Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting our ducks in a row.

I cant believe school starts on Monday! We are all ready to go, we went today and bought Jonathan his own desk and set it up  in the dining/learning room. I put it together as well all by myself. [and I didnt even have any leftover screws :) ] I've never done the 2 kids schooling thing so Im hoping that goes well we shall see. I have the learning room all ready to go as well. :) Now to start our [pre]preschool and second grade learning journey.

Ignore the "bareness" around the white board. On Monday Jonathan will be completing a collage to add to the left side and the right side will have Lilys information. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eeek. The new school year is almost here.

I cant believe it! Im even more excited then I was last year. Last year being the "newb" that I was. We mainly did it all by the book and needless to say Jonathan [whom Ive already introduced as a kinetic learner] was a bit bored and some days [errr make that most days unless we was doing something fun] was a bit sluggish but not this year. No No. NOOOO! This year we are all about fun learning that means tons of games, crafts and hands on. We have a little bit of hands on almost everyday so hopefully that will keep him on track. I also thought i would share a copy of our "schedule" that we will be following this year. It is as follows:
Will not be putting a “time” on things due to the fact that some things will last longer than I can plan and learning should not be rushed.  Follow things in this order.  School will start at 8 am.
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Start School [Journal time]
  • 15 Minutes of  Reading. Individually
  • Language Arts
  • Spelling
  • Breakfast
  • Daily Special [Wacky Wednesday, Skills For Life, Art, etc.]
  • Reading
  • Math
  • 20 Minute play break
  • 15 minutes of group reading followed by dicuss and picture drawing of what we read today.
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sprucing up the classroom.

Last night I decided it would be good to add a bit more color to the classroom. So we went to hobby lobby today and bought a 2 pack of canvases [for a whooping price of 5.99] and let me kids have at it painting what ever they wanted Jonathan paints a space shuttle and Lily just done her 2 year old thing. Both came out beautiful and are now adding color and beauty to our wall :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On Your Mark.....

Within a mere two weeks we will starting school and since we just bought our house in February we  I, set up the dining room as a make shift classroom [which means I hung stuff on the walls and made it "look" like a classroom] all by myself because Ive been asking and hes always too busy or doing something else so I done it my self. But heres a picture of our classroom "wall".

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

About Us.

That's me. Toni [or better known around here as Mom] I am "too young" to be even worrying about schooling my kids but God rules all and so I have a sweet [but can be obnoxious] 7.5 year old son named Jonathan,  a very independent [but sometimes too lazy to do it herself] almost 3 year old named Lily and a spunky [can throw tantrums like you wouldn't believe] almost 15 month old named Wendy. As you can tell Im a pretty busy person by I wouldn't change it for anything in this world. I know lots of people say that but I honestly mean it. Im married to Jon was was always dead set on homeschooling and he passed on that passion to Jonathan and so here I am. Homeschooling. While I was "planning" on sending them to elementary I had no desires for them to go to Middle school and definitely not High school. I know I cant shelter them from the bad things in life but I dont have to throw them to the sharks either.
Jonathan is 7 years old [Birthday in December] and has a passion for science. He loves hands on projects. As soon as he has seen too many worksheets [which is anything over 3] His eyes glaze over and you can tell he's had enough. So this year Im adding as much hands on as possible to try to help him be more interactive with what he needs to do. Im adding in lots of art, cooking, and just anything that he can have fun with while learning. Jonathan is a kinetic learner so he needs that hands on or he simply cant learn as well.

Lily is 2 [3 in September] and I am starting her this year. Mainly fun things but also stuff to learn as well. She has a passion for anything chocolate [but thats beside the point] she loves to talk and color. So we will see how it goes. if its too much for her we will move it all to next year but shes a very smart kid so I think she can do it.

Wendy is not even a "student" yet just a kid. :) But I couldn't leave her out. Shes the one that will have me running after her every 5 minutes this year during lessons making it harder for us to get anything done. And doing it while she naps will not be an option because she naps 45 minutes a day if we are lucky and we need hours to get the work done. But we get it done :) She just wants to make sure we still know shes around.