Monday, September 29, 2008

Halloween Past of Big Brother

Hopper from the Bugs Life movie

Halloween Past of Big Brother Continues

Cute Boy
Many Blessings

Week of September 21st-27th

This past week flew by. We had beautiful weather, family visits, and of course home school.

First, our home school went fairly smoothly. We did get behind on some of our reading, but managed to get caught up through the weekend. Phonics is going well, my son is sounding out words well and even recognizes some words by sight. Passed his first verbal spelling test with 100%. Number recognition is starting to take shape. My son can easily count to 50, but after the number 11, he has a little trouble recognizing the number by sight. Got a 100 pocket number chart and this seems to help. We will play more number games to try to make it more fun. My son gets easily frustrated and is extremely hard on himself. My son loves all the Ambleside readings though the stories from Fifty Famous Stories and The Aesop for Children seem to go over his head. Narrations are slow to come. I plan to incorporate some of the suggestions from Simply Charlotte Mason this coming week. Overall, a good week.

Family came to visit on Thursday and stay til lunch Friday. Nice to see family. All my siblings and some cousins, Aunt and Uncle closed down a restaurant Thursday night. Boy, our family has grown. Four new additions in the last year and half. This Christmas will be fun. The siblings decided to draw names this year. This way each have one adult to buy for. The focus will now be on just the kids and of course the food.

The weather has been just spotless. Finally cooling down though today the high is 86 degrees. You can still feel it in the air. This week we will get all the Fall decorations down. What fun. I made pumpkin bread last night, yummy.

We made plans to go to the Magic Kingdom October 16th for their not-so-scary halloween celebration. It is from 7pm til midnight. The kids go trick-a-treating, everyone wears costumes. Fun for all. We are looking forward to it. They will let you into the park around 4pm, so we are going down that morning and spend time in Orlando. I have read about a place that is a walk through the Bible. I am looking for info because I think we would enjoy this too. Oh! I just laughed to myself. Think about it, we will go and walk through the Bible then go put on costumes and go to Magic Kingdom's not-so-scary halloween.
Oh well. Many Blessings.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Artist Study on the Go

I take the twins to a play place once a week. It is like a big indoor gym for little ones. While the twins play and are in my eye sight, my oldest and I work on a little home school. This last time our focus was on our artist study and the artwork chosen for the first four weeks. Frederick Remington is our artist and the work in the frame is titled The Smoke Signal. My ds is drawing his version of The Smoke Signal. Afterwords, there was copywork and poetry, and a math game, of course, a snack too. When we got home all that was left for the day was our readings and phonics. We do these when the twins are down for a nap. We do leave a free reading for our bed time reading. This is a must.


Since we have begun Ambleside online readings, we look at maps and a world globe often. My 6 yr old ds has become quite curious about other places and people. This book was recommended on a yahoo group I frequently read. Decided to order and give it a try. We have just begun, but we love it. We are going to cover one country a week. The book has about two pages per country, bringing alive the culture, traditions of these countries. The book contains maps of where each country is located. Most of all there is a section to help you pray for each country. We are not going into a in depth study of these countries. We are using this book as a intro to geography. I am so glad we ordered it.

Zoo Pictures

Hello everybody especially my Grandma. What to know what we did twice this past week? We went to the zoo. My big brother had home school classes one day and the other was just for fun.

My big brother learned about giraffe skulls. My big brother asked where the rest of the bones were. He told the zoo workers he would help them look for them.

We got to climb on top of alligators...

draw with crayons.

I am drawing...well, scribble, but Mommy says she loves it.

My twin brother is drawing...well, scribble too. He is a copy cat.

My big brother is drawing a map of the whole zoo so we don't get lost. Thanks big brother.

We got to cool off in the water play area.

Don't I have the best big brother.

One of the few times we were in the same area.

My big brother relaxing, he does lots of thinking.

Oh, we also saw lots of animals. My big brother loved this bird. I think Mommy said it was a Whooping Crane. I don't know I just think it is pretty. Hope your last week was as fun as ours.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Our Mommy and Daddy are currently looking for new beds for us. We don't know why. But we are looking forward to having big boy beds. Escaping will be alot easier and quicker.

The Great Escape

If I just.....

Yes, We know you are watching

Here grab my hair to help you get out, no problem.

Okay, now that you are out, what about me?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bird of the Month for September- Red-winged Blackbird

We are studying birds. The Wild Birds Unlimited website has a bird of the month. This month it is the Red-winged Blackbird. We see these birds alot. My ds reminded me of some we took pictures of a few months back. I was amazed he remembered. He also reminded me that when we first saw this beautiful bird, we thought it was injured. But, upon closer observation, we discovered the colors on the wings.

We started a bird sketch book. Here is my son's first entry.
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My Day Starts By.....

Marathon training. Alarm clock set. 4 am. Wake, put on running shoes. Don't forget to take off nightgown and put on proper running clothes. Run. Stretch. Home by 6:15 am. House quiet.
15 minutes past by. Hello God, today I pray for.... Quiet gone. Day starts.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tweaking Already

It is just our third day of Ambleside online and I am tweaking our schedule, well, changing some of the choices we made. We are not changing any of the readings schedules, just a few things I had added. First, the character workbook we had chosen to use with my 6 yr old ds is a little beyond his young years, so I will put it up and will use that book in a later year. Next, had to simplify our copy work somewhat. I will not be using what I thought. Instead, I am focusing on quality of his writing and not quantity. His handwriting needs more focused work. As far as Ambleside online, we are loving the readings. We have art paper available and if my son wants to draw what he has heard, he can. Narrations are interesting so far. My son has a vibrate imagination and likes to "add to" a story. When he does this I just give him a look and he goes back to narrating what he heard. All in all, I think Ambleside online is a good fit for my son.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Aware and Prepared

Yes, it is that time of year when we who live on the coast keep an eye on the Atlantic. Everyone goes about their daily lives, but all are aware. Hannah, Ike, and now Depression #10, we know where you are. We track you on our hurricane charts, well, my 6 yr old ds does. Hmmm.....
Maybe a great time to for a weather lesson on hurricanes.

Above are a couple of pictures off our front porch.