Monday, April 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

menu plan graphic

It is the end of the month so our menu is mostly from the freezer this week.
Monday -  Easter dinner leftovers
Tuesday – Italian Beef, green beans, corn on cob
Wednesday – Stuffed Bell Peppers (chicken)
Thursday – Taco Salad
Friday –  Out (TKD testing night)
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner -  Waffles w/ strawberries, Bacon, Frittata


Sunday, April 24, 2011

I went a little crazy–Lapbook for Exploring Creation with Zoology



I am not sure what went through my mind.  I had a moment of crazy, I was looking around currclick and saw a lapbook for the second half of the Zoology book we are currently doing.  I thought Kiddo would love this, he would have so much fun with it..  That must have been when I lost all leave of my senses because, I bought it. 

I know all the hard work was done for me, there were clear instructions for putting the lapbook together.  All the printables were provided and even extra reading materials were suggested.  I admire those who do lapbooks for school, they look so good but they are work.  I am so tired of cutting out and gluing.  Everything is done and ready to go, tomorrow we will go back to chapter 7 and start filling in his lapbook.  I know he will like it and it will be great fun, but really I lost my mind just a little. 

This lapbook required 3 folders and it took over 50 pages of printables, a fair amount of glue, brads, staples, and construction paper.  It took a couple of hours to cut out and assemble. 







Have a great week!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekly Review


We did not get a whole lot done this week because DH was off Wednesday through Friday. There were doctors appointments, insomina and playing around with Dad but not a lot of school going on.

We did manage to get most of our work done other some reading and we will catch up next week.  When Dad is home, somehow my schedule for everything goes out the window. 

Kiddo is bursting at the bit to start Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.  He has almost read the entire book and been through the junior notebook.  He is already to start next years books with cursive and Anatomy he is excited. 

We listened to a sample of Story of the World on audio and he loved it. I got volume one and he is listening to it at night before bed.  I am thrilled he remembers some of the stories for the first book, we read it 2 years ago.  While I think they are expensive, he loves listening to them and what a great way to refresh the information.  I will be getting the other volumes as well. 

Kiddo is also proud of his baby veggie garden.  He checks on it everyday and is sure he can see the lettuce growingSmile  He may water it to death, we have talked about enough water vs. too much water but he loves his plants. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




Planting his seedlings he grew for a Botany project.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Weekly Review




I did something different this week.  I wrote out all the work Kiddo had to do for the week.  I told him he could do the work in any order he wants to but it all has to finished before the weekend.  When he saw the list, you would have thought I took away all his Legos.  After a more than small amount of grumbling he got into it.  He started marking through the list as he finished.  It was fun to watch him pick his favorite things to do and leave the others.  Let’s just say he will be doing a good deal of handwriting and zoology on Friday.

I also made a list of what I want to have finished by May 10th.  The reason for May 10th, I made a deal with Kiddo, if we finish all of our work by then I will get him the new LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Wii game.  Talk about incentive or bribery.  I am ready for a break.  We will take May off for a small break and get back started in June with new curriculum. 

Speaking of new curriculum, my order came today from  It is so much fun getting in new books.  Kiddo promptly took off with the Anatomy book and started reading.  I looked through the Latin book and wondered if I could hire someone to teach it.  I will order the last of the curriculum we need in a week of so.  Then I can start reading the books and planning our schedule. 



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Flower Dissection


I love my roses.  I have many roses in my yard and I love bringing them in to enjoy.  Today was a first, I brought in one of my newly blooming roses for my son to dissect. 

We are working our way through Apologia Botany and now that it is spring we can do many of the experiments and activities.  We have already started seedlings, gathered maple tree seeds, and today we dissected a rose. 

We are enjoying Botany but it is the hardest of the Apologia books so far.  It is slow going but we are both learning a lot. 


IMG_6805_edited-1dissected rose

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ordering Curriculum




I did it, I placed my first order for next years curriculum.  I have one more order to place from and I will be ready for next year.  I can not believe we will be starting our 4th year of homeschooling. While Kiddo will officially be in 2nd grade, we go by age, he will be doing mostly 3rd grade work.  If you ask him, he will tell you he is in 3rd grade because that is what his books say.  That is fun to explain when people ask.


Here is what I ordered from

Prima Latin

Map Skills for Today Grade 3

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking

Easy Grammar 3

Sequential Spelling Book 1

A Reason for Handwriting Transition Student Workbook

Wordly Wise 3000 Grade 3

Pilgrims, Pirates, and Patriots Draw and Write Through History

Discovering America's Founders DVD – on clearance for $5.00


I still need to order

Story of the World 3 book, activity workbook and test booklet(we use at a workbook)

Telling God’s Story set

Piano Adventure

Logic Countdown


We just started Teaching Textbooks 3 for math, we will continue until done and then I will order Grade 4.  We will also continue to use Singapore workbooks for extra practice. 

I can’t wait to start getting books in.  I love school supplies.  It is so much fun getting in new curriculum and supplies.  Now if someone would make lesson plans for me, it would be great. 


Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up


We are at the end of our curriculum so, there is not a lot to update.  We are working on zoology, math and Easy Grammar 2 workbook everyday. We are slowly working our way through Botany.  I am in the process of ordering new curriculum.  We will be taking a good bit of time off between now and June. We will spend time outdoors playing, enjoying the weather before it gets too hot for Kiddo.  Our school year officially starts in July, even though we have switched to a year round school with time off in the spring and fall.  Since Kiddo can’t handle the heat of summer, it is the perfect time to get schoolwork done, one of the many reasons I love homeschooling.

I am trying to get finished with Easy Grammar 2 so we can start on Easy Grammar 3 by July.  I just received the workbook a few days ago but so far it is easy and he is able to do 4 pages a day.  We started Teaching Textbooks a few weeks ago and when we finish it I will purchase grade 4 in it.  We are also using Singapore 2A, 2B and word problems workbooks for extra practice.  Botany will we work on through the summer, it is a difficult book and it is taking us longer than either Astronomy or Zoology.

I can’t believe we have finished so much and it is time to order new books. 


Have a good weekend! 

Friday, April 1, 2011

LEGO Thursday–LATE



I forgot about LEGO Thursday.  Kiddo loves LEGOs, did I mention he loves them.  I rarely catch a picture of his creations, he takes them apart as fast as he builds them.  He into building mini figs and robots right now.  He recently got this book Cool Robots and is having a ball building all the LEGO robots. 

Here is a vehicle with travel pod he built this week.  It started out as a electric car but he was not happy with the charging station he built to go with it so it became a gas car with travel podSmile



Weekly Round Up


This week we worked hard and accomplished a few goals.  Kiddo finished the first disc of Teaching Textbooks 3.  We also finished Story of the World 2.  I got in the first of next years books, Easy Grammar 2.  We started on it today.  I plan on ordering easy Grammar 3 but I wanted to go through this workbook first.


We have a library trip planned for this weekend.  Kiddo wants to learn more about Galileo. There is also the Home Depot Kids workshop this weekend.