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Writing a story.

Yesterday we started writing a story.

We made a list of different titles.

Snake!

The Innovation of God.

Money! : Money for God.

A Rainbow for Syleii and Sienna

A World With a Lot of People and Penguins.

Jesus on the Cross, in a Tomb, and Back to Life.
The bold title is the one we chose.

Z & our list of titles.

After choosing our title, we made a list of our characters.

Letting 3 & 5 year olds choose characters for a story can get a little out of control. We have way too many people in our story. I’ll have to find a way to get them to cut back on our characters.

Syleii, Sienna, Zarek, Malaki, Kaleii, Azariah, Natalie, Paige, Ms. Patty, Ms. Pauley, Cynthia, Ms. Laurette, Grandma Fish, Josiah, Joy, Whitney, Corey, Jaiden, Keona, Jose, JESUS!, Jada, Ava, Tiana, Olivia, Papa Shawn, and Aunt Kelsey.

That’s a LOT of people!

Today, we will start on our plot.

Have you written a story with your children/students? What ages were they at the time? How did it go?

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Not back to school Photos

This week, I’m linking up with iHomeschoolNetwork to share our school pictures for the new school year. They have ‘blog hops’ that cover different aspects of schooling, this month is the “Not back to School” blog hop. I’m loving reading everyone’s posts about their school rooms, curriculum, students, etc. I hope they are loving mine as well. 🙂

Today kicks off our official first week of school!

Princess Sy is Pre-K

Today we had a few hiccups as we started.  The boys were having a hard time listening.

As we sat down to do our Devotional, I was telling the boys that they weren’t making good decisions. I had written out our schedule last week to start our Bible Study this week, but we actually started last Wednesday, skipping Friday. Today, instead of being on Day 1, we were on Day 3. When I opened the devotional, I laughed. Today’s lesson was about choosing wisely. God really wanted to speak to them today, and I believe He did. After our devotional, we had a lot less trouble.

My #1 Kindergartener.

We worked together today, and it was very successful.

There are a few things that aren’t going to work. Like, having Princess Sy down here for quiet time instead of sending her up to a bed. It just doesn’t work. If I want everyone quiet, she needs to be in a separate place. The boys are content to do quiet work, or sit to have a snack and enjoy a short movie/show. This is something we will be changing tomorrow.

My #2 Kindergartener.

Have you started your year yet? What about ‘school pictures’? If so, link up so I can see them! 

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Week 1 Schedule

Yesterday I talked about how to take time to plan out your schedule. No matter what way you are planning it – weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly – you need to have that time. I thought I would share our first week of school, so you could get an idea of what your schedule should look like (if you’re a first timer). This schedule is for Kindergarten. I don’t exactly have a schedule of work for my preschooler right now – she will mostly be listening when we talk about things, and I have printed off several sheets that she can color, draw on, make shapes, etc. This also does not take into account any arts & crafts we will be doing, as those will be something I plan for later weeks. I want us to get into the routine of doing these classes first, then move on to adding new things to our class schedule.

Monday:

  • Math – 2 addition pages ‘counting pencils’
  • Copywork – Letter A – Apple, Ant, And
  • Bible Study – Little Book Day 1 ‘Jesus Gives Life’
  • Reading – Spiderman
  • Phys. Ed. – Run 1 lap, sit-ups, catch

Tuesday:

  • Math – 2 subtraction pages ‘raisins’
  • Copywork – Letter B – Bear, Box, Brother
  • Bible Study – Little Book Day 2 ‘Starting Your Day’
  • Reading – Little Critters
  • Phys. Ed. – Run 1 lap, push-ups, kick ball

Wednesday:

  • Math – 1 pg. addition, 1 pg. subtraction ‘chips’
  • Copywork – Letter C – Cow, Cat, Cousin
  • Bible Study – Little Book Day 3 ‘Choosing Wisely’
  • Reading – Z’s Choice of Book
  • Phys. Ed. – Run 1 lap, jumping jacks, kick ball

Thursday:

  • Math – 2 pages Addition ‘counting pencils’
  • Copywork – Letter D – Dad, Dog, Day
  • Bible Study – Little Book Day 4 ‘Your Attitude’
  • Reading – M’s Choice of Book
  • Phys. Ed. – Run 1 lap, Bicycle in air, Red Rover

Friday:

  • Math – 2 pages Subtraction ‘Dominoes’
  • Copywork – Ear, Elephant, Easy
  • Bible Study – Little Book Day 5 ‘Celebrate!’
  • Reading – Dora
  • Phys. Ed. – Run 1 lap, sit-ups, Red Light Green Light

What does your schedule look like? How often do you plan?

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Making Time for Lesson Planning

Being a stay at home-schooling mom, with all we have to do, it is hard to find time to plan out our lessons. Well, for me, at least. I’m not sure about others, but my house is usually in an organized state of chaos. Sometimes it feels completely unorganized and out of control, but we’re working on having a better structure and routine so that we can be better organized. I say chaos because we have two five year olds, a three year old, and a 17 month old running around all day – I don’t know who that wouldn’t be chaos to.

1 Corinthians 1:23 says “God purchased you at a high price. Do not be enslaved by the world.”

All my life, I’ve been a night owl. I have to work hard to get myself up in the mornings. Along with being a night owl, I’m also a TV addict. I love all kinds of different shows. Crime dramas, mysteries, sci-fi, etc. You name it, I’ll watch it. I usually stay up way too late watching TV on Netflix, because that’s the only time I have to watch TV. You would think that 5 1/2 years after having kids, I would be used to getting up in the morning, but I’m not. I am currently trying to get myself into a good routine so that I can wake up easier. I am trying to go to sleep by 10, but it is very hard. I realized that between the cleaning, cooking, teaching, and trying to have fun with my kids, I have no time to plan our lessons out.

We have decided that the best routine for our kids is bath time around 7pm so we can be asleep by 8pm — that is bathing 4 kids and doing a story in both the girl room and the boy room, within an hour, with them hopefully asleep at the end of that hour. I plan to then, take a shower and do my Bible reading, prayer time, and on Monday, lesson planning. I also plan to do blog planning and meal planning during that time, just on different days than our lesson planning. If I can get the kids to bed by 8pm, that gives me two hours to shower and get all of the things I need to do done.

I tried out this plan last night. I didn’t get to my room until 10 because the kids got to bed a little late, but it only took me 40 minutes to read two days worth of my Bible reading, prayer before & after reading, and plan out a week worth of lessons. Today I woke up at 6am, and am still going strong. Hopefully this plan works.

How do you make time to plan your lessons? How often do you plan them – weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly? Any tips for me or other readers?

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Curriculum Talk

Lately in the homeschooling blog scene, everyone is talking about what curriculum they use.

We have decided not to use a curriculum, at least to start.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about A BEKA.

If we do end up using a curriculum, this is probably the one I will choose.

I have a lot of research to do when it comes to curriculum, but I’m not to that point yet.

I’m really hoping I will only have to use it for a few subjects here & there.

We have a lot of books and information on most historical events, so I should be able to do history without a boxed in ‘this is what you must learn’ ideal.

I’m pretty good at spelling and grammar, so I hope to do this by myself.

There are other aspects of English / Language Arts that I’m not so good at, so those I will need outside help with – which I’m hoping I can just find online.

Math – There are so many resources for this subject, that we REALLY shouldn’t NEED a boxed curriculum. I should be able to find most of what we need online.

Plus, I have a few textbooks that I’ve bought in the bookstore.

Science will be my hardest area, as I’m not a science fan – AT ALL.

Hubby will be able to teach them a lot, and we have many science books – not including all the science workbooks A has brought home from school after they were done with them.

Computer, I will be able to handle.

Hubby and I are both in love with computers.

He, with design programs. Me, with all things internet and writing related.

Social studies – which includes history – will be mostly home made curriculum.

We can learn all we need to about geography online or in books that we already own.

Bible curriculum is simple, we use our Bible and the different devotionals we have.

We could do different lessons based on different verses and what not, which I will plan out when the times come.

If you have used a curriculum, what would you recommend? Also, if you don’t use a curriculum, where do you get your resources from?

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Organizing – Notebook Style

This week has been about getting the boys notebooks put together so we have things prepared for the year.

I’ve got Handwriting, Language Arts, Math, and Science.

I’ve also started one for Princess Sy with Pre-k work.

About a year ago when we were in Manhattan, KS – we found some really awesome 3 ring binders that are old styled, recycled, and originally $3.50 each – for $.75 each. We have like 14 +/- of them.

They are pretty awesome, and we can reuse them each year.

I would love to find some more like them so we don’t have to reuse.

Next week we begin half day school, which we will do for two weeks.

The third week, we begin full day school.

I’m excited.

I think the kids are, too.

 

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Adding a new ‘Player’.

Last night, the hubbs and I were talking about school enrollment.

Our oldest, who is in public school and whose enrollment we were talking about, was doing his chore…. sort of.

During this conversation A says, I would rather just be homeschooled – especially if we’re moving in the middle of the school year.

Both the hubbs and I had the same reaction — jaws droppedYou what!?

We heard him right. He wants to homeschool.

Our plan is to move to California in the next few months, and that would mean A would have to change schools.

He DOES NOT want to do that. He wants to move to California, yes, but he does not want to change schools.

The hubbs had mentioned to A’s mom last weekend when she picked him up, that we were talking about moving away & asked what she thought.

She was not happy. I would hate it worse than I hate the arrangement we have now, was exactly how she worded it.

Our arrangement now is Sun @ 8pm – Friday @ 5pm he is with us. That means all school time he’s at our house.

This would mean she would see him on school vacations, and that would be it, unless she made a special trip from KS to CA.

In the end, she said that since A is of age to make his own choice on who he wants to live with, she would support his decision.

A wants to come with. He wants to learn how to surf, and live in a place that doesn’t have sticky, crazy heat.

Soooo, the hubbs thinks that A wanting to stay home is a good way to test the waters to see how serious A’s mom was about supporting his decisions.

A wants to do this. No one tried to talk him into it. Hubbs and I were trying to figure out how much we were going to have to pay for school fees when A said this. Randomly.

If A’s mom decides she won’t support A’s choice in education, and knowing why he wants to do that, we can’t believe that she will truly let him go without a fight.

So, this will be a good testing of the waters.

Now, the issue I have – A did a public school from home program in 5th grade while I was pregnant with Miss Liberty.

I was exhausted, and unprepared for schooling at home, even though it was an online program – I still had to help with it.

At this point in time, I’m fully prepared to homeschool kids, so I won’t have any of those issues.

BUT, he did take advantage of my position at that point in time, and slacked off.

That was the thing I talked to him about last night – can you seriously say that you will be able to sit here with me and your siblings all day?

That you will not try to take advantage of the situation and try to get out of doing any of your work?

After the work you gave me today, I know the school year won’t be easy.  You won’t let me off easy. You’ll make sure I’m doing my work, and you’ll help me if I need it.

I gave him 5 different assignments yesterday just as a ‘get your brain going’ activity since he hadn’t done anything all summer.

He didn’t understand something, and instead of asking for help, he just immediately looked at the page and said I don’t know what this is, how am I supposed to do that!?

This was immediate. He looked at the page and said it. I tried to explain that he needed to look at the example problem, but he just wouldn’t listen.

Finally, I got him to my desk and explained it step by step with the example problem and an additional problem that I made up.

He got it, and he had the whole worksheet done within minutes.

I’m taking a chance here.

I know it would be unfair of me to say No, sorry, I can’t do it for you, but I can for your siblings. Especially when I’m fully capable.

I just don’t want to be taken advantage of. Again.

Today I’m working on a schedule for his school work so that he will see what he will have to do.

If he makes a fuss over anything that he will have to do, I’m probably going to say no.

Has anyone brought home an older kid who has only schooled in a public setting? If so, how did you go about it?

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