Katy and the Big Snow | FI♥AR with Bo

-Bo is 6 years old-

Proverbs 31:17 says, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” We decided that was a good verse for Katy in Katy and the Big Snow when we first rowed it. She works hard to plow the city so the city officials can do their jobs. She goes North, South, East and West to shovel each department out. . .

So we learned about maps and the important jobs in running a city.

And Bo completed the following lessons in Evan Moore's Beginning Geography section 1:
  • What Is a Map?
  • Positional Words
  • Cardinal Directions
  • Compass Rose
  • Map Symbols
  • Map Key
  • Distance on a Map
  • What is a Border?

He really loved these! We did most of them orally, but he colored many of them completely and kept asking for more - even the next week when we were finished rowing Katy.

We also watched several powerful snow removal videos on YouTube. Bo enjoyed these.

He built his own Geopolis that we named "Bo-opolis" by making masking tape roads on a big red rug. Then Bo set up his town with Playmobil - police department, fire station, a school, a house, an airport, and a construction site.

For Language Arts, we did the lessons on character, personification, and vocabulary - pointing the words out in the book as I read and then later experiencing a drizzle of our own that turned into a BIG snow!

We did the Art lessons on color and action and talked about the pictures in the book. Speaking of the pictures, when I read that the title and author was Virginia Lee Burton, Bo recognized that she was the same author of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. :)

I made cold weather comfort food - chicken soup. Bo and his dad made the meringue cookies from the FIAR cookbook - well, they tried. They were flat, but they all said they tasted good. :)

Bo did a short narration for me:
"Katy was a big red tractor. She had a snow plow and a bulldozer. The trucks got snowed in in the snowstorm. Katy plowed out the whole city. She went North. She went West. She went East. She went South."

Then he asked if he could do some more map work. :)

And the next week, he asked if we could do more Katy school. 

Science Curriculum For Sale

Hi! I desperately need to make room in my new school room and could use the money to put towards next years curriculum, so I'm offering these for sale. These are ALL from my keeper shelves! 

Sonlight Science F - Health, Medicine, and Human Anatomy:

Times Alive | Review

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
Times Alive is a series of "online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way."

The program teaches the memorization of multiplication facts through stories and songs. It is interactive and multisensory. Stories and songs have visual and audio clues, but the program also has kids using their fingers to learn number tricks.

Math facts are one of those things that just have to be committed to memory, so I thought this would be a fun, quick, and easy way to have my children practice the times tables for 20 minutes per day, twice a week. I thought the online aspect with games and quizzes would be motivating and fun for my children, Eliana (10) and Boaz (6).

My Homeschool Journal | February 2017

In my life this month… 

cleaning, organizing, and rearranging the house and feeling more energy.

looking forward to celebrating Malachi's 12th birthday later this month.

In our homeschool this month…

we're reading The First Four Years and then we'll be on our last book - Farmer Boy.

Eliana is writing a report on elephants, and Malachi is writing a report on Ants for IEW. This takes us through the end of Lesson 12 and the end of Disc 3. Two more lessons to go.

I am working through Life of Fred Fractions with Malachi, and I remember what I love about Fred so much. We are on the final bridges and will start Decimal's and Percents this month. Malachi tested into Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra, so I am considering it for 7th grade along with Life of Fred Pre-Algebra. I like the idea of using Teaching Textbooks because it includes lectures, practice problems, and plenty of review, but it also grades it all, so I love the idea of doing both.

I'm using Eclectic Foundations Level B with Bo. So far he loves the McGuffey reader and the poetry, and doesn't seem to mind the grammar lessons, but I will for sure continue All About Reading for phonics lessons.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

I'd love to take the kids to a nature trail and take them sledding again.

Kids are playing chess at the Y once a week. Malachi is also playing in the adult chess league on Wednesday night.

My favorite thing this month…

I have been on GAPS for one month, and I'm doing really well on it. My sugar cravings are gone, but I still have a Lily's chocolate bar (stevia sweetened, not GAPS legal) for a treat. The kids are doing it with me and I've noticed they seem more calm and focused. I feel more calm and focused!

What’s working for us…

our new school room! I have been moving bedrooms around so I can move school upstairs. I moved the little boys from the biggest bedroom in the house into Eliana's room which is perfect because they have a bigger closet and each have their own corner of the room now. I moved all of my school stuff into the living room so I could move Dylan into the office/library downstairs. Then I moved Eliana into Dylan's old room and I made the little boys old room a school room. I'm really loving all the changes! I especially love having my own space for school stuff and not having it scattered all through the house.

What's not working for us... 

the accumulation of books and tubs of curriculum, papers, folders, and binders from 12 years of homeschooling. I don't even know where or how to start organizing it all. I've taken most of my keeper books upstairs to the new school room, but have so much that I need to part with.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I'm trying to be honest with myself with regards to what I can and can't do right now and be okay with it.

Since I can't eat all the wonderful things I would want to cook with Farmer Boy, I am thinking about what I should do. Should I read it now and do what I can do? Or should I wait until summer or when I can do more with it?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Our 1 Second Everyday video for January 2017:

I have a hard time remembering to take a video everyday, and my shots aren't that creative, but I really love the app.

On my blog in case you missed it…

Currently | January 2017
Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Boaz
Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Malachi & Eliana
Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Dylan

Currently | January 2017


Currently, I am...

reading aloud a biography on Thomas Edison

pondering my vision for slow with Slow Lane

Surrendering my will to Father's by paring down curriculum choices for next year

Listening for whispers from the Holy Spirit

praying for an Obedient heart

desiring to have a heart of Worship

pursuing the idea of a morning basket in my homeschool

taking new supplements for iron deficiency anemia

praising God for more pieces to the puzzle

waiting for a phone consult to discuss test results

culturing a batch of kefir

drinking raw egg smoothies

craving pineapple

wrapping Eliana's hair in rag curlers - a birthday eve tradition

celebrating Eliana's 10th birthday with a trip to the mall to get her ears pierced and a day on the town

loving that she couldn't stop thanking me for such a happy day 

enjoying the time I get to spend with Nathan while in town

Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Boaz

Well, we're a little over half way through the school year now, and I'm due for an update on Bo. I had previously typed up a more detailed post, but I lost it and didn't have the heart to start over. So, here's a quick update on Bo and the 3 Rs.

For reference, Bo started Kindergarten at 5 1/2 and turned 6 at the end of December.


Bo is on Lesson 28 out of 53, so a little over half way through All About Reading Level 1. He does great with it as long as I keep the lessons short. He picks up on new concepts quick, comprehends what he's reading, and loves the stories and hands on activities.

We will soon take a break from AAR 1 to review Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level B. He probably places towards the end of Level A, but I didn't want to start at the end of the book. So, I had Bo read all the words in McGuffey's Eclectic Primer - many of which have phonograms not taught until Level 3 in AAR. I taught him how to read using the accent marks, and he caught on. Bo is learning to read very quickly, so I am curious to give Eclectic Foundations a try.


When Bo turned 6, he asked me if he could be in the first grade now. I told him not yet because he didn't know how to write a sentence. Well, he wrote his first sentence and then started writing little short three sentence stories that same night.

He has been writing in upper case letters up to this point, so I told him that a sentence begins with a capital letter and if he wants to write a sentence he needs to start writing in lower case. We are working on lower case in Italic Handwriting A, but he says uppercase is easier. I took a break from the handwriting book and made him practice sheets. He traces the alphabet and numbers 0-9 twice each two times a week now.

When he writes, he asks others to spell words for him, or else he'll ask us to write so he can copy it. He came to me tonight to ask me to write a list of ice pops he wants to make this summer, and then he copied it all onto a little flier labeled "ice pop stand." :) Then he listed all the flavors he wants to make. ♥

I don't push writing at this age because in my experience, children need time to develop their fine motor skills, and I want them to enjoy writing when they do. I'm so thankful that Sonlight taught me that it was okay to write their narrations my first year of homeschooling. I wrote for Dylan until he was 7 and I'll never forget the moment when he decided that he would write for himself, and from that moment on, he did all his writing. Bo is like Dylan in so many ways so I love that I can use my experience to be a better teacher and mom to him.


Bo finished half of Math U See Beta (Lessons 1-15) and decided he was ready for a break. I'm perfectly fine with that and said he could do the second half of Beta for 1st grade if he wants to.


I really wanted Bo's Kindergarten year to be special, but we've mostly focused on the 3R's this year. We've read through the Burgess animal collection, and we've rowed a few books, but most of my attention has been on the older two. Maybe that's where it needs to be right now and when I consider all that I have done with Bo at age 2age 3 and for Preschool and 4K, I tell myself that's okay.

♥ | Throwback Thursday

It's Throwback Thursday {Blog Style} via Google Photos because I'm currently loving the "Rediscover this day" feature. Here are this week's moments:

Preschool with Bo Little Hands to Heaven Unit 1: Letter A, Adam & Eve, Alligator and Ant
& Eliana at Rim Busters Basketball 
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