Thursday, February 24, 2011
I know I shouldn't call myself an "ultimate" couponer, since while I save quite a bit I'm not paying $5 for $100 worth of groceries. I've had savings of up to 50% on a few occasions. I do take the time to try and match my coupons with sales, which makes items very cheap or even free! I kinda wish I had taken pictures of my purchases, but maybe I will remember to do so next time. ;)
I get my coupons both from the Sunday paper and online, mostly at coupons.com. Other sites I follow include The Coupon Consultant , Coupon Queen , and Money Saving Mom. They all have Facebook pages which are great at posting about limited coupons and deals at different retailers.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
|At a rest stop on the way |
back from Clarksville
Tuesday - Back to the grindstone. :) Well, a little bit. The weather was so lovely that all four of us spent a majority of the morning outside. We didn't start schoolwork until after 3, but we completed reading, math, and spelling. I even managed to make it to the gym while Ryan took the girls for more outside play!
|My mom made this hat! Give|
her a holler if you want one!
Wednesday - Angry Birds continues to be the best incentive ever!! Before 8:30 we did reading, math, and geography. We finished lesson 10 in reading, introduced subtraction (with great success thanks to Inchimals!), and talked about the different parts of North America. We're also trying to bite the bullet and have Autumn only wear underwear around the house to see if this potty mess will start to click. One day last week Ryan asked her if she had to use the potty and she said something along the lines of "It's okay. I have a diaper." This may take a while. Today was also library storytime and church. I'm finally feeling like we're getting in a routine around here since moving. Feels wonderful!
Thursday - We were a bit more lax on the potty thing. :-/ I've never seen a child look like she's being tortured over this. Of course I've only had two children. If anyone has any potty horror stories I would love to hear them so I could feel better. :-p Ryan commented today how Autumn's language skills are really coming along. It's like out of nowhere Autumn is speaking in longer sentences, and even my sister said something about that when the three of them were in Clarksville this past weekend. Hannah started lesson 11 in her reading book, which is 'y' ('yuh' and 'eye' sounds) and 'oo' (as in 'moon') plus the sight words 'do' and 'to'.
|Found this game for $3.50 at Walmart!|
Supposed to help with spelling, but the
polar bear was the selling point! ;)
|Despite the look of fear on her face,|
Hannah has been a great
encouragement to Autumn
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tuesday - A new rule: no playing Angry Birds until school work is finished! Hannah has gotten to the point where she asks to play it on my phone immediately after breakfast. Her attitude has also been a bit sour when I tell her it's time to get some work done. I figured this would be a good incentive. It seemed to work pretty well since counting by 2's finally clicked a little and she read 4 pages from her phonics (as opposed to the usual 2).
Wednesday - Everything we needed to get done was done before 9 AM. That's always marvelous. Reading, math, Early Learner, and making valentines for family. Woot! We got more snow, too, and church was cancelled. Kinda bummed, but it was still nice to just stay home and vegetate. :) Although I don't think it was anything compared to the snow Clarksville was getting! Thankfully everyone I know and love is fine.
Thursday - Ryan wore the kids out playing in the snow, so I didn't push school work today. I assumed both girls would have an awesome nap, but they didn't. I heard them giggling and talking. I figured as long as they weren't destoying stuff I wasn't going to stress over it. At night Hannah stays up 30 minutes to a hour later than Autumn, and when Hannah went to bed she was actually disappointed Autumn was already asleep. I guess she was looking forward to one of their chat sessions. :) I assured her that she would have plenty of time to talk to Autumn tomorrow. Too sweet. I'm definitely glad they're sharing a room now.
Friday - I can't believe it's Friday! My days are so mixed up now. Since starting homeschooling I was already losing track of days, and now with Ryan's work schedule it's become worse. Ryan is off Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, so those days feel more like the weekend than the actual weekend. Today was very productive school-wise. I also told Hannah that she could not play any computer games until school work was finished, along with playing Angry Birds. The games she plays are educational, but that is just considered extra. We get the main stuff done first and then do the supplements, if you will. She is all about getting her stuff done so she could play her games, and I am all about making her redo her work if she gets in a hurry and it's illegible. :-p
Monday, February 7, 2011
Tuesday - We went to the Children's Museum of Memphis, which was awesome! See my previous post about that! ;) For school work we started learning about counting by 2's. Looks like I'll be singing that around the house, like I did when we were doing 5's. LOL
Thursday - For geography we started the new section on the oceans and continents. I really need to get Hannah a globe. You would think that would have been one of first thing I bought before the school year started. We are just learning where to find the different oceans and continents on a map. I reminded Hannah that pandas are from Asia and polar bears live in Antarctica. She is always excited to hear about that, so that should be a good trigger to help her remember. :) Hannah went on some errands with Ryan, so Autumn and I went over the alphabet using her magnadoodle (money well spent I should say!). She also kept asking me to write her name, so maybe before she even knows how to write it she'll know how to spell it. :-D
Friday - We had 60 degree weather a good bit last week and now it's in the 20s again. Very uncool indeed. With the wind chill the news said it feels like 7 degrees outside. Today was an indoor day for sure! We went over the four oceans in geography and counting by 2's in math. Hannah noticed the pattern so hopefully it should catch on quick. We also made valentines. I cut out different sized hearts from construction paper and the girls put on stickers and glued on little pom poms. Easiest thing ever! Love it!
This week seemed to really fly by for me. If I didn't write down everything we do on a daily basis I would think we didn't get anything done. Looking through Hannah's notebook I am pleasantly surprised to see we accomplished quite a bit. I use a composition notebook for each of the girls, and I write in what we did for the day even if it's just a craft or an outing. In Autumn's I will put down we either went over letters or a particular developmental milestone she has reached. It'll be nice to look back on.
|Dressed as a flying monkey in the |
Wizard of Oz exhibit
|Let's hope dentistry is not Autumn's calling|
|picking out produce at the mini Kroger :)|
|Hannah the Shark|