Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yogurt and a Field Trip

So, I started this thing a few weeks ago with the kids.  It's a marble jar.  Each time the kids do something nice for each other, or do a chore without being told or use good manners without being reminded they get to put a marble in the jar.  We have also let them put marbles in for good listening skills, following directions and moving up ( good day, great day, outstanding day) instead of down (loose a privilege, grounded, be cooked up in a stew for dinner, get stuck in the garbage can - I am exaggerating here! ha) on the behavior chart. 

Anyway, they reached the goal of filling the jar to the top!  YAY!!!  So Monday we went and had a treat of frozen yogurt.  Now that is a good way to start out a school week!

This week we spent a lot of time on word problems.  Dreaded word problems.  Awful word problem. Why do we have to do this word problems...or just whatever you like to call them word problems.  It was actually not that bad(do not tell my sister Lynne I said that!  She would say "I told you so!"  She helped me with many math problems growing up.).   I had the kids make banners of the "clue words" you find in word problems that help you know what operation you need to do to solve the problem.  Then, we put the banners on the wall so they have a quick reference. 

On Friday, after seeing a friend post some beautiful pictures of the mountains, I decided we needed a field trip.  So I packed up a picnic and off to Cades Cove we went.  It is beautiful right now!  We had a lot of fun.  The kids really seemed to enjoy it.  They loved walking through the old homes and we went through one of the old churches.  It was only us in the church, and my boy walked up to the pulpit and said, "Today, we will be talking about Isaiah", then he read a scripture from the bible that was laying there.  A couple came in the door and said "look we have a preacher here today!" haha  It was cute! 

Another great week in the books! 

Bienvenido a Mi vida loca


  1. Hi, It's nice to meet you. You are going to love and hate homeschooling all at the same time. It will be the hardest yet most rewarding thing in your life. (Hope I'm not scaring you.hehe) I have 3 children-K,Pre-K and tiny tot.

    So funny, we do a similar jar thing, but the opposite direction. They lose rocks when they are naughty. I alternate it with a coin version where they get coins if I catch them doing something good.

    Well I wish you the best on your homeschool journeys and if you need anything email me forestrose@ymaildotcom or stop by my blog and leave a comment. God Bless!!

    Forest Rose

  2. Stopping by from the WWU, it must be nice to live where you live. We are from down south & travel your way just to see all that.

  3. I need to make one of those banners. My daughter drives me nuts with word problems because she doesn't take the time to read them.

    Popping in from the wrap-up.

  4. @Giggly Girls After a couple of weeks have the word problem banners up on the wall I can say that they have been helpful. The kids will look at them to help figure out a problem. :-)