Monday, March 14, 2011

Moving Right Along

Hard to believe we are nearing the end of our school year. Our biggest struggle is with math right now. They have improved a lot since we had them do the math drills on the Math-U-See website and some math games. 

Little E just likes watching

Last Wednesday we joined our homeschool group on a field trip to the local Kroger. It was actually very interesting and the children loved it. Especially since they got a chance to taste test a lot of yummy things. :-)

Plus....Big T looks pretty funny in his hair net. :-)

Sweet E was a good listener


You can see Little E (marked his shirt with an E)
Seeing where they crush the cardboard . Who doesn't love seeing something being crushed?

The children thought it would funny to reach through and grab someone's hand when they went to get milk. 

Then the next day it was time for the dentist. This was Little E's first time and he did very well. I was nervous, but it went just fine.


All done and everything looks good!

Next up was Sweet E. Last time she cried, but this time she did great!
Another good report!
No pictures of Big T because we were getting our teeth cleaned at the same time. 5 of us went and only one cavity! I should be really happy, but I am the one with the cavity. :-( And it's between two teeth in the same tooth that had a cavity three years ago! So frustrating. Oh well. But now I have to wait over 2 weeks to get back in because the dentist is going on vacation next week. Nothing like being told you have a cavity and they can't do anything about it for over 2 weeks. So hard to not think about it all the time!

So anyway, we are continuing to plug right along in our school work. Oh yeah! We were even able to go to co-op on Friday. Finally, no snow to keep us away.

I am praying that you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the weather. The sun is shining and it sure makes a difference! Blessings to you and your family

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Again...Still Here...

I am doing my best to catch up. With the whole family being sick for almost for 1 1/2 to 2 months I didn't have a whole lot of time. (I guess I didn't make time to post) We have kept busy and are pretty well on track with our school work. We have struggled through math and went back about 5 lessons to try it all again. Seems to be helping with Big T but Sweet E is still having a hard time. May go back a couple of lessons and start again and hopefully I can find a way to help the information sink in.



There have been learning experiences for everyone in the family. Beloved and Big T learned how to change the spark plugs in the car. I was very proud of them. They did a great job!


My Dad was able to come up for a visit and Sweet E said she would like to make him a cake (just because). She made the two layer chocolate cake and iced it by herself (For the most part). She asked that I make the IU symbol to put on top and then she decorated even more with the red and white icing. It was a big hit and a great job for her first time making and decorating a cake. 


Then we took Papaw letterboxing so he could see what we have been talking about. We ended up at  Honey Run and it was so amazing to see how much water and how much power the waterfall had. It was incredibly loud as well!

video

Plus yesterday was a co-op day for the children. Big T and Sweet E had music, Spanish, gym, and story stretchers. Little E had a couple different preschool classes and Special K went wherever I took her. I was very grateful that we were able to have classes (2 out of the 5 have been canceled so far this winter due to snow.) I was looking forward to the children running off some energy. Cabin fever is getting REALLY bad!

Well, we have a busy weekend ahead as well (but good). The Pastor and his family are coming over to our house for the first time. So much to do! May the Lord bless you and have a blessed weekend!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Preschool Time!

With cold snowy weather and sickness we have been stuck inside a lot the past month and a half. Seems like someone is always sick and the weather has been terribly cold this month. So I do my best to come up with things for Little E's play time during school. I think I have shown this before, but I will show it again. We have a few construction vehicles (by M@tchbox I think) and we keep them in a box with popcorn and dried beans.

He plays with this at least 3 times a week.

Unfortunately most of the trucks are buried. Too much dirt and gravel in the way. ;-)

The best money ever spent was on these trucks and the plastic case to hold it all. I just need a bigger sheet for him to use.
Here is Mr. Ornery himself :-)

I need to come up with a few other things for him to keep him busy and help him learn while I am occupied with the oldest two children. I should add that this activity is only brought out with Special K is down for her nap. Or else it would turn into a gigantic mess!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Puppets and Lost Tooth

We don't brown bag our lunches but buying some to have on hand was a great idea (in my opinion anyway) :-) With the whole family (except for Big T) being sick we haven't gotten out of the house much. Sweet E asked for the brown lunch sacks to make puppets yesterday. The children had a great time and it kept them busy for over an hour. Anything that can keep them occupied for that long is a blessing. :-D

Little E didn't understand that during a puppet show he should be hidden.
Then last night Beloved told me he thought Big T would loose his tooth tonight. Well, that sort of thing makes me squeamish and I kindly ask them to go in the other room. :-) Next thing I know Big T comes in yelling, "My tooth came out!" He pulled it all by himself. The excitement was too much not to share. So, he called my Mom, my Dad, my Mother and Father-in-Love, and my Brother-in-Love. 

The Before (Big T helped edit his photos)
And after!
Our firstborn lost his very first tooth. That's a big deal in this house! It is also a good learning experience. We have The Little Brainwaves Investigate: Human Body book and have turned this into a school lesson. We talked about the parts of the tooth and how we have baby teeth and adult teeth that replace them. Big T has really enjoyed the book. I think he finds it entertaining to see the silly pictures of the little cartoon people.


He can't wait for his other tooth to come out. I think it will in the next couple of weeks. :-)

Monday, January 17, 2011

COSI Fun

Our family won a family pack of tickets to COSI (which never covers our whole family.) But paying $10 plus parking is a lot better than $60 plus parking. I have never been to COSI so it was new for me as well as the children. It was busy, but it was still a lot of fun. 
 
Don't know why, but the children thought it was hilarious to be strapped on the space potty.

All three of them crammed into the submarine.

Big T was able to pull himself all the way up with the 3 pulley system.

Can you tell Little E thought it was great fun to sit in the buggy?

Figured Papaw K would appreciate this.

I think they would have spent half the day in this diner if we let them.

Guess what he is getting ready to do

Take a ride on the high wire unicycle....17 feet off the ground!

He got stuck halfway and they had to pull him back in, but he loved it!

Special K enjoyed her time at the water table in the Kid's Space

She didn't like the hood up on her raincoat though

Sweet E with the moon up close and personal
Strong Boy!

The children keep asking when we can go back. I know Beloved wants to get back to COSI soon so he can lift a car again. :-) Little E summed it up best....."a place to play and learn!"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Late again....

Here we go...late again and again and again and again. We had small pumpkins left over from Thanksgiving (they lasted a long time). So the first week of December we used them pumpkins for science experiments. The children placed their pumpkins in water to see if they would float. (I should say that the children had to make a guess whether they would float or not.)

They Float

They they had to guess how many seeds were in the pumpkins.

The children also had fun making these adorable cookies. It is so much fun to see the children develop their culinary skills. These snowman are lacking in color, but they are absolutely adorable. I should also add that they are gluten free.

So Adorable and Delicious!
 Here is Sweet E playing with her very first sewing machine. I will have to have her start practicing her hand sewing skills very soon.
She was so excited!
 Next up is Little E. We started a lap book about Astronauts. He is getting much better at cutting on the lines. 

He's Learning!

No, he didn't cut his finger. And yes, I was nervous :-)

I'll be posting more soon. I hope. :-) I guess I shouldn't make promises since I can't seem to keep them lately. (About blog posts that is)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

WHY!?

Why is it that some days it seems as though my children shipped their brains two states over? Unfortunately today is one of those days. :-( Sorry...just had to share. I have a friend that (at times) has told her children to go to their room and when they find there brain they can come back and finish their school work. LOL

Sunday, January 2, 2011