Back story: this toy was originally my husband’s and now Lil’ Red has it mastered!
Just wanted to post some more pictures from Newport Aquarium that my mom took! Thanks mom for letting me get these pics from you today. We did have a fun time meeting our cousins. The two little ones in the middle are exactly the same age just hours apart! Both have Strawberry Blond hair and have little tempers to boot:)
Well, this is our 3rd year homeschooling and we have done things differently each year. The 1st year we used a few books that they were used to (A Reason for handwriting and A Reason for spelling) when attending a Christian School. We added free Bridges math, science, history, and geography that I found online. The 2nd year we went a little more eclectic leaning towards unschooling. I thought we were going to study missionaries and variety of countries, but the kids just didn’t seem that interested. We primarily used checklists of subjects/topics for “bare minimum” work and did some lapbooking on topics they chose. We learned about the Arctic and Antarctic from Carisa’s Calendar Connections. We bought an art calendar at Jimmie’s suggestion (but have had to skip some days due to content.)
SO what are we going to do in year 3, you ask? Yet again something different. I learned about Margie Gray’s Prairie Primer during a library workshop about lapbooking. I thought it would be GREAT to do a major unit study approach using a great set of books as the main spine. The variety of topics that can be covered and the rabbit trails to diverse learning sound wonderful to me. I have put off planning specifics in order to keep ME excited about it. I even went a step further and have created a co-op around LHP and Pioneers getting 5-7 other families to join us. I did this for a couple of reasons. 1) To keep me accountable to actually using PP this year and progressing through a number of the books. 2) To help my kids have a set group of homeschoolers they meet with and get to know throughout the year.
(We have struggled the past two years with not having dependable friends that homeschool. We know lots of families in the area that homeschool but do so diversely that it limits what time we can spend together)
Back to this year. I read the entire Little House on the Prairie boxed set this summer to prepare for this year. I kept notes about what I thought would interest my children. I did some extensive searches on those subjects. I joined Prairie Primer Pluses yahoo group and became a moderator to correct broken links and add more links to share with other PP users. I also found and joined Prairie Primer Homeschool Support on facebook. Both groups offer loads of ideas, recipes, and support. This took a lot of the stress of planning away knowing that with a few clicks of a button I can have all sorts of videos, virtual tours, worksheets, and unit studies related to over 30 different topics from LHP. We will be studying presidents, states, science, health, bee keeping, railroads, and tons more topics this year!
Art/Drawing: found some great free drawing lesson’s online!
Handwriting: Seeds of Worship from Bible Printables
Math: I found Ray’s Arithmetic in case we go old school. We will also use Living Math with lots of games and real-life hands-on math concepts.
Spelling/Grammar: We will use words that are new from LHP and McGruffey’s Readers and Speller found free online. I also have some old-fashioned primers from various free sources.
History/Geography: worksheets and lapbook elements related to what we read.
Science/Health/Nature Study: will try to incorporate more nature journaling this year.
TOT School (I can’t leave Lil’ Red out! I will be planning lots of tot trays and activities to keep him busy. We will work on numbers, letters, colors, and shapes.)
If you are looking for curriculum and do not know where to turn or have much money to spend check out these websites to get you started:
Homeschool Freebie of the Day- www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday. where I got most of my primers and handbooks for boys and girls
Freely Educate – www.freelyeducate.com loads of info all the way through college classes
Free Homeschool Deals- http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/ free daily kindle e-book list
Guest Hollow– free science, history, and math. Full curriculum pre-planned using library and online resources.
Donna Young– loads of free EVERYTHING homeschool!
woo, all that types and just wanted to add a side note; somewhere I started this year’s curriculum list with ideas and such and have no idea where it’s at or even if it’s typed or written down. I’ve racked my brain for 2 days looking on pc, jump drive, and laptop trying to figure out where those words went to no avail:) Just another very late night on my blog.
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Okay, if you know me you know that I am a bargain shopper. I went to a huge community garage sale and found this calendar for .50.
Yes, that’s right a savings of $26.49! The big kids love it and will help to teach Lil’ Red during Tot School! The only problem is that it is missing some things like: Thursday, Rainy, Sunny, Windy, September, and years 2013+. Realizing it’s August and we are starting school soon made we want to get this calendar complete!
So I set out to make the missing pieces myself. Matching fonts tended to be the trickiest part, but I was successful. I used Word with clip art and text boxes. Text Box instructions over graphics:
1. Select graphic or clip-art. Resize to what you need.
2. Create a text box. Adjust font to Century font size 28. Type in text.
3. Format text box. Select No fill and No outline.
4. Format image with Text Wrapping- Select In Front of Text.
5. Drag text box onto image and adjust to where you want your words to be!
Now the fun part of printing the images on a transparency and using it like a rub-on to transfer onto fabric since I’m too cheap to buy fabric that is thin enough to send through my printer:) Will show pics of the next steps of printing, rub-on transfers, and sewing backs with soft velco or thin flannel.
Note: printing in reverse took my over an hour to figure out:( Newer Word and printer drivers do not allow mirror image printing like they used to. I could do it on my laptop within WORKS, but never in WORD.
Here’s how it’s done. You have to create a word art and you can play around with fill/outline/shape to get it to look “normal” and match the calendar. Then under format tab you can flip to create reverse image. I printed on the SHINY side of a transparency and laid on top of fabric (old pair of white pants- see I told you I was
cheap frugal!) Rubbed while I held transparency taunt. VIOLA! a pretty decent transfer. Princess helped me and then used a fine tip sharpie to go over the letters to darker them:)
Linking up with Works for Me Wednesday!
Sometime life flies by so fast that it’s hard to distinguish one week from the next let alone one day from the next! So in joining Carisa’s Moments to Remember here’s what we did this week:
Sunday we learned how to shoot a bow and arrow. Thanks ODNR and Miami County Parks! Kids went to grandma’s and had lots of fun. That’s where the silly pictures were taken:) We stopped in the library to check in for summer reading club, played some games, and won more free fast-food coupons-yippee! Princess turned 8 but her party isn’t until tomorrow. I’ve spent lots of time learning about blogging, party planning, and getting the Back-to-School bug. Waiting for approval of our LHP/PP Homeschool Co-op location and then will book guest speakers! Took some very nice pictures as we walked around our block!
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