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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Last of the Random Summer Pictures

A few more pictures from my camera upload:

Hanny, in her "prison."  She spends about 30-60 minutes in here every day.  We practiced over the summer and she actually loves it.   The trick was to train her at the same time every day and slowly.  A great incentive is to let her play with her favorite toys in here only.  On occasion, she even got a treat in here, such as a fruit puree pouch or the even rarer cookie.  All in all, it made for a treat to go in the playpen.  Now she actually runs to it and tries to climb in.  She also tries to climb out after a while.  :-)  I try to get her out before she actually wants to come out but that has been a discipline issue with me...  :-)  When you homeschool, it sure does help to have a baby trained to play quietly by herself and in a confined area .  It allows for art class without tiny fingers trying to grab everything and it allows for the older kids to be able to truly concentrate on their math problems or writing assignment.   And more often than not, I find another little one sitting in there playing with the baby.  And if it is recess, some older kids may also find their way in there.   I think that is because the baby can't get away from them in the confined space.  :-)

Kira, our neighbor girl who lives across the street from us.  Here all three are dressed up to the nines.  Isabelle in her beloved Elsa dress from her friend Kezia.  It is such a fabulous dress that is of such good quality that I have been able to easily wash it without any damage to the glitter or any of the fabric.  

Emery playing guns with Nathan upstairs.  He was so happy to have a boy to play with.  I think Nathan was just as happy to have Emery.  The two had a really good time together, although they are 3 years apart.  That is a change for Nathan who used to only want to play with older or same-aged kids.  I'm not sure where the change happened, if it was going to school or having so many younger siblings.  But it sure is a welcome change.

That outfit reminds me so much of some earlier posts, years ago.  Here is a great flashback.

Mathan Day 2015

There are no pictures of this day!  That's right.  I didn't take any!  Terrible....
But here was my big plan for Nathan.
Of course he wanted to go to Goodwill as well and look for a Nerf gun instead of a piggy bank.  So we did and we scored!  We found a really neat Nerf gun (an Elite automatic with a magazine) and it even had some darts left.  The boy was thrilled.
Next, was my big surprise: The archery range!  Last year we had spent hours here and he had such a good time.  This year, we left after just one hour.  Total bummer.  I still don't even know what went wrong but he ended up wanting to leave.  And quite frankly, it was his day and there was no point to be made by making him stay there.  He got frustrated over not being able to aim good with his beginner's bow, no matter how hard he tried.  It may be the equipment.  It was a cheap beginner's bow with a few decent arrows.  But as I pointed out to him, the guy next to him had the biggest and fanciest bow I had ever seen (it was equipped to the nines, with all kinds of things hanging off it) and he barely ever got close to the red circle (much to my surprise because he literally had more gadgets on it than my car has).  But there was no talking him out of it.  Which was a bummer because they do have a homeschool league.  Then again, the boy does so many sports, he most likely has not time for that anyway.  It would just have been a nice life skill (to be able to go bow hunting for deer).
Next, was a stop at Starbucks for his beloved frappucino.  He had seen an ad for the blackberry one.  He liked it a lot but still prefers the Vanilla Caramel frappucino.  He did have a hard time deciding between going to the local Humane Society to visit animals or going to an arcade. In the end, the arcade won.  Mostly due to the fact that he already had a card with 4,000 points that was burning a hole in his pocket.  So we went for a few quick games.  And they were quick.  Those places are money suckers!  Thankfully we had set a limit to go in but it was gone just like that.  Nathan then went into the store to spend his fortunes but couldn't decide.  He spotted an Ebay card but got so overwhelmed, that I suggested he wait to redeem the card until he had clarity rather than making a pressured decision he may live to regret.  And he actually listened!  His dad and I had our anniversary a few days later and went back and got him the ebay gift card.  $25 buckeroos!  And what did he buy?  A Zoomer Dino on ebay.  Let me tell you, those are pretty cool.  If you have a boy who loves remote-control toys, this one is one of the coolest.  :-)  Anyways, we wound up our day and the boy who had been a bit grumpy after the archery range had a good day after all.  He was very happy by the time we tucked him into bed and had enjoyed his special day.  Albeit sans pictures.  Sorry about that.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

First Ever Misabelle Day - 2015!!!

Usually we start Mama & kid days the summer before they officially start school.  However, since Isabelle gets left out (she doesn't get ballet or sports yet, etc) and since she is doing some school work, she got her first Misabelle day a year early.  And boy was it fun!  Isabelle was really easy to plan for as well.  There were some things she'd been waiting for a long time for and others that inspired her from Abby's special day.  On Isabelle's special day, we took Hanny along too.  Isabelle didn't mind and we didn't have anything planned where Hanny couldn't come along or would have been miserable (such as roaming through book stores for hours as with Abby).  

Look at those deep brown eyes!  They are so beautiful and they are her dad's.  Isabelle has a special love for "tiny teas" as she calls them.  One time at Starbucks a barista gave her a tiny cup with tea in it.  Ever since she loves them and requests them for birthday or Christmas presents.  Usually Nathan indulges her.  I figured since I've completely broken my Starbucks habit, I could get her one.  She loved it, as you can see.

She too wanted to go on a treasure hunt at Goodwill.  She too needed a piggy bank and we found a tiny pink pig.  She also saw this brand-new baby Anna doll (Frozen movie).  Her hair doesn't look brand new, you say?  Why yes, not anymore.  Not after Isabelle worked on it!  But she still loved her Anna anyways.  And has ever since.  We found another book or two and we picked up another Ravensburger game!  We found a complete and in excellent shape "Labyrinth" game.  We've been playing it ever since and all the kids like it.  Isabelle doesn't quite understand it but she has her own rules and so she plays with us and that is all that matters.

Next stop, the local teacher supply store.  She, just like her sister, played for a while with all the display toys and had a blast.  And I got out of there without spending ANY money.  Unheard of.  And just like her sister, we drove on over to the local kid's arcade.

Isabelle loved riding the rides.  Hannah, not so much.  They moved too much for her taste.

Now this one Hannah enjoyed.  Which was neat because it was a tiny carousel and Hannah and Isabelle could ride at the same time.  It was very cute and adorable and sweet and with sugar and spice.

Isabelle on the same ride.

Oh, I love this picture!  Isabelle all cute with the mouse and happy and Hanny having the funniest face.  I laughed so hard the first time I saw it.  Two sweety pies together.  I think I need to stop writing and I need to go smooch some cutie pies.



Mabby Day 2015

This year's Mabby day was long anticipated and the first of the special days we had this year.  I knew pretty much what I wanted to do with Abby.  Two things had been on Abby's mind lately: Larger puzzles and a piggy bank.  We had lost the top of her piggy bank and I had thrown it away because of it.   Just got tired of picking up coins all over here floor.  And wouldn't you know it, she found the little rubber seal in one of her dressers...  Figures.  Of course she was not happy with me and kept reminding me that I shouldn't have thrown the piggy bank away.  As a result, our first trip was to Goodwill to get a piggy bank and some puzzles.  The first piggy bank Abby picked was terrible.  It was this awful looking thing that she loved.  The agony!  Thankfully a lady overheard us talking and found a beautiful whitish elephant.  Abby thankfully loved that one more.  Day saved.  :-)
We also got quite lucky in the puzzle department.  My favorite puzzle sets are Ravensburger.  The quality is just so much better than others.  But you obviously pay for that quality and so we usually don't get Ravensburger puzzles.  However, on this particular day we hit the jackpot!  We found a 100 piece puzzle for Isabelle, a 300 piece spaceship puzzle for Nathan and two larger ones for Abby and myself to make together.  Score!  And then we also scored in the book section!  Two of the books on my book list this year for read-alouds were Avi - Crispin and George - My Side of the Mountain.  Not only did we find those in ecxellent condition, they were also priced $.99 and $1.99.  Plus, we found other books by the same authors for the kids to read during their reading time.  I love Goodwill!  We spent quite some time here roaming through the isles, and getting lost in the book department.  :-)

Isabelle's puzzle

Our awesome book finds.

The next stop was our local teacher supply store with it's educational toy section.  Abby particularly enjoys their Little Critters display where they let you play with some sets.  Abby played for a while and we ended up buying Eddy's Thinking Putty (a small one) for our treasure box for school.  

Not too far away is a children's arcade for littler kids (with some bigger kid games).  We went there as well and played some games together.  Abby's favorite was a horse game where you sit on a carousel horse and a screen in front of you shows you how you are doing in the horse race.  

We went to Starbucks for lunch.  Abby had been fancying their protein box for a while.  And although I told her she would probably not like it, I let her have one for a treat.  She didn't like it that much.  As least now she won't desire it every time she sees it.  :-)  

And off we went to the local Humane Society for my animal loving girl.  And lucky for her, they had a kitten showing that day where local fosters brought in all of their kittens and you could hold and play with as many as you wanted to.  And that she did, hold as many as they would let her.  We are lucky we did not walk out with a kitty.  :-)  It was hard, but we did it....  Although, if it was up to Abby, she would have rescued a few 15-year old cats....  They honestly were on their last leg.  I keep being tempted to get her a kitty for her birthday only to remind myself that this is not the time and place to do it.  Hannah is just too young and I don't think Copper would go for that.  Plus, I just really need one more thing on my plate.  NOT!

When my mom was here (the time before last), we got Abby a pedicure and she loved it.  So once a year, I'll spring for that.  Abby loved it.  Although I did not like this place as much as the one closer to our house.  But they had a pretty fabulous chair.  It surprised me that she picked the bear over the butterfly but then again, it would probably surprise her that this surprised me.  :-)

Abby loves toenail polish.  And after the ballet recital she also loves lipstick and always says the word with a tone of secrecy.  I love her little toes!

We ended the day with dessert from Fred Meyer and Abby constantly hugging me and telling me "Thank you!" for her very special day.  It was so much fun to just have one girl to focus on and to be able to do some of the things we usually can't do with the little ones (such as sitting still for a pedicure).  It was a pretty awesome day and we talked lots, especially about our hopes and dreams and fears of homeschooling and also about anything and everything.  I, for one, am very much looking forward to another Mabby day in 2016.  :-)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More Catching Up

I downloaded more miscellaneous photos from our summer.  This will be another random post just to chronicle our every day.


Our blessing board.  Abigail updated her and we made sure to leave "OMA" on there.  :-)  Her "hint, hint" next to bear is to remind me that I needed to patch him up.  And I finally did.  Bear now has a red heart-shaped patch and another pink heart-shaped patch over that first patch.  Hopefully this will hold for a while.

Abigail loves playing with Hannah.  Hannah has developed such unique relationships with all 3 of her siblings.  It is very cute.  She loves them so very much and is starting to tag along with them and even play games with them.  Here she is showing Abby part of her own routine.  Those popsicle molds get taken out and put together on the floor quite often.  Hannah finds them fascinating.  Unfortunately she never puts them away....  Abby thinks Hannah is the most adorable thing.  She will literally tell me EVERYTHING Hannah does and says.  Abby just can't get enough of the baby cuteness.

Our friend Grace O..  Her and Isabelle and Abby are very good friends.  They spend all their baseball days together and some other special days at our house.  She is Nate's little sister.  Here both her and Isabelle are sitting in Hannah's play pen.  Isabelle has started to dress up in pretty dresses lately. She got some from her friend Bella M. and has been dressing up in them every since.  It makes her feel like a princess.  This particular one is an Easter dress we already had.

Hannah LOVES green smoothies.  I make a big batch with a lot of spinach in them and the girl drinks an adult size one every day.  She will even dance for them.

Lego creations.  Abby's are starting to become a lot more intricate than her usual square blocks.  This one in particular was really cute.  Her and Nathan wanted to enter the Lego contest and built a Chima scene.  I particularly love how they use square blocks as heads for their bodies.  :-)  It's hip to be square...

Nathan's entry.  I loved his colors and use of torches on the entry  way.  Pretty cool throne roomish creation.

Isabelle dancing, copying Abby's ballet moves.  See, another pretty dress.

These were Isabelle's favorite shoes this summer.  And she still puts them on the wrong foot every.single.time.

Pretty little dancer.

We just all love our couch.  Most comfortable place in the house.

Hannah loves walking across the couch.  

And then falling into the pillows on the other end...


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Baseball All-stars 2015

This is the first year that Nathan was eligible to make all-stars.  And he was really nervous and wanted it badly.  We didn't expect him to make it this year but he worked hard, very hard.  And hard work pays off.  In the end, he was selected.  He earned it.  And he was excited as only a little boy who just made all-stars can be excited.
Nathan became very nervous for his last few regular season games.  He was worried he wouldn't make it.  And when Nathan becomes nervous, he gets really upset and short and just all-around unhappy.  So it was a good experience for him to go through.
His dad, who is the most amazing coach I know, was asked to help coach all-stars.  They had 3-hour practices most days, two fun and team-building get-togethers, and a tournament at the end.  We played a local team first and they beat us.  Then we came back through the looser's bracket only to face this good team again.  We ended up with second place, a fabulous showing for a young team.  David is excited to coach them next year.  He said they have a good chance at districts if all the kids stay there.
And just look at the boy!  He looks so grown up.  I'm starting to see a little man.  While his face looks more and more like a face from my side of the family with his father's gorgeous eyes and thick hair, his body looks like his father's side of the family.  I never saw his dad as a young boy.  However, his dad used to coach his uncle Rusty when he was 15  (that is when I first saw Rusty play baseball) and Nathan moves so much like him.  When grandma Lorena watches Nathan play she always calls him Rusty.  :-)  
Fun Fact: Notice how all the guys' bodies are turned one way (except for one guy) and their heads another?  They are still turned to honoring the flag with their bodies and their heads are turned toward the speaker.  Apparently no one told them they can turn around after the National Anthem is over....

We love our local Little League.  There is something so special about having your kids grow up with the same kids and meeting each spring to play together for another season.  Volunteers making it all happen and putting in the hours and effort to make our kids better people and better baseball players.  I fall in love with my husband every spring again, watching him out there, pouring in the hours for the kids.  Any kid who wants extra work, gets extra work.  He will throw buckets of balls until the daylight is gone.  
And I love watching my son who works so hard. The other day a lady said what a good little player Nathan is.  She mentioned that he must have so much natural talent.  While Nathan is not clumsy by any means, he does not have any natural ability to set him apart.  There are some gifted people on his team (an amazing catcher, a great hitter).  They have natural ability because of how their bodies are built.  Nathan truly worked hard for years to get here.  He is by no means at the top or the best out there but he earned his spot as a starter on an all-star team as an infielder (short-stop and third base mostly).  He is a good little all-around player with baseball smarts.  He can help out to pitch and catch in a pinch.  He is a good little infielder or outfielder and can play most positions well enough.  We are very proud of him for the determination, passion, and endurance he has shown.  We can only hope he will transfer that to all aspects of his life.

Monday, September 14, 2015

First Every 30-Day Homeschool Review!

So far, I love the program we are using for homeschooling!  Hopefully I will write about it later.  One of the things I love about it is that there is a ton of accountability.  One way to ensure this is that we have to write 30-day reviews for our kids.  This first one is for 1 week only as school has just started. And it is probably wayyyyy more detail than my teacher-contact needs.  But like a little kid in the candy store, I'm just so excited to have it done and would love to document it for later years to come (when I can chuckle about both my enthusiasm and inexperience).  While this is utterly boring for anyone but me, maybe the kids will one day want to read what they did their first week of homeschooling ever.  It was a great week! (Let's hope I can write that for our last week of school and all the ones in between as well.)

Here is Nathan's:

Class: Fourth Grade PE

GOALS:
1.    The student will participate regularly in various physical activities such as cardio vascular work, strength training, sports/skill based activities and/or health related lessons (soccer, basketball, tennis, nutrition, safety, etc).

4.2: Develops and monitors a health and fitness plan. (Fitness log, portfolio, or journal to record physical activity; set goals)
1.1: Develops motor skills and movement concepts as developmentally appropriate. (Field a ground ball and throw to a base, perform a cartwheel, dribble)

TOPICS:
Hiking, baseball skills, rules & team work, pull-up bar strength training

ACTIVITES:
Nathan is continuing to learn how to improve his hitting and fielding in baseball.  He is working as part of a team and doing individual work-outs.
In order to become a stronger hitter, Nathan is working out daily on a pull-up bar.  He is learning about how strength training affects his hitting in baseball.
Nathan also participated in a 3-hour hike along various creeks in our area.  He is improving on his skills, safely navigating through waters and along established hiking paths.

ASSESSMENTS:
He is improving her skills and shows good sportsmanship. His hitting has reached another level as he is able to hit the ball further than in previous years.  He achieved a rare 7 hits (with one double) out of 8 at bats.  His fielding is still hesitant as a result of a ball hitting him in the chin previously.  He pitched satisfactory for his age and allowed 1 run.  He is listening well to instructions and follows rules well. 

Class: Fourth Grade Math

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
1. Unit 5: (Data Analysis: Presenting Data): Textbook 3A p. 140-145; Workbook 3A p. 162-173
2. Unit 5: (Data Analysis: Probability): Textbook 3A p. 146-152; Workbook 3A p. 174-179
3. Review 5: Workbook 3A p. 180-184

TOPICS: Review and Data Analysis.

ACTIVITES:
Nathan reviewed two and three-digit subtraction with borrowing, reviewed money and conversion, multiplication with carrying, division with and without remainders as well as multiplication flashcards.  Nathan started with data analysis and learned about bar graphs, line plots, and tables as different ways to present data.

ASSESSMENTS:
Nathan went quickly and surely through his multiplication flashcards.  He mastered any of the reviewed subjects and scored 100% on all tests.  He did write his carryover numbers the same size as his regular numbers on his divisions and is working to correct this.  Nathan correctly answered all problems in his textbook.  We do not yet have his workbook.

Class: Second Grade Language Arts

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Student will make progress in:
1. develop reading skills, strategies for comprehension, and ability to analyze text by completing weekly reading and lessons
2. develop written language, composition skills and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the process of writing by completing weekly writing lessons and projects using typing skills and handwriting practice as necessary
3. develop grade level language skills by completing weekly grammar, vocabulary and spelling lessons as well as practicing speaking and listening skills.

TOPICS:
Independent reading, read-alouds, Reading Detectives, the Writing Process, Sight Words, Adjectives, nouns.

ACTIVITES:
Reading: For independent reading, Nathan read a volume of the Hardy Boys (20 minutes daily reading) as well as Minecraft books that were of his own choosing.  For our read-aloud, we read science books and also started reading “My Side of the Mountain”.
Spelling: We are working our way through the Dolch sight words list. Nathan got a generic overview of the writing process and started to learn more about brainstorming prior to writing.
Grammar: Nathan did a short review of nouns and adjectives.  We have not yet received our Grammar program.
Handwriting: Nathan was asked to use his best handwriting while testing for Dolch Sight words.

ASSESSMENTS:
Reading: Nathan is a good reader.  He reads mostly fluently and needs to work on intonation as well as his punctuation.  His reading is sometimes monotone.  Reading is still a chore to Nathan and we need to develop a love for reading.  An incentive program will be established to reach this goal.
His eading assessment test for Reading Detectives scored at 100%.
Spelling: Nathan has successfully spelled the first three groups of the Dolch Sight Word list.
Writing: Nathan did not fully understand the writing process overall.  While he wrote 5+ pages for his first writing assignment and showed great enthusiasm, he did not plan for his story.  His story was fluent and logical in most places and also entertaining.  However, it was hard to figure out what the purpose of his story was.  He also started his story without any introduction, much like a book may start.
Handwriting: Nathan’s handwriting practice this week was also her Dolch Sight Words lists.  Nathan’s handwriting scored 100% and he will move on to typing.
Grammar: Nathan is beginning to understand nouns and adjectives.

Class: Second Grade Science

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
September
  1. Weather and Seasons – monitoring weather, understanding seasons

TOPICS:
Weather

ACTIVITES:
Nathan learned that weather is measurable.  She made an anemometer, a rain gauge and a weather vane and reported daily findings.

ASSESSMENTS:
The REAL curriculum was easy to understand for Nathan.  When tested orally on his knowledge of materials he did during the week, she scored 98% (could not recall the name of an anemometer).

Class: Second Grade Social Science (History)

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Unit 1:
1.    The Earliest People
2.    Egyptians Lived on the Nile River

TOPICS:
Nomads, first settlers/farmers in the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt

ACTIVITES:
Nathan listened to the audio tapes of Story of the World, Volume I about the earliest people who became farmers and then built their first settlements, Jericho among them.  He also started to learn about the ancient Egyptians.  We did additional reading in the Usborne Book of World History as well as the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia.  Nathan also used the Usborne Atlas of World History to locate the Fertile Crescent.

ASSESSMENTS:
Nathan scored 100% on his oral test about the material learned in history.  Nathan is able to recall the change from nomads to farmers/settlers and he can find the Fertile Crescent on a map, as well as Egypt.  He knows where the Tigris and Euphrates are located.  He was able to recall that wheat and barley grow wild in the Fertile Crescent and that Jericho was one of the first settlements. 




And Abbys:

Class: Second Grade PE

GOALS:
1. The student will participate regularly in various physical activities such as cardio vascular work, strength training, sports/skill based activities and/or health related lessons (soccer, basketball, tennis, nutrition, safety, etc).

4.2: Develops and monitors a health and fitness plan. (Fitness log, portfolio, or journal to record physical activity; set goals)
1.1: Develops motor skills and movement concepts as developmentally appropriate. (Field a ground ball and throw to a base, perform a cartwheel, dribble)

TOPICS:
ballet, pull-up bar strength training, discussing upcoming physical changes

ACTIVITES:
Abigail is continuing to learn how to improve her ballet skills.  She is working as part of a team.
In order to become stronger, Abigail is working out daily on a pull-up bar.
Abigail also started reading her assigned curriculum and learned about upcoming physical changes for girls.   She learned that this may at times be awkward but that all females go through this change and at different times in their lives.  A trusted adult can always help along the way.

ASSESSMENTS:
She is improving her skills and shows good team spirit. She is building upon previously learned ballet moves, such as first and second position.  After practicing daily, she is now able to do one chin-up.  She is listening well to instructions and follows rules well.
She now understands upcoming physical changes.


Class: Second Grade Math

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
1. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Looking Back): Textbook 2A p. 8-12; Workbook 2A p. 7-14
2. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Hundreds, Tens and Ones): Textbook 2A p. 13-19; Workbook 2A p. 15-23
3. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Comparing Numbers): Textbook 2A p. 20-23; Workbook 2A p. 24-27
4. Review 1: Workbook 2A p. 28-30

TOPICS:
Numbers to 1000 review, Addition and Subtraction

ACTIVITES:
Abigail reviewed numbers up to 1000 as well as addition and subtraction.  In addition to her workbook work, she also did daily 20 minute flashcard work daily.  In addition to the work listed in goals, we also reviewed counting by fives, coins, even- and odd-numbered, counting by twenty-fives, writing numbers before and after as well as dozen and half-dozen.   We were not able to do the textbook work as we are still waiting on the materials.

ASSESSMENTS:
Abigail had no problems with number work up to 1000.  Her addition flashcard work was slow at the beginning of the week but is progressing quickly.  All her printed worksheets mentioned in activities (review work) was mastered.  She scored 100% on most of her sheets with an occasional error based on her not paying attention to detail rather than her not understanding.

Class: Second Grade Language Arts

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Student will make progress in:
1. develop reading skills, strategies for comprehension, and ability to analyze text by completing weekly reading and lessons
2. develop written language, composition skills and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the process of writing by completing weekly writing lessons and projects using typing skills and handwriting practice as necessary
3. develop grade level language skills by completing weekly grammar, vocabulary and spelling lessons as well as practicing speaking and listening skills.

TOPICS:
Independent reading, read-alouds, Reading Detectives, the Writing Process, Sight Words, Adjectives, nouns.

ACTIVITES:
Reading: For independent reading, Abigail read 20+ books (30+ minutes daily) from both the library and our home library.  Most of them were beginning readers, others were more advanced.  For our read-aloud, we read science books and also started reading “My Side of the Mountain” as well as some library books.
Spelling: We are working our way through sight words to see how many Abigail knows.
Writing: Abigail got a generic overview of the writing process and started to learn more about brainstorming prior to writing.
Grammar: Abigail was asked to brainstorm adjectives about herself and her sister.  During this process, she also learned about nouns.
Handwriting: Abigail was asked to use her handwriting practice while testing for Dolch Sight words.

ASSESSMENTS:
Reading: Abigail is a good reader who loves to read.  She definitely has genres she prefers and will learn to expand and read other books over the year.  Reading is a passion of hers and she can always be found reading a book.  She reads fluently and her next step is to work on intonation.  She occasionally quickly identifies a word incorrectly in favor of speed of reading.  Once prompted, she has no problem identifying the word correctly.   She enjoys reading along when others read.
Her reading assessment test for Reading Detectives scored at 33%.  While she understands the text, she will pick the incorrect sentences for evidence of her answer.
Spelling: Abigail has successfully spelled the first three groups of the Dolch Sight Word list.  Sometimes Abigail capitalizes words on the list.
Writing: Abigail had a hard time understanding the writing process in its entirety.  She prefers to sit down and starting to write over brainstorming and planning.  For her first writing project, she was given a topic with no further instructions for assessment.  She wrote about an animal and wrote a total of 4 sentences.  She had a good introductory sentence and a good closing sentence with good information about her topic in the middle.  Her goal for the year will be to write longer texts.
Handwriting: Abigail’s handwriting practice this week was also her Dolch Sight Words lists.  Abigail’s handwriting needs improvement as her handwriting is very uneven and she does not fully utilize the lines given.  Her letter shapes also need improvement.
Grammar: Abigail is just beginning to understand nouns and adjectives.

Class: Second Grade Science

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
September
  1. Weather and Seasons – monitoring weather, understanding seasons

TOPICS:
Weather

ACTIVITES:
Abigail learned that weather is measurable.  She made an anemometer, a rain gauge and a weather vane and reported daily findings.

ASSESSMENTS:
The REAL curriculum was easy to understand for Abigail.  When tested orally on her knowledge of materials she did during the week, she scored 98%.

Class: Second Grade Social Science (History)

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Unit 1:
1.    The Earliest People
2.    Egyptians Lived on the Nile River

TOPICS:
Nomads, first settlers/farmers in the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt

ACTIVITES:
Abigail listened to the audio tapes of Story of the World, Volume I about the earliest people who became farmers and then built their first settlements, Jericho among them.  She also started to learn about the ancient Egyptians.  We did additional reading in the Usborne Book of World History as well as the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia.  Abigail also used the Usborne Atlas of World History to locate the Fertile Crescent.

ASSESSMENTS:
Abigail scored 100% on her oral test about the material learned in history.  Abigail is able to recall the change from nomads to farmers/settlers and she can find the Fertile Crescent on a map, as well as Egypt.  She knows where the Tigris and Euphrates are located.  She was able to recall that wheat and barley grow wild in the Fertile Crescent and that Jericho was one of the first settlements. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Uncle Sam and Abby's Tonsils

Uncle Sam wants you!!!  (They should totally use Hannah.)

Check out Abby's tonsils!  :-)


Fourth of July 2015

Yeah, I'm a bit late on posting these but I can't get myself to just ignore certain big events.  The pictures come up on my computer and as the family event documenter, it must be written about.

The little set-up in front of our house.  Chairs and lots of blankets and sleeping bags.  As you can see, we have an active neighborhood.  Kira, our neighbor who is good friends with Abby, is talking to David.

Some of our neighbors starting the fireworks.

All the kids running through the colored smoke bombs.  Those are my favorites to take pictures of.

The man who makes it all possible!

Look at the great sunset.  We've had such a great summer with so much heat.  And of course of all the years for our air conditioning in the car to break, it was this one.  Murphy's Law.

The boy getting serious and taking his socks of?

Emery.  One of the coolest little boys I know.  He is so much fun.  An old soul in a little boy's body.

Don't you love catching people making funny faces?  The Sparks were going to celebrate with us but then their boy got sick and mom had to stay with him.  And he was vomiting, so it wasn't something where he could lay in the grass.  Nathan was pretty bummed to miss his friend.  But the girls all still got to hang out and Mr. Sparks made some fantastic burgers with all the fixings, much to David's delight.

Pretty little dancer.  She caught a parachute guy and was very excited about it.

Abby gets frightened halfway through.  For some reason that makes her pull her hair.  :-)

We have some pretty awesome fireworks in our neighborhood.

Somebody is excited.  Little smunchkin.  Want to pinch her checks and smootch her all over her sweet little face.

Her favorite Elsa shirt from Frozen.  It was a summer staple.  Those are also her favorite sandals.

Did you know I love that man?  Yep.  I sure do.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Some Other Random Happenins

As I off-loaded my camera, there were some random pictures that would just show some special or everyday aspects of our lives.

Hannah in her high-chair from Auntie Megan.  Have a fruit pouch.  Genius inventions!  I hope that whoever invented them is filthy rich.  And most likely they are.  The garland above Hanny is from my mom.  She bought them as decorations for the girls' birthdays.

Swwt Abby in her school uniform with the beloved bear, who needed yet another patching.  She is next to her chore chart/behavior chart.  I do those well for a few weeks and then I slack.  Poor kids.  They actually really like them.

A successful week.

The boy doing one of his last (for now) school homework.  In the background another garland from my mom.   Nathan's school used A Beka which I really liked.  Unfortunately it does not lend itself well for homeschooling multiples.

Hannah on her ladybug, a birthday present from my mom.  The crazy woman had it shipped her.  And a birthday outfit from grandma.  It is purple, grandma's favorite color.

Isabelly at the new play table with Micky and Minnie (birthday gift from Grampy), doing her new block puzzle from the Matson's.  She is really enjoying puzzles these days.  She can easily do small puzzles by herself now.

All the girls on the couch.  Here is a good judge on how large this luxurious couch is.  The couch is in a u-shape and this is the small part at the bottom of the "u".  

Poor dog.  He is not allowed on the couch anymore.  But not all is bad, we got him a comfy dog bed.  He obliges, albeit not happily.

Cutie patootie,  In this picture, proud owner of 6 teeth.  Slowest teether EVER.

That is how I found them.  All piled up together.

One of the walls in the homeschool room.  At first I didn't want to put our map up but the kids have learned so much by it simply being placed where they can see it.  Some blackboards to write on for homeschooling.

One of Abby's polymer clay creations, an owl in a next.  The flash ruined the picture but she really impressed with this creation.  The girl loves artsy anything.  We found some Youtube videos that showed her how to make these and she made some really great animals.  This one she made for one of her cousins as a birthday present because her cousin loves animals.