Friday, August 22, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 2 {History Sentence Drawing}


Here's a fun way to see how your kiddos interpret the Classical Conversations History Sentences (or any History Sentence, actually). Let them draw out the whole sentence or just a part of it.

This is Cycle 3, Week 1, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 3 Resource Page.
We will sometimes find a short video on the topic for them to watch.  This way they are able to see an image relating to the sentence. 

When they are done,  I store them in their CC binders along with their other weekly work.  
These are great in class AND at home.  I use them with my 7 and 9 year olds, 11 year old optional.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pasta Sort {Tot Time}

  I hosted a busy bag exchange a couple of years back for my MOPS group.  It was wonderful; we still use most of the bags and I've added even more to our supplies here at home.  

Here is a link to my Pinterest boards for the exchanges....
I'm constantly adding ideas from the wonderful world of Pinterest.  

This was a bag we received from the exchange, so I actually didn't even make this set.  There are a lot of great tutorials on dying pasta (and rice) so I'm not going to cover that.  

Ways we use this...
Sort the pasta by color
Sort the pasta by shape
String past (some of them) onto laces
Count as you sort
Make patterns with the colors or shapes or both

My sweet darling has even transferred some of this to her play kitchen...on her own.  
(Its those moments of silent play, where my mommy gut says to check, but the productive mommy brain says to let it go...then you regret it later when you are cleaning up the mess.)
This sorting tray I bought from Oriental Trading Company (I think) many years ago.  I don't see it on their site now, but you can use ice cube trays, cups, tupperware....and I'm sure educational site like Learning Resources have them.  Hindsight...I would not buy this again.  We don't use it enough, plus its big and bulky and doesn't fit on my bookshelf very well.

After using this for a bit I have some suggestions...
-Only use the hearty, thicker pasta.  The small spirals break easy.  
-Use them in a bigger tub.  Lesson learned the hard way...more than once.  The pasta will break!  Some of the little pieces might make their way into your carpet.  Your vacuum cleaner might not pick them all up.  You just might step on them.  They are sharp and it might hurt. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 2 {Review Sheets}


{Blank Review Sheet}

{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 2, Cycle 3 Review Sheets, both the Blank ones and the Fill-in-the-Blank ones.  The full PDF set of each of them are found on the Cycle 3 Resources page

Ways to use these...
I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does just the FIB.)  Day 1, they do straight copy work into a spiral.  Day 2, FIB.  Day 3, History Sentence.  Day 4, Blank.  When finished, they go into our CC binder.

I used to put them in page protectors and let the older kids go at them with a dry erase marker.  The page protectors helped me on my paper usage, since they fill them out more than once and I had multiple kids using them.  My 5th and 3rd grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank Sheets the first couple days after CC. We listen to the CDs at least once a day, so they were usually able to fill these in with minimal help.  My 1st grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank version on paper, with a pencil toward the end of the week.  Then the two days before CC, I had the older two fill out the Blank Sheet with what they knew.  This let me know if there was anything we needed to work on before proofing.

Why I changed....I decided that paper usage was worth my sanity. :)  They can work at their own pace and are not waiting for a sibling to finish.  Dry erase markers don't come in super-fine tipped (there's your million $ idea!!!) and it was hard for me to read and correct.  I also wanted them to see their work when review for Memory Master.

If you want your own copy, there is a link on the Cycle 3 Resource page. You can also save the image from this page, but make sure your printer settings are set to letter size paper.

Hope this helps you too!

Oh...the answers are in your foundations guide! ;)
(Don't want to mess with copy write issues!)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 1 {History Sentence Drawing}


 
Here's a fun way to see how your kiddos interpret the Classical Conversations History Sentences (or any History Sentence, actually). Let them draw out the whole sentence or just a part of it.

This is Cycle 3, Week 1, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 3 Resource Page.
We will sometimes find a short video on the topic for them to watch.  This way they are able to see an image relating to the sentence. 

When they are done,  I store them in their CC binders along with their other weekly work.  
These are great in class AND at home.  I use them with my 7 and 9 year olds, 11 year old optional.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our {new} Classical Christian Hybrid School

If you've read this blog for more than my worksheets, you know its been a really crazy year.

 A massive ear surgery for my #3.
A move to a much bigger city.
A high risk pregnancy.
A preemie NICU baby.
A surgery for this mama with a slow recovery.

We did have a heads up for most of this, but getting settled here has taken time.
We still have boxes to unpack.

Wait.....Did I say we??  What I really meant to say is I still have boxes to unpack.

In anticipation of our move, I quickly started to look for a Classical Conversations group for my family.  This is a really big city with LOTS of choices, so I thought it would be easy.  The problem....no one (within a reasonable driving distance) had room for 4 kids.  There were some start up groups close by, but in our past CC experience new groups hadn't really provided much of a class for my oldest one or two.  Part of why we do CC is for the community aspect.  I want that for all my babies, not just the younger ones.

As I started expanding my options of what to do, I found something else.
I feel like I'm "cheating" on Classical Conversations.
Its not that I don't love CC....because I do.  I am still going to have my kids listen to the CD and memorize all the wonderful facts for Cycle 3, but we aren't part of a community this year.

Instead....we are trying a hybrid or blended model school.
This is Classical Christian school.  My babies will be there 2 days a week (without me) and home 3 days.  We were able to secure spots the last 8 weeks of the spring 2014 school year and I fell in love with this place.  I loved the wonderful teachers and staff.  The kids.  The families.  The curriculum.  I even loved the break this mama got those two days.  I was able to go to Doctors appointments, unpack, cook, clean and still homeschool my kids.  It was perfect.  So perfect, we are back again this year.

I did struggle with this decision, but I know for right now...for this time in our lives...this is right.  This is what we need.  I feel good that when I leave my kids those two days, I don't worry.  It is very evident that these wonderful teachers love the Lord and love my kids and that makes my heart so happy.
Even better, my kids love it!

Homeschooling, for us, is something we take on a year-by-year, kid-by-kid basis.  This might not work forever and it might not work for all my kids....but for now it works for our family

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 1 {Review Sheets}


{Blank Review Sheet}

{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 1, Cycle 3 Review Sheets, both the Blank ones and the Fill-in-the-Blank ones.  The full PDF set of each of them are found on the Cycle 3 Resources page

Ways to use these...
I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does just the FIB.)  Day 1, they do straight copy work into a spiral.  Day 2, FIB.  Day 3, History Sentence.  Day 4, Blank.  When finished, they go into our CC binder.

I used to put them in page protectors and let the older kids go at them with a dry erase marker.  The page protectors helped me on my paper usage, since they fill them out more than once and I had multiple kids using them.  My 5th and 3rd grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank Sheets the first couple days after CC. We listen to the CDs at least once a day, so they were usually able to fill these in with minimal help.  My 1st grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank version on paper, with a pencil toward the end of the week.  Then the two days before CC, I had the older two fill out the Blank Sheet with what they knew.  This let me know if there was anything we needed to work on before proofing.

Why I changed....I decided that paper usage was worth my sanity. :)  They can work at their own pace and are not waiting for a sibling to finish.  Dry erase markers don't come in super-fine tipped (there's your million $ idea!!!) and it was hard for me to read and correct.  I also wanted them to see their work when review for Memory Master.

If you want your own copy, they will soon be added to a link on the Cycle 3 Resource page. You can also save the image from this page, but make sure your printer settings are set to letter size paper.

Hope this helps you too!

Oh...the answers are in your foundations guide! ;)
(Don't want to mess with copy write issues!)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Curriculum {2014-2015}

Its already August, and I know some states start school in August and some in September.  We are more of a year-round-school family, so our curriculum is ongoing and can sometimes change mid year. This year, we are trying a Hybrid school (kids in school 2 days a week).  Some curriculum is school (KCA) required and the rest we are doing here on our own.

This list might scare some, but know that we don't do everything every. single. day.  
Some things are once or twice a week.  Somethings are once a month. Some things are 5 mns a day, some are 15 mns a day. So.....while it might look like a lot its manageable....most days.  If/when it get to be too much, some of the extras slide.  I'm ok with that.  After all, I'm the teacher, right? 

6th Grader
Bible - Christian Studies II by Memoria Press and Who is God by Apologia
Saxon - *8/7 or 7/6
Latin - First Form Latin from Memoria Press
Grammar - Rod & Staff English 6 and Classical Conversations Essentials
Writing - *IEW Middle Ages
Spelling - Spelling Power
Vocabulary - *Vocabulary from Classical Roots 6 and  World Build from Dynamic Literacy
Literature Units - 5th grade from Memoria Press and *KCA Lit units
Poetry - Poetry for the Grammar Stage from Memoria Press
Classical Studies - Famous Men of the Middle Ages from Memoria Press
Science - Botany from Apologia and *Chemistry through KCA
Geography - Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler
Fine Arts - through KCA
Classical Conversations Foundations Cycle 3 CDs
Music - Piano and Violin lessons
P.E. - USA Girls Gymnastics Team

4th Grader
Bible - Christian Studies II by Memoria Press and Who is God by Apologia
Handwriting - A Reason For Handwriting
Latin - Latina Christiana I from Memoria Press and *Song School Latin
Grammar - Rod and Staff English 4  and Classical Conversations Essentials
Spelling - Spelling Power
Vocabulary - World Build from Dynamic Literacy
Literature Units -  5th grade from Memoria Press and *KCA Lit units
Poetry - Poetry for the Grammar Stage from Memoria Press
Classical Studies - Famous Men of the Middle Ages from Memoria Press
Science - Botany from Apologia and *Chemistry through KCA
Geography -  Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler
Fine Arts - through KCA
Classical Conversations Foundations Cycle 3 CDs
Music - Piano and Violin lessons
P.E. - USA Gymnastics Team

2nd Grader
Bible - Listening to Christian Studies II by Memoria Press with older siblings
Handwriting - A Reason For Handwriting
Latin - Prima Latina from Memoria Press and *Song School Latin
Spelling - Spelling Power
Science - Botany from Apologia and *Chemistry through KCA
Geography - Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler
Fine Arts - through KCA
Classical Conversations Foundations Cycle 3 CDs
Music - Piano lessons
P.E. - Soccer/Gymnastics/Karate

Preschooler/Early Kindergarten
Handwriting - A Reason For Handwriting
Math - Abeka Arithmetic K and Numbers 1 and 2 from Memoria Press
Alphabet - Letter of the Week (simplified) from COAH  and Alphabet 1 and 2 from Memoria Press
Reading - First Start Reading from Memoria Press
Classical Conversations Foundations Cycle 3 CDs
P.E. - Gymnastics

The items marked with the * are the books that are required from our Hybrid school.  There are more books within the history, literature and bible classes there, but those are course and time period (Middle Ages) specific.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Placenta Accreta and a premature baby....we are finally home!!!

This is not my normal kind of post, but I wanted to update you on our life.  It will help explain why I have not posted in a bit, and why I'm a little behind in getting the Cycle 3 resources up.  Thanks for being patient...Cycle 3 will begin posting soon!
Its been a crazy few weeks, but we are all home and recovering nicely.  Our baby boy was born just shy of 35 weeks and was in the NICU for 2 weeks.  I went into pre-term labor during my week of "pre-surgery" watch at the hospital.  After trying to stop it, they were only able to delay it until morning.  My C-Section/Hysterectomy lasted about 3 hours.  I was awake to see my sweet boy and hear him cry before the NICU staff whisked him away to attend to his respiratory distress.  My Doctors then put me under to complete my surgery.  We were hoping that it wouldn't come to my needing a hysterectomy, and thankfully it didn't.  They only had to remove the portion of my uterus that the placenta was adhered to (the accreta part).  I came through with blood loss, but did not need a transfusion!  At one point, right before they put me under, I asked my husband how many people were in the room.  He lost count at 16...and that was before more came in.  

I have a lovely vertical incision this time (4 bikini incisions before this) that is proving to take a little longer to heal.   They've suggested for me not to drive for a few more weeks, but not sure how I'm going to work that when I have 4 kiddos in various activities plus follow up appointments and weigh checks for the punkin.  

I'm thrilled with the Doctors, Nurses and entire staff at Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women!  During the 3 weeks that I/we spent there, we were cared for by many people.  How do I thank them all for taking such great care of us???

If you are interested in reading the whole story, I'm posting that on my family blog and will leave a link here when its all written down.  I've learned so much about Placenta Accreta in the last few months, in addition to preemie babies and the NICU.  I'm in awe by the men and women that handle all of this on a daily basis.  

I am so thankful for our God who moved my family.  He placed me in a location that is top notch in providing the care that I needed.  We had no idea that when we were told we were being relocated that we were moving to one of the top hospitals in the nation that handles the type of high-risk pregnancy that I would soon be diagnosed with.  We truly have an awesome God!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Summer

Well, we are all moved....mostly.  Still a box or 10 laying around, but I'm cutting myself some slack and  will pick away at the last bit when I can.  We are still trying to wrap up our 180 days of school.  Taking a month for Christmas, a month to move and random days here and there has put us a wee bit behind.  
I do have a deadline though (other than school starting in the fall! ;)

I check into the hospital on July 2nd.  Baby Boy's birthdate is scheduled for July 9th.  
Nervous and excited!!!
Excited to meet this surprise gift from God.
Nervous that he will be born at 34 weeks, but trusting Him to get me (us) through.

Anyhoo....we (I) have less than 8 weeks to finish up school, get all the freezer meals made, house settled, baby stuff bought....ya know...all the normal preparation.
(Re-buying baby stuff cuz we were done....or so we though....so I had given everything away!)

In the midst of all this, we want to enjoy summer!  Its a bit hotter (and more humid) here than we are use to so I'll be hanging around the A/C as much as possible.  

I've been told that people here just sweat.  
Get used to it.  
I figure its a great excuse to not do my hair and makeup.  
Sounds good to me!

We are going to have an exciting summer, even if we have no real plans....other than having a baby. :) I've "pinned" a handful of fun stuff for the kids.  Partially to have things for them to do while I bide my time away in the hospital, and partially to keep them busy when we get home and I'm recovering.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer planned! 

Or is it y'all?  

We are Texans now I guess. ;)