Saturday, February 26, 2011

Official year has moved officially!!!

Well the girls started there new core curriculum. It is has gone smoothly for the most part except for making everything work smoothly together. Meaning TIME!! There doesn't seem to be enough of it.  But we are working the kinks out. We made a Weekly Goal and we are going to tweak it  It will smooth it self out as we go and get use to it. I have also made Daily Goals Monday/Wednesday 2011-2012, Tuesday/Thursday 2011-2012, Friday 2011-2012, Saturday 2011-2012. Please take time and look let me know if it looks like to much or not enough. Having outside input helps so much!

Makenzee is an official 3rd grader if you go by grades. She is doing very well. Makenzee has a lot of reading she has to do in this curriculum which is turning out to be very good for her. Just since we started this curriculum Makenzee is already showing improvement with her reading skills. She is really trying to apply herself and watching her grow is awesome. I tell her that everyday she  is actually doing more and more on her own. She looked at me and said wow I am starting to do my work without you Momma that's awesome. Independence can be good.

Lileigh is an Official 1st grader. We typically don't go by grades but since we started new curriculum they have numbers that are for certain grades. Lileigh has completed two PACE books already. Well it was basic Math and Kindergarten. She Momma do I have to do these. I said Lileigh this is review yes because if you do not have it down then when you start doing first grade you will not understand. So she is very pleased with her self on finishing two PACE books. This is going to be an awesome year and Yes God is good we owe it all to him!

We are receiving the Girl Scout Cookies to deliver and collect money Saturday February 26, 2011. I will be so glad when we are finished with cookies. It has been a lot of fun but also tiring. The troop has sold almost 5034 boxes @ $3.50 comes to $17619.00.  So we should receive almost $2000.00 as troop proceeds . Will know more when we are through. The girls of Troop 463 wants to go to Houston to the Space camp they have there.  Looks like we have a good start to be able to plan for this trip. So proud of Troop 463! =)

The girls had there first game Saturday. Makenzee's team Mighty Sharks played well for not have been playing this whole time. Lileigh is on the Mighty Tigers teams had 2 games. They played very well. They are looking like they remember how to chase a ball not like bees flying around picking flowers like in fall! So glad girls are enjoying themselves. I love going to watch my girls play. We have games here on till the end of March I do believe.

Thank you stopping and pondering,

Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 12:28

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Healing Cookie crumbles

I wanted to keep everyone in the loop. Jon seems to be doing great at AMI Kids. He is really loving it. He has tested to be 7th grade better then being stuck in 6th grade. He should be almost ninth. But hey he at least got something from what little I could get him to do. I have a meeting coming up soon for him at AMI Kids so they can tell me his progress. I am glad he is doing so well. Unfortunately his attitude and actions at home are they same. He will have some what of a good day then he will disappear. Well if you have read my past post you know exactly what I am talking about. It is so amazing kids at his age actually think they can survive on there own with out anyone. Well some can unfortunately Jon can not. That's not to say he will never but it will be very hard. I pray he learns to stick with and complete one thing in his life and that would to get an Education and be something.

On a different note I have been testing my daughters for the new core curriculum we have decided to add to there daily schooling. Well I am proud to announce Lileigh who is Kindergarten is a 1st grader. Lileigh had to take a reading readiness test she got 97.5. Well I have to explain she actually got 100% but only reason I kept it 97.5 was because she had to match a picture. She refused to match the right picture because the circles did not look straight on the ball they dots veered up instead of being straight like picture. So she explained that the one she circled was actually the same ball if you looked at it in mirror. So I am thinking makes perfect since! I was amazed.=)

Makenzee has been doing a diagnostic testing. She has done Social Studies, Science, English, word building and Math. She is what they say in 2nd grade if she was in a public school setting as of now, but she has tested middle 3rd grade. I am so excited. So she will do 3rd grade since it is where she should be. I don't want to advance my children unless they are board and know everything. I brather make sure they are really getting everything! I do believe my girls are. I am so proud of them.

As a homeschooling mom I have gone through the am I actually giving my child a well rounded curriculum. I know I shouldn't because they are striving to get knowledge without prompting. But when you have a child who disrupts and makes everything about him. So some days it took away from my other children more then other day. But I do have to say my poor daughters on good days I push them to make up for not being able to school on bad days!

My Makenzee and Lileigh are so proud of themselves. I feel they should be. They work hard on going an extra mile to learn. Abbigale is only 2 and she is also liking to sit and coloring or doodling while girls school. She will be ready when it is her turn to start actually schooling! We will continue to strive to be our best EVERYDAY!

As a mother I want what is best for all my children not just some. I am proud of my oldest son who is desperately trying to get into College. Us living in different states if kinda hindering the fact that my hands are tied. But he is getting all his DUCKS in row. I am so proud of him. Keep doing the great achieving I love you CJ.

                                                                    Thank you for Pondering,

Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17
The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective.  ~Robert Brault,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Life is what you make it!

Well a lot has taken place since I last blogged for J and B Learning. Jon-Jon has gotten in to AMI Kids. That was an interesting turn about. But needless he is in. He is actually really liking it. He is striving to do good. Yes he has had a haunting past. Hoping he succeeds this time. He really wants to go back to public school. Which really upsets me but at this point if he will do his best and get an education who am I to stop that.

As for my daughters they will be home schooled. It works out better for us and them. The girls are in Girls in Action (G.A.'s) They are learning missions. As well as Girl Scouts we are selling cookies right now. Then the fun begins next month we have to collect money and deliver boxes. Thank goodness between my 2 girls we have only about 100 boxes. So far Troop 463 has pre sold 4100 or more boxes!! So exciting. Makenzee and Lileigh start up for spring soccer with Crossroads Soccer Association they are so excited and can not wait to start up again!

As a mother and the person educating my children we have decided to add to our children education. We have decided to start using the ACE Curriculum- Distant Learning with our daughters. The advantage of doing this is it is an accredited school and they go all the way to 12 grade and have diplomas. The kids can even walk down to get diploma but they would have to go to Nashville TN. Heck as much money and time I have put into lessons this will help free me so we can focus on important things like nature walks and music and art appreciation. So that will be so nice.

Now don't get me wrong I truly love the Charlotte Mason Method that's why I am continuing to do the nature studies, artist appreciation and music appreciation studies. I love following along with Handbook of Nature Study she always has awesome things to show and learn with your children very well rounded. I also like how she puts her kits together. She is so thorough with her kits she always has an artist and musician with every study. I highly recommend her go check the site Handbook of Nature out it is very nicely laid out and so many options!
                                  Thank you for stopping by and pondering,

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
Psalm 63:3 (NIV)

        Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat of the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.
Richard Bach A Gift of Wings