Thursday, January 19, 2012

Laden with Guilt

Hello? hello? HELLO?

Ahem. It's me. You know, the one who was supposed to be blogging about homeschooling & its many adventures. Turns out...I stink at keeping up with a blog now that we're homeschooling.

Why am I posting right now? A friend told me she started a blog today. Which made me feel guilty for ignoring mine. So here I am!

So many changes in our homeschool since I last posted. I now have a 7th grader, 3rd grader & a Kindergartner. The two oldest tried public school again for about six weeks. Hated it. They're now back at home.

Our curriculum has changed. And changed. And changed. And will probably change next week too.

I recently discovered a weekly assignment lesson plan that is working slicker than snot. I write out the lessons a week at a time. Yep. That's it. Sounds simple huh? Can't believe it took me 3 years to come up with it. Smart gal.

Anywho - here are a few pics to update you on what goes on in our house.

Campbell used this broken wooden monkey hand in place of her own for days. DAYS. She seemed to be raising her hand A LOT in class. I'm sure just to use the hand.

Cyra's been enjoying her time on the stage in several productions. Aristocats, 2 old time melodramas, The Sound of Music & MidSummer Night's Dream.
Kenady is teaching us all about the parts of a butterfly. She takes learning very seriously as you can see.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Physical Education

A fellow homeschooler (Heather over at OMSH) posted on her blog how she handles a rough homeschooling day. She throws her hands in the air.

I'm here to confirm for all you homeschool moms that throwing your hands in the air counts towards your PE credits.

You're welcome.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Saturday school

When I was a kid, Saturday school was serious punishment. Serious I tell you.

If I would have ever received Saturday school, I probably wouldn't be typing this as we speak. My mother would have killed me or even worse.

This last Saturday, the whole family went to the Cottage Grove Air Museum. The displays were all depicting Oregon pilots & Oregon built planes of all shapes, sizes & ages.

The girls learned about Dorothy Hester Stenzel, one of the most amazing women in aerobatics. A plain was created & given to her by Great Lakes factory. Our local museum has the exact plane.

We were all surprised that the outer shell of the planes are made out of fabric. Just like your shirt. Seriously. Then they use a tape to cover all seams & treat it with some chemical that makes it similar to awning fabric. It was amazing.

It was an impromptu lesson, but ended up being so much fun. It lasted about 90 minutes & cost $5 total! Perfect!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kenady's stories

Kenady is working through a fun book I bought at the dollar store called Story Starters. It really helps her get started with her writing projects.

She tends to claim she's stuck & doesn't know what to write about. This book is full of ridiculous story helps. But some of them are hysterical. Here are a few from last year:

What if a shovel could start a rock rock band?

Then it would be called the nitty gritty dirt band. And there would be a rake a mop a broom and me!

What if a hipo picked up a cow and thro it to the moon?

And I was an astronat and I saw it! When it was bedtime he told me a bedtime story.

What if a pie had an aliyen inside it?

Then I would eat it and prabrly throeup. And then tell evryone don't eat the pie!!!!!!!!!!!! And nobudy ate the pie.

I'm hoping to see an improvement in her writing this year. She really likes to write silly stuff. Now if I can get her to write on a REAL topic...we'll be in business.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I forgot

Guess I forgot to tell you about our second field trip of the week. Silly me.

Twice a month, our local performing arts center hosts a free concert in the early afternoon.

This week it was the Shasta Session Choir. The concert was only 30 minutes long, but they did a great job. The boys especially did well. They sang a little motown & had an interesting dance interpretation. =/

Cyra especially loved it, since she likes to sing.

After the concert, they offered free tours of the facility. I've been there dozens of times, but the kids have only been there a few times. Most recently we saw Handel's Messiah.

We were the only ones who took up the free tour offer. They showed us the dressing rooms, backstage area, art gallery, dance studio & theaters. Ms. Virginia, our tour guide, also gave us the low down on some of the beautiful statues.

Ms. Virginia had LOTS of questions about us weirdos who weren't in school on a Thursday afternoon. "How do you get books? Who tests your kids? Do they have friends? Are they well behaved?" I knew she was worried so I answered all of her questions. By the time we left it was like we were BFFs. Cuz. Ya know. Most of my friends are in their 80's, have perms & smell like pot roast. We hugged it out & the kids said we'd see her again in a few weeks.

Anywho - it was a fun (free) day in our homeschool life.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Free field trips

Forgive me for ignoring this blog. Please. Right now. Thanks. Now I feel better.

We went on 2 field trips this week. Yes 2. Homeschool rocks doesn't it?

First we hit The Sweet Factory at Valley River Center. Cyra is setting up a pretend business & she chose a candy shop. We went to see how they have their store set up & what sorts of candy they offer.

We did NOT go with the intent of buying any sweets. We did NOT end up getting candy corn, mini gummy bears, peachy penguins, pop rocks or flicks. No. Not us. We have will power. Yep.

We did however end up getting a tour of their storage area. The young man working let Cyra help him make change & did a great job explaining how much inventory they carry. He also gave her lots of info on how much they have to sell to make ends meet & what sort of maintenance has to be done in the store.

The girls had a great time. Obviously. And it was free. Especially since we didn't buy any candy. =/

Friday, September 4, 2009

A short story

We are using Rod & Staff English this year. It was recommended to us. It was affordable. We're loving it.

Today, Cyra's assignment included writing a short story. She had to come up w/ the main idea & some questions that she'd like answered in the body of the story. She came up with...nothing. I'm telling you, that girl sat for an hour & made up stuff to do instead of this writing assignment.

Here is her final result:

Once upon a time, I could not think of a story to write for English class. So I spent hours trying to think of something to write. I thought. I though more. I thought until lunchtime. And after lunch. I though some more. I thought until my eyeballs fell out!

The, it hit me. I would write a story about me thinking about a story to write. And this is how it goes:

Once upon a time, I could not think of a story to write for English class. So I spent hours trying to think of something to write. I thought. I though more. I thought until lunchtime. And after lunch. I though some more. I thought until my eyeballs fell out!

The, it hit me. I would write a story about me thinking about a story to write. And this is how it goes...

OK - so it's not a high quality story. But I laughed & she ended up having fun too. Good enough for now!