Back-to-School {Our Week in Photos}

8/28/2011
Dylan is the first up and already working on his school.

Please note that I drink DECAF! 

With a little raw sugar and organic half-n-half. 

Dylan reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World to Mali and Elli while I make breakfast.

Breakfast ~ Malt-o-Meal {per request!}

Bible with Jordan (and a cuppa). 

Dylan working on Chemistry.

Naptime for Boaz (10-12).

Jordan working on Life of Fred ~ Beginning Algebra.

All About Spelling ~ the subject that makes me feel most like a real teacher. :)

Roman Lunch ~ fresh fruit, meats, cheeses and crackers (bread). 

Soccer cleats?

Eat and run ~ the boys play Noon Ball at the Y on M,W & F. 

Do I ever sit to eat?

Reading with Bo after his nap. 

Nathan working on My Father's World History.

Sweet Bo wanting Mama.

Experiment 1.1 Atoms and Molecules 

Jordan writing up his lab report for Physical Science.

Setting up Rosetta Stone Spanish

Taking Jordan to Cross Country practice.

Malachi tagged along with the boys' history this week.

School in Ancient Rome ~ coloring by Dylan.

Roman numerals and paragraph on founding of Rome ~ Nathan.

Hmmm, have we been here before? (SL Book of Time meets MFW timeline)

Bo making his rounds.

Properties of Atoms and Molecules

Fire Extinguisher in a Jar Experiment

World Puzzle

WiiCess and then off to the park to play soccer.

Roman Fast Food :)

Greek Gyros

 Sentences for Latin roots.

Checking the boys out at the end of the week.

We started our row of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World ~ more on that next week.

Jordan had his 1st Cross Country meet on Friday ~
He took 5th out of 106 JV boys!

Read-aloud with Pop before bed.

Snuggle bugs. :)

(I was going to do a black and white photo essay, but I was having a hard time pulling it together, so thus the random shots of our week in progression from morning to night, but on different days!)

On day 1, we moved quickly from subject to subject while Bo was sleeping so we had a pile of books to put away at the end of the day. Day 2 was similar. By day 3, I was thinking, "We can do this." By day 4, I was thinking, "This is too easy." *lol* Day 5 was a breeze. The boys did their independent work, we had our parent meeting and I checked the boys out. 

Looking back, I realized that all three boys' Science (atoms and molecules) and History (Ancient Rome) tied together.  Love how that worked out. 

It was a great week. :) And I am hopeful that I can jump back in with two feet and include our Five in a Row lessons!  Today, we are getting things caught up around the house and then I hope to sit down this evening and plan for our week (and next few rows!). 

Delightful Links: 

Not Back to School Blog Hop




Proof {& Permission to Never Blog Again}

8/23/2011
First the proof.
Nathan exploring flight with AE's Flying Creatures of the 5th Day ~ March 24, 2008.

Proof. . . that I took pictures of our home-school before I even knew what a blog was (ha ha!). Granted, I did not take as many as I do now, but I was still using my 35mm Film SLR Camera. Oh, how I love my digital SLR! And oh, how I love to photograph and document memories.

So, I'm giving myself permission to never blog again. . . because I know I will still take photos and document our memories, even if I never blogged again. :)

We are off to a good start this week, but I don't know how I ever did anything before, let alone document it on this blog!

Edited to add: I will still be blogging! I just *don't* know how I do it! *lol* But, I know that if I couldn't for some reason, I would still document our memories as I always have. I enjoy blogging and it gives me the motivation I need to keep pressing on, so I'm not going away anytime soon. =) 

Sticky Notes, Page Protectors, Vis-a-Vis and Back to {Home} School

8/21/2011

I pulled our books for Week 1, gave them each a sticky note, and wrote the pages scheduled in MFW's teacher's manual. This is an old habit from our Sonlight days - SL IG's are not exactly portable, lol. Every Sunday night, I would spend an hour or so preparing for the week and kept an ample supply of sticky notes on hand for just this. They made our week go much smoother. Then stacks of books would follow us around the house and I would simply cross off the reading assignment on the sticky note and check off the boxes from the IG at the end of the day! 


I cut off the edge of a page protector and slid it into MFW's teacher's manual, then with my Vis-a-vis pen (wet erase marker) I checked the books off as I pulled them. Then I erased and circled all the notes that I needed to read for this week.

I also made a new lesson planning sheet for the middle boys - one that they will fill out as we go. I added a spot to check off MFW and even added a parent meeting spot on Friday. The parent meeting is scheduled in Jordan's curriculum, but I thought it was a great idea and added it to the middle boys' schedule. I didn't think I would need a separate lesson plan, but I do because there is not enough room to write in assignments for math, reading, writing and science or any extra subjects. I also added a spot for chores. The boys will be responsible for writing down what they did and I will be checking it weekly (daily at first to make sure they are doing all their subjects). They know what to do for each subject - usually one lesson or chapter per day.

I'm not entirely sure I am ready! The house is not as clean as I would like it to be. Luke and the middle boys just got home from a 10 day trip to the property (aka the homestead in Montana) and stuff is everywhere ~ laundry, camping supplies, coolers, groceries from Costco that need put away and I am too tired to do any of it!

I had high aspirations of doing a day-in-the-life on our first day, but would you mind if I waited a couple days to get the house back in order and get started on a new curriculum? (smile)

This week:

The boys brought back chokecherries from Montana, but they are going in the freezer for now ~ I can make syrup this winter. However, I have cucumbers that are ready for picking and will need to be pickled this week.  Tomatoes are still green so I have a week or 2 until they are ready (phew!).

Nathan and Dylan are coaching Itty-Bitty Soccer and that starts this week.

Jordan is on his second week of Cross Country. He had an awesome time at Cross Country Mountain Camp last week. He ran his first 8 mile run in 56 minutes. He is a natural runner - he has long legs and he's skinny. :) He has a great team and he feels good about running. I'm glad because it was my idea! (I was a runner in high school).

We will also be starting our row of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. This row will be different ~ I will share our plans soon!

Have a great week!

At the Farm {On Bo's Shelves}

I thought it would be fun to tie in Bo's shelves with our upcoming row of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Since we will travel the world for fresh foods, I thought "At the Farm" would be a fun theme for Boaz (who is almost 8 months now). 



Laugh and Learn Piggy Bank


Elli's egg gathering bag filled with balls


Books and Stuffed Duck


Photo Blocks with Montessori Farm Printables


The shelves are to offer Bo a variety of learning toys and to get us all involved in playing with him, exploring new concepts and sharing new vocabulary with him. Mali and Elli can do the puzzles for him and tell him the animal sounds. Elli loves stringing the farm animals for him (and he loves pulling them down off the shelf, lol). We can all read books to him, talk about the animals and tell him what the pictures on the blocks are. I take him with me to check on the chickens and he is always very excited to see them. While I feed them, I talk to him about what I am doing and mimic the sounds they make.  It would be fun to visit a real farm!
 
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