Sunday, August 14, 2011

Meet the Kinders....

It's the Not Back to school Blog hop this week... Meeting the Students!

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Here are our little monkey's!

 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9


Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who live him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28


Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

This is my special Verse this season:

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I can't homeschool these kinders on my own. I can look like I have it all together, I can plan the whole year, have a pretty cool school room; 
But I can't do this without Jesus to help me EVERYDAY. 

....Begining this school year without my husband...again. There are days when I really think I can't do this anymore... But then I remember, that my hope and dependancy is not in Man.. but in Christ. And together we will take it Day by day.
(only 5 more months out of the 19  till he returns for good!)   =)

Do you have a verse for this school year? Please share it!

Thanks for stopping by, Have a Wonderful School Year! Whatever your hands find to do , do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our School Room 2011-2012

                  Its the "Not" Back to School Blog hop over at Heart of the Matter online this week!

To see our School room Last year with MORE ( unit study table, reading center, craft space etc) details Click HERE:

This year as I made some changes becuase I had to add a few more workboxes. So here is the newest set up ! **Please note I scraped everything off the table and moved it to the dining table to take these photos! =) keepin it real...

I bought wooden letters for each of the kinders workboxes. Aren't they nice?!!

Lapbook supply basket, and blank paper bin on top of the workboxes make it easy to put away and grab when needed.

My bookcases... hold all the books we are using this year.

All our read alouds for the year are stored here, along with our FIAR binders:

I collect these wooden kinder clocks... they are so colorful !


Since I had to rearrange for the workboxes, I had to take all our nature photos down, and for now they are on the window sill... the nature table below it.

We love having an open space to put our nature collections. We have all our nature books on the bottom shelf.

A rock display area....


The living room bookcase... and reading center in the left corner....This is where all the kids books are.

I use these baskets for thin books, it makes it easier to put away when they are done.

                                                  I have this table on the right, with books too!

This was the best thing I hung! I cut a shoe holder for the door and hung it with nails next to my desk. It holds all the "stuff" that ends up on the desk... camera, iphone, when i charge things at the computer, i just drop them in the holder so my desk is free. =) I covered teh back with fabric.. and I love it!

Our Fun Trash Can! =) it's a mop bucket.

my station.. printer, 3 hole punch, and laminator.

                                  My workboxes hold all our manipulatives and fun stuff for school.

A new addition to our Schooling at home: The "If Then chart" By Doorposts. We love it! I finally framed it, and hung it up at kinder level.... We have the large poster.


Craft Room: Before used to be our learning center in the basement.. But now we turned it into our Craft space, as the kids are really into it lately.... I did this by re-using what I had. I only paid for the plexi glass on the table top. =)

We start school soon, and  I am getting (making) some fun back to school supplies and things together!
I hope to share them soon!

Be sure to visit the "Not " back to school blog hop this week for school room ideas!


Thank you for visiting our Home "school!"

Have a wonderful Week!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011-2012 Curriculum

I am so excited to share our School plans for this year!
It's always hard for me to sit down and pull this together, And This year I am joining the "Not back to school blog hop Curriculum week."  That helped motivate me to get this all pulled together.  =)

I made this post full with photos of .... well; curriculum. =) I love to see what other families are using, and sometimes a view of the curriculum makes it more fun to read! =) So here goes....

We plan to start School the last week of August.

JT- Starting 2nd Grade this year! WOW!

We are going to continue using FIVE IN A ROW as our Core curriculum this year ( History Geogprahy, Science, Art)  To read about how we use FIAR click here 

We love love love it!


Last year, we ended up not using a formal math program as planned... And so this will be the first year of doing so. We do tons of living math... So this season we are starting with Beta by Math U See.

We will have a few additional Math fun during the year.

The Jingle in my Pocket
Sound money principles kids can bank on

Handwriting and Language etc:

Continuing on with Explode the Code series. We love it!

For handwriting, we will continue on with the Handwriting without tears program and also starting Cursive.

Pictures in Cursive by Queen homeschool

We will also continue on with First Language Lessons part 2  for the well trained mind.

I am going to introduce copywork this season , and will use a few of Queen homeschool's books.

Copywork for Little Boys by Queen homeschool

Along with our spelling list from FIAR I have decided to add
(why is there a girl on the cover? i don't know.. =)

                                            Bible time & character Training:

I am excited about our Bible & Character training time!  Along with our Bible reading , I have put together a few other resources we will use during the year.

We will begin  reading  Missionary stories with the millers this year. We have the whole series now. yeah!

                                                                 Hymns for a Kids Heart with Cd

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Right Choices. He incorporates a solid biblical foundation and illustrations to help young children discern what God says is right and wrong. Each of the 26 spreads begins with a poem and includes pictures, Bible verses, prayers, and text discussing one topic. “Wrong” topics include lying, cheating, stealing, fighting, and making fun of others. “Right” topics teach children to honor their parents, talk to God often, be patient, keep promises, and read and obey the Bible.


Last year we used a great program on the Study of God's Armor. This year we are going to continue that study with a more serious study....

This once-a-week curriculum gently leads young boys in the area of responsibility. Duties such as making beds, cleaning up after themselves, hygiene, family relationships, and much more are covered in segments. Level 1 is for age 6 and up.

KT- Kindergarten : YEAH!!!

Kt has been hanging on strong with usin FIAR  throughout last year very well. She is 5 now, but clearly ready for more advanced schooling this year. The only things she needs to work on at kindergarten level really is her reading and some continuing handwriting. The rest we are moving on at a higher level.

Her work will continue on with JT in FIAR and all of the Bible/Character Time. Below are some of her own things she will be working on aside from her brother.

We used hooked on phonics last year, and we enjoyed it. But the book below was recommended by Heather at Blog she wrote, and I want to give it a try! It looks great!


                                                    Reading Made easy. By Valerie Brendt and student book

Along with all the other read alouds we will be doing together with JT from our home library; here are some others I picked out for her:

                                                                   Extra read aloud fun
                                                                    Kindergarten Gems

A great series by Gary bower ...... This is one Tessa's Treasures a "thinking of others" book:


She will continue with My first printing book with HWOT, and will also start cursive along with her brother. She really wants to do it! =) 

                                                   Pictures in Cursive by Queen homeschool

Explode the Code Series

I didn't want to do formal math yet with Kt, but continue doing living math ... but I saw this and this is right up our alley!

                                       Math lessons for a living education by queen homeschool

Kt will join us for most of our Bible/character building time.
But here is one for her to do with mama.

Read Alouds

Last year I made a list of books to read aloud. I looked through several reading lists ( sonlight etc) , and other recomendations to gather up my titles.
While we enjoyed many of them, I also found that we picked up titles as we went along (from the library, yard sales, our shelves etc) even when they weren't on the list.
 Then I felt like I was behind because we weren't crossing off the "list"... =) So, this year, I have a list of Titles, and I am not going to worry to much if we don't get them all done! I will just move the unfinished ones over to the next list =)

One thing we do, is read alot in our family.
Both the kinders do well listening to chapter books. Sometimes we can finish them in a a day or two... So we will continue on together for a daily reading time taking it easy.

 So here are a few of our titles on this years List:

The unbrella Story :by Lisa Raub illustrated by Yuriy Yeremenko


                                                         Katie Series by James Mayhew


Along with our FIAR Art studies, The kids love to draw. So we will focus on drawing with

                                      Kinders will continue in the fall to do Martial Arts
                                                homeschool - Co-op and Field trips,

                     Things we plan on , and are praying about: Piano for JT and Gymnastics for KT & German class....

We love to stay home, and I dont want to over plan. Daddy is coming to visit (from Korea for his R&R) in Sept for  a month, and we will be traveling and hopefully moving to a new house...  I think maybe we can hold off on Piano and other things that require extra time till Daddy is home for good in January. We adopted a dog from korea, and he will bring him home in Sept. So I know that I will have my hands quite full, Being a single mama isn't the easiest in the winter either.... So For now these things are on the prayer list. =)

Thank you for always visiting! Have a wonderful week!

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