Monday, May 4, 2009

same ol same ol

well nothing and everything has been going along just like usual. We had the fair this last week. the kids entered some art projects in and we went to see them. Been working on convention stuff for july and co-op stuff for may. The kids will be doing a presentation on their favorite celestial body next week. so they have been working on that. a lesson a day of math and spanish for all. the younger ones have been watching "plaza sesamo" every day for their spanish and J has been woking on his rosetta stone. T has been woking through a phonics book again. we are learning how to do whole lang for her because phonics isnt working but for now its better than nothing. I have been woking on my orders for next year. I really want my living math stuff! but man what a workout requesting all these books because amazon isnt a vendor I have to get all through borders or b and n. we have trudging through the mud of the early middle ages. we are up to about 1100 or so. just started the first of the crusades. We are starting the book of galations as well. good stuff!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

and Im back

as they say if you fall off the horse you should get right back on. Sooo a few weeks later and I have a month of blogging to do for CWCS. Of course I am bound to forget some stuff. but better than nothing right? Anyway let me start with the group stuff. Im not going to go into the weekly things because my ES knows what we do every week for EXTRA CuRR. activities. WE went to sac and the discovery museum. It was about the human body. fun fun. WE also went on a nature hike and a wildflower hike. We did 4-H as well so now I will start with the ind stuff.

J- Been learning about fractions online as well as using TT grade 6 he has also been practicing long division. we are waiting to use our new living math curriculum until I can get all the necessary books. He has been plodding away daily at spanish using rosetta stone. a lesson a day and he is on to sentences already! He has been working on physics workshop and discovery. he has been making gears and pulleys. he has also been working on a piston engine. We all learned about the history of iceland and greenland and leif erricsen and the vikings and first explorers to america etc.

WE also started on midevil history and we read through matthew-john on the Crucifixion. Biblical history ties with easter. They all created sculpture with recycled materials. We have been going through little house on plum creek a little at a time. The girls have been listing to classic tales on CD at night as well as living bible stories.

M- has been doing large # addition and subtraction with borrowing and carrying she has been watching plaza sesamo every day with T and H for spanish She reads prolifically any girly book she can get her hands on. as well as some science and history magazines for kids. she especially likes the discovery kids magazine's. She has been making LOTS of books and coming up with her own story lines and illustrations. she tags along with her brother for science. but he has been reading up on Flowers and birds in the birds and blooms magazine. she recently found 2 blujays out of their nest and watched and observed them and their mother to see what mom was doing.

T-did mostly the same as M she worked on basic addition and sub and has been working on 5 sight words a week memorizing and writing them.

they all worked on a BIG craft project with the CO-OP. they made big cardboard versions of themselves and glued them on to a big board with everyone else. It turned out really neat!

Well that should be enough to fill out the monthly report with. Its only fraction of what we really did but it gives you the main idea!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

a busy couple of days

monday, tues, wed....what a blur. It seems that the everyday adventures take up all our time! Between church, friends and various group activities I have barely had time to sit and breathe! I am trying not to think that we did no "school" just because we did not spend a lot of time in workbooks. But it is soooo hard to get out of that mentality. We did so much this week already! but the most important thing we did was have fun together , we learned how to be kind to others. to have a servants heart and remember that the world does not revolve around you and your needs. My kids have had some serious prayer requests put upon them this week. many good friends are have some troubles. They learned to help even when its not convenient! I lesson I could take some notes on. On a more "educational " note. J did angles and fractions on the computer. T has been learning to read via sight words. so far so good. M did a little of everything. She reads all on her own now so she is absorbed in a book most of the time. She did a few pages of addition large numbers and some large num sub. as well. they all made brownies and cookies BY THEMSELVES to give as gifts to their AWANAS leaders tonight. Add dentists appts. craft day, bible study, and a home day for dad to the mix and Id say a busy week was had by all.

Friday, March 27, 2009

fun fun friday....

welllllllll......what did we do today huh. not much I can say. J helped install a new dishwasher. We went to homeschool park day for a bit. J wanted to go camping with some friends but that didnt pan out maybe tomorrow. We went to visit a friend who just had a baby. and had a chat.
J, M and T made a cake for dessert. Im sure there was plenty else just cant seem to remember it anyhow. The day seemed to fly by . But not much to show for it except cranky babies and a messy living room.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

fun, fun, testing.

last day of STAR for J. only took an hour. have NO IDEA what he tested on. Sick Kids + Messy House = one day of nothing but cleaning @ home. only took about an hour to get things back to normal. kids felt better by lunch so we all went to the park for a few hours followed by my dentist appt and thursday night bible study. What did they learn today????? Humm I know they learned how to be good and quiet ALL % OF THEM! in a small waiting room by themselves for an HOUR while I got my fake tooth put on. Amazing they were if I do say so myself! And then J had extra home duties today because of my schedule. he had to empty and fill the dishwasher while I was gone as well as get I and H put to bed. Way to go J! What an awesome kid Ive got. They all did really great in the helper dept. today. lots and lots of home ec. brownies as a reward.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

testing tuesday

Well another year is almost gone. Shown by a new round of testing. STAR is upon us one more. My PSA friends laugh and point out "well WE don't have to do any of that SILLY stuff!" I agree completely. However CWCS owns my heart and pocketbook! So this week will be another eclectic learning experience.

J took his 4th grade STAR test this morning while I took the rest to church for bible study. M& T and the gang had fun with the teens during bible study and then we all came home for lunch.

Fun stuff started after lunch. We had another family over for science. impromptu of course! very cool.

We had started learning about crystals last week at 4-H so I decided to continue and grow some more today. WE pulled out ALL the rock stuff and did several experiments from the Janice Van Cleave rocks and minerals book. Watched a egg disappear in vinegar. Showed how an acid can dissolve calcium. Made Bubbles that showed how crystals form. Did a model of a salt crystal. and of course made salt crystal snowflakes and sugar crystal candy.

Big science and testing day for all.

Monday, March 23, 2009

just another manic monday

well as usual we always have grand plans for the week on Monday. Get everything clean from the weekend. be amazing unschoolers for the week. learn all there is to learn and be better people for it. And as usual cannot fit ALL of that into any given day. Oh well all's well that end's well!

Today got off to a BANG with waking up about half hour later that I wanted to. as did all of the kids and hubby. Maybe I just need to change my schedule to fit in with a later start huh?
M decided yesterday that she wanted to make bfast. scrambled eggs and Cinnamon toast for all. After cleanup came devos and bible. With a segue to find the right chapter in the bible for the lords prayer to see which kid was right. Does it read sins, trespasses or something else? turns out it depends on the version!

After was Monday chores. thanks flylady! kids thank her too! yeah right! then we learned about St. Simeon from MoH, good lesson! faith that could REALLY move a mountain! The kids were still into china from last week. So we pulled the DK eyewitness book about china out and read through that. learned about the song dynasty inventions. compass, earthquake monitor, paper, and printing press to name a few.

then we discovered a really cool website about kids geography.

http://www.achildsgeography.com/travel-blog/

watched a few of the videos will watch more tomorrow. learned where the biggest quicksand is, the longest waterfall and the space one is REALLY cool!

undersea volcanoes
planet earth views from space
angel falls Venezuela


j did lesson 92 TT 5 adding and subtracting fractions. Were are working on getting some living math books to use more of instead of TT math but until I can get them I will stick with that. Its better than nothing.

m did lesson 16F in m.u.s. adding and sub mult digit numbers and word problems.
t did lesson 9A in m.u.s. basic addition.

j did 2 lessons in Spanish unit 1 lesson 1 and 2 sentence vocab.

all went to park for 1 hour and then to music class at EVFree. www.efclb.org check it out!

not bad for a Monday! cant wait to see what happens tomorrow!

Friday, March 20, 2009

living math yahoo group

check this group out is GREAT!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LivingMathForum/?yguid=209255108

every day is a winding road...

well. I figured I should start blogging since everyone else is doing it. Im going to use this tool to journal my kids activities for our school. That way when my ES asks what have they been up to. I can actually SHOW her!

for instance. Today was a "typical" unschool day in our house. J made breakfast. Choc. pancakes and fried eggs with toast. Then learned he must also clean up said breakfast after cooking. as always I asked him, " do you think tiny fairies do it after mom makes bfast?" I clean and so shall you my son. Took AN HOUR for the three of them to get the kitchen clean. maybe I shouldn't expect more from a 5, 6, and 10 yr old. but COME ON GUYS! seriously!

then we FINALLY got down to devotionals (devo's) I cant seem to find our prayer lists or box. Or our prayer postcars since the move. so we winged it again. Studied 2 cor ch 9 I believe ( should remember since I'm the one reading it) and our mystery of history (m o h) chapter 49 on the song dynasty of china. Kids then decided to make paper money and coins from that chapter. some more realistic than others.

Then we had a "field trip" to target for garbage bags. Followed by a trip to the new jack in the box for 1 menu burgers. a trip to the park and home again for chores and dinner. not as much as I usually pack into a day of learnin' but ok for today.

kids did a LOT of home ec I guess.