Monday, September 30, 2013

Menu Monday~

Monday~ Cheese Potato Soup
Tuesday~ Tacos
Wednesday~ Spaghetti Pie
Thursday~ BBQ Sandwiches
Friday~ Mex Out
Saturday~ Grilled Chicken
Sunday~ Picnic w/ Amelia

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fun Friday {The Eiffel Tower}~

The one thing that caught the boys' attention each day as we read Madeline was The Eiffel Tower so it was fitting we dedicate a Fun Friday for this amazing structure.

First we watched a short documentary on the History Channel about the history and construction~ {Social Studies}
 We all discussed what we learned while coloring our own Eiffel Tower. 
We made the flag of France, listened to the national anthem, and colored a map of France (Paris).
I knew there was a Amazon video of Madeline at the Eiffel Tower so we enjoyed a little show together. {Technology}

I brought the Duplos to the school room and invited everyone to build their own tower~ {Science}
and I took pics of their creations then printed them~
 So they could write about it in their journals! {Writing}

We read our writing and returned to our towers for a {Math} activity.
I had each one break their towers and stack in groups of same colors to form a skyline.
We talked about the tallest, shortest, most, least, equal as well as some adding and subtracting.
{It was a very subtle way of getting them to clean their area.}~
 We discussed how much the French love their pastries so I made them all a waffle and we read Madeline again.
EK pulled out several other Madeline books we own and SHE read Madeline's Rescue to the group.
We discussed it being a Caldecott Medal Book and called it a very Fun Friday!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


We are rowing Madeline this week and today our discussion was about how we take care of the sick and show compassion to others.
It just so happens Josh's dad is very sick in the hospital~ 
So we decided we wanted to make get well cards for Mr. Ben~
They LOVED every minute and can't wait for him to feel loved!

James 5:13-15
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekly Menu~

Breakfasts: cereal/muffins, eggs/bacon, sausage/egg casserole, waffles, baked oatmeal, and pancakes
Lunches: ham/biscuits/veg, ham/cheese/fruit/pretzels, nutella sandwiches/fruit, mac and cheese, noodles or rice

Monday~Rotisserie Chicken from Cosco/sides

Tuesday~ Tacos

Wednesday~ Pasta Bake


Friday~ Mexican out

Saturday~ Poppyseed Chicken 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fun Friday: Lentil {My Five Senses}~

We began the day with a non fiction read Your Five Senses to give us an idea of what we were looking for while we listened to Lentil~
 I had torn faces out of magazines and as I read each book about the senses, they cut out that sense and added to their journal.
{To be honest I had pinned very cute activities on Pinterest that we were going to do today but decided... SIMPLE!!!}

What better teacher is there than Nature?
We took our journals and headed out to find one thing we could learn about with our senses and drew it.
Their favorite place was Ms. Margaret's muscadine bush where they tasted something SOUR!~
 We also shaded some texture from the bark of our big pecan trees!

With a little rest and just enjoying a wonderful breeze, we headed back in to color our drawings.
The boys and Evie were free to go play and I had EK find one cool fact from each book to record in her journal as well. 
She did very well reading them to me.
SJ kept it real when she said, "That really wasn't such a FUN Friday if you ask me." SO since she is such a big funny girl, I had her and EK make funny faces with senses they cut out themselves.
Guess what she said about that?
"Now THAT was FUNny!"
For lunch we had a tasting party of many things grown in nature!
I'd say it turned out to be a pretty Fun Friday after all!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lentil {Social Studies}~

Today after reading our book we found Ohio on the map since this is the setting of the story and then began putting ourselves on that great big map as well~
 I printed the world, United States, Georgia, Hartwell, and our house for them to color, order, and make a little book for their journals. 
We are ALL important in this big ole world!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Today we were very happy to have Addie over for a little playdate~
Amy joked we could practice what it will be like when Abby comes home... 
was pretty awesome as everyone paired off to play!

Since we were already outside when Addie went home, 
I thought it would be a great day to bring our journals out~
I want to share what our journals hold as they are actually treasure books for me as a mom and teacher.
Some of you may have heard the term 'Notebooking' where students write, draw, collect info, etc about a particular topic.
We actually did some that last year and kept in binders.
To say the least it was very tedious making copies, hole punching, and adding to a binder... just a whole bunch of paper.

We have also used Journals in the past but only wrote stories in them... this year I got just a little more organized (smarter) and are using them for everything except our art work.

Each child has their own journal that we work in every day. I say 'work' because we use it for lots of various reasons.
I am going to share a few pages out of everyone's journal to give an idea of what this little 'treasure' book holds!

~Copywork and dictation
~Poetry Notebook
~Social Studies writing
~Notebooking page that we glue right into the journal
~Today we all wrote Nature stories... EK's was about spiders

 ~Science Writing
~Work with her Bob Books
~She goes anywhere in the house each day and draws a picture of whatever then we write the words together
~More Bob Books work
~Two stories she has written in last two days

PC and WP~

~Both boys trace their name and tell me the letters each day
~copy numbers or shapes
~Begun working on some patterning
~Today they both drew (EK drew for WP), they colored, and dictated what they wanted me to write. WP went back and traced the words.

(I do not stress at all about what she does... sometimes she follows directions and sometime no... it is her stage and I LOVE it!)
~Tracing name and coloring in shapes
~Cutting and gluing
~Tracing shapes with tracers
~Today she told me what to draw and I did then she colored. :)

Hope you can see why I hold these books as my treasures and what a cinch to store at the end of the year rather than a big binder.
We LOVE our journals!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lentil (An Introduction}~

Our FIAR row this week is Lentil about a little boy that really wants to sing but learns to play the harmonica instead.

At first glance of the book you might think it would be the most uninteresting book for young children
{Completely black and white}
 but oh to the contrary!
It is rich with so much vocabulary and life experiences I can see it being a two week row for our family!

Today I began with the Mystery Box and as I explained yesterday,

I began giving them one clue and allowed them to ask questions... then another clue and more questions until EK and SJ both had a guess.
I gave all the clues we had gathered and counted to 3 then both girls shouted what the mystery was... Harmonicas for everyone. 
We immediately tore them open and experimented with making sound. 
PC wanted to hum into it but with a little practice they were wearing themselves out.

I introduced our book for the day {Lentil} and we took a picture walk noticing many things in the illustrations.
We checked the copyright and found out it is one year older than Memommy... published in 1940. :)

Next we began reading with interactive instructions to blow a note when they heard the words Lentil or harmonica... really worked on those listening skills.
When we came to a page with Lentil playing his harmonica in the bathtub, I jumped up and began marching/singing~
"We're going on a field trip, a field trip, a field trip,
We're going on a field trip to Mom and Dad's bathtub."

Hilarious giggles then all were nestled in the tub to discover how much better we sounded in that acoustic tub.
We marched back to school and finished the story.
Tons of ideas are bouncing around after this first reading and can't wait to do more tomorrow!

Today was a BIG day for Evie... she was able to say the letters in her name, traced all of them, and colored in her shapes... the FIRST time she ever finished her page~
I am also finding it is better to have one engaging activity for her each day instead of a few to choose from. Why? She pulls them all out to make a mess but doesn't do the activities.
One day while in Walmart I grabbed a few paint palettes and stashed them away for a bright idea day... today was that day.
I had her cut on the white separating line then glue in her journal.
We worked on recognizing the colors too.
She worked on 3 different colors... good interest with this activity!

A great Introduction Day!!!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Planning {Lentil}~

Breakfasts: cereal/muffins, eggs/bacon, sausage/egg casserole, waffles, baked oatmeal, and pancakes
Lunches: ham/biscuits/veg, ham/cheese/fruit/pretzels, nutella sandwiches/fruit, mac and cheese, noodles or rice
Monday~Spaghetti/Bread, Salad
Tuesday~ Enchilada Chicken Casserole/Chips
Wednesday~ Poppyseed Chicken/Rice/Limas
Thursday~ Hotdogs/french fries, Baked Beans
Friday~ Mexican out
Saturday~ BBQ Boston Butt, Pasta Salad,  Baked Beans
Sunday~ Roast/Potatoes/Carrots,Corn, Rolls
We will be rowing Lentil this week and I know they are going to LOVE their harmonicas that lay hiding in the Mystery Box for tomorrow morning!!! 
Mystery Box is a great activity in which the children can ask any questions they can think of without asking if it is a certain item... I also give them clues as we go.
When everyone thinks they know what it is, I let them come up and whisper what they think.
I count to three and we all shout the answer... so fun!
But tomorrow I think the fun will come when all 5 are making a joyful NOISE. :)
I'll let you know how it goes!

Psalm 100:1
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reading and Art for The Runaway Bunny~

Today EK took the reading role in The Runaway Bunny~
 I LOVE watching her read to her siblings!

For Art today we traced our hands, cut them out, and rolled to make crocuses~
 and gave them to Memommy and Pop for Grandparents' Day just a few days late. :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Runaway Bunny~

We are rowing The Runaway Bunny this week since SJ wants me to read it everyday anyway~
 Today was social studies day and being the girls are on different levels, I chose different activities for each.
EK made a list and illustrated all the land forms in the story.
SJ sorted and labeled parts of the story that went with mom and baby.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Planning~

I sat planning lessons and meals today while Scott watched the Falcons game~
We are rowing The Runaway Bunny so all things bunny coming up!
Our menus are planned too~
Breakfasts: cereal/muffins, eggs/bacon, sausage/egg casserole, waffles, baked oatmeal, and pancakes
Lunches: ham/biscuits/veg, ham/cheese/fruit/pretzels, nutella sandwiches/fruit, mac and cheese, noodles or rice
Monday~ Pizza (Social Worker visit in pm so pizza it is)
Tuesday~ Taco Soup/Cheese Quesadillas
Wednesday~ Eat with Amelia
Thursday~ Grilled BBQ Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Limas
Friday~ Mexican out
Saturday~ Grilled Burgers, Tater Tots, Baked Beans
Sunday~ Ham/Biscuits, Vegs

Now we must get to the store!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fun Friday~ Dairy Farm Field Trip

Our BFIAR book this week was Angus Lost.
In the story, the little dog gets lost and ends up following a milk cart back home~
Of course we spent a lot of time this week discussing dairy farms and cows as well as watching videos and researching in books.

Today we decided on a field trip day since my family {dad and brother} own and operate a dairy farm~

We were hoping to see the milk truck picking up milk but it only comes every other day.
No worries... we had plenty to experience and enjoy like...

The baby calves barn~
It just so happens a new calf had just been pulled {born} a few minutes before we arrived so we went right over to see it~
We talked about how the milk goes from cow into the big cooling tank and waits for the truck to pick it up.
Of course we can NEVER come to the barn without a visit to Memommy's house~
While there EK was exploring around a huge tree stump and found what I think are probably black snake eggs.
She thought it was awesome... I thought ewwwww!

Next we were off to the grocery store to find at least 10 items made from milk and make a list~
 We went down every single aisle as EK recorded and SJ spelled items for her.
It was fun to pick out dairy foods we could enjoy for lunch...
But not before we went BACK to the barn to see if the calf had gotten up yet.
Yes, it had moved and was nestled in beside its new mom.
We headed home for our 'dairy lunch' {no nutrition haters please} and listened to two wonderful books Memommy just happen to have and shared with us while we ate.
A great Fun Friday!
They all want to go back in the morning to see the milk truck... 
maybe daddy will take them. :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Piano Lessons~

I am always reading blogs and looking for new ideas in teaching our kids.
This past week I happened upon Homeschooling Hearts and Minds to find her kids are taking piano lessons online.
I pinned it to my wall and thought I would come back to it when the time was right.

EK has expressed an interest in lessons but to be honest... expenses with adoption keeps us from doing extracurricular activities.

Scott will be the first to tell you I am forever moving things around in the house and this week I have been simplifying the school room.

I actually moved the piano across to the other wall (outside one... gasp) and I guess it made EK think about piano lessons again.
I decided to give the online lessons a try~
 EK caught right on and that sparked SJ into the action... then Evie... then the boys. :)
Here are the girls after their first lesson.


The boys singing the song~
 They are already asking if they can have their next lesson.
Praying this continues and they play like Lydia Burgess one day!!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spelling Center~

Today I introduced the Spelling Center.
Names for 3 little littles... Take out the name card and build the word on the magnetic board~

 For two big littles... Sight and Spelling Words~
 The girls switched cards and called out words for each other.
Very fun for them!
Great fun for all!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Plans and Schedules~

Plans and schedules are key when schooling, cleaning, and cooking for a semi-big family.
Over the summer I tried to clean every two weeks on a Free Friday
(I cleaned and kids played)
but decided cleaning all in one day just didn't work for us
(can't miss a day of school)
so I have gone back to a cleaning schedule and it worked great this week.
My SIL Amy shared a great Peek at the Week printable this week with me and I LOVE it.
I am able to record meals, things to do, errands, etc right on one sheet.

On Saturday I made out our week of menus for all three meals and made our grocery list.
I am very blessed that Scott is very willing to go to the store for me!

Our Menus this Week:
Breakfasts: cereal/muffins, eggs/bacon, sausage/egg casserole, waffles, baked oatmeal, and pancakes
Lunches: ham/biscuits/veg, ham/cheese/fruit/pretzels, nutella sandwiches/fruit, mac and cheese, noodles or rice
Dinners: Calzones/salad, grilled burgers/pasta salad, spaghetti, tacos, BBQ chicken/baked potatoes, Mexican out, leftovers
Snack in the afternoon after rest
Cleaning for the Week:
Monday: Laundry for Scott and I~ clothes, sheets, towels
Tuesday: Dust, straighten up
Wednesday: Laundry for boys~ clothes, sheets, towels
Thursday: Clean bathrooms, straighten up
Friday: Laundry for girls~ clothes, sheets, towels and iron
Saturday: Floors and Rosie does her laundry
Sunday: Rest!!!
{Some days I can work some of my cleaning in during school especially laundry and other things have to be done after rest time.}
Helper Chart:
I sat down today and created a super simple 'Helper Chart' for the kids.
They are really great about helping me but is often hap hazzard.
Now they will have a list of Have To jobs and Pick One~
Have To Do jobs are done before school 
and the Pick One jobs are done when school is complete. 
They move their clip to appropriate job and get busy.
I chose to call this a Helping Chart as opposed to Chore Chart because it just sounds a little more positive.
I don't want them to see jobs as a negative choice!
I look forward to getting this new procedure underway on Tuesday.
Colossians 3:23
Work willingly at whatever you do, 
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.