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Learning Moments {Week 2}

Last week, we dove into Unit 2 of Bigger Hearts for His Glory and doubled up on History, Science, Bible, and Poetry our first day so we could take a day trip this week. Eliana was tired our first morning from staying up late the night before while visiting friends, so we did some extra Storytime on the couch before finishing the right side of the guide. Doubling up and starting slow still had us finishing by 2:00, with an hour long lunch break.

In Science, we continued with One Small Square: Seashore.

On the Shore

Between the Tides

She did lesson 28 in AAR, and we started Lesson 14 in AAS. Reading had her writing clues for a "What Am I?" guessing game: "I have a short tale, I have small legs, I have a small nose, what am I?" {a bunny}, and she spelled her words with tiles today. Tomorrow we will spell on paper and do dictation. She did another page in her handwriting. 

For History, we continue to learn about Columbus and his pride that resulted in his fall to disgrace. Our character trait, humility, tied in wonderfully. 

Our poem this week is about being adventurous. Elli liked it because she is adventurous.

She also learned to recognize the ABAB pattern in a poem.

Day 2 (Days 3 & 4), we doubled up again so we could take Friday off. It was doable, but we got a late start and didn't finish until 3 with an hour break for lunch. Malachi and Bo even sat in on her experiment. And Malachi has been sitting in on her Storytime this week.

We read about John Cabot and now that she knows what is expected of her for narration, she pauses me while I am reading to tell me what she remembers so she doesn't forget. :) I really like the narration prompts in the book when we are done.

Looking up definitions in this... 

I've wanted one for years and ordered it to go along with Prairie Primer, but am putting it to good use with Bigger Hearts! It's not a modern dictionary, so I will have to pull one out to teach her how to look up words in a modern dictionary, but she's still learning how to look up words. 

And this week she wrote her own sentences. :) 

Science was reading about the seashore and our experiment was exploring how birds' beaks help them get their food.

I didn't have a clothespin, so I substituted another tool.  

Yeah, the boys were all into it with the various tools. 

She did a weeks worth of lessons in her math in one day (finished Lesson 2 and made it to Day 4 on Lesson 3).

We doubled up on Spelling (spelled on paper + dictation) so I did not do reading today. I usually do 2-3 reading lessons per week, and 1 spelling lesson per week, depending on how they correlate.

Art - admittedly, I didn't have wax paper to do the lesson for Day 4, so she used a white crayon and then water colored over her underwater scene.

There is a big whale in the lower third with the tail going up to the top, then other sea creatures in the upper third. (Kind of hard to see). 

Day 5

Working on the Timeline. 

Day 5 Science experiment: Which helps objects to float better - fresh water or salt water? Why?

All About Reading Lesson 29 ~ This "What's for Dinner" activity was silly fun. 

(My camera lens is broken so I am shooting completely manual - as in manual focus AND lighting, which is hard and explains why my photos are either out of focus or too bright). 

Fluency practice ~ still always a challenge, but she is completing them in one sitting now. It's the overwhelming feeling of so many words that discouraged and mentally wearied her today, but once she got started, she finished in good time.   

I hesitate to post that last photo because a homeschool mom made a comment on the Bigger HOD board about Eliana looking "super tired or unhappy" in my Week 1 post. My daughter has always had a very serious look when doing school - ESPECIALLY subjects that are hard for her or require lots of thought. These subjects are usually Math, Reading, and Writing (that's a lot of ground). I think she looks very happy when she is not deep in thought. She is a very sweet, and a very carefree girl who never wants to grow up. ♥ 

But, I'm trying not to let that discourage me from keeping it real! 

And that's a wrap on our Bigger week. 

On our first day off this week, we drove to Gillette to meet a homeschool family from southern Wyoming. We spent the afternoon visiting and then took the kids swimming. 

On our 2nd day off, I had a new homeschool mom over to talk homeschool for 4 hours and helped her figure out what won't work for her (everything I have, LOL), but that's GOOD! After lunch, we baked a moon cake for a new moon celebration for the Biblical new year, and then met another homeschool family at the park to play and visit for 2 hours. My homeschool heart was full! Then we took the whole family out for dinner (something we rarely ever do because it costs $100 at a country kitchen style restaurant to feed us). 

It was fun to have some extra time off this week, but I wouldn't want to double up like this every week.

Bo worked on LaLaLogic this week, but I need to make up a lesson for Artistic Pursuits. Our next lesson involves play-dough, but I was too tired to make a batch.

Malachi did great in all of his subjects. He got his work done each day without me telling him, which was really nice. (I usually have to remind him).

Dylan was home sick almost all week - he missed 3 1/2 days of school. Nathan then got sick, too. After several days of being sick, Nathan finally asked me for essential oils to help him get well (I offered all week, but they don't like them like I do! Teen boys!). They also started high school soccer this week. It was a crazy week for them with getting physicals in and practices and then them getting sick. Thankfully, they are on spring break this coming week, and can rest up a little (before soccer practice).

I am really enjoying the sunny, warm, and spring-like weather this week. It makes me feel so good. I am trying really hard to reduce my stress because of an article I read on the link between stress, low thyroid, inflammation, and your gut. Thinking I may add some GAPS foods into my diet (thinking mostly bone broth, stewed meats, and veggies cooked in broth or fermented) and get back on plan more consistently with Trim Healthy Mama.

Thanks for reading! 

Real Life Homeschool

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Learning Moments {Week 1}

I have been longing to return to year round homeschooling and spring has always been my favorite time to start a new curriculum. After a long winter, something new and fresh is just perfect for me!

Bigger Hearts for His Glory {Unit 1} 

I'm also needing a bit more routine and accountability in my homeschool so I ordered a boxed curriculum and started Bigger Hearts for His Glory from Heart of Dakota with Eliana. I ordered the economy packages for History and Science. We started this past week, and I am loving it. I am mostly loving being consistent, how much it is challenging her, the variety of activities that we do, and that we get school done every day!

I took lots of photos to share a day by day account of our week. 

Day 1

History: Our readings started with A First Book in American History.  This is really a great little book. It is biographical in nature and includes vocabulary, narration prompts, maps and illustrations, and focuses on virtue and good conduct. We read about the Early Life of Columbus and How Columbus Discovered America this week. 

Here are a few highlights of our day:

Rotating Box: Geography ~ Tracing continents on a globe. 

{New "school" room in progress in the background!}

Poetry: Illustrating "Four By the Clock" -  poem for Unit 1. 

Handwriting Pre-Test (Getty Dubay Italic Book C)

{She's drinking "Peppermint tea" ~ Peppermint essential oil + Truvia - a favorite of mine lately to help me wake up in the morning since I can't have coffee.}

Reading "Pine Tree Pet Shop"

All About Spelling Lesson 15 ~ Spelling and dictation continued from last time we met.

She did Math Lessons for a Living Education (MLLE) Book 3 Lesson 1 today. This math curriculum is now a FREE download! (Thanks for letting me know Mud Puddle Soup!) I've really loved this program for Eliana, but may print Book 5 for Malachi as it covers some concepts he hasn't mastered. 

Day 2

Italic C Handwriting

Cute 4 year old writing in his notebook while I do school with Eliana. 

She did MLLE Lessons 2 & 3 today. 

Science: Low Tide/High Tide Notebooking 

Today the Rotating Box was Art, much to Elli's delight! 

She learned about foreground, middle ground, and background, and shaded the water darker in the middle ground, then painted swirling clouds. (Since Columbus was finally going to sail across the ocean...)

Our character trait this week is "Persistence." Today, Elli did 20 jumping jacks and then read Proverbs 2:3-5, then did 20 jumping jacks and then read Proverbs 2:3-5, then did it again to practice persistence. :) She had many opportunities to practice this trait throughout the week. 

For Storytime, we were to choose at least one biography to read over the next 20 days. I did not order the Deluxe package since we own many of the books, but we did not have a biography and our library did not have any of the selections suggested. I ordered several of the Jean Fritz biographies from Rainbow Resource to tie into our History, so while waiting for those, I read several stories from Dave and Netta Jackson's Hero Tales, Volume I and II: A Family Treasury of True Stories From the Lives of Christian Heroes. 

Since our character trait this week is Persistence, I read stories on perseverance for our storytime:
  • Adoniram & Ann Judson: America's First Foreign Missionaries & The Book in the Pillow
  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad & "Wanted: Dead or Alive!"
  • Eric Liddell: Olympic Champion and Missionary to Chine & "The Impossible Run"
  • John Newton: The Slave Trader Who Found Grace & "The Minister No One Wanted."
I especially liked John Newton's story of perseverance, as he went on to write "Amazing Grace," "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds," and "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken" and many others. We extended our music time this day to include these songs along with a modified version of Holy, Holy, Holy. 

Day 3


Reciting "Four By the Clock"

Practicing Persistence

All About Reading and more practicing of Persistence 

Lesson 25 completed. 

Sink or Float "Experiment"

This was obviously a very simple experiment, but I think the purpose was more to focus on writing up the lab sheet or experiment log - her first one, so I resolved that it was okay that the experiment was easy. 

Experiment lab sheet

Working on skip counting 3s. 

Rotating box: Vocabulary

She wrote the word and the definition, drew a picture, and narrated sentences to me. 

All About Reading Lesson 26

Day 4

Naming the 7 continents and oceans (from Beginning Geography - a tie in)

Then cutting them up to make a balloon globe. 

The guide actually has you using sticky notes, but this worked well for us since I had already pulled it as a tie-in. 

We had a What's Next Facebook Essential Oil class this day for members. I learned so much! Like the fact that I can use Lemon for my sore throat like I use Thieves (see below!) and that I can use Orange oil to whiten my teeth! I have really sensitive teeth so cannot use whitening products. I noticed a difference after my second application (2 drops on a toothbrush and brush on). So far no sensitivity. And that I might need White Angelica to help me when I am struggling with negativity around me. (I am really affected by the moods of my older boys and one especially can be moody). These are fun classes offered only to members, but we have another 101 class coming up ~ see below!

Day 5

Marking Columbus' voyage on a map.

Demonstration to show how waves are formed by moving air. 

She had fun with this making waves in different directions and then testing to see if her Playmobil would move with the waves or stay put.

Each day, Eliana marks off the subjects as she completes them.

Eliana loves this! It kind of reminds me of our work-boxing days. 

Bigger Hearts for His Glory Guide - I had it spiral bound, but Tara no longer recommends this. So far it is working well for us, but I have to baby the spiral binding to keep it from coming out. I can see how it would cause more wear and tear on the guide. 

Notebooks & Clipboard - another idea from Tara. I pull out a unit at a time and put it on the clipboard to use all week. Love this! All the notebooking pages can be downloaded from the HOD online groups (Facebook or Yahoo groups). 

History books this week. 

I added Where do you think you are going Christopher Columbus? for our biography for Storytime at the end of the week when our order from Rainbow Resource came. 

Science book & Notebooking page (all ready to go for next week!)

Math Lessons for a Living Education 
and Math Facts for Copywork (recommended in MLLE Book 3)

Evan Moor Beginning Geography {Section 3 Continents & Oceans}

is where I am storing all of her school! 

I love it! It rolls to the dining room table with us when we do school. The rolling cart is the R├ůSKOG from IKEA - we stopped in Draper, Utah on our way home from California and had exactly 1 hour to shop before they closed. Not an easy feat! I wanted the beige one, but couldn't find it so grabbed the teal. We came home with 2 4x4 Kallax, 1 2x4 Kallax, 1 2x2 Kallax2 MICKE desks and 4 swivel SNILLE chairs. Oh, and a HEMNES coffee table, which I thought would be great for storing books under and doing school at the couch when we feel like snuggling up for couch schooling! (I think ours is natural, but I haven't had my husband put it together yet.)

Maybe I will have everything all organized to share our learning areas by this fall. :) 

Malachi ~ 4th grade

Malachi is in the 4th grade currently, but since we are transitioning back to a year round school schedule, this is an update from our 2014-2015 Curriculum.
On hold:
  • All About Reading 4
  • All About Spelling 4
  • Write Shop Junior D
I do plan to pick these up soon, but I'm really enjoying being freed up with Orphs in the Woodlands replacing his reading for the review! It covers Reading, Thinking Skills, Character and Life Skills, Math, Science and more. It's really a neat program!

He has completed 12 weeks of VP and is a few weeks ahead of us in History, but his is a two year American History program and he will continue with VP next year as well.

Boaz ~ Preschool
Bo is almost done with the first third of AAR ~ capital letters. He is also doing Before Five in a Row (I have our row of Corduroy to share soon), and we read Sonlight Preschool books during Storytime.

He is also doing Artistic Pursuits preschool art book The Way They See It, and LaLaLogic curriculum (both reviews for the Crew).

Making marks with edible finger paint! {Vanilla pudding}

In my life... 

I was sick this week. I was so good about oiling us up while on our trip and we stayed so well the whole time, but I ran out of Thieves when we got home and I caught a cold. So I put some of my respiratory oils to good use this week. My favorites were Pine, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulous, Peppermint, Breathe Again, and my homemade vapor rub that I got to put to good use for the first time since I made it a couple months ago. (It has RC, Thieves, Lemon, Raven, and Eucalyptus radiata in a coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax salve).  All my upper respiratory symptoms were gone by Wednesday - except a sore throat. I got my Essential Rewards order on Thursday and the first thing I did was drop 3 drops of Thieves in the back of my throat and it instantly soothed my poor throat. Then I put 4 drops in a capsule with 1 drop each of Oregano, Thyme and Lemongrass and my throat was better the next day. I ordered two more bottles of Thieves so I don't run out again!

I am also loving diffusing Peppermint to wake me up in the morning, to help me and the kids focus, to clear up my stuffy nose, and to keep the ants out of my house! Ants don't like peppermint!  I used to really love Peace & Calming in the diffuser in our school room, but I'm really loving Peppermint and now Lemon (which helps you focus and improves memory). I still use Peace & Calming at bedtime for Bo along with Lavender & Orange in the diffuser, but during the day, I am using Peppermint (until it warms up and I have a little more spring to my step).

I am so thankful for these oils and share lots more testimonies in our Facebook classes. We have one coming up this next week that I am getting ready for...

If you are not already a current Young Living member, I'd love to have you join us and invite a friend! If you are not interested, but have a friend that might, I'd be so honored if you'd invite them. Send me a friend request on FB and a note, or send me your email so I can send you an invite by email.

If you are not on Facebook, and are interested in learning more about the oils and allowing me to sponsor you, I have an alternative class! Hint, it involves free coffee!

Thanks for letting me share!