed back to our classroom so we could set up her habitat!
(We have been LEARNING about HABITATS!)


She is a sweet little girl!

The kids ALL LOVE HER!

She is quite spikey . . .
but easily calmed.

She is a real cutie!


The kids were amazed while watching her!

She was quite curious.

I can't believe how much she lifts up off the floor.


Her little nose stays pretty busy.



The kids could not agree on ONE name for  . . . 
Miss Button Von Hedgie (as Katelyn calls her)
So her official name is:
Eeassa Spikela Coconut Spike Sonic Blaze

(now all the kids can use the name for her they chose ~ 
everyone is happy!)



She loves to burrow!

Her cage is color coordinated!



We made sure her cage was safe for her.
We enclosed the sides so she wouldn't escape.

Then we printed her name out on labels so each of the kids could have one . . . as well as her cage.





This sweet lil' one LOVES JuJu's school!

She wanted to join us several mornings this week.


A bit on the prickly side!

and she rolls up in a little prickly ball!

She is pretty cool!



Thursday, September 20, 2012

SCHOOL DAY 12 . . . FUN WITH MRS. M

Today is Thursday and that means it was

FUN DAY WITH MRS. M!

Mrs. M and the MINI scientist were beginning the day.

Instructions and learning about water . . . 
salt water and fresh water.

The kids learned about hypothesis . . .
making a scientific chart . . .
charting results.

Plenty of thinking and questions.

While the science experiment was "doing its thing" our little scientist went back to work on their globes.

The boys LOVE being messy . . .
the girls, not so much!


Delicate and easy . . . no messes for Miss A.

After the globe work . . .
it was off to the park . . .
and then PIZZA!

After lunch, these proper little scientists checked the progress of
their salt water/fresh water experiments.

Even the furry babes got in on the "action"!



There was so much to document!


So many observations to note!


They LOVE hands on experiments!


K make very good observations!

We watched a Short Video about habitats and then
checked the science experiment progress again.

After the Science experiment, it was time to make murals.
Habitat murals!

I LOVE how the kids all worked together!


Very determined little artist!


Everyone had such an AWESOME day with Mrs. M!
She certainly makes learning fun and adventurous!
EVERYONE should have a Mrs. M to teach them fun and exciting things about science!

THANK YOU MRS. M!!!

WE LOVE YOU!