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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Quiet Week

It has been a quiet week, this week.  No Run Club, because it was raining, and then medical appointments, so we got quite a bit of school in.  Today was the last day of Bio-fuels class, for DJ, and they finished their project books.  This was done through 4H. 

DJ had his first real paid job this week, also.  He got to detail my mother's car.  Now if you think big deal, he worked for his grandmother.  His grandmother is not easy to work for.  She is a perfectionist and she expects things done the right way.  He did very well, and earned 50 dollars.  We do not have much time left before Summer break.  Like six weeks and that is it.  We are right on track and I am so happy with that. 

Yet, I am antsy.  Antsy because DJ will be in High School next year, and Caitlin will be going into Middle School.  I think I have DJ pretty much set up with his curriculum and choices of class for next year.  Just have to plan out how the day will run.  Caitlin is a different story, however.  I have decided to focus on Reading, Writing and Math and that is basically it for her.  She will get Science through 4H, and she is doing Geography over the Summer months withe her brother. 

I am really leaning towards Life of Fred, and the Abeka Math book we already have.  There is a Language Arts Life of Fred also.  It is new, and I had no idea.  It is for high school only.  DJ did 9th grade Math this year, so he won't do a formal Language Arts next year, but in 10th grade, I am considering Life of Fred.  I really love, My Father's World, but I can not see me ever paying that much for a curriculum no matter how much I love it.  I also really like Learning Language Arts through Literature, and that is always in the back of my mind.  DJ is also using Free Rice, to strengthen his vocabulary, and it helps feed the hungry.

Caitlin, for the past two weeks, or so, has been using Easy Peasy Homeschool.  I have noticed that it is very boring for her, and she does not particularly like it.  So, we will be phasing that out, though I really like the format.  For the remainder of this year, Caitlin will be using the websites below, for learning games, and her two Math workbooks. 

We will also be making some other changes, next year.  I love Run Club, but it just eats up too much of the day twice a week.  So, we will cut back to once a week.  Also, we are at the end of our second year running Earth Kids Club.  I run the club, and meetings.  This too has become too time consuming, and we only have four active children.  I will be changing it to a Facebook group only, with maybe a field trip here and there.  We have 19 members on the Facebook group, and hopefully they will be able to be more active. This is completely free, and a great way for your kids to learn about the Earth and living creatures on it.  You can find the group page by clicking here.   We would love to have new members to join us.

http://www.math-play.com/

http://www.abcya.com/fourth_grade_computers.htm

http://www.turtlediary.com/grade-3-games.html

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/

http://writingfix.com/traits_primary.htm#forkids

http://www.storyit.com/Starters/ststart.htm

http://www.manythings.org/

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Created Resin Pieces From Chemistry Class

I used my love for creating resin pieces, to teach the kids about Chemistry, last Friday.  Below are some of the pieces the kids created.  Now they just have to decide what to do with them.


Did you get to see the Lunar Eclipse early this morning?  If you are anything like me, you had good intentions, and slept right through it.  I got up at 1:45 but nothing was happening.  So, I laid back down with intentions of getting up in another hour.  I didn't set the alarm and slept right through it.  I might have a better chance of seeing the Solar Eclipse in October, lol.  Someone in South Florida, was nice enough to tape it and put it on Youtube, so all of us can see it.  It went pretty fast, only lasted a little over an hour.  The last one I saw took forever, the last two matter of fact. 

No Run Club, because it is raining today, and I am probably going to cut that back to once a week.  Sometimes, I just need change, and there are some changes I need to make.  When I get antsy, things get changed, and I am antsy. 




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Caitlin's Watercolor Easter Eggs

One of the things I hate about decorating Easter eggs is that you can't leave them out to enjoy them. They have to be refrigerated. This year, Caitlin and I found these eggs that look like real eggs, but are not. She painted them with watercolors and then added some of her favorite animal stickers. Now, we can leave them out on the table all week, and re-use them next year too. Love it! They were very inexpensive too, a couple of dollars.