Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Changes in the Classroom

We arrived at our little Home School classroom in the rain this morning, however by the time we left this afternoon we had VERY large snowflakes. It was quite a change!

Our kiddos had a pretty good day today . . . and they worked together to tidy up the classroom as I worked at setting up new computers for each of them. Up to today, we had been using the small little notebook with Ubuntu software. We have had issues just about every day with at least one of the computers glitching and causing trouble. Today, I set up our new classroom computers - Dell All-In Ones with 20" screen. They are pretty sweet and the kids are THRILLED!  I hope to get a few photos tomorrow! 

Our computer tech will be installing Teacher Classroom Management software on each of the computers.
The new software will assist in keeping track of the kids . . .
what they are doing, locking out the internet - except for the classes, etc. I cannot wait to see it in use!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Much Better

Today was a MUCH better school day . . . insert happy face. The kids put forth a much better effort. 

I do have a few changes that will be taking place in the next few weeks for our little home school. One problem we have found in using the online school is that the kids quickly learn they can fast forward through a lesson. The parents section online shows the progress of the students and each online class. It does not show if the student has fast forwarded their lesson. The kids have a surprise on the horizon . . . a teacher's computer classroom monitoring software. The software allows the teacher to view each student's computer to see what they are doing, if they are on task and even if they are fast forwarding. The teacher can also lock the keyboard, mouse and even freeze the computer. There are so many advantages to the software. 

This is the software I chose: NETOP 

I can't wait to get it installed and setup! Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


We had our moments today . . . not good moment . . . just so you know. This morning was horrible by any means, but the afternoon was a different story.

Generally the early afternoon will find me going through each of my boys' teaching manual to make sure they have accomplished everything required for the day. There were also quizzes and tests to grade, so I separated each of the papers and began. 

Cody decided he didn't have to do his papers . . . well, he had another thought coming on that one. He was told to sit down at his desk and immediately get moving on those papers. He complied . . . whew, one down.

EJ was next . . . he had a little creative writing assignment for me to look at. I began reading and I am quite certain my mouth fell open. He started out with a nice story, but ended up telling about poop and someone's behind. Not really sure what THAT was all about . . . needless to say . . . he had to rewrite the entire assignment. He wasn't happy . . . it matched my emotion,  I wasn't happy either. EJ finished up his creative writing and worked on correcting a few of his seat-work papers. We went through the assignments for today and he had a small list of homework.

Ryan was next . . . he had a few tests to take and although he did o.k. I know he could do better. He had a few things to finish up and took care of them before we headed out the door. Ryan must stay on task each day or he will be delaying his summer.

Cameron was last . . . I am certainly glad he was because my mood went downhill quickly. From the grades he received on three of his tests, I could immediately tell he had not listened to each of his lessons as he was assigned each and every day. Poor test grades coupled with lessons not complete are NOT a good position to be in. Needless to say, he will not be enjoying activities as he will be working on his schoolwork . . . which may go into summer for him.

Most days are not extreme like today . . . to which I am THANKFUL!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Report Cards were printed today. Yes, even in Homeschool there are report cards! There were plenty of smiles when the grades were read for each subject. 

The boys had some ups and downs this past nine weeks . . . but they overcame and flourished! Homeschool can be extremely hard, but also extremely rewarding. Today was a rewarding kind of day!

Ryan is in the 5th grade . . . Math B, Reading B, Language A-, Penmanship B, Spelling B+, History B+ and Science A.

Cameron is in the 4th grade . . . Math B, Reading B-, Language B-, Penmanship B+, Spelling B-, History B and Science C+.

Evan is in the 3rd grade . . . Math B+, Reading B-, Language A, Penmanship A, Spelling A-, Science B+ and Health A+.

Cody is in the 1st grade . . . Math A, Reading A+, Penmanship B and Phonics A.

On to the next grading period!


Our little HomeSchool was FILLED with FUN and EXCITEMENT all day! The kids began chattering about how much fun they were going to have immediately upon waking this morning.

Mrs. M didn't disappoint!
The kids had a FULL day of Crafts, learning and Fun!

Here are some photos from my iphone . . .

Hugs, love, sharing of Valentine Cards, gifts and candy!

I think the joy was actually overflowing in this room!

Busy with yarn and scissors - making little birdies.

Pretty Valentine Dress!

He is just waiting to be allowed to indulge in the yummy goodness!

Wrapping and gluing!

CUTE little Angry Lovebirds!

The crafts all came out so cute!
Mrs. M sure comes up with some awesome crafts!
The kids also made Love Potion (fruity drink).
The had many things to learn.
Ate yummy pizza.
had a really great day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Home School Time Saver

Home school has had its challenges the past few weeks. Some days I am simply worn out by the time school is over. 

One thing that helps me with Home School is the online I Grade Plus online grade book. It really helps to keep me on top of what graded assignments, quizzes, tests, book reports, extra credit, etc. the boys need to accomplish. 

Here is the link: CLICK HERE

I literally use the igradeplus website each and every day to record grades. It is also wonderful to have for figuring grades for progress reports or report cards.

I Grade Plus makes this home school mama's day a little easier!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Praying Over Blankets

We had a GREAT Mrs. M day yesterday!!!

The kids were thrilled!!! A trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up fleece and then back to our class to begin work on Baby Blankets for babies in Haiti.

Cody and his Hot Wheels flames material.

Mrs. M and Aliyah working on a knotted baby blanket.

EJ is working on his baseball blanket - 
EJ made sure to let everyone know it is for a BOY.

Aliyah is working hard on cutting and knotting.

Ryan with his monkey material.
Mrs. P is in the background.
Cameron is working on cutting.

Keriah has a beautiful ballerina material.

Praying over the finished baby blankets.