Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sick of LA indecision?

Then this is not the post for you!

I am contemplating Sweet Pea's LA line up still. STILL.

Why, you ask? Because I'm an indecisive mama, sometimes.

Option 1
Language Lessons for the Very Young 1
Learning to Spell Through Copywork, Book B
And one of the Queen homeschool copywork books- I think I'll give her a few choices

Option 2
Classical Writing Primers
Rod and Staff Spelling3

Option 3
Something else I haven't thought of

I think perhaps Little Bird would like Language Lessons for Little Ones.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The best thing about summer

Is watching my kids play outside. They catch bugs, they spin in the sun, they swing. They run.

I love summer. I love childhood.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2nd grade goals

Academic/ School goals:
-Write a good paragraph
-Memorize multiplication tables
-Draw the US and locate all states
-Keep reading well

Around the house goals:
-Simple meal prep
-Wash her own clothes

Character goals:
-less complaining
-no longer screaming when angry (sigh)

My goals:
-be more willing to deviate from a schedule
-Do more art

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sleeping through the night

I'll step on my soap box for a few minutes here.

I know a lot of new moms who dread that question. "Is the baby sleeping through the night yet?"

It's so loaded.

There's feelings of failure if the baby ISN'T sleeping through the night, and feelings of accomplishment if they are.

I'd like to stand up and say that my current "baby" can walk, talk, and is closing in on a year and a half old. He's charming and happy and deliciously sweet. And he does not sleep through the night. He never has.

It took my girls a long time, too, but they can do it now.

It's OK to have a baby or toddler who wakes at night. It is!

My response to the question has always been to smile sweetly and say, "My baby is a GREAT sleeper!"

And I mean it. Even though I haven't slept through the night in about... 7 years. :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

You know that you are doing well as a homeschooler when...

You can't find your new, huge book of Norse myths because your child has curled up with it because she just can't wait for school to start.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Classical Writing Primer Update

Still chugging along- still working well! I love the integrated grammar, mechanics, and spelling.

Having it be open and go is a big plus, as well.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

This is from Homeschool Skedtrack. It's an online scheduling tool. It's free. And I love it!

I'm an organized person by nature and this lets me toy with things without creating my own spreadsheets or erasing a lot.

This is Sweet Pea's course list for next year, so far. If you click it I think it'll get bigger so it's readable. :)


Sweet Pea started piano lessons this week. I really like her teacher, and so did she!

I think that Little Bird may start slow lessons, as well.

I'm really excited because this is something that we'd really wanted to add in for quite a while and it really clicked.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sweet Pea can ride a bike!!!!!!!!!!!

Using the method on this site.

Seriously- I had despaired of ever teaching her how. She could fall with training wheels!

A few weeks ago we tried without training wheels and she was so wobbly that I had to literally hold her up.

Three times of trying it this way and she's riding!


Also, I think it's kind of a classical approach.

Work on skills in isolation, then combine and reap the rewards.

I'm so proud. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Classical Writing

There is massively more writing in Classical Writing vs. Writing with Ease. I feel a lot more comfortable with the present volume.

I do wish Sweet Pea would be more enthusiastic about illustrating her book, though!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Practical Skills

Both of my sweet girls are working on riding a two wheeler bike. Sweet Pea is working on balancing (not pedaling yet) without training wheels and Little Bird is having a blast riding with training wheels.

We also bought some small strawberry plants and a mint. Tomorrow we'll put them in and hopefully soon they'll take off.


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