Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Homeschool Days

Our days have been a little difficult at times because of Ethan my 2 year old but I MAY have figured out a way to keep him occupied during the moments that Caleb needs my full attention.   I was giving him playdoh, crayons and coloring books but he wasn't really into any of them.  Then I gave him some of the shape manipulatives from Saxon and he really enjoyed making different designs with them.  He was thrilled that he was able to make a house.  So, for now during Caleb's reading time I have been giving Ethan the different shapes to play with which gives me just enough time to give Caleb the attention he needs. 

Cylce 2 Week 7 of Classical Conversations

Sun and Stars by Anne Welsbacher
The Stars by David Jefferis

History Sentence
I wasn't able to find a book or video to help with this lesson.

Hand Motions for Week 7

The Seven Continents by Wil. Mara
Oceans by Greg Reid
Oceans by Andrew Haslam

Caleb and his daddy love to fish so Caleb is really interested in studying the Oceans.

Pip and Pog: Bob Book Series
100 Easy Lessons


Monday, October 4, 2010

Cylce 2 Week 6 of Classical Conversations

Website showing six type of pollution

History Sentence
Neo Leo, The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci by Gene Barretta
Rebrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs by Molly Blaisdell
Magic Tree House #38, Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pop Osborne

Hand Motions for Week 6

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History

Go, Bus: Set 2 Book 9 of the Bob Books
100 Easy Lessons


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Frog Bog!

This was a challenging day.  Ethan my 2 year old had tons of energy then he would just start crying.  I'm going to blame it on the weather because I don't know what was going on.  Even though it was a crazy day we did get to do something a little fun.  We made Frog Bog deserts.  I found the recipe on a coupon site I visit.  The "bog" the boys and I made wasn't as pretty as it was on the coupon site but I thought it was tasty and the boys loved eating the frog eyes!

Frog Eyes

Pick One

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Half Way Through!

We have made it half way through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I think I was the only one excited about this accomplishment so please be excited with me! Caleb is doing really well with this book. His reading and writing is getting better and better everyday. His favorite part is "wrecking" the letters. At the end of the lesson he writes out the letters as instructed in the book. Then once he is all done he turns the letters into people, monsters and just things. He loves it and it gives me a minute to tidy up the kitchen or fold a few clothes before we move on to our next homeschooling task or event.

Today was a very special day. We took a field trip to our front porch. In the middle of our lesson we heard a bunch of noise outside and look what we found.

It is a little hard to see but the city started doing road work on our street and they were unloading one of the huge machines right in front of our house.  The boys went crazy!  So we watched them unload and then drive down the road for a little bit.  It was a nice start to our day.  It would have been great to say we did a whole lesson on road work but we did just reach lesson 50 in our 100 Easy Lessons book and suprisingly Caleb was really excited to get back to finishing his lesson.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Classical Conversations History Timeline

It has been difficult for Caleb and I to learn the History Timeline for Classical Conversations because we could never remember the hand motions.  Let me just say You Tube is great!  I found the hand motions.  Now I just have to figure out which ones we will use. 

Hand Motions Number 1

Hand Motions Number 2

Cycle 2 Week 5 of Classical Conversations

I somewhat have this week planned out.  I've reserved my books at the library for the next two weeks.  Below are the books I placed on reserve for this week to help with our lessons.

Why Do Beers Sleep in Winter?
Bird, Butterfly, Eel
Little Red Bat

History Sentence
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc the Lily Maid

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History

Just Because We Like Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs in Action

Most of our work is memory work so I try to find books and videos that help bring the memory work to life.