Sunday, December 27, 2009
Believe it or not, even though last week was Christmas week, it wasn't much busier than any other week, and we managed to get in a full week of school, though we took the week prior off! I didn't take pictures, but it was a lot like it normally is, covering all our main subjects, with a few fun activities thrown in as well.
As we move into the new year, I know many homeschooling families are re-evaluating their curriculum and sometimes choosing different things or discontinuing others. For us, not much will change in the second half of the school year. While I know for sure some of the curriculum I got for this year I will not continue with next school year, for the most part everything is "good enough" that I will continue with it until we finish it and then look for something new. The ones I know for sure I'll keep even next year are Handwriting Without Tears, Explode the Code, and Right Start math. I'll have to do some research for the other subjects.
That's it for now, I just wanted to drop in and let you know I'm still here, I'm just enjoying my holiday, relaxing and blogging only when the urge strikes me!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Don't you love how they turned out?
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here's the baby girl enjoying being rocked:
And here they both are standing side by side on my couch behaving so nicely for their pictures:
I hope Miss O enjoys these! These are also under the tree for her this year! I managed to make quite a few homemade gifts this year, so I'm pretty happy about that!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"Animal With Big Eyes" by Little Bean:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Charlie, in his room making sure Lola stays out of trouble!
In the kitchen together. "But, I don't EAT apples, Charlie!"
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here are Bean's boxes:
100 Lessons, we are on 68 now: Right Start Math--we have been working on money A LOT! He is really enjoying this, and getting it too.
And that's it! If you have a post on workboxes from this week, link up!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
So we are lucky enough to have a whole room that we use as a playroom that is downstairs, right off of the kitchen/living room. Until recently, we had our toys in there, and then we had our school supplies and desks and workboxes upstairs in the guest bedroom/office. One day I realized that with the amount of time we spend in the school area, we needed a bigger space. So, I switched things around. I put our toys upstairs in the guest room/office, and the school stuff now has a whole room dedicated just to school. I am SO much happier with this arrangement.
I thought I'd give a little tour of our school room and how I keep things organized. Rest assured it is not normally this clean. I actually had to vacuum before taking these pics because there is normally bits of paper and dried playdough lying around and of course the games and puzzles that they want to leave out for Daddy to see. :)
This is left over from when this room was the playroom. It's velcroed to the wall, and since we do use a lot of magnets during school time, I just left it there. This is to the right of the doorway as you come into the room:
This is also left over from the playroom. This a felt board my mom made us from posterboard, felt and glue. It is also velcroed to the wall, beneath the window. Beneath in the yellow bin are the felt things, and the white bin holds our library books:
How do you organize your school room??
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
A typical school day (lately anyway) begins in the afternoon. The kids usually eat lunch at about 11:30 or so, and then they spend an hour in their rooms for "quiet time." Usually Little Bean will play, and Miss O either plays or falls asleep for a while. After quiet time, they know that school time usually begins. So when I get them out of their rooms, I let them know that we will be starting school, and part way through we will have afternoon snacks. We head to the school room, and Miss O begins working alone while I work with Little Bean on reading and math.
On this day, Miss O started off with lacing. She isn't great at lacing, but has shown some interest in it lately, so I thought I'd start her off with it this time. Unfortunately, she wasn't into it this day, and did a lot of complaining and whining when the strings weren't cooperating. Since many of her activities are open ended and don't have definite end times, my rule is that neither of them moves along to the next box until the other child is ready to move on from their box. In other words, she is expected to play with the lacing cards until I am finished with Little Bean's reading lesson. Sometimes this means that she is laying on the floor with nothing to do for a few minutes, or sometimes she will take out books or playdough while she waits.
When Bean and I finished his reading lesson, we pulled out the math box. Miss O played dress up with this Woodkin's doll while we did math. On this day, she was more interested in what we were doing, and asked to sit and listen. As long as she isn't being disruptive, I don't mind her sitting in. Sometimes she'll ask to work with Bean's abacus during math time. Usually I don't have a problem with that either. After the second box, we usually break for afternoon snack. If for some reason we are doing school in the am, we still break after 2 boxes for morning snack.
So that's a typical school day for Miss O! How does the workbox system play out in your home? If you've written a post this week about your workboxes, link up below! Please be sure to link to your exact post about workboxes, and it would be awesome if you could link back to this post so that others reading your post will be directed here and can start linking up or enjoying other bloggers who have left their link as well.