July 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

I thought I would start posting my top ten favorite homeschooling finds from Pinterest. I love finding new ideas and Pinterest is just the place to do that. Are you on Pinterest? You can follow me here!

Here are my Top Ten Tuesday finds {in no particular order}

1. An Alphabet Adventure via PlayDrMom
    My kids would love to do an Alphabet Scavenger hunt.

2. A is for Apple via Delightful Learning
    I love all her ideas for teaching each letter of the alphabet, I will be using some of these with Cobalt.

3. Calendar & Morning Board via Delightful Learning
    I love her calendar & morning board, I will be using this for our school this year. Just not the Hebrew part.

4. Back to School Breakfast via Giggle Galore
    Even though we homeschool our kids, I plan on making our first day just as special as someone going to
    public school. She has great ideas that I will be using.

5. Making Faces Magnets via The Iowa Farmer's Wife
    This looks so fun!

6. Math Games for Students via Johnnie's Math Page
    Lots of fun math games

7. How to Use the S.O.A.P. Method of Bible Study with Children via Smockity Frocks
    Love this method.

8. Free Book Report Printable via B.Nute Productions Party Place
    Love this printable. Pinky will be using this, this year!

9. Froot Loop Sorting Printable via Better Than I Could Have Imagined
    I'm thinking Cobalt would love to do this...wonder if he would just eat them though :)

10. Velcro Shapes via Tot Treasures
    This looks like a lot of fun. Must do for Cobalt.

Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten! Come back next week for more!

July 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

It's SUPER hot here in Oklahoma, so we are really trying to not heat up our house too much so we will be grilling a lot this week. What do you eat when it's too hot to use the oven? I would really like to just eat out all week, but that's not feasible. So here's to using very little energy.

Who's hungry? I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com make sure you check out all the great menus there!


Monday  B- Cereal 
               L- Nachos 
               D- Grilled Chicken, Pasta & Veggies

Tuesday  B- Oatmeal
               L- PBJ, Veggie Chips & Fruit
               D- Burgers, Beans & Fries

Wednesday  B- Waffles
                    L- Cheese Quesadillas & Fruit
                    D- Spaghetti

Thursday  B- Cereal Bars
                L- Crackers, Cheese Sticks & Fruit
                D- Grilled Pork Chops, Potatoes & Veggies

Friday  B- Toaster Strudel
            L- Chicken Nuggets, Applesauce & Celery
            D- Grilled Pizza Night!

Saturday  B- Cinnamon Rolls
               L- Fish Sticks, Yogurt & Veggie Straws
               D- Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Sunday  B- Pop Tarts
             L- Mac & Cheese
             D- Leftovers

Have a blessed week!

July 19, 2012

Curriculum 2012-2013

We haven't changed a lot in our curriculum choices from last year, but now that Pinky is going to do 2nd grade work I've added more to our work load. Also, since Cobalt is a year older, I'm hoping that I can get him to do at least 5 minutes of work a day :). I personally don't think he needs any structured school work but he likes to be like his sister and at 2.5 years old you just can't reason with him and I want him to feel included. This year will be a learning year for us all...with a newborn added to our mix, I will need to figure out a system that works for us and keeps us all sane.

We decided that we are changing over to a year round schedule. I really think it will work for us, with giving us scheduled breaks and freedom to spread our work out over the year...no stress. I hope. So here is our schedule for the year. {subject to change, if momma wants too}

September- Full month of school
October- Off 1 week
November- Full month of school/ we will take a few days off for Thanksgiving.
December- Full month off / I love that I don't have to do school when I'm trying to do Christmas things all month.
January- Full month of school
February- Off 1 week
March- Full month of school/ we will take a few days off while Warrior is home for Spring Break
April- Full month off
May- Full month of school
June- Off 1 week
July- Full month of school/ we will take a few days off for the Fourth of July
August- Full month off

I really love this schedule and I hope it works for our family, but that's why I love homeschooling...if it needs to be changed, it can!

Pinky's curriculum for 2012:

Math- Math U See- Gamma
Handwriting- Draw Write Now- Book 2
Spelling- A Reason for Spelling- Book C
Bible- Character Studies and reading through her Bible. Also, listening to Seeds Family Worship.
Life Skills- Various house things that she will learn throughout the year ie., washing dishes, folding laundry, cooking, cleaning, tying shoes, etc.
Literature- Classical Literature Unit Study
Geography- Road Trip USA
PE- We will do various forms of activity...Wii, trampoline, dance classes etc.
Enrichment- Piano Lessons

Cobalt's activities for 2012

ABC's & 123's- Letter of the Week
Colors & Shapes- Various Games
PE- Same as Pinky
Various other educational opportunities that come up.

We will also take time to learn about the major holiday's when they come up. I do plan on implementing a few of the thousand things I've found on Pinterest...that site is evil...I spend way to much time on there, but I justify it by getting great ideas, now to just implement them and not just pin them :). Can't wait to get started in a couple months!

July 18, 2012

It's been a loooooong time!

So, it's been almost a year since my last post! I can't believe that. I never meant for my blog to be that idle. I want to get back to blogging again, I can't promise a blog post everyday but I will try my hardest to get one out each week.

Since it's been almost a year...wanna update on us? I started watching a sweet little boy in August who is only 6 months older than Cobalt, so that is the main reason why I haven't blogged in FOREVER...just to much going on with those two :). Beyond that not a whole lot has changed other than I got pregnant in October {2011} with our third child/ fourth pregnancy. We found out in February {2012} that we were having a GIRL! I was so thrilled actually beyond thrilled, I couldn't hold my excitement in. I wanted to go shopping that very day, but Warrior wouldn't let me...He's the smart/sensible one in the house.

We welcomed "Fuchsia" on June 30th via c-section. She is the sweetest little thing ever, and she makes our family so happy. I can officially say this was my LAST pregnancy...the whole surgery/recovery was not fun this time and frankly, I don't want to go through that again! I'm not saying that we won't have more children in our house, but they just won't be coming out of me :). God has blessed us so much with our three children and we want to enjoy them to the fullest.

This my favorite picture so far. Warrior took this pic so I could see her, this was before I even got to hold her. She's perfect!

Happy 4th! She was 4 days old.

Cobalt loves holding his new sister

Pinky is adorable in this pic. Not sure why she was making this face but I'm so glad my camera captured it.

Warrior with his Princess. This man loves his family and I'm blessed to be married to him.

Well, that's our update for now. Come back soon and I will tell you the changes we are making for our new school year. Curriculum, Schedules and much more!

August 23, 2011

Ready, Set, GO!!!

School is in full session here at The Ruby Zebra. It's quite the adjustment from our lazy, do whatever we want Summer days. I like the structure of a good schedule...keeps me focused. I forgot how much prep work it takes to get our school work done in a proper fashion. We use workboxes and I love them, but I'm having to figure out how to use them with our new curriculum. It's coming together nicely though!

Our first day I took pictures of the kiddos and they are just super cute. Take a look for yourself!
 Cobalt {20 months}
Pinky {5 yrs}

We did some puff paint art...so fun!

We had a great first day, however today...well...IT.WAS.ROUGH. Warrior had to come home from work...yikes! That would have made me pee in my pants if my Dad would have come up to school to "correct" me. Luckily Warrior is very tender but also very direct. I pray that Pinky learned her lesson. I was not happy that I had to call him on the 4th day of school. Praying for a better tomorrow!

How do you hand discipline issues while in school time? I handle most of it but when I begin to loose my cool...it's time to call in back up.

August 16, 2011

School BEGINS!

The word excited is an understatement for how I feel about beginning the 2011-2012 school year! Pinky is beyond elated to begin, Cobalt...well he doesn't know any different :) We are are starting this Thursday {8/18}. These first 2 days are gonna be simple and fun! Lots of crafts and going over what I expect out of my kids.

The plan for the first day is:

Bible Time/Worship/Prayer
Calendar/Weather/ and we are gonna learn the pledge this year
Rules of our school year
How to use workboxes and other school items {I'm doing this now so I don't have to take time out of our normal school day to teach how to use things...now if she forgets, I will remind her}
School Pictures
School "Stats"- Height, Weight, Age, Favorite things, Goals etc.

This year is gonna rock! Here is my printout sheet for our School Stats!

I added the eye and hair color on there because you just never know if they will change. Pinky's hair is turning darker so I just want to have it recorded when it does.

August 1, 2011

"Not" Back to School Hop: Curriculum Week

I've been away from this blog for a LONG time. We've been enjoying our Summer break, but I am SO ready to get back to a regular schedule. Being idle is not good for this naturally lazy girl!

I'm super excited to be using new curriculum this year. It's quite the learning curve for me considering this is actually my first year using curriculum. I'm loving all the planning that goes into using curriculum, but I look to the future and wonder how I am gonna do it when I have more than one kid educating at a time. That should be fun...

I'm linked up to Heart of the Matter's "Not" Back to School Blog Hop

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Here's what we are doing this year 
{First Grade}
Five in a Row Volume 1

{Tot School}
I'm watching a 2 year old boy so along with my almost 2 year old boy they will be doing lots of playing, games, building, and doing some sensory tubs from 1+1+1=1 and printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler

We are starting school in just a few more weeks, can't WAIT!

June 27, 2011


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Menu Plan Monday

We've got a little bit of a tummy bug here. So not fun anytime but especially during the Summer. Oh the heat...I think Summer forgot that it's only June not the middle of August. This week is gonna be brutal, lots of staying inside for us! How do you beat the MAJOR heat?

Who's hungry? I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com make sure you check out all the great menus there!

Monday  B- Cereal Bars
               L- Nachos 
               D- Take-Out

Tuesday  B- Oatmeal
               L- Out
               D- Stromboli and Veggie Chips

Wednesday  B- Waffles
                    L- Cheese Quesadillas and Fruit
                    D- Dinner at Church

Thursday  B- Cereal
                L- Crackers, Cheese Sticks and Fruit
                D- Spaghetti

Friday  B- Toaster Strudel
            L- Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Chips and Apple Straws
            D- Pizza Night!

Saturday  B- Cereal
               L- PBJ, Carrots and Strawberries
               D- Tacos

Sunday  B- Pop Tarts
             L- Mac and Cheese
             D- Dinner at friends house to celebrate the 4th of July!

Have a blessed week!

June 20, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Whew, our Summer has been CUH-RAZY! How is yours going? I thought for sure I would have a pretty relaxing Summer, but alas that has not happened yet. Oh well, my kiddos are having a blast! Pinky is going to Soccer camp next week and she couldn't be more excited. She's never played before but my Warrior is friends with the Soccer Coach at UCO and we know he will take good care of her!

Who's hungry? I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com make sure you check out all the great menus there!

Monday  B- Cereal Bars
               L- Cheese Quesadillas and Fruit 
               D- Taco Salad

Tuesday  B- Oatmeal
               L- Out
               D- Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Beans and Chips

Wednesday  B- Waffles
                    L- Nachos
                    D- Dinner at Church

Thursday  B- Fruit and Yogurt
                L- Crackers, Cheese Sticks and Fruit
                D- Spinach Alfredo

Friday  B- Toaster Strudel
            L- Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Chips and Apple Straws
            D- Pizza Night!

Saturday  B- Cereal
               L- PBJ, Carrots and Strawberries

Sunday  B- Pop Tarts
             L- Grilled Cheese and Veggies
             D- BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Mashed Potatoes and Salad {with friends}

Have a blessed week!