Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

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Here are some of the highlights of our week of homeschooling:

Zippy finished up Europe this week.  I love that she not only memorizes geography, but then puts that info to work by drawing the map.

Only one more week of Challenge until the Christmas break. Really looking forward to the break.   

Mostly succeeded at doing some homeschool the week with the Little Dude.  This week he played with his fabulous new pattern blocks, which he loves.

What we are reading this week:

I found the Christmas books!  This week's book included

Looking forward:

Next week is chock full of parties, so lots of cookies, Christmas cheer, and even a white elephant gift or two.  I hope your holiday season is going along swimmingly. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Working on a Cooking Badge

This year Zippy decided that she wanted to work on a badge at home for her American Heritage Girls and she chose cooking.  Now, I totally approve of this endeavor, as it means we get to eat lots of yummy food. She got started this week by making banana bread.  It is her dad's favorite.

Here is the recipe, in case you want to make it too:

Banana Bread

3/4 c. softened butter
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 bananas (mashed)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. sour milk (add 2 tsp. vinegar to milk to make it sour)

Cream together butter and sugar
Blend in bananas, eggs and vanilla
Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.
Add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk, blending until just well combined.
Pour into two greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Walk down the Freeway

We had a unique experience this weekend.  Last April they closed down a stretch of I-96 near us. After a summer of angst, they opened the freeway (early yay!) this morning.  Before they did, yesterday, they opened a small section of the freeway for people to walk down.  Boy, did they.  Not only walking but also running, biking, unicycling, skating, skateboarding, strollering, and just about any other form of non-moterized travel.  There was even a marching band.  It was so much fun.  A great, free, once in a lifetime family field trip.

This is my favorite picture

and if we look just to the right it looked like this:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homeschool Plan 2014 - 2015

I am pretty sure that I made this way harder than it should have been, but, at long last, we have a plan.

Classical Conversations Challenge A - this is a total curriculum that is as the names states challenging.  We decided that Zippy is going into grade 9 this year.  Challenge A is geared for grade 7, fortunately there are some minor modifications to make this high school appropriate.  A good example is math.  Zippy is doing Algebra instead of 7/8 grade math.  I love that students can work on the math that is appropriate for their learning level and still discuss math concepts on the community day with their fellow Challenge students.

Extra Curricular
Those fun, social activities during the week.  This year kind of turned service oriented, but it is what she chose to do:
American Heritage Girls - She joined AHG last year and made some really nice friends. Her first badge she wants to work on is cooking.  Look forward to seeing lots of yummy badge requirements here on the blog.

The Animal Shelter - She started volunteering during the summer.  You have to be 13 to volunteer and she has been bugging me about it for a while.  She is really impressing me with her desire to help the animals even though the job is sometime kind of stinky.

The Library - She is also volunteering once a month for an hour at the library as part of the teen advisory group.  Basically they discuss things they can do to help in the library and community and work on projects. This summer they helped out with a program where they one on one read to a small child.

Church - This year our church is trying something a little bit different.  There is not a normal Sunday School class for the teens.  Instead they are encouraged to participate in a small group of teens on a different night and serve on Sunday morning.  I think Zippy will be part of the team that greet people as they enter the church.  It is right up her alley.  There is also the fun youth group meeting once a week as well.

Little Dude
This was where a lot of the thinking and rearranging came into play. I really had to figure out what the goal needed to be for this year and plan accordingly. The goal, in case you were wondering is to get his speech well in hand.  That means practicing, practicing, practicing, and not just with me.  So I had to find places for him to go where there would be other people to talk to.  We already decided that we are going to homeschool him because of his medical issues so finding a place was a little more challenging than just putting him in kindergarten.

Preschool - 3 half days so he can practice talking with the other children, and also work on all those preschool skills, like holding a pencil and letter recognition, that he still is working to master.

Speech Therapy - One time a week through our local public school.  While I have had serious reservations about our public schools, the speech therapist that we started working with last year is super helpful.

Classical Conversations Foundations - This was probably the hardest bit of the puzzle to fit together.  I had this mental block that said he is not is kindergarten so he should not be in classical conversations, right?  In addition to that because I am tutoring Challenge A I did not want to just throw him into this new, slightly more rigid class environment.  However an opportunity came up for me to tutor Essentials on a different campus.  I take him with me to give Zippy the time to work on her work (and the responsibility to get it done withing a set time frame).  Essentials meets in the afternoons and Foundations meet in the morning.  It dawned on me that he could attend class and the work at home - all oral memory work since he does not read yet - would provide a perfect opportunity for him not only to learn more words but practice saying them as well.  He gets to hang out with the younger siblings of my Essentials class.

The road is set before us, and in truth we have been traveling on it for a couple of weeks, but I am now comfortable in saying this is the direction that we are going this year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hospital Days

Two weeks out of the hospital and I think, maybe I might be back to normal.  The Little Dude is doing fine, as he continues on this journey of health and well-being.  Here is a collage of hospital pics.  You will note that there are none of the exhausted mom. {smile}