Saturday, April 19, 2014

Portraits of the Kids

I've been so busy I haven't had time to post what we've been up to.  School, soccer, biking, friends, gardening, and lots of other things. 

But I did get out with the kids the other day to do a portrait session.  We haven't done a "real" one with them in awhile. 

Here's a few that we came away with:


Grandparents....the photos will be on their way soon.

Happy Easter!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Baby Girl

My baby girl turned 7 not too long ago.

My sweet, sweet girl.

We wanted to do some birthday photos, but never really got around to them.

This was a super quick shoot (encouraged by Daddy) after church and before lunch.  The girl had been crying in my arms 2 minute before because her arm had gotten hurt.

As usual, she did her range of faces.  I captured a few.



I'll be using these photos for an editing tutorial on my photography blog later.  But they get first billing here.  And grandparents, give me a few days.  I'll get you a file of these!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Enjoying The Last of The Snow

We tried to enjoy what snow we had.  That meant traveling to snow.  We tried to utilize our free lift passes and buy one, get one free deals that we had.  Poor Biker Boy, he had 2 free tickets to a closer place that he never got to use because they never opened this winter.  Oh well. 

Here's some photos from a few of our winter excursions.  I'm so behind on everything and I haven't posted here in a bit, so this is it for now.




Chewy has taken to the snowboard pretty well.  The kids have to share a pair of skis, so someone has to use a snowboard while the other is skiing.  They each have a snowboard.  Chewy has progressed to doing the lifts on her snowboard and can heel edge down the hill like a pro.  She's been trying to learn her toe edge and doing a few turns.  Scooter will do turns when no one is looking.  He's a pro on his heel edge too and will go down stuff I won't.  Scooter will hike up the big peaks with Biker Boy and then they drop down the black diamonds and go in the woods.  I won't do that.  Chewy's not quite that advanced yet, so she'll hang with me and beat me down the hill.  Actually, both kids are faster than me now.  Everyone is waiting for mommy at the lift. 

We may be done boarding for the winter. Soccer practice starts this week.  We are now officially soccer parents and I'm an assistant coach.  I won't rant about how I feel about it.  Because in front of the kids I'm officially enthusiastic and excited!  It's going to be so much fun!  They each have new cleats....oh boy!  And one has a game in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Care to guess where all my Saturdays will be spent?  Plus 2 evenings a week.  On unfamiliar territory.  But in a mommy voice....."This is going to be so much fun!"  And it will be...once I get in there with the kids.  The adult part of it...not so fun...(which reminds me I need to finish my online training before tomorrow).  My lack of enthusiasm is probably due to the fact that I just don't have a passion for soccer.  Sorry, I don't.  I don't get it.  But probably in the same way that someone else doesn't get why I can swim back and forth in a pool and love it. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free Elementary Science Curriculum for Homeschool: Weeks 21-24

Wow!  It's been a month since I posted here.  That's how busy I've been. Just trying to keep up and stay half a day ahead of my kids!

Here's an overview of weeks 21-24.  We're continuing on with Earth Science and starting Physical Science.

You can catch up on the previous weeks here:
Weeks 1-4
Weeks 5-8
Weeks 9-12
Weeks 13-16 
Weeks 17-20

The links for this weeks PDF documents (Google Drive) can be found here:

Lesson Plan for Weeks 21-24 Student Worksheets for Weeks 21-24

These will be short and sweet overviews again (hopefully, but I've been known to ramble on a keyboard).  Copy and paste is my friend right now. At least I kinda keep up with my photography blog.  Sometimes.

As with the other weeks...each week has 2-4 topics.  I list pages of books that we own and read along with those topics.  But you don't have to read those books.  Just choose any book that relates to the topic of the day.  The library is your best friend!  We visit ours once a week and get books that relate to the topic (some I list in the curriculum and some I don't.)  Or find an article online or website that relates to the topic, I do give some suggestions.  And again, I have not proof read all these yet.  Maybe in the future.

Here's a quick breakdown of our activities:

Week 21: Weather

More fun with weather this week.  This is the second week of weather.  We talk about clouds, rain, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms.




 

 Week 22: Your Choice

I had planned a week on alternate energy, but I was getting behind.  So we took this week off.  You could plan your own week if you so desire.  You could take the week off, research alternate energy, or focus on something else that your kids are interested in.  Those photos are some weather labs!  


Week 23: States of Matter - Solids, Liquids, Gases

We talk about solids, liquids, and gases.  Yep.  You can make it basic or take it to the next level with your kids. The Jell-O making was a big hit with my kids.  I don't like the stuff, so that means I rarely buy it. (It's a texture thing). The kids were super excited to have Jell-O, so was my husband.


Week 24: Elements, Compounds, Mixtures

We talk about elements, compounds, and mixtures.  Make it basic or research topics more if your kids are interested.  My kids like the lab.  Especially when you can eat things.


We're nearing the end.  I can do it. I can do it.  You can do it.  Then on to planning next year!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Free Elementary Science Curriculum for Homeschool: Weeks 17-20

Here's an overview of weeks 17-21.  We're continuing on with Earth Science.

You can catch up on the previous weeks here:
Weeks 1-4
Weeks 5-8
Weeks 9-12
Weeks 13-16

The links for this weeks PDF documents (Google Drive) can be found here:

Lesson Plan for Weeks 17-20
Student Worksheets for Weeks 17-20

These will be short and sweet overviews again (hopefully, but I've been known to ramble on a keyboard).  I've been busy.  I haven't had time to proof read these at all.  I noticed one of the student pdf worksheets is pushed off to the right.  It's not like that on my document, so I don't know why it's printing a pdf like that.  It's free, so you really can't complain too much!  If I have time over the summer, I'll proof read the whole thing and organize it a little better. I just don't have time to do that as I'm trying to stay 1 week ahead of my kids.  They really love doing the labs.

As with the other weeks...each week has 2-4 topics.  I list pages of books that we own and read along with those topics.  But you don't have to read those books.  Just choose any book that relates to the topic of the day.  The library is your best friend!  We visit ours once a week and get books that relate to the topic (some I list in the curriculum and some I don't.)  Or find an article online or website that relates to the topic, I do give some suggestions.

Here's a quick breakdown of our activities:

Week 17: Rivers, Waterfalls & Oceans

I forgot to get photos of our lab this week.  But I did get one of the kids reading a Magic School Bus book about oceans.  My kids loved looking at photos online of rivers and waterfalls.  The facts about rivers were fascinating to them.


Week 18: Rocks & Minerals

There is so much to cover with rocks and minerals.  You could take a whole year doing geology.  I just picked out highlights that I thought my kids would like.  This week we studied minerals.  Growing crystals was a big hit.  The one with borax is the best!  That green arrow is my kid's name, so I covered it.  But that gives you an idea of our set-up of growing crystals with borax.  See those yellow and green things with crystals on them?  That's the borax one.  It's pretty neat.


Week 19: Rocks & Minerals

This week we identified rocks.  It was challenging and fun.  We had rocks laying everywhere in our house.  The kids had a great time spreading them out and trying to find the ones we have in books.  We also did a Smithsonian set that lets you chip out rocks and minerals and then identify them.  Don't waste your money on it.  Luckily I had gotten a set of 3 Smithsonian kits at Costco on Clearance for around $10.  I wouldn't pay more than $3 or $4 for those sets.  They're pretty cheesy and don't always work.  The Volcano one was decent, the rocket one (we had 2 of those and are saving one) was a bust, and this rock ones was pretty disappointing.  The minerals are teeny.  You'd think with that photo on the front of the box that the rocks would be decently sized.  Most are smaller than a pea.


Week 20: Weather

I had thought our weather journals were going to be a busy.  The weather was the same everyday during week 20.  We're keeping the journals through week 21and our weather has take a turn!  Yay!  (Some might say good and some might say bad.  Snow!  We desperately needed moisture here.)  This week focused on what is: the atmosphere, weather, the water cycle, and climate.  The purpose of the labs might be over some kids' heads, but they're fun!  My kids caught on pretty well and were able to figure out why things happened.  They impressed their mother.  We had to do the can crushing one twice.  The boy even took a movie of it the second time so he could watch it ("because I jump when it happens," he said).  And I have to say...the epsom salt paintings were pretty cool.  I even did one.  They're currently sitting on our counter because they shed when I move them.  I think I'll take photos of them and the real ones will disappear soon.  Next week we get into what interests the kids more: snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, and such.


We're currently playing in the snow here.  The public schools have had delays and I give my kids a delayed start too.  We go out and shovel (that counts as PE, right?) and play in the snow.  It's been fun!  Then we warm up with hot chocolate!  Then I have to motivate myself and the kids to do schoolwork.  They look forward to science, but not so much some of the other subjects (especially when I'm not motivated to teach them!)  All in all...it's going well!  Hope it's going well on your end!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

This Week

Time is flying.

This week we had our 100th day of school.  We had "100" pancakes.  No, we didn't eat one hundred pancakes.  We'd be so sick.  The pancakes were shaped as "100."
The kids are officially signed up for soccer.  I act all excited for them.  But I'm unsure about it.  Everyone does soccer.  And I've never been one to do stuff cause everybody else is doing it.  But the kids will love it and have fun and they'll be with lots of other kids.  Oh, I was also never any good at team sports.  Hopefully my children don't take after me.  I know absolutely NOTHING about soccer.  I hit the library soccer shelf this week.  Did I mention that I'm an assistant soccer coach for Chewy's team?  No joke.  Although, I might be a joke.

We're waiting for snow.  It's January.  It's supposedly snowing somewhere, just not here.  We're suppose to be snowboarding, not riding bikes in January.  But we did get to take a family ride for our first time with 2 tandems.  The boys need the dog and a ton of bricks on their bike to slow them down.  Or else they can throw me a rope.  I'm so out of shape for biking.
The kids took "selfies" for the annual Valentine's card.  Be ready family.  It's a coming.  I ordered them tonight.  Though it says 8-10 business days to arrive.  Hopefully you'll have them for Valentine's day.





The kids had their 3rd guitar lesson this week.  They're actually picking it up pretty quickly and have taught both Biker Boy and I how to play.  Biker Boy had played for awhile, but he's a chord player.  The kids have taught him notes.  And I can now play "Ode to Joy."  Convenient...since we started studying Beethoven in school.

Tomorrow is science lab day.  We're going to crush cans using air pressure.  It's gonna be fun!  It's week 20 of science, which means I've got to get a science plan up next week.  And I'd like to write about how school is going after 100 days.  We're making a few changes.  Scooter is going to be doing a new math program.  And I'm researching like crazy on what to do for language arts next year.  The kids want to do homeschooling again next year.  

And before I sign off for the evening, how about a little playing with Legos?  We like to play with Legos in this house.



What have you been up to?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Do you Instagram?

With our foray into the world of smartphones, I've also entered the world of Instagram.


It's a peek into daily life.  Messes, kids, pets, family.  It's a "day in the life" in a photo or two everyday.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing perfect.  Just real life. And I love it!


Do you Instagram?

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