Saturday, September 24, 2011

Busy busy bees

Holy frijoles, Batman!  It is the weekend again already!  How did that happen?  Isn't there supposed to be some time in between the weekends?  What happened to Monday, Tues, and those other days? 

Oh wait...

I know what happened!

They flew by in a whirl of Math, English, and PE with piano lessons thrown in there. 

So here I sit trying to remember what we did.  It was some good stuff!  I would tell you if only I hadn't left my brain back on Tuesday!  I think it is still trying to catch up with the rest of me.

Seriously though, I thought that homeschooling would make our family less busy.  Boy was I wrong!  We are busy busy bees!  My poor house is the one who is paying the price! 

Can you say messy?  No, really.  I mean MESSY!!!

I figure that I will get to it eventually.  Right now I am busy learning things like when to use the words "done" and "finished" correctly in a sentence.  "Turkeys are done, children are finished."  hahaha  I definitely do not remember that from school.  I guess it is never to late to learn proper grammar.  I will use it, but it probably still will not sound correct when it comes out in my very southern twang!!

Ok on to the children, who are "finished" not "done" with their work for the week.  (ok ok I will stop now I just had to show you that I did learn something this week!)  It was a good week.  We had a big reading week in our house!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE those!  We had two days where the kids asked me if we could take a break and just read for a little bit.  Umm...abso stinkin lutely!!  (yea yea so that is not correct english, but Oh well!  It is exciting to see my kiddos get into the books they are reading. (-: )

#1 son began a new book for reading this week.  It was suggested to me by a friend who sells Usbourne books.  It is called Conspiracy 365.  ( I would tell you the author, but the book is upstairs and I am feeling that going up the stairs will require too much energy at this moment)  I will tell you that my little guy enjoyed the book!  He is already finished with it and ready for the next one in the series.  That is what I call AWESOME!!!!

#1 daughter is enjoying reading her Peter Pan book.  That makes for one happy mama!!  She is one who gets bored after a chapter or two.  She has made it to chapter 8.  YAY!!!!  We might actually get this one completely finished!

Piano lessons started again this week.  #1 daughter is taking lessons this time as well.  They had a blast and have been practicing everyday with no complaints. (yet)  # 1 son is trying to learn to play a very easy version Bach's Toccata and Fugue.  He fell in love with the song when we learned about Bach from our composer book and asked if I could find it and print it for him to learn.  So....after a quick google search I found an easy piano version and printed it for him and he has been playing around with it everyday.  Pretty good, I think, for a guy with only about 3 months of lessons under his belt.  (although, I am sure he is not playing with the right fingers and yada yada yada...BUT...he is having a blast and has gotten pretty good with the first line of the piece.)

So as you can see our week was a good one!!!  I am happy that it is Saturday, though!  Maybe I can get to work on this messy house...or maybe I can get another cup of coffee and watch the shows on the DVR instead.  Yeah, that sounds like a better plan to me!!!

Bienvenido a Mi vida loca

PS  Ok I feel bad for not knowing the author of the book so I googled it and here is a link to the series:         Ok now that I have relieved some of my guilt about being lazy I am going to see what is on the DVR and to read some of my favorite blogs.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The week with the hair bow...

So last week was quite an interesting one for these newbie homeschoolers.  The kids are having a great time at PE with one exception: #1 son said something at PE that embarrassed #1 daughter.  I don't mean the "oh you shouldn't have said that" embarrassed.  I'm talking about the "crying and don't want to go because all of the kids are going to laugh at her" embarrassed.  Now, the mom tried to console the girl and make it all better.  My attempts, even though they came from the heart, just were not cutting it.  #1 daughter did not want to hear:  "no one will even remember what he said" or "life is tough" or "man up".  I highly doubt that telling her she could "punch his lights out while I turn my back" would have worked either! (sidebar - I did not say that it is just a hypothetical thought.)  So after my failure as a mother who can make it all better, I walked over to #1 son and told him "you better go fix it right now!"

And fix it he did!!

The next thing I see is my son coming out of my daughter's room with a blue bow in his hair!  No joke!  He said that he was going to wear it into the gym so that the kids would laugh at him not her.  My 10 year old son wore a blue bow in his hair into PE class on Thursday so that the kids would laugh at him and not his sister.  Now, I never thought I would ever say such a thing as this, but I am so proud of my boy in his blue bow!!!!!  This mama's heart is so proud of her little guy!!!  Maybe he will turn out ok in spite of me!  :-)

Bienvenido a Mi vida loca

Friday, September 9, 2011

Where did the week go?

We made it through another week.  Whoo Hoo!!  I am so exhausted by Fridays that I can't really think clearly.  It is a good thing that I make some lesson plans or we would not get anything done on Fridays.  I have truly been surprised at how tired I get by the end of the week.    Anyhoo...

We have really had a good week.  This week was the start of our Homeschool PE class at the Y.  The kids enjoyed going.  They were able to go swimming, and did obstacle courses and made some new friends too.  I am so glad that I was able to get them in the class. 

Our Science experiment on photosynthesis is over.  It was kind of a bust!  We had some huge rain showers and flooding this week so one of our leaves that was supposed to stay on the plant actually fell off.  Another leaf - the control leaf- got twisted around in the wind so much that I thought I was going to have to just pick another leaf and say this one will do.  We did finally find the one we had marked.  So I supposed we were able to salvage it and see that light is important to plants.

We played in the rain for an English assignment this week.  That is one good thing about the days of rain we had.  We also made "friendship chains" this week, and talked about what makes a good friend and how to be a good friend.  A cute book we read about friends is Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst.  After we read the story the kids wrote sentences about the characteristics of a good friend.  They transferred the sentences onto strips of construction paper then we stapled them together and are going to hang them up above their desks.

I also learned this week that our bible study book might be a bit too much.  I am spending so much time telling the kiddos what specific words mean that I don't think we are getting as much "God stuff" as we should be getting.  Don't get me wrong, I think it is important to know and understand exactly what the bible says and means.   But I am afraid that if I have to spend the whole time explaining words like sordid gain and dissipation and pugnacious the kids are going to get overwhelmed with vocabulary and just tune out.  We are going to put the book away for awhile.

All in all our week was a good one. 

Bienvenido a Mi vida loca

P.S.  I saw an awesome post over at this week that I think I am going to use.  That is if I ever find time to put it together.  The Mom Binder!  A neat idea to put prayer request in with lesson plans and stuff so that you have everything together.