March 9, 2014

100th Day of School

Our 100th day of school, for the 2013-2014 school year, was on January 24th.  We invited a friend over to celebrate with us.  I found a few activities online with a quick Google search that we had a great time with!

Our 100th Day of School Activities

  • 100 Day Glasses
  • 100 Stickers to Frame Your Drawing
  • 100 M&Ms to Count
  • A Pizza with the Number 100

100 Day of School Glasses


Big O

100 Sticker Frames

We found 100 stickers is A LOT of stickers!  The frame became "snow" for some of the kids.  It was the dead of winter here so drawing snowmen were the drawings that the pictures framed.

Spud's Snowman

Lady's Snowman & "Snow"

A-Man's Snowman & "Snow"
100 M&Ms

We counted by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.  Great math practice!  Then of course we ate some.

Number 100 on Our Pizza


I'm really glad that I kept track this year.  The activities were not complicated but it was great to celebrate the achievement with the kids.  It was also nice for me to evaluate where we were at with our curriculum knowing that we were past the half way mark.  I will definitely keep track in the years to come.

Do you keep track of days and celebrate when you reach 100?  
What types of fun activities do you do?

October 31, 2013

Christian Light Education - Math

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Tristan, at Our Busy Homeschool, is starting a new weekly post about something that is working in her homeschool.  She has invited anyone who would like to link up to do so.

I wanted to share something that is currently working in our homeschool, Christian Light Education's Math.  We started out using this Math with Spud in 1st grade.  Now both Lady and Spud are using it.

It has not always been smooth sailing.  Spud especially had a hard time with the amount of work required or more so the amount of pages.  It is amazing that a one page worksheet with problems on both sides with actually more math problems seems like less work.  How is that possible?  Well with Spud it seemed to be possible.

I researched other curriculum... Rod & Staff, Abeka, Math U See, Teaching Textbooks, Singapore... I have a few on my shelves that I tried for a day or two but I always came back to CLE.  I like the teacher's manual, I like how it is taught, and Spud was understanding it.

How To Fix the Too Many Pages Problem

So the problem was really the amount of pages, not the math itself, or the amount of work.  In CLE daily they have a new section and then an I Can Do This, or We Remember section.  I found that if I split up the lesson (yes obvious answer but I have a hard time with the obvious) that he would not feel overwhelmed with the work.

First, during his independent work time when he did his handwriting, and calendar, I would have him complete the I Can Do This section from the day before.  Then, when we would get together for math we only had the new section of the next lesson to complete.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

I am happy to report now that we are on the next level of CLE Math, which has even more pages, Spud is able to complete the whole lesson without splitting it up.  I think maturity and confidence in his abilities has helped.

So what about Lady?  How is she taking to CLE Math?  Well let's just say that if it is a worksheet she is in LOVE!  She starts her work before breakfast and does not like to wait for me to complete the rest of it with her.  She would love more to do!

So what is working in your homeschool?  
Any curriculum you particularly like even if having to tweak? 

This post is linked up with - In My Homeschool: Sharing What Works!

October 10, 2013

Field Trip: Dairy Expo

We were invited to go to the World Dairy Expo for FREE!  Daddy took the four oldest because it was raining that day and I didn't really want to go in and out in the rain with Little Man.  Shortly after they left the skies cleared and I wish I would have went!  Oh, well.  They had a great time on their field trip with Daddy.

October 3, 2013

Craft: Sock Puppet

Another "YES Mom" craft!  Don't get any ideas about what is happening over here.  I am simply making a note to remind myself I did say yes at least once this month. :)  (Didn't want anyone to compare, but of course if you do... you may find yourself looking good and I don't mind!!)

Once again Spud I believe found this in a magazine we had around.  (Highlights maybe?)  I did have to give up two pairs of not very attractive socks for the cause, but it was worth it.  We now have mice in the house but I don't jump on tables for these.

September 18, 2013

Field Trip: The Zoo

We have an amazing zoo about 45 minutes away from us that is FREE!  I think that might be why it is amazing, but they have some pretty cool animals there too.
It seemed like throughout the zoo I kept finding these very unique, very cute new species of animals.  You can see for yourselves...

I decided to take those very cute animals back home with me!

September 5, 2013

Butterfly Birthday Cake

For Lady's 6th birthday I made a Butterfly Cake.

How To Make A Butterfly Cake

Items Needed:

  • One prepared cake.
  • Frosting (I think one recipe was enough but you could make a double batch and have extra for a yummy frosting graham cracker snack another day.)
  • M&Ms
  • One Bendy Straw
Butterfly Cake Directions
  • Bake one cake in a round cake pan.  
  • Let cool.
  • Cut cake in half.
  • Cut a triangle out of each piece about 1/3 of the way down.  One of the triangle should be a little longer.
  • Place round sides of your halves together.
  • Frost.
  • Cut the straw in half lengthwise.  Place where antennae would belong.
  • Decorate with M&Ms for body and pattern on butterfly.
I went the easy way and made a plain looking butterfly but Lady liked it and it tasted great!

August 22, 2013

School Pictures 2013-2014

Spud 2nd Grade

Lady 1st Grade
A-man 4K
Big O Tiny Tot
Little Man Baby