Showing posts from August, 2015

You Might Be A Homeschooling Family If...

Here are a few ways to tell if you're a homeschooling family (just in case you aren't sure if you are or not!):

When people ask your kids what grade they're in, they turn to you with a panicked look in their eyes. The school uniform often consists of Pj's and slippers.You hear "no school today?" every time you go to the store with the kids during school hours.You get asked more questions about socialization than you can count on one hand each week.Your family vacations are more like field trips.You and your kids can turn ANYTHING into a learning lesson.  "Mom why can't I watch Pokemon as part of school? It teaches me all about science like how water and earth beat fire."None of you like to go on field trips when schools are on break because all the places are crowded and you're just not used to that.  Your kids have chores and can cook, do laundry and clean the house at very young ages; which you totally count as home economics. You enjoy h…

Cute Little Dragon!

I decided to make my own Toothless Card.

My son requested a How To Train Your Dragon party for his birthday this year.  He got a new blanket with Hiccup and Toothless the other day and just loves his blanket so much.  It doesn't hurt that we're listening to the How to Train Your Dragon books on CD and we've seen both the movies.

Toothless is an adorable little dragon and ended up being pretty easy to make. 

Within a day or so I had tons of great party ideas after searching Pinterest for party ideas.  But I had no good invitation ideas.

Being a card-maker I was NOT going to buy any but I really wanted something that had to do with dragons or eggs or vikings.  So I kept looking and looking.

I found a few cute dinosaur and monster cards that I thought might work.  After playing around for five minutes or so I came up with the most adorable Toothless invitation.  Even if I did use some unusual tools to do it.

Isn't he just darling?!   I love when I surprise myself like…

First Week Back to School

We started back to school this week.

Sort of....

I pulled out the boys new math books and we completed a few pages but by weeks end we really only completed two days of school.  We were just so busy this week and looking forward I don't see us doing much schoolwork next week either.  It's OK though since the boys are enthusiastically learning on their own still.

Reading-- Evan read My Dog, Buddy and we practiced his sight word stacking cups. He also read Meerkats  and asked me to pick out some chapter book for him.  Alec read Meerkats (A Day in the Life: Desert Animals), finished Henry Huggins and Tombquest.  He picked out another new book series called Dragon Keeper and is already halfway through the first book of that series too. He's been reading at the beach, reading wedged into a tree at the lake, reading in the car; just reading up a storm.  Ian: finished Mockingjay and we started reading Divergent together.  He received a whole box of books from his great grandfa…

Let's go Clamming!

We were so excited for our clamming class this morning.

All our local schools were starting back up today and with everyone posting first day of school photos my kids were excited to be heading out to the beach.

But first we had to get ready and do a little "back to school" work of our own.

The boys each completed a page in their math workbooks, an addition/ subtraction review sheet and then read for a bit.   With schoolwork out of the way we packed our bags and got ready to go.

We had a few minutes to spare before we left and Evan wanted some more practice riding his bike so we headed out to the driveway.  He asked Alec to come out and watch him ride; proud to show off his new skill and share this excitement with his brother.  Alec encouraged him, cheered him on and even rode for a bit with him.  Evan did amazing and made it all the way around our driveway.

We finally piled in the car and started a new book on CD for the long drive.  We had picked up When Life Gives You…

Keeping History Fun

I was asked this past week how I teach subjects that I never really liked when I was a student. Funny thing was the person mentioned history, which was probably the only subject I truly dreaded when I was in school.

I was fearful to teach history to my kids and hear them grumbling, moaning, and dreading it too.  
History can be interesting and I so badly wanted my kids to be excited about learning everything. 
 I enjoy history now that I'm an adult and I'm not reading textbooks about it.  I find the stories interesting and compelling.  
Over the years I think I've found a few ways to make teaching history fun.

I search and search and search for wonderful engaging stories about the topic we're studying.  I make sure we have a variety of historical fiction and non- fiction stories.
 Notice I didn't say books.  I said STORIES.  
My kids have loved learning about the story behind hiSTORY.  I don't make them memorize dates and names; we focus on the sequence of eve…