Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
In a couple of weeks, Ashley will be starting Ballet. It's a short class 35-45 minutes long. I want to do some type of Unit study with the boys during that time. But everything I can think of, Ashley would like or benefit too from it.
And Mason and Austin are opposites. I would teach Spanish because Mason would love to learn it, but Austin really does not want to learn it and vice versa with Chinese (plus I can't pronounce it.)
Mason likes dinosaurs- Austin couldn't care less.
Austin likes Planets- Mason could possibly get into it but it's not his thing.
Can't be trains- Austin would flip out if he had to study some that didn't have little faces on them.
I want to do a study on the human body, but want Ashley involved in that one.
I want to think of something that neither one has thought about. I thought possibly Knights, but I'm not sure. (Sounds kind of boring to me)
Do you have any suggestions?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
As for homeschooling...I have had my ups and downs. All weekend long the kids were asking when they were going to Mommy's school again, then by Monday they didn't want to have anything to do with it. Today, I had a lot of attitude problems from them, but we did manage to get through all of the lessons.
My daughter fell apart today. I saw her look on her brother's paper and circle the same thing he did (which was wrong). And I told her that that was called cheating. She just broke down and cried and cried and cried. And she erased almost the entire page. I said, Ashley just erase this one. And she said but I looked on Mason's paper on these too. I had a hard time consoling her! I wasn't even mad- this is all brand new to them. Poor thing!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Then we were studying Brazil and Sugar Loaf mountain that is there. And each of them made their own Sugar Loaf mountain out of sugar cubes. Unfortunately, the more glue they used caused it to melt. But they had a great time doing this. Here are the pictures to prove it.
What was really funny is that we went to Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday night. The balloon man was asking the kids what they had been doing. Austin was telling him how they were going to school at home and I was his teacher. The balloon man had made him a hat and put it on his head. Austin's hair was sticking up from the static. So the man said, "Are you learning about static electricity?" And Aussie replied very seriously, "No, we are not big enough to learn about static electricity, we only learned about Sugar Loaf Mountain in Brazil and how it has a cable car that is way up high that you can ride in."
CRACKED ME UP!!!!! The balloon man couldn't hear all of that though.
Today we started school early. We have a guest here today, so I am including him in our schooling. After, during and before everything we did he kept asking when we were going to be done so he could play with the Thomas trains. We actually finished up the main stuff quite early and I am now letting them play. We will have lunch and then I will do a craft with them.
Well I'm off to make lunch...hopefully I can take pictures of the craft they do. It should be cool!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today started off with the kids whining and crying ALOT! I didn't know how in the world I was going to start teaching today. Ashley cried throughout the Bible lesson, but amazingly Austin still was able to answer the questions after the story. Well I kept on going and it got MUCH better.
We went across the street to our neighbors house who puts out their U.S. flag everyday and said the Pledge of Allegience. Even though we will say it everyday, I thought it would be fun to go to their house once a week.
I was really proud of my kids for getting ready today. They made their beds, got dressed, brushed their teeth, washed their faces and brushed their hair all before we did school. Austin asked why we had to get dressed when we were staying at home.
The lessons were super easy so I did 3 of them today. I will probably do 3 tomorrow too.
My favorite part of the day is when we did their homework from Friday. They had to draw a picture and if they could write a few words about what they learned in her class. Each of them are so different and I just got the biggest kick out of what they did.
Mason drew a very simple stick figure and wrote Brazil Boy.
Ashley drew a girl and dictated what she wanted me to write. I had her write the word Brazil. But her story said, This is a girl from Brazil. She has no clothes on because it is hot. Their school is broken and their homes are old.
Aussie drew a VERY detailed picture of a rainforest with 3 people. One of the persons was slipping on the water. And he wrote Brazil rainforest.
Then they were to color a picture of the Brazil children. Mason did not want to do it. He scribbled on one of them, because he was mad that we were doing it. Then I told him he could go get the mail if he would color it nicely. So he told me not to look and he colored the other one nice. And then was proud of himself.
Then Ashley said, "we are supposed to color them with BRIGHT colors" So she colored hers nicely and asked me which colors were bright.
Austin again made me laugh. He colored his with much detail. And then he colored the skin brown and told me why. He said he colored them brown because it is so hot that their skin wouldn't burn if it was brown.
Mason just whizzed through the math. And he wanted to be the teacher's helper. So I had him help me some with asking the other two questions.
I have to say I was very proud of the kids and how it turned out in the end.
By the way while I'm homeschooling I turn the ringer off on my phones.