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!