Friday, April 29, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal – 15

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In my life this week…I am finally feeling well again after a long month of being sick. I am also going with my Red Hat Sisters tonight to the Detroit Princess Cruise for the Red Hat Society's 13th Birthday Bling Cruise sponsered by the Detroit Area Queen's Council. Should be a blast. Tomorrow we are all going to the Women's Expo in Novi, so it is a bsuy week for me.

In our homeschool this week…We struggled to get back to normal after being so sporadic the last few weeks with my being sick but all in all we did pretty well. Check out my review of Curiosity Files from The Schoolhouse Store over at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, it is actually part of my application to be part of the next years Homeschool Crew.  We enjoyed it so much and look forward to more, we also went on a fieldtrip I will explain more below.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…We went the The Detroit Historical Museum with our homeschool co-op yesterday we had fun and it was as neat as I remembered from when I was a kid. Co-op is finished for the school year but we do have Recognition night next week and then park days will start up for the late Spring and Summer and maybe some fieldtrips as well.

My favorite thing this week was…Our field trip to the Museum

What’s working/not working for us…All this rain is what is not working, we are  feeling very cooped up, we want to get out and start Geocaching for the season. We are trudging along with 2 weeks of our regular curriculum left for the school year

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…We are searching for a new Math curriculum for next year and are leaning towards Math U See and Life with Fred. What do you and your family use for middle school Math?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…Our Fieldtrip from yesterday, the boys in a Model T

Spring is Here! Insects are near! Come with us on an Expedition into The Curiosity Files of Cicada-Killing Wasps

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                                                                             I am not sure about your kids, but my boys love insects. We love Nature exploration, especially in Spring time and what better way to learn that with The Homeschool Magazine's The Curiosity Files- Cicada-Killing Wasp. Are you familiar with The Homeschool Magazine? If you aren't you and your family are definitely missing out on some awesome adventures in learning. Not only is there a wonderful magazine that has been a life-saving resource to our family's Homeschool journey, but they have a Schoolhouse Store that is chock full of learning tools, for every age group and budget as well as learning styles. Take this particular E-book it costs only $1. Now I know you are probably thinking you are not getting much for $1. Wrong! You are getting 88 full-color pages with curriculum in just about every subject. This covers Elementary through Middle/High School, the recommended age is 8-13 and up. So if you are like me and like to teach all of your kids the same subject matter at the same time, these are perfect for you. Or if you only have one child or teach multi-curriculum this will work for you also.
  This is a list of items included in the purchase of this E-book from The Schoolhouse Store.
•Bible study, discussion ideas, and memory verses

•Math, history, and geography investigations

•Literature and suggested book list

•Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities

•Beautiful copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)

•Science observations, projects, and experiments

•Discussion questions

•Art, crafts, and drawing and coloring pages

•Curiosity Snippets: lapbook/notebook pages and helpful links

•Special needs, hands-on discoveries

•Internet resources and video links

•Complete answer key

  The one thing that stood out to me to be such a pleasant surprise was how this unit study is so well thought out and executed. You start your learning with an Expedition into Nature with the ever eccentric Professor Ana Lyze and her research “spy” team. The kids felt as if they were on a real-life expedition with this zany professor. We dove right in head first and spent an entire week on just this study, as it covered all areas of our learning, from Bible to History, Manuscript, Spelling, Math and Crafts and there was even Music along with a whole bunch more. We learned about weather, the origin of the Cicada-Killing Wasp, what climates they live in as well as their ecosystem. We enjoyed the Bible verses that are strewn throughout the study, it is always refreshing to have the freedom to teach religion to our kids, coming from the Public School System where that was not allowed. We truly enjoyed the full color photographs of the insects as opposed to some text books where there are just sketch drawings, the photos gave you a close up look at what this wasp as well as others truly look like so we would be able to identify them if we came into contact with them.

 We chose to turn it into a lapbook as my boys are huge fans of lapbooks, if you have not lapbooked before you can find all sorts of information at The Old Schoolhouse on that as well. There were so many add ons we could get from this packet to make our lapbook full of knowledge and fun colorful images and many interactive aspects. The boys have enjoyed showing off their fully packed lapbook to our family and teaching them all about the Cicada-Killing Wasp. I find that with these unit studies not only my children, but I myself learn so much and retain more info as it is so hands on and we learn with that style so much more. I enjoy learning right along with my kids and I realize how much of their learning I missed by having them in school. I treasure every learning experience we have together and hope that I am building a foundation that I truly pray they will use if there is the opportunity to maybe homeschool their own children in the future.

  I loved the fact that you can use these Curiosity Files with Special Needs kids as well. They are so hands on that I know my boys got so much more out of this than just doing book work. You also can chose to either print the whole 88 page packet out or if you are like us, we chose to use our school computer and only print out the sheets we needed to actually write on like the quiz and Math pages, and the snippets for our lapbooks. This way I was only printing the pages and quantity of those pages that we actually needed to consume, because as you know this homeschool is all about being Green for our Earth. If you had to ask my boys what their most favorite part of this lesson was, it would have to be the Lab experiments. There is absolutely something for everyone inside this lesson plan.
  I know we enjoyed buzzing about with Professor Ana Lyze learning about the Cicada-Killing Wasp, and we hope we have inspired you to get a little Curious with The Curiosity Files as well. We will definitely be continuing on with the other E-books in this series throughout the Summer as we always continue with Science and other fun based learning activities to keep our minds sharp and our curious spirits fully engaged.

  Maybe your children are not the outdoorsy, insect type, there are so many more options for your homeschool than just Cicada-Kiling Wasp, take a look at what The Schoolhouse Store has to offer. The Curisoity Files are also available in a bundle pack for $46 and you will download 9 full adventures with Professor Ana Lyze —Expert in Outlandish Oddities.

 The Schoolhouse Store has far more to offer than just The Curiosity Files they offer such a wide variety, below are some of our favorites that we have used in our school lessons.
  Whether it be History, Geography, Science, Bible or anything in between, or is there a topic your kids are just yearning to delve deeper into such as E-Book: WannaBe™-When I Grow Up, I Want to be...10 Pack for just $35 you can have a complete curriculum of 10 E-books of professions your child may want to be when they grow up, like a firefighter. This particular series is perfect for kids 4-10 but expandable to be fun to include the whole family. There is also some exciting adventures in History waking to be explored, beginning with  an Ancient History  bundle pack.  or how about a Geography adventure as you explore Ancient Egypt with a project pack.  So what are you waiting for head to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's The Old Schoolhouse Store and find your next learning adventure for your homeschool family today, and make sure you come back and share with us which one you picked.

Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for my unbiased review,all thoughts and opinions are the actual feelings of myself and my family.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Simple Woman's Day Book April 26 2011 Join us in sharing

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Outside my window...The Sun is finally Shining!! It has been raining a ton around here lately. It is also warm today Praise God....

I am thinking...That is nice to finally be well enough to enjoy this beautiful day, I have been sick for almost a month, 3 rounds of Antibiotics and I have just finally started feeling better the last couple days. It started with a sinus infection and when it was all said and done I wound up with pneumonia. Peachy!! Like I have time to be sick.

I am thankful for...My family and my wonderful friends at both Church and our homeschool co-op.

From the learning rooms...(if this applies)The boys are working on a lapbook for a review I am doing for the TOS Homeschool Review Crew I made it to the second round!! I will be sharing this on Friday.

From the kitchen...Dinner cooking, smells yummy, but Dave and I will not be eating home tonight as we are having a potluck dinner at Small Group Bible Study as we just finished our Each Study.
I am wearing.... Jeans and a striped green shirt

I am creating...Gifts for the luncheon I am hosting on  the first Saturday in May for my Red Hat Group.

I am going...to my Moms to help her set up her new cell phone that was delivered today, and then we are off to our Pot Luck for Small group.

I am reading...Water for Elephants before I get to see the movie
I am hoping...to make the TOS Homeschool Crew for the next school year, it would truly be a blessing for our family.

I am hearing...Klove on my computer and my children chatting over our current unit study about our new pool that will be installed near the ned of next month and also about Summer Vacation. We only have 2 and a half weeks of school left.

Around the house...Everything is neat and tidy, I love an organized house it makes me so much calmer than when the house is disheveled

One of my favorite things is.... watching my children getting excited about learning new things. I am sorry for missing so much of their early learning years when they were not being homeschooled.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Small Group Bible Study with our pot luck dinner  tonight, tomorrow my mom and I go help cook at the church for Fellowship dinner,
and the boys have Royal Rangers. Thursday we are attending a fieldtrip to a local museum with our co-op friends, and Friday I am going a dinner cruise on The Detroit Princess with my Red Hat Sisters for a Red Hat Society 13th Birthday Celebration, it is a dressy affair but should be fun and the weather looks like it should cooperate.

The pictures for thought that I am sharing today is..... Easter Fun The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at our Church and the weather turned out perfect after a whole week of rain.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter from our Family to yours!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Rayven Meets the puppy and other cute pics too

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal Blog Hop Week of 4-8-11

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I have joined in a new homeschool mom blog hop over at The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week…
We had a pretty laid back week for once and I have to say I enjoyed it alot and it gave me a glimpse of summertime when we just kind of go with the flow. I am looking forward to it, we only have 2 weeks of co-op left and then we are off for the summer and do not start back up until fall.
I am looking forward to the time off, I have enjoyed teaching this semester and look forward to teaching 2 new classes in the fall. The puppy is settling in to our life and home and she is just a joy.
Alyx attended the 7-12th grade Enrich Banquet Friday night and had a ton of fun. It is so nice to see him blossoming socially.

In our homeschool this week…
We had the week off since Nick was on Spring Break the only school things we did were Enrich and Alyx went to the Enrich Banquet other than that it was a vacation and a much needed one to say the least. I think it has left us refreshed to dive into the last month of school and be able to do it with ease and little frustration. I am proud to say we are in the home stretch of our first entire school year and we have survived thus far and have done very well too.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
This week we have another slow week, Yippee!! Just the usual,Bible Study on Tuesday, Church and Royal Rangers Wednesday and Enrich Thursday other than that a whole lot of nothing but school going on around here.

My favorite thing this week was…Just taking it easy and letting the kids just hang out and getting the opportunity to go out to dinner with our good friends Sean and Sue before the 4 of us headed off to our bowling league on Friday.

What’s working/not working for us…Everything seems to be working for usexcept Math the kids are bored with the computer based Math this year so I think we are switching over to Math U See next school year, the only other thing that is not working is when we have days of nice weather we are eager to get done with our school work and get outdoors.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…How often do other homeschool families change up their curriculum choices? Do you reassess each year or just play it by ear.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
This is my family's favorite Tim Hawkins Video, he has quickly become our favorite comedian.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday More puppy pics of Bailey

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