Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Pefect Example of Why I Love to Homeschool!

I love homeschooling because it allows your child to really explore and create all on their own. 
My 8 year old is constantly coming up with neat little inventions. 
This is his latest project.

If you look closely you can see that he used every day household items.
Plain White Paper
Paper Towels
Tape and
a Toothpick.
You gotta love the imaginations of kids!
Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


What is your child's favorite book and why would they recommend it to a friend?
This is the Homeschool Village's question today.

I asked my 8 year old son this question and his answer was mystery books. He particularly likes the Jigsaw Jones Mystery books. He loves the suspense of what happens next. It really encourages him to read AND to be a good listener when I'm reading them because they hold his attention and makes him use his imagination.

My 5 year old then had to get in on the action. I'm not sure he grasped what I was asking him but this is the book he picked out as his favorite.......today! LOL!
He does love the Scholastic books because they have nice picture in them to hold his attention to the story that is being read. What I think is funny about his choice of book today is that it's about a bunny GOING to school. Oh the irony!

I then went in and asked my 16 year old daughter. And she really couldn't give me a definite answer. 
But then she said she really likes reading biographies. And this one in particular, she said, was VERY good.
 It's an old book all about Abraham Lincoln. It must be good because she can tell us just about everything there is to know about Abraham Lincoln right now.

To find out what other children are reading and why, head on over to The Homeschool Village and check it out!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Little House on the Prairie

When my daughter was younger she read this set of Little House books and loved them. It's a set that we've had for years now. 
With my boys getting a little older I thought it would be fun to read aloud to them.
Then I found a couple of good websites that have free downloadable lapbooks to go along with each book.

If you are interested here they are.

The first book in the series is Little House in the Big Woods, so that is where I linked you to.
I hope you enjoy this series as much as we have.

They also have a Little House Cookbook that I thought would be neat to have to go along with the study.
Check it out!
Click Here!

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Not Back to School Hop! Curriculum

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Today I am joining in with  Heart of the Matter for their Not Back to School Blog Hop!

The Week's Topic is Curriculum.
We don't have a lot of money to spend on curriculum, that's one reason why I love the Charlotte Mason approach. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

I'll start with my 16 year old who will be going into the "11th" grade.
She had been doing the Far Above Rubies Curriculum for the past 2 years and loves it.
It is all inclusive (except Math) and you definitely utilize the library A LOT! 
For Math she's been doing Business and Consumer Math from Abeka and she is doing a CD-ROM for Spanish.
She plays the guitar and she loves to sew and cook as well.
She is truly turning into a beautiful young woman!

The next in line is my 8 year old son.
He thrives in math. That is his strong point. Reading has been more of a struggle but he's moving forward in it so that's good. 

This year we are using:
Copy work: Leaves of Life Daily Copywork by Sheri Graham
Science and Nature Study: The Handbook of Nature Study paired up with this blog is wonderful.
Phonics and Reading: Hooked on Phonics 2nd grade
Art: ArtPac by Rod and Staff
We also do random Lapbooks. Last year we did one on the Moon, The Planets and the Weather.
I also got him a workbook for 3rd grade from Sam's Club to supplement some things.
For history I read different books to them and have them dictate back to me or sometimes act it out.

The last in line is our 5 year old.
He was a late talker and so we are just getting the phonics thing rolling.
He'll be using Hooked on Phonics for Kindergarten
Art: Artpac with the rest of us.
I got him a Kindergarten workbook from Sam's Club that we are using for the rest of the stuff. 
He has a very short attention span so less is more with him right now. But on the up side, he does think it's "fun" right now. We'll see how long that lasts.

For Bible time we all do a devotional together in the morning to start things out.

Well that's it for now.
Thanks for stopping by!