Sunday, October 11, 2009

We are in full swing...

We are in full swing now. We are taking a day off on Monday though. At the beginning of this year Cally resisted reading a lot. I tried Click N Read because I thought that would be more fun for her but it didn't work. She hated doing work by herself even more. We reached a lesson in "Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading" that said write on a card a command like "pop a bag". Cally loved it. She called it a spy card and begged for more. So ever since then I have been making more spy cards. After ever lesson she reads her new spy cards and completes the missions. She is trying to sound out everything now. (Unfortunately that means what kids write on bathroom stalls too, but that is another problem.) I am so proud of my smallest reader.

I have been planning our vacation to Southern VA. We are going to Air and Space Museum and Jamestown.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Not Back to School Day

Yesterday was the first day of public school. As I saw the children running to the bus stop with their new backpacks and lunch bags, I began to second guess my decision to home school. Am I doing the right thing?
Then we got reading to go to a not back to school picnic at the park with a bunch of other home schoolers. It was reassuring to know so many others have made the same decision. I felt sane. Before we even enter the playground fence my girls made a new best friend. I saw some familiar faces of people that I didn't even know home schooled. I walked away feeling empowered and inspired.
As for our true back to school day. I have decided to start on August 31. I am spending today organizing and scheduling.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Finger Knitting

My 5 year old daughter has been begging to learn how to knit. I was hesitant to teach her; I thought it would be too difficult. Then I learn about finger knitting and stumbled upon this video. All you need to make a scarf is yarn, scissors, and your hand, no fumbling with needles.

No Needle Scarf Knitting from Sajata Epps on Vimeo.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sight words

I have been looking for a way to help my daughter learn sight words. I finally made flash cards that I printed out on card stock and things have been improving rapidly. I saved the cards as a word document and saved it online. Here is the link if you are interested. Feel free to print it out. If anyone knows how to make attachments right on a blog, please let me know.

Here is the link:
Sight Words.doc

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back to School Planning

I just mailed in my home school notification form. Yikes, it is official now. I am in the process of moving my home school room out of the laundry room and into the family room. It already looks so much nicer. Of course I would like a couple of book shelves but things are shaping up nicely.
This weekend I am going to brave it and go stock up on supplies at Walmart's back to school sale. I am not looking forward too it. I would go during the weekday but I need my husband there for the heavy lifting.

I have all of my school books for the fall. You can take a peak by checking out the widget on the side. I am really excited about starting the new school year. So are my girls...I had to hide some school books.

Friday, July 3, 2009

In the beginning...

there were 3 am feedings. I knew that it would be tough having a newborn and homeschooling but knowing it an actually doing it are two different things. Even though AJ is my easiest baby, it is still tricky to home school with a newborn. Over the last few weeks I have found ways to make it happen. I discovered tools that make it manageable: a slow cooker, bread maker, a baby sling, and a boppy pillow. Here is a loose schedule of my mornings. You'll notice I don't bother using actual times for anything, it makes me feel like I am failing if I am behind 15 minutes.

Wake up
Nurse the baby and he goes back to sleep
Get dressed
make beds
make breakfast
Empty dishwasher
Prepare slow cooker and the bread maker for for dinner
Put in a load of laundry
Home school while nursing again

I guess I could skip the bread maker but it is so easy and makes me feel so fulfilled when the incomparable smell of bread fills the house. I am currently in search of the perfect bread maker cookbook. This one is in the lead. I have made the burrito bread, the Parmesan corn bread, pizza bread, and our favorite white bread.

I would love to hear other recommendations.