Monday, April 26, 2010

Been long haul

We have a good week with some trying times. we managed through them like we always do.  I sometimes find it hard to stay positive when my children can be trying or maybe sometimes it is more of one who is over the others. But My counting is improving! Here is Tuesdays Schooling Goals

Tuesday we had art instruction the kids got to paint. They drew a picture of a garden then they used paint to paint it in. I tried to get them to lots of colors and  splotches like the impressionist style. They tried I will give them that.
Makenzee's Master Piece!

                                     Jon-Jon said it isn't finished he is going for a marshy marsh lands

The kids have been watching our pillers in front of the house. We have three of them and there are three. In all three are different sparrow families (same kind just not sure) who have nest in them. We have been watching them for the past couple of months. Well Tuesday we heard noises. SO Daddy took pictures since we can not see them. Here is the picture of the babies! Yes it is not very good but it is hard to fit a camera in small places!
So on Wednesday Daddy took another picture of the baby birds.The kids were so excited to be able to see all the hard work that the momma and daddy birdy are doing. It is amazing how much in one day they have grown.

On Wednesday we we started reading about the NOMADS. Nomads are people who wonder from one spot to another. They live in a place long enough to use the resources when they are gone they follow where there is more. Here is Wednesdays Schooling Goals

Well a lot has happened since I starting on this post. I haven't been able to blog. I am having some personal issues I am trying to learn to over come! Our schooling has been on and off do to these things we call life. 

It is now the last week of April we did quit a bit in April 2010. We had Easter in Hemphill Texas it is just beautiful up there my children love it. We went back to Milam Texas for April 17, they had Pioneer day. It is a big deal in Sabine County and it is only one day! The Gaines-Oliphant house is the oldest log cabin in the whole state of Texas. The children got to see demonstrations on how they lived and camped. It was an awesome experience! We can not wait to go next year!

This past weekend we took kids for a 3 mile hike in Kincaid  Louisiana. There are lots of trails we plan on walking with kids. They really enjoyed it!

Well I will do my best to post on our schooling this week. If anything I will do a weekly over view so you can see at least what they are working on and have done! I hope everyone has a blesses week.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death Albert Einstein quotes

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First day back

We had a great first day. It was kinda rough but we did it! Here is our today's Schooling Goals. We have started with New everything. I will explain as I post! I am using a friends schooling Schedule as our Goals she is awesome for helping me and I love her so much I would be so lost without her. The Holistic Homeschooler You can read more of what we are doing by her link! So here is what we are working on and you can go to her link and get more info.!

Our Term
  • Year: April 1, 2010 thru March 31, 2011
  • Term I: April 5 thru July 2, 2010.

 Math:Ruler and Pencil
Saxon Homeschool Math
Jon-Jon is working in 7/8 work book and Makenzee is working on grade 1 work book.  They will work on there math for 15- 20 minutes  everyday. Lileigh will work on the date and weather charts with Makenzee to introduce her to another way of learning.

Habit and Character Training
We will be working on Habit Training every 3 weeks on:
  • Humility
  • Obedience
  • Gratefulness
  • Attentiveness 
We will be using bible stories as well as scripture and we will learn about each quality; see how Christ exhibited them in his life and how we can implement them in our own lives.

Will and habit "Let children alone-...the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose." Charlotte Mason

Music, Art and Nature Study
For the following subjects, I have purchased a Spring Series Nature Study Ebook from Barb.
Nature Study "We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." 

Picture Study “We cannot measure the influence that one artist or another has on the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sight of life..."

    LiteratureThe Blue Fairy Book

    Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • The Tempest
    • As You Like It
    • The Winter's Tales
    • King Lear
    • Twelfth Night
     The Blue Fairy BookThe Blue Fairy Book

    (For those unfamiliar, the series of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books is not your dumbed down versions of modern day. These are rich in their language and challenging even to older children.) 
    • The Bronze Ring
    • Prince Hyacinth & the Dear Little Princess
    • East of the Sun & West of the Moon
    • The Yellow Dwarf
    • Little Red Riding Hood
    • The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

    Language Arts
    • Copywork/Dictation:
    • Reading Goals: working with Makenzee on reading skills with the goal being to learn 10 new words per day. Lileigh will pick up learning as we go she likes to sit and listen and watch as Kenzee and I go over her words. Encourage the habit of reading with Jon-Jon by setting a goal of reading 30 mins per day with a written narrations per chapter.
    • Grammar: Jon-Jon will work in Simply  GrammarSimply Grammar to help feel more secure.
    Language arts “But one who tries this method on himself will find that in the act of narrating every power of his mind comes into play."Charlotte Mason

      The Story Book of ScienceThe Story Book 
of Science
      On our science days, we will read and have
      jon-Jon, Makenzee narrate. Much science will be covered in our studies of the ancient world.


       Music Memorization (some call this Hymn Memorization)
      I am Free   By: the Newsboys


      We will be studying the ancients using a combination of :

      History "Imagination does not stir at the suggestion of the feeble, much diluted stuff that is too often put into children’s hands." Charlotte Mason

        Jon-Jon will continue learning this at his own pace
        Learn 2 Type

        We will be introducing geography to Makenzee and Lileigh in many ways such as when we go on nature walks. 
        Jon-Jon  will begin using Geography Skills Activity Kit.  Makenzee and Lileigh both will pick up on these activities they enjoy listening when we started first lesson.

        Geography "The peculiar value of geography lies in its fitness to nourish the mind with ideas and furnish the imagination with pictures." Charlotte Mason

        The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book, We are also doing as a family Slim and 6 and treadmill

         Bible Studies
         We will be doing a daily scripture as well as a memory verse each week.
        The child and God “We are probably quite incapable of measuring the religious receptivity of children."Charlotte Mason

        We as Mothers really need  to take time for our selves. This Qoute says it all! Thank you Charlotte Mason!

        Time for mother. "If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would have the courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents. The mother would then be able to hold herself in "wise passiveness’ and would not fret her children by continual interference even of hand or eye - she would let them be." Charlotte Mason

          Wednesday, April 7, 2010

          Spring is here!

          Well this is my first post since March. We have been so busy with life. We had to wait to start schooling until next week do to a couple meetings I had to go to.  But The kids are itching to get back on our daily Schooling Goals!

          Easter weekend was great we went to Hemphill Tx. and stayed with Thomas's Dad and Mom.  We had breakfast every morning. Eggs and beacon, sausage, biscuits, toast, orange juice and so on.. It was so yummy!

          While we were there they are next to the Sabine National Forrest like it is right behind there back yard.  The kids had so much fun walking through it and seeing all the wild life there is. Jon-Jon was trying to figure out how to make a fort for him and the girls. The weather was beautiful we wore shorts and sandals the whole time.

          On Saturday night we colored eggs. It was Makenzee, Lileigh, Abbigale, and our niece Carly and Nephew Steven. They had so much fun placing the eggs in the coloring. They colored 36 eggs. We then placed them in there cartons to dry. The Johnson Tribe has a tradition they do every year. This is first year we haven't done it. Kinda sad but we will next year for sure. We as a family make Resurrection Cookies. I highly recommend doing this with your family it really helps your children realize what Jesus suffered for us when he died. The kids really like hearing the scripture as well as doing the hands on parts. After we had breakfast the Dads went out side and scattered all the eggs. The kids had a blast finding them. between the eggs and candy they had a blast! Easter dinner was soooo yummy as well. We had pork loin, ribs, pasta salad, beans, potatoe salad!
           On Tuesday we had our 2nd Girl Scout Meeting. We went over the girl scout promise and we helped girls make Tacos. Everyone had a blast they helped chopped veggies, brown the meat, grade cheese we placed everything on the table and dug in. The girls were so proud of them selves which they should be they made an awesome team. There was not one I it was all about we can do this we are a team!
          We are so Loving our TROOP 463!!!

          Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford