School Schedule

September 4, 2012 | Category: blog train, homeschool | Leave a Comment

It’s the fourth week of the school year and we are finally in a good groove. I thought I’d go ahead and post how our schedule is working right now. This is subject to change after Christmas. We always seem to do great up until Christmas and then from January to March we struggle to get back into the same groove. By mid-March, I usually end up changing things up just to get us through the remainder of the year. We’ll see how it goes this year. 🙂

Right now our schedule looks like this:

Monday and Wednesday
Together – Bible and Year-long Body Unit Study
Individual Work – Math (all using Saxon), Daily Grammar, Reading, Journal, Spelling, Science, Calendar Notebook (Cassie, Elena, Josh), Social Skills Book (Josh)

Tuesday and Thursday
Together – Bible, Mystery Of History, Body Unit
Individual – Math, Daily Grammar, Reading, Journal, Calendar Notebook (Cassie, Elena, Josh), Social Skills Book (Josh), Spelling

Together – President, Composer, Artist, State, Country
Individual – Spelling Test

Things that get added as we can – Music, Art (aside from what goes with the artist study), field trips, home ec.

I have our country studies set up so that I cover the countries that are represented at Epcot are covered first. We already have Disney tickets, so why not make the trips educational, right? 🙂

Again, all of this is subject to change, but we are doing well with it this way for now. In fact, I think this year by far has been our easiest year transitioning back into starting the school year. Joshua usually regresses a bit at the end of a school year, and it usually signifies he is going to have some sort of growth in either stature or emotional and social growth. This year’s regression was delayed until the end of summer break. I’m not real sure if the delay was due to our move or what other reason there would be for it, but I can say it has been a bit rougher this time around. I think we are starting to see the end of that tunnel though, and although we are still seeing some regression, I am also seeing a bit of the growth. He has really been focusing better on school and getting the work done with little complaint. Whereas last year was a huge struggle to get him to do even the simplest work and even the thought of having to do Math would send him into a tizzy, I have not had any problems about getting him to get school done and Math has been with very little trouble this year. I’ve praised him so much the past few weeks about how great he has been doing this year. He’s actually making effort and showing progress and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂 Even he has mentioned that he feels he is doing better this year. Thank goodness!

So, that’s our schedule for the year. We’re happy to be back into a routine. Hopefully now I can find time to add in some house projects again.

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Whew! After an extended time away from this blog, I am happy to say I am back! I am not currently designing, and I am not sure if I will return to that or not at this time. I do intend on updating this blog for family and friends though. 🙂 We made a move to another area of the state at the end of this past year, so updates are constantly being requested by family members that are still afraid of facebook (hi Mom and Dad!).

We will be starting our school year August 13th, so I will be back with updates on our new school room and curriculum choices. I’m super excited to get started! Until then, farewell!

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July 19, 2012 | Category: blog train, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

…and the living is eeeeeeee-asy. Well, at least a bit more laid back than it had been through the school year anyway. We decided to take a break from the busy days that we have had since moving down here and just sort of chill this summer. No group activities, no lessons – just good old fashioned playing and reading and getting things done that had to wait until we had time to do them.

We have also had a few trips back home this summer. We spent a week there for VBS where the kids had a great time. The theme was “Castle Kids”. They came home with just about an entire knight’s wardrobe that they created a piece of each day. Really cool! We also had some sad trips. My husband’s grandmother passed away last month and we were able to go back and visit a few times while she was in the hospital, a nursing home, and then back in the hospital. We also were able to make it to her funeral, thankfully. I was able to learn a good bit about her in a letter that was read there…things that I had never had the opportunity to hear before. Things like stories about how she was raised on a farm and her father (who hubby was named after) was a cattle and sweet potato farmer. Hubby and I found ourselves giggling about this later. We may not have cattle, but our neighbor has 80 acres with cattle, and our other neighbor had told us the only thing he has found that grows well here are sweet potatoes. It was as if we had come full circle and hadn’t even realized it.

Since VBS week, I’ve been busy prepping for the upcoming school year. I am determined to be more organized this year since we now have all of our school stuff in one place and no longer in storage. Last year was a mess due to having things in storage in preparation for our move. As many know, it took us a whole lot longer to find a new home than we originally planned (a whole year!). This year however, I have an actual craft/school room/office space that allows me to actually have everything organized and at my fingertips. So, I am plugging away trying to organize everything in there. I find myself feeling a bit anxious over the fact that my oldest is going into the 8th grade. It is our last year before high school and I am nervous as heck about fitting everything in before we have to get overly serious about the future.

On a totally different matter, my husband has also managed to talk me into letting him get a cat. Now, cats are not my thing. I don’t hate them or anything, I just don’t get all goo goo over them like some people are known to do. I usually just ignore them the best I can. I’m just a dog person at heart. So, when he texted me asking what I thought about getting a cat, I knew he had already had his heart set on one. I called and asked what cat, got told about how his co-worker has these adorable little kittens and we could go check them out. Oy! His co-worker narrows it to the two males in the group for us because they will probably do best with kids and are the most affectionate in the litter. We met the two kittens and hubby picked out the one he wanted. He is a cute little mixed breed kitten that is now named Asimov (after the author). He had his first check-up and set of shots today and hubby said he was wonderful while being poked and prodded. Even the vet was impressed! Azzie (what we are calling him) loves me to death. I am starting to warm up to him a little bit, too. How can I help it? Look at this face!

The second picture was taken while I was trying to work on some invites for a friend of mine, but that cat just would NOT let me. If he wasn’t laying on the keys, he was scrolling for me or chasing after the curser as it moved on the screen. He’s quite an attention hog, mainly because he knows I don’t want him all over me. He’s a little stinker. 🙂

I did finally get the invites done the next day, much to Azzie’s chagrin. My friend’s children have birthdays very close together, so she asked if I would mind making three luau themed invites for her to use – one for family, one for daughter one’s friends, and one for daughter two’s friends. I just love how they turned out. 🙂 Hubby was trying to convince me to get back into this aspect of scrapping for others, but I just don’t know that there is really a market for this type of thing down here. Who knows? I may surprise myself and get back into that or designing at some point. I do miss scrapping regularly.

I had best get back to planning for school. Hard to believe we only have a few weeks of break left! I will try to update more frequently this year. It would be nice to keep track of some of our school activities while sharing them with my family and friends who aren’t on facebook. Have a wonderful week!

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When we were originally house hunting, we had put in an offer and were close to closing on a house with a really awesome floor plan that included 3 1/2 bathrooms. The boys and girls were supposed to each have their own bathroom and had pretty much decided what theme/colors they wanted in each. In the end, we had to walk away from that house and restart our house hunt due to some questionable practices by the bank that owned the house (such a stealing the fence after being under contract). We eventually found the house that we now own.

This house has a bathroom on each end of the house. One has a shower stall and the other has a tub. We decided the one with the tub would be the kids’ bath, and I asked them all for their opinion on how they wanted to decorate it. All of them said they wanted a Disney theme, though there was no real definite character they mentioned. Elena wanted princesses, but there was no way the boys would ever agree to that. Cassidy wanted the castle, but one of the boys mentioned how girly he felt it was. Joshua wanted Nemo, and Jacob waanted just a general Disney feel. I had spotted some Disney bath items at Target a few months back, so I figured I would eventually pick them up when the time came. Flash to this week, and lo and behold, I noticed there were several Disney themed bath items on clearance for 30% off. I usually don’t pick up clearance until 50% off, but I also know that Disney items will sell out fast when the price drops, especially with us living where we are in relation to the parks. So I grabbed a few things and headed home with Miss Elena being told that it was a huge secret.

I chose a Mickey shower curtain that is a little bit short for our highly set bar, but I think I will eventually add a little something to the bottom to extend it a bit. I picked up a Mickey head lotion pump that I am currently using for soap instead. Works like a charm and look ever so cute in there. I had an old Mickey bank from my childhood that I placed on the countertop. I also grabbed some super cute embroidered hand towels. Boy, oh boy, were the kids ever surprised and excited when they walked into the bathroom after I set it all up later on. I was trying to figure out what I could use to hang on the wall. I decided to take a piece of black glitter scrapbook paper that I got on clearance a few months back at Target and cut them to fit in some small 8×10 frames I already had on hand. I attached our Disney pins to the paper by pushing them through the paper and then closed the back of the frame as if it were a photograph. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not since it isn’t a shadowbox, but so far it seems to be holding up ok. I’m still not happy with the placement of the frames, so I will be playing with that soon. I have a couple of other ideas from pinterest that I am playing with as well, such as framed character silhouettes in a row above the towels. What I really love about this is that I can eventually get some red, black, white, and even bold yellow towels and additional touches. Being a Disney nut, I have a lot of little Disney themed items that can be switched in and out of there for an ever revolving room. It’s definitely going to make it more fun to clean in there. 🙂

So what do you think? Any new bathroom decorating adventures going on in your home?

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