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Well.

It’s been so long since I’ve written here, that I don’t remember what my blog was even about. *head scratch*

I’ve had this blog for so long that it’s a mash-up of so many different versions of me. So many emotions, thoughts, and random ideas, so it probably doesn’t matter much.

I guess an update is in order?

  • NK is 4. RS is 13. SA is 15. SM is 17. Wow.
  • Their grade levels for the upcoming year are kindergarten (although she is currently working her way through this and should be done by November), 8th, 10th and 12th.
  • Colleges are on the radar. One in particular.
  • Thinking of ways to celebrate graduation. :)
  • I won’t be keeping much homeschool information here since I also have a homeschool site.
  • In the process of publishing first children’s book.
  • In the process of creating toys to go with the book.
  • Spending more time writing.
  • Still working for a homeschool company part-time.

I think that’s about it. Haven’t figured out what we’ll be doing for next year’s curricula, but I can share what we’re doing for kindergarten. Now, we only spend about an hour or two working on kindergarten lessons. The rest of the time is really following interests and hands-on play. If she ever gets tired of a lesson, we move on to something else. She turned 4 in March and picks things up very easily and quickly. We didn’t push for early kindergarten at all. She just loves learning and was bored with the pre-school work. We “school” 4 days per week.

KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM

Phonics & Reading
Reading Eggs
All About Reading 1
Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, & Go For the Code *
Bob Books**
Keeping a journal***

Literature
Selections from Ambleside Online (e.g. Winnie the Pooh, The Tale of Peter Rabbit)

Math
Rod & Staff Math 1
Khan Academy

Social Studies/Geography
A Beka Social Studies K5****
DK Workbook

Science
DK Workbook (used as a spine)

Handwriting
HWOT

Extras
Keyboarding Without Tears
Dance, Karate, Hiking
Arts & craft projects (practice cutting, pasting, painting, etc.)
Gardening
Time4Learning

 

*Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, & Go For the Code: She started this series (a, b & c) in preschool. They are a little easy for her, but she wants to finish them. We will go on to Explode the Code as soon as she finishes up.

**Bob Books: We started these, but them on the back-burner for a bit. They are great readers and work well, but for some reason, a few of the characters make her upset. I wanted to pick it up and try again later, but we may not get a chance.

***Keeping a journal: This is very casual. She likes to write words that she knows. Sometimes I will have her draw freely or make up a story with pictures. She can write, draw, scribble, paste pictures, etc. You could use this or just a regular journal/notebook.

****A Beka Social Studies K5: We skip anything dealing with church or school. Mainly use it as a spine. For instance, we used the pages on police and safety to go further into what policemen do. We also used it to talk about calling emergency numbers. How to use the phone. Learning address and phone number.

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Quick Update.

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted, so I’m checking in.

I have a couple posts saved in draft, but those are homeschool related and need more work. LOL

Today is my son’s 10th birthday. 10. He’s still a baby. He got a new basketball hoop and ball for the backyard. He’s excited to play with it. I’m a little nervous about how that will go. He’s the kind of kid that likes to win at everything. Basketball is one of those things his sister does better than him (for now). Let’s pray for a pout-free day. Tomorrow he has his favorite video game coming in the mail. Something he’s been asking for since LAST birthday. I’m excited for him.

Outside of that I’ve been working on my message board. It’s the same board I’ve had since 2001, but we totally wiped it (really just archived everything far away) and made everyone resign up. This isn’t something I would ever do again, but it felt good to get rid of all the old stories following us around there. Hoping that some new people join in our convos. The link is www.daboard.com. It’s a community for people 18+ and center’s around “urban” life, so it may not be for everyone.

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Sibling Bickering – The Boy & The Girl.

My son got a gift this summer that he wasn’t particularly fond of.

“I don’t want it,” he said.

Of course I corrected the attitude, but I couldn’t make him play with it or use it. It remained unused until one day his sister asked him if she could have it. He happily gave it to her and bid good riddance to “that toy.”

Today, “that toy” resurfaced and I’ve been in hell ever since.

Raphael wants his toy back.

Shaelyn says, no way.

Raphael would like to play with it now.

Shaelyn says, not happening.

Of course Raphie runs to me to get a final verdict. I tell him that if he has given the toy to his sister, it is now hers and he has no say over it. The only thing he can do is ask her nicely if he can have it back.

He did.

She declined.

OH. MAH. GAH. That scenario has played over and over all day.

Now, Shaelyn likely couldn’t give a rat’s butt bone about the toy, but she’s starting to purposely torment him, by playing with it loudly in another room.

He scoffs.

She grins.

Here was the conversation I just witnessed:

OUT OF THE BLUE

Shae: Well, you know you aren’t going to get it back.

Raph: It was mine first.

Shae: You gave it to me. It’s mine. And I’m keeping it. I’m just letting you know that.

Raph: Well, you aren’t really cooperating with my lesson.

Shae: Lesson?

Raph: The lesson that Mommy taught me.

Shae: What is it?

Raph: She told me to appreciate my gifts.

Shae: Yeah? And?

Raph: I would like you to give me back my gift so I can A-PPRE-CIATE it now.

Shae: Never.

Raph: That’s horrible.

Help.

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