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.
I will post some things here for you all.  

Or is it y'all?  

We are Texans now I guess. ;)

Hope you have a wonderful summer planned!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 24 {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 2, Week 24, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 2 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 6, 8, and 10 year old.
Enjoy!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 24 {Review Sheets}

{Blank Review Sheet}
{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 24, Cycle 2 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 2 Resources page

Ways I use these...
Now, I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does 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, click the link to PDF from the Cycle 2 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!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moving week is here....

Over the next few days our home will be packed up and we will be heading South.
We are saying our final goodbyes and finishing up our last day of CC for the year.  
Having so many kiddos, I'm finding it hard to find a CC group in Houston that can fit us, so we will continue on with Cycle 2 on our own at home.

This move is bittersweet.
We love the small town feel we've enjoying the past 6 1/2 years, but are excited for the options available to us in a big city.  We will miss our friends terribly, but will enjoy this new adventure!

I'm signing off for a couple of weeks until we get a little settled in the new house.  
I will have a new homeschool room to show in the fall and I'll be posting Cycle 3 sheets beginning in August.

See ya on the flip side!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 23 {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 2, Week 23, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 2 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 6, 8, and 10 year old.
Enjoy!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 23 {Review Sheets}

{Blank Review Sheet}
{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 23, Cycle 2 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 2 Resources page

Ways I use these...
Now, I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does 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, click the link to PDF from the Cycle 2 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, March 17, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 22 {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 2, Week 22, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 2 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 6, 8, and 10 year old.
Enjoy!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 22 {Review Sheets}

 
{Blank Review Sheet}
{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 22, Cycle 2 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 2 Resources page

Ways I use these...
Now, I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does 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, click the link to PDF from the Cycle 2 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, March 10, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 21 {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 2, Week 21, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 2 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 6, 8, and 10 year old.
Enjoy!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cycle 2, Week 21 {Review Sheets}

{Blank Review Sheet}
{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 21, Cycle 2 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 2 Resources page

Ways I use these...
Now, I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does 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, click the link to PDF from the Cycle 2 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!)