Monday, July 19, 2010

An end to homeschooling for now :(

I don't know if anyone is still reading my blog at this point since I have not blogged since the first of April. Anyway, we have new plans in our life and that includes me going to work full-time as much as I can. So, therefore, we will no longer be homeschooling at this time. I am both sad and excited about this new venture. My son will start Kindergarten at the local public school in town. I will become a substitute teacher at the elementary he will be attending. I didn't plan on things working out this way but for some reason God has a plan! I will follow His plan until He changes it.

I am hoping while I am a substitute teacher that I can change some lives of children and be an advocate and a person that they can rely on and come to when needed. I love the whole act of caring for and nurturing children so I think this will be a good job for me and I hope to be a good role model for young children. I am also hoping that my son will make the transition to public school with ease. He really wanted to homeschool but he seems to have adjusted to the change of plans.

I guess I will need to change my title of this blog to Kristy's Publicschooling/Subtitute Teaching blog. LOL!

I hope the best of everything for all of you fellow homeschoolers and I will try to keep this blog updated with the happenings of my son's public school life and my substitute teaching adventures.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


We studied about the life cycle of a bumblebee again today. I blew up a yellow balloon and then put black tape on the balloon to resemble the bee stripes and then we put eyes and antennea on the balloon too. It made a very cute bee! I then read a poem about the honeybee while David acted it out with his balloon honeybee. David practiced his phonics all the way up to letter W. He is really starting to get his sounds and associate them with words. It is really neat to see how they progress and slowly learn this process. David also played some PBS games on the computer that helped him with some alphabet and addition and subtraction. We will be making some Spring cupcakes today which will be a learning process all in itself and I will have David count the number of cupcakes we made and also help with the measuring and other baking and cooking parts. It has been a fun day with our homeschool today. I hope all of you have a nice day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Magic School Bus Monday

We are studying insects and bugs again this week which we are enjoying very much. The Magic School Bus books are being used quite frequently lately for all of our Science studies. We are reading the Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive today and learning about the life cycle of a honeybee. It is very intersting. David is practicing is upper and lower case E's today and doing some phonics review as usual. The number 20 is what David is learning today and he will try to count by 10s today too. I am talking about community again today with David and telling him the different jobs people do in our community. We are also going to cut off the top of a carrot and then put it in water to see how it will grow. David's carrots and peas he planted are doing very well. He will be checking on their growth today. For arts and crafts, we will make a butterfly out of a paper towel, clothespin, watercolor paints, and pipe cleaner. When it is done we will hang it on a curtain in the kitchen or bedroom. We will also be looking for more butterflies today. I love Spring! Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Butterflies and Beautiful sunshine

Hi everyone! It is so nice outside today. The sun is shining and Spring is most definitely here to stay. We did some alphabet review today all the way up to letter V. David did some tracing work in his workbooks. We are also learning about metamorphasis with a butterfly. It is really neat to watch the process although we have never seen it in real life, only read about it in books. I would love to catch a caterpillar and watch the whole process from beginning to end. Maybe we will be able to do that this spring and summer. We are actually going to try and catch a butterfly today and examine it and then release it back into nature. David glued some macaroni noodles on some construction paper for his arts and crafts today. For P.E. we went outside and did some competition with each other to see who could throw the tennis ball the farthest. My son beat me each time! He is really good at throwing. That is it for today. I will see you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

We are playing catch up today

I didn't post yesterday as I had a doctor's appointment and was unable to post until today about yesterday. So, I am playing catch up with my blog and homeschooling. We will be doing some review today with our alphabet and numbers as usual. David will use fingerpaints to paint his alphabet letters. We are starting to learn vowels and will be singing a vowel song today to help reinforce the vowel letters. We are also learning about insects and bugs this week. David will be learning the short "a" vowel sound and practicing words with the sound also. David will also learn about communities and what makes up a community. We will read some books on butterflies and moths. We can actually go outside today and look for bugs and butterlies since it is finally Spring! Yay! I just saw a butterfly this morning so it will be nice to get outside and enjoy the weather too. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Back from Spring Break

Yay! We are back home from our Spring Break and we had a nice time. I am glad to be back to a routine and doing our homeschooling and blogging again. Today, we did some flash card review of the alphabet. I had David match up his uppercase letters with the lowercase using the flash cards. We also went outside and used sidewalk chalk to draw a hopscotch. David numbered it all the way up to 19. This was great in helping him count his numbers. We also picked up trash in our yard to show how we are supposed to protect our planet and keep it clean. David did some workbook pages too on numbers and letter and matching uppercase to lowercase and also filling in the missing alphabet letter. He also practiced his phonics. We did some arts and crafts and made a centipede out of a egg carton that I had saved. We cut out construction paper in strips and make the millions of legs for it that way. It was a nice day and the weather is absolutely beautiful outside. See all of you tomorrow.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Break

Hi everyone! We are celebrating Spring Break this week. We left this past Friday for Cedar Key and returned on Sunday so that is why I did not post on Friday. We will be leaving in the morning for Daytona with my mom. So, I will take my laptop and maybe post while I am there. We are going to relax and enjoy the beach for three day. I will still be doing some homeschool with David but it will be more or less hit and miss stuff. Today, we have have been preparing for our trip by packing our suitcases and washing clothes and cleaning the house. So, there was no homeschool today. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

ABCs and Numbers

We read lots of books today about the alphabet and numbers. I had David write his uppercase letters on some lined paper. I then had him try to create his own dot to dot picture using 18 dots exactly. He also practiced writing his numbers. We watered our carrots and peas today and spent time outside playing and drawing with the sidewalk chalk again. The tomato seeds we planted a few weeks ago are finally sprouting. So, we are getting excited about planting a tomato plant in our Topsy Turvy planter. I can't wait to see how well it will do. I have several friends who have one and they said they were able to grow tomatoes very well in them so I am looking forward to growing lots of tomatoes this spring and summer. I hope everyone had a nice day.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Beautiful Day

We are having beautiful weather today. I think Spring has finally arrived! Today, David practiced his phonics and letters. We have made it all the way up to S so far and are learning letter sounds. There were some workbook pages that David did practicing letter and number writing. We also planted out carrot and pea seeds today and David is very excited that he is responsible for keeping up with his little garden we planted. Since the weather was so nice we went outside and David wrote his numbers 1-18 with sidewalk chalk on the cement. We also learned how the blood vessels work in our body and heart. I used the water hose outside to demonstrate what happens if our blood vessels get clogged by eating unhealthy. We took a nature walk and found some trees with some buds on them and little purple flowers blooming in our fields. It was fun and so nice to be outside doing things again than staying inside all the time. Tonight, we will read some books about Spring. Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gardening Day

Today we had fun outside in the beautiful sunny weather. We are in the process of planting our carrot and string bean seeds for our homeschool studies. I always love this time of year when you can see all the little flowers starting to bloom in the fields and how nature just comes to life out of the blue. David practiced with some flash cards today with his numbers. We read a lot of books today and kind of took it easy with the other workbook stuff that we normally do. It was a short day due to a funeral we had to attend. We are looking forward to the warmer weather this week.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Plants and seeds

Happy Monday everyone! We are beginning our study today about plants and growing things from seed. We are going to learn how to grow carrots and string beans over the next two weeks. I love to garden and so does David so this will be a fun thing to do in our homeschool. David did some alphabet, phonics, and number review today. We went outside today to use our sidewalk chalk on the cement to draw a number line 1 - 20 and to learn all about it and how to move forward and backward on the number line. I am reading some books about friendship this week and how friends are very important and the right way to treat our friends. We will also be making a friendship bracelet. The library will be our outing this afternoon as we need to pick up several books there to check out. We will also be signing a petition to save our library as it was in the newspaper that our local library and some others may be closing soon due to budget cuts. I love my library and support it in all ways that I can. Have a great day everyone!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Three day combo homeschool day

Hi all! I am back once again. I will be doing three days of homeschool today. Busy, busy, busy! We had our playgroup this past Wednesday and I was unable to do homeschool that day and then my 86 year old Aunt fell and broke her arm yesterday so I went to see her in the hospital in Gainesville. Therefore, there was no homeschool yesterday either. So, today we will be catching up on those two days we missed and also doing today's homeschool. Hopefully next week will be a normal week and I will get to post each day. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sea Creatures

What a beautiful sunny day it is today. We have been having a hard time today doing our homeschool studies without being distracted by the wonderful Spring weather that has arrived and is just begging us to go outside and be in it. LOL! Anyway, we did do homeschool today and studied more about the seashore and the sea creatures. David practiced doing his patterns today with blocks. We made an ocean scene on costruction paper with fish, sea plants, and other creatures. David used fingerpaints and sponge shapes to make the ocean scene. There was review of addition and one subtraction problem and also phonics review all the way up to letter Q. We will be reading some books later on this afternoon and playing outside today before the rain comes tomorrow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I am back

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry that I have not posted in over two weeks. There was so much sickness at our house that it was just too hard for me to post and keep up with everything else. But I am back and looking forward to posting each day again.

Today, we read a bunch of books on baby animals. We are beginning our study about the seashore today and the rest of this week. I will be purchasing some cheap sponges from the Dollar General and we will cut them into the shapes of sea creatures and then David can use them to play with when he takes a bath. David made a goldfish pattern out of orange construction paper to use with a goldfish fingerplay. We practiced phonics all the way up to letter P and practiced ordinal numbers using David's stuffed animals. That was fun for him and I. David also practiced some letter tracing.

We are very much looking forward to the Spring weather coming out way. We can't wait to explore the bugs and nature in the coming weeks. See everyone tomorrow.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring and baby animals

David continued his phonics and letter practice today. He also practiced the 2 - 1 = 1 problem again. We practiced the alphabet and how to put them in correct order with his alphabet magnets. We are also beginning our study of Spring and baby animals. Rabbits, chicks, and lambs are some of the animals we will be learning about. I read a Blue's Clues Spring book to David. David practiced his shapes today also. We made a lion mask today and talked about how March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. It was a short but fun day. Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Back to schedule

I have been off in posting the last two days of our homeschool. So, now I am back to schedule. It has just been busy and I was unable to post. Today, we continued our phonics and number practice. We counted paper bones up to 10. We also did our first subtraction problem today. We did 2 - 1 = 1 with the paper bones. David did some practice worksheets on the letter L and the number 0. For arts and crafts, David drew a picture of his face on construction paper and included all of his facial features. David also did a fill in the missing letter worksheet for the alphabet. We did order of objects with David's blocks. I read a book about Spring to David. It was about bears who hibernate for the winter and wait for spring. We then built a bear's den in the living room using two chairs and a big blanket and David got in his makeshift bear's den with his stuffed animal bears and pretended to hibernate. It was a fun activity for him and helped him see how bears have to hibernate until Spring. We also learned about home safety and what to do if a stranger approaches you at the park or anyhwere else. I read a book on safety which showed different scenarios of what could happen in certain situations. The last thing we did was lay outside on a blanket and look for clouds that were in the shape of animals. We had no luck as it is very overcast and rainy looking today. So, we will try that again on the next sunny with clouds day we have. Have a great day everyone.

Friday, February 19, 2010

No Bugs

We went on our bug walk this morning and could not find one bug to catch in our jar. The cold weather has killed everything off. We didn't even see one spiderweb. So, I guess the bug walk should be postponed until spring arrives. I am looking forward to butterflies and bugs after all this cold weather we have had recently. David practiced his phonics and letter recognition. He also counted with pennies and did a few addition problems with them. I had some worksheet pages for David to do for printing practice and addition practice. David drew a bunny rabbit and colored it all in too. We will be watching the Velveteen Rabbit in a little bit because we learned some about bunny rabbits this week. David will also make a cottonball rabbit on construction paper and give it a name. We will also make an ant farm today in a jar. We are hoping in a few days we will get to see all the tunnels they make so David can learn how they make their homes. As usual on Friday we will go to the library to check out more books for our homeschool next week. Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Insects and Playgroup

We had a very fun start to our day as we had our playgroup that we are a part of come to our house for some fun and food. The kids played and had a blast together. It was so much fun! After everyone left, we did homeschool in the afternoon. We were supposed to collect some bugs today for our bug jar but will do that tomorrow. Our plan is also to make an ant farm from a jar so David can see how the ants make their homes with tunnels. I did some flashcard practice with David on the alphabet letters. David did some printing practice for several alphabet letters. He also did some counting practice with pennies. I finished reading the last two chapters in the Abraham Lincoln book. We learned some interesting facts about insects and that there are so many different kinds that we could never count them all. There was some phonics practice today also and finally t-ball practice late in the afternoon for David. It was a busy day but a fun day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Insects and bugs

Today, we learned about different types of insects and bugs and how an insect has three body parts, six legs, and usually has compound eyes. We made a "bug jar" and we plan on going for a bug walk tomorrow to see how many bugs we cand find. We will also go on a spider web walk and look for spiderwebs. David practiced his phonics, numbers, and addition again. I read another chapter in the Abraham Lincoln book to David. We played penny store where I labeled items with different amounts no larger than 15 cents and David tried to see what he could count and buy in the store. It was a very cold day today and I hope to see signs of spring soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Abraham Lincoln

We continued our study about Abraham Lincoln today by reading in the book I checked out from the library. It was very interesting to learn that both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were both homeschooled! We found Kentucky and Indiana on the globe and learned how Lincoln traveled from both states by horse and buggy. David practiced his letter phonics and number counting. He also did some worksheet pages on numbers and letters. We also visited the Branford library this afternoon and saw a Police K-9 demonstration. It was very educational for both David and I and Rebecca. That was pretty much our day and I hope to have some warmer weather here soon in Florida. Take care everyone.

Monday, February 15, 2010

President's Day

Happy President's Day to everyone! We are continuing our study on presidents by reading the book "Abraham Lincoln, President of a Divided Country". David will construct a paper Lincoln log cabin in honor of President's Day. I will be reading "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" and also some books on animal babies. We will practice our letters again today and counting also. I will read The Lion and the Mouse from Aesop's Fable to David. We are going to try and make some reptile snakes out of string and beads and then we will take a nature walk and pretend to act out what we would do if we saw a snake and learn about how they like to live under bushes and rocks. Hopefully, we won't have to encounter a real snake! For P.E. we will make a snake path to hop and jump on for exercise. I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snakes and Chickens

It is raining here today so we won't get to get outside for any outdoor play. It is expected to get in the 20s here this weekend. Ugh! Where is Spring? We are learning about different types of snakes today and their living environments and how they lay their eggs. Phonics and addition practice will continue today. I will sing a song about shapes. For art today, we will make a poster board snake wrapped in aluminum foil and put glitter on it with craft "eyes". David will use his paints to paint the upper-case alphabet on construction paper for practice. I will read the book "The Ugly Duckling" and then we will talk about the correct way to treat people. David will count pennies again today. We will finish our final chapter in the George Washington book. For P.E. we will play baloon volleyball together which should work out great for something to do inside since it is raining. This afternoon we will head to the library to get out books for our homeschool for next week. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Short Day

We had a very short day today with our homeschool. The reptile study continued today with learning about how many different species of each reptile there is and how some are very unusual. David did some worksheets today practicing his letter and number writing. I read the book "The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza" to David and we also read some Valentine books that we checked out from the library. David also counted pennies up to the number fourteen and then he used them to practice his addition practice. We read another chapter in our George Washington book. That was it for the day. I hope everyone has a great day.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reptiles and Presidents

We started learning about reptiles today and their different characteristics and environments. Our review of phonics and addition practice continued today. David also did some fun Hooked on Phonics games on the computer. He is up to book 3 which is Pig Wig. We read some books about eggs and how different animals are hatched and born out of eggs. That was very interesting. We also started reading in our George Washington book about him and his life and we will read a short chapter each day this week from the book. David made an American flag from construction paper and then he glued a picture of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln onto the flag for President's Day which is Monday. I showed David the different presidents that are on the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. We also did some counting practice.

I also came to another realization of how thankful I am to be able to homeschool after hearing about something that happened at my daughter's public school today. There is something almost everyday at her school that has happened either dealing with drugs, sex, or fighting and bullying. I won't say what happened as it is quite gross and digusting but it did involve a boy and girl and the girl was the principal's daughter and the boy was known to be a very nice, Christian young man. You just don't know what is going on at public school unless you are there each and everyday to witness it. So, I hope they never outlaw homeschooling!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

No school today

We did not do school today because David was not feeling well this morning and then he came down with a high fever this afternoon of 103 degrees. I took him to his doctor and he was diagnosed with strep throat. So, we will try to do school tomorrow if he is feeling better. If not, then we will try again on Thursday. I hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Animals and Presidents

I was unable to post on Friday. So, I am back to schedule today. We did our normal stuff on Friday with homeschool plus we finished up our planet mobile. Today we are focusing on baby animals and their different sounds. We will watch the movie "Babe" this afternoon and pop some popcorn. We will learn about veterinarians and how they help take care of animals. I am going to read the book James Herriot's Treasury for Children which accompanies our lesson today. Our letter sounds and addition practice will continue today. We are going to use a carrot to dip into paint to make upper-case V's and lower case v's on a Valentine made from construction paper. There will be more reading with The Lifesize Animal Counting Book and Babies, Babies, Babies. We will being our study on the Presidents today. I will introduce the term president and explain what it means to David. I also have a book about the Presidents that I bought from the Dollar General store called "Great American Presidents". I will be reading that one sometime this week as we study about the Presidents. Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Animals and Planets

We are finishing our planet mobile project today by using construction paper to make our different planets and then we will hang them on the clothes hanger with yarn in the correct order they go in the solar system. For social studies we are learning about kindness to others and our family and friends. We are also making an animal book today out of construction paper and I will print out different animal coloring pages from the internet and David will color them and put them in his animal book. There are lots of animal books we have already on our bookshelf and we will read a few of those. We will continue with our alphabet letter and sound recognition. And also some review of addition problems. I had to go to the bank, trash center, and post office which contributed to our learning today also. You can't beat everyday life experiences to teach and learn. Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another busy day

Whew! I am really playing catch up on all of our homeschooling. I will be glad to be back on schedule. Today we contined our study on mammals and differentiated between wild animals and domestic and also between wild animal babies and pet babies. David colored some pictures of wild animal babies and pet babies and then glued them onto contstruction paper. Then, we took some straw and made a cage over the wild animal babies to show the difference between the two. We also printed a picture of a porcupine off the internet. Then, we took some clay and formed it into a porcupine shape. We stuck some spaghetti noodles into the clay to look like the porcupine's hair and then took popsicle sticks to make four legs for the porcupine. It was a really cute craft and taught David how porcupine's look and feel. Our space and planet study continued today also with reading some books on the subject and we also began our two-day planet mobile project. We took two clothes hangers and stretched them out and connected them and then we tied nine pieces of yarn onto the hangers. We will make the planets to go on them tomorrow for science. I read a book about shapes to David and we did some fun look and spy games for shapes around the house. Later today when Dad gets home we will make a geoboard for David to practice his shapes with rubberbands. Have a great day everyone and see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Busy Day

I did not post yesterday as it has been very busy here these past two days. We had a funeral to go to today which took up most of our day. So, we will be doing homeschool tonight. It was just too hard to fit it all in this morning before the funeral. Anyway, tonight we will continue with our study of mammals and how some of them can help us in many ways. We will continue reviewing the letter sounds and addition problems. We will be drawing illustrations of farm animals on one side of the construction paper and wild animals on the other side. We will also make a kite out of construction paper and then I will have David glue yarn in the shape of a big K and little k on the kite. There will be many books read tonight and one of them will be about space and the stars and planets. We will overview each planet and will try to make a planet mobile to hang up. I have lots of Valentine books we checked out from the library that we will try to read this week also. I will see everyone tommorrow.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Finally Friday

It is finally Friday and we are ready for the weekend. I will be reading the book Follow the Drinking Gourd today. We will practice counting by ones and tens today and review the number words one through ten. We are going to be reading a book about stars and then do some stargazing tonight to look for the Big Dipper and other constellations that we can find. Our study on manners will continue with me reading Dora's Book of Manners. Today, we will begin learning about mammals and their different characteristics. I will also review the alphabet and letter sounds and addition problems. The sun is shining today and it is supposed to be around 70 degrees today. Yay! This will be perfect weather to get outside and play today. Later this afternoon we will go to the library to check out books for our homeschool next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Playdate today

It was a beautiful day outside for our playgroup that we participate in with some other homeschooling families. The children had so much fun playing with each other and us moms had fun too chatting. We continued our study of the solar system today with the moon and how it can change its appearance in many different ways. Our letter recognition and addition practice continued today also. I think our papier-mache earth is a flop! It did not come out very well today when we tried to unmold it so I think we will pass on that one. We are learning about the food chain today. We will learn how milk gets to our store shelves. We did some arts today with playdough and made some animals with the dough and also did some drawing of animals on blank paper. It was a fun day today!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Sun and other things

Today we are learning about the sun and how it is a part of our solar system. We will read a book on the sun and the solar system. We will continue to practice the alphabet while concentrating on the uppercase and lowercase letters. We will practice our addition too. Our papier-mache earth is still drying so we will paint it tomorrow with blue paint for the oceans and lakes and green paint for the land. We will also learn how God created the animals on the sixth day of creation and how they are very important to us. Today is a rather slow day in our homeschool. I will see everyone tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Back to work

Today we will get back to our homeschooling and catch up on all of our work after a fun day yesterday. We are continuing with our bird study today by studying all the different bird eggs and trying to match them to the appropriate birds. I will read aloud the story "Henny Penny" and then ask a few questions about it to David. We will continue with our phonics and addition practice. We will also be making a homemade bird nest today using flour, water, yarn, and a balloon. Also, we plan on looking at birds outside today and making a notebook of all the birds we see by drawing them in the notebook. There are lots of books to be read today on the alphabet and learning about manners. We checked these out at our local library in Branford. I will teach about the globe today and show David the basic facts about the earth. Finally, we will make a papier-mache Earth model today and let it dry and then we will add something to it each day. As you can see we have a very busy day planned but it will be fun and exciting. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. See you tomorrow.

Monday, January 25, 2010

No school today

Today we did not do homeschool because my daughter was off from public school so we decided to take the day off too so we could go and do some things with her for the day. We had a really nice day park hopping. The weather was beautiful. We got some take out food from High Springs and then came home just awhile ago to eat and relax at home. I will be back to my regular homeschool post tomorrow. I hope everyone had a wonderful day.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flooding and Flamingos

Well it rained all day yesterday nonstop and when I went into town to pick up my daughter from school the roads were flooded. They had even closed off some roads. It looked like lakes had cropped up everywhere. It was incredible. Thank goodness the sun is shining today and it looks to be clearing up.

We will be learning about flamingos today. I just learned that flamingos are not born pink but gray. The parents take turns sitting on the egg before it is born. They can fly up to 35 m.p.h. and use the water to help them take off.

Our dinosaur learning series will continue today with the Pterodactyl. I have thouroughly enjoyed learning about all the different dinosaurs with my son. My son knew so much about the dinosaurs as we have read each book this week. He would tell me which ones were plant-eating versus a meat eater. He watches Dinosaur Train on PBS and I attribute that show with him learning so much about them.

We made our edible bird nests yesterday and they turned out great! Hopefully we will get to see some birds today using the pinecone feeder we put up the other day.

We will continue practicing our letter sounds today and addition problems and Hooked on Phonics.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rainy Day

It is dark and rainy outside this morning. So, it looks like we won't get any playtime in today in our backyard. It will be a good day to read all those Sonlight books. We are learning about birds today and their different characteristics. We found a bird nest the other day that was halfway falling out of a tree so we took it down and have it in our homeschool room now to study. It is so intersting to see all the different things that birds use to make a nest. We found the usual twigs in this nest but there was also some stuffing from a stuffed animal and some yarn. My son was really amazed at how birds use so many different things to build their nests.

We will be making edible bird nests today. I don't know if we will get to see any birds perusing our birdfeeder today since it is rainy and yucky outside. But we will see. We will also be reading more books today about dinosaurs and reviewing our letter sounds. We will review some simple addition problems and also practice counting by ones and tens.

We are also still reading in our Martin Luther King book that we checked out from the library. We mailed Coretta Scott King a letter thanking her for all that she and her husband have done for America.

That is it for today.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My first day of blogging

January 20, 2010

This is my first blog and my first post. I have never blogged before. I have only read other people's blogs. I thought I would give blogging a try since I enjoy reading other blogs. Maybe someone might enjoy reading mine.

My purpose of this blog is to share my homeschooling daily life and other adventures that happen each day in and outside of our home.

Today was a typical day in our homeschool. We woke up around 8:00 AM and started with our morning breakfast of oatmeal and fruit. My son is 5 years old and we are using Alpha Omega Horizons preschool curriculum with him along with Sonlight curriculum. I love both of them and we have been enjoying the activities that go along with them. I also supplement with a workbook called Learn At Home. It has daily lesson plans and wonderful hands-on activities to do each day with your child. Today we built a birdfeeder using a pinecone found on our property. We put peanut butter on it and then spread the bird seed on that and then we hung it in a tree in our front yard. My son is so excited to see how many different types of birds we can attract with the new feeder.

We are also learning about dinosaurs this week which has been a great experience for me as I have learned many things that I didn't know about dinosaurs. We checked out some books from out local library on dinosaurs and they are very interesting. I have to say that our local library is a wonderful resource.

My son then started on his Hooked on Phonics lessons. He is learning what sounds the letters make. I am enjoying the HOP very much and it was recommended to me by a good friend.

That was our day for today. I am looking forward to blogging each day and sharing our lives with others. See you tomorrow!