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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our School Room

We are so blessed to live near my mom. She has let us use one room in her house for our school room. We are in our 3rd week and so far, loving it. I'd say the only down side is keeping my 3 year old busy while I have to work with the others.  I don't have the resources (toys) I do at home, but so far we've managed.
Here are some pics:
The first grader's space is shared with me on my desk. With the PreK boy behind me.

Shelves with my teachers books, manipulatives, and some PreK games.

PreK chalkboard desk.

5th grader's area--extra paper is stored on her shelf too.

Our calendar area. A HUGE white board we made out of shower wall stuff from Home Depot. My mom bought us this awesome rug.

 A closer view of our Calendar Board.

The whole room.

Cool Rug.
One awesome thing about this room is that we haven't had to turn the lights on yet--even on a rainy day. Those skylights provide SOOO much natural light. It's great. We are blessed to have this space.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our First Day

We rode our bike to school on the first day.... and nearly every day since. A fun adventure for the kids. School is just 1/2 mile away.
Daughter is holding my bike up--it doesn't balance with the trailer.

ready to go...

Hard to take a picture while riding a bike.

Sweet boy in a trailer.

Nana left a note on the door "Welcome to your first day of school 2014-2015.

Emergent Readers

I found these on Pinterest

Check out all her learning ideas too in each post for the books. Wonderful!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back To School Pics

Confession time: I got the idea for this photo shoot from Pinterest...
My Sweetie Pie!
That face--he's awesome!

Ready for 5th--I'm so not ready for her to be this grown up!

I make GORGEOUS children!

SASSY girl!

Sweet Happy Boy

I'm in love with this sweet face.

All 3--and the dog.

And it wouldn't be complete without Teacher Pics--Thanks to my awesome daughter for snapping these for me!

Just me

My 'teacher' face

No, she doesn't really wear glasses, just for effect.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Curriculum 2014-2015

So I will be teaching a 5th grader, 1st grader, and a 4 year old Pre-K.  I have a board for ideas, but
here's the 'list' (keep in mind this is unofficial because I haven't bought anything yet):

5th Grade
English/Grammar/Spelling: Queens Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Volume 2
All About Spelling 3 (continued from 4th grade, then onto level 4)

Math: Teaching Textbooks 5

Reading: Whatever Books we can find--maybe some literature study units from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Vocabulary for the Gifted Student
Word of the Week Volume 1

Jump In

Unlocking Analogies
Critical and Creative Thinking


Story of the World Volume 2

Christian Kids Explore Biology

Art: Teach Art to Children

1st Grade:

English/Grammar/Spelling: First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind
All About Spelling 1 (starting halfway through the year when he's ready)

Reading: All About Reading 1 (continuing from Kindergarten)

Math: Math U See Alpha

Thinking: Critical and Creative Thinking

Writing: Draw the Write

Fun: Make a World


ABC's: Confessions of a Homeschooler's Letter of the Week
Rescue Bots Learn the Alphabet

123's:  Rescue Bots Learn Counting

Also, whatever fun activities I have pinned here

 Hopefully I get to buy and start planning soon!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

New School Room

Well I've decided to move our school room to my mom's house this year. We are going to try it out anyway. She only lives about 1/4 mile away, so we won't have to travel too far. :) I'm looking forward to having a designated school space that isn't mixed with living room/dining room/ kitchen, like it is now. I'm keeping an open mind. We might end up loving it, but we mind end up hating it. We will see. So far I can see it will have more advantages than disadvantages. So here's my list.

More space
A designated school space
We will 'go' to school-- so when we are there it will be school time, not get distracted by the kitchen and snacks that are 3 feet away time.
No housework distractions--when I'm there, I'm teacher only. :)

Having to get up and get out of the house when it's -20 in the winter
Having to keep the Preschooler busy while the other two are finishing school without 'home' resources.

I will post some pictures when I get it set up. I still haven't bought my curriculum yet.... This year is getting off to an interesting start. :) (whenever it starts)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I did something today...

I did something today to get ready for the school year. I printed out worksheets. I had an idea to practice and keep multiplication facts fresh: Have one worksheet of facts a day.

Monday--0's, 1's, 2's (EASY day :)
Tuesday--5's and 10's
Wednesday--3's, 6's, 9's
Thursday--4's, 8's

As we master these we will move on to committing division facts to memory. I printed them out from

Monday, July 21, 2014

I didn't publish this:

THIS IS LAST YEAR'S FIRST DAY POST. Silly Me, I forgot to publish it. I'm a dork.

Panic? I think not... Well, maybe a little....

         So here I am, in the middle of the busiest summer I've EVER had. It's almost the end of July and Guess What! I don't have any curriculum purchased for this next year. I have a few things that we are continuing from last year, but the bulk of my stuff??? Still in the store. I haven't gotten to plan or look at the lessons.... My 'I want to control everything and have a very specific plan' part of me is freaking out. The other part of me; the 'It'll come together just take one step at a time' part of me is doing ok. (That's the part where my husband's personality rubbed off on me.)
So What I Have:
All About Spelling 3 (my daughter will continue this and I will buy 4 at some point during the year)
All About Reading 1 (my son will be continuing this and I will buy 2 when he's ready)
Math U See Alpha (my son will start this when we start)
First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind (My son will start this when we start)
Confessions of a Homeschooler's Letter of the Week and K4  (my youngest son will do this one, he's about to turn 4)
What I 'need': Here's a link to my Pinterest Board. :) Too many to list.... Now, I'm not getting everything on the board, but a lot of it. Hopefully. :)
Our school room set up will be the same as last year. I think. I've been contemplating moving our 'school room' to my mom's house. Still mulling that one over. Not sure I want to 'get out' on the mornings when it's 20 below Zero. But, then again, that doesn't happen too often. Well, that's all for now. Want to see a picture of me? I'll leave you with this:
Just having Breakfast at Tiffany's.