Friday, May 19, 2017

May Homeschool Favorites



Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIwT8Shrs-A

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Weekend Links












This Week:

What I Made:  The kids had a baking presentation at school last week and King Arthur Flour sent home baking kits with them.  Each kid baked at least one loaf of bread to share with a local charity and then a baking project of their choice.  Each one was so different.  Josiah baked bread to have with pasta one night, Lydia made rolls for Mother's Day dinner, and Noah made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  It was nice to take the time to bake one on one with each kid.  And I'm seeing how quickly they'll be taking over the kitchen.

What I'm Reading:  I've been reading a wonderful Amish adventure by Beverly Lewis set at the ocean.  It's entitled Ebb Tide and is reminding me how much I love the coast.  I'm also reading 2-3 chapters a day in Atlas Girl for May's book club selection.  Very deep.  But simply beautiful.

What I'm Doing:  Oh, this weekend I'm on a scrapbooking getaway with my mom.  What a wonderful way to cap off celebrating Mother's Day this month.  So we're scrapping the weekend away and enjoying some rest and relaxation.  

At the same time, I'm missing my boys' baseball games on Saturday and that makes me sad.  The season is nearly over and I realize that they're growing so fast.  This days are going to fly by and as much as I wish some of the days away, I ache for them to last.

I also broke a month long sugar fast this week.  I was fasting from Easter to Mother's Day and it really helped reset my cravings.  So I'm hoping to successfully limit my sweets intact in the future.

What I'm Watching:  Season finales are happening, but one of our favorites has been watching Masterchef Jr.  We even let the kids stay up late and watch.  The judges are so good and encouraging with the kids and it's amazing to see the dishes they prepare.

What I'm Enjoying: Asiago cheese... roses... baseball season... smoothies... 

What are you up to?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are My Kids On Track? {Review}


We track our children's physical growth with doctor check ups and percentages.  Vaccinations and vitamins are a regular part of the routine.  Their intellectual progress is tracked in the classroom and standardized tests.  But in terms of social, emotional, and spiritual growth, it can feel like we're stumbling in the dark.  What should be expect?  What's reasonable?  And how in the world do we get there?

These are the growth markers Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan tackle.  These three counselors identify and outline 12 key milestones in your child's social, emotional, and spiritual life.  These milestones include: 
  • Perspective
  • Empathy
  • Ownership
  • Identity
  • Mercy

Each milestone is identified, stumbling blocks for both boys and girls are explained, and hands-on practices are given.  And the end picture is inspiring.

However, the book in its entirety is quite overwhelming.  While reading through each chapter, it felt like everything I say and do with my kids is at critical mass.  Like the slightest word could tip them over the edge.  And while I do believe there's good material in this book, the authors seem to be overly critical and targeting parent's insecurities.  There's so much information and warnings to parents; the entire book become overshadowed with a negative tone.

All in all, the tone of this book outweighed any good it could do.  If you can read this book with a lot of wisdom and perspective, there are nuggets of truth to be mined.  Otherwise, I would pass on this book.  There are better parenting books out there.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: S is for Summer Learning Plans



Dance Mat Typing--
http://www.typing-games.org/a/learning/2010/0723/90.html

ABCYa (math, reading, and strategies for grades Pre-K through 5th):
http://www.abcya.com

Cool Math Games:
http://www.coolmath-games.com

Who Was Journal:
https://www.amazon.com/Who-Your-Name-Here-Story/dp/0448487152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494908230&sr=8-1&keywords=Who+was+journal

Writing Prompts Journal Gr. 1-2:
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C929%2C053&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1494908294294

Sourdough Series:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/search?q=sourdough

Lava Beds National Monument:
https://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm

Tule Lake Unit:
https://www.nps.gov/tule/index.htm

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This week we're talking about our summer learning plans.  We don't homeschool year round so we're going for a light summer learning schedule with plenty of fun activities, extra curricular opportunities, and some home ec.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter S playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter T is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Links













This Week:

What I Made:  Oh, we've been busy this week.  We made muffins, humming bird food, "sea life" jello.... :-)  I love having kids who are interested in cooking.

What I'm Reading: I finally had a chance to pick up Atlas Girl, which is the May bookmarks selection.  Good so far, but I'm only a few chapters in.  Not the typical style of writing I go for, but good.

What I'm Doing:  We're hosting family this weekend.  My mom is in town for her birthday, and my in-laws are visiting to watch the boys play baseball.  So I'm spending the weekend in the baseball bleachers.  Planning on getting some time to prune my roses and firing up the grill.  

What I'm Watching:  We started the Friends season again and we're on Season 2.  Never gets old.  We've also been watching Master Chef Jr.  There's a kid in there from Sacramento so we've been cheering for him.  Amazing what these kids can create.

What I'm Enjoying:  Fajita salad... fresh fruit... smoothies... watching the kids play in the sprinklers... baseball season... Greek & Roman mythology... new friends at church...

What are you up to?
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