Monday, October 17, 2011
I love blogging about our everyday lives and homeschool experiences, and I am very humbled that people out there find my blog worth following. :) I would have felt guilty for just disappearing off the face of the earth. I was working on a post about our fall break when some rather serious personal issues came about. It would feel strange to put on a happy face and blog about each week as if nothing were wrong, and I don't like air out personal problems. I'm still going to sign on and check out what all you other fabulous homeschoolers are up to. :) Lots of prayers would also be greatly appreciated during this time.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
|Jellyfish craft. 1/2 paper plate and crepe paper. Simple! :)|
|Sorting jellybeans...fine motor, hand/eye coordination,|
|Goldilocks and the Three Bears in |
|Autumn drew a face for the first time! |
I think I can declare Autumn about 50% potty trained! She's actually able to wear underwear around the house and stay dry for the most part and tell me when she needs to go, but I have not ventured out without her in a pull-up although when we were at Kroger she asked to go potty even though she had a diaper on. And she went! I'm excited when the day comes I am officially not buying diapers for anyone! For the past six and a half years I have had someone in diapers! Autumn was a few months old when Hannah was officially potty-trainbed, so the diaper-wearing kind of overlapped. :)
Next week we will be on fall break. I already feel relaxed just thinking about it. I will have school stuff prepared in case the girls want to do some. Also tonight I am picking up Ryan at the airport after two long months at the police academy!! He's been able to visit twice since being gone, but we haven't seen him in over a month. We are all so ready for this to be done. Perfect timing for a break!
This post is linked up with the Weekly Wrap-Up.
Printables (not all are pictured)
Space Case math game - First Grade a la Carte
Letter Jj - 1+1+1=1
Letter Jj worksheet - Homeschool Creations
J is for Jesus - Christian Preschool Printables
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Since the girls already have their Halloween costumes they are using them for dress up, but they are so nice I'm really hoping they don't tear them up. Hannah's going to be a princess for Halloween so maybe we can just add the wings to make her a fairy princess. :)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I consider parenting a great joy in my life, but yesterday was one of the less than joyful moments. Hannah was having some behavior issues, giving me an attitude when she was told to do something. I said if she didn't straighten up she couldn't play soccer.
Long story short, I caught her slapping her sister and knew I had to follow through. I cannot describe how much I hated having to go through with this punishment. I took no pleasure in it at all. It was the last game and Hannah has been loving soccer.
At our Strong-Willed Child bible study last Wednesday, a woman in class talked about a friend's teenage daughter who got her car taken away for lying about where she was going to be one night. This girl knew she would have her car back in less than a week, because her parents never followed through with any prior punishments. I could have called off the punishment thinking I would go through with it the next time, but it would no doubt have gotten harder and harder to do. Before I know it Hannah and Autumn will be teenagers and well aware of the pushover I had become. I emailed her coach, and his wife responded saying she understood and respected my follow-through since so many parents don't do that. I really appreciated that bit of encouragement.
I told Hannah I let her coach know she would not be at the game, and she acted like a big girl. I was quite proud of her. While at the time it was so hard to do, I have absolutely no regrets! I hope I can encourage all parents to follow through and make your statements more than just empty threats. Your kids may claim to hate you, but they will come to respect you and definitely won't forget having to miss out on that one thing they love.
|My star students :)|
Hannah started adding double-digits this week. When I saw it coming up in her book I really dreaded it, but it hasn't been too bad. You just have to break it down little by little--add the tens place and then the ones place. Not so bad. We finished up Venus in astronomy. Our next lesson is the moon, which I'm going to wait on because I want it to coincide when we do the letter M. :) Until then we can focus more on other subjects, possibly get a little ahead.
The week's activities:
|cutting practice...getting better!!|
|We made a chain counting down the days|
when Ryan comes back. This is 10 days and
now there is only 4!!! :-D
|A pic that wouldn't cooperate :P These are fall trees. The |
trunk and branches are hands and forearm and then they
finger painted the foliage using red, yellow, and orange
|fall sensory bin|
|ice cream letter match|
|safety first in soccer|
|Insect cutting strips...these can be done simply with |
paper, a sharpie, and stickers. Super easy to include
in any theme, or use your kids' favorite characters! :)
|Hannah wanted to have a picnic in the yard for lunch on|
Printables (not all are pictured)
Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop - Insect Activity Pages (these are all black and white which I fully appreciated! I cut all the activities and stapled them together to make little booklets.)
Lanternfish - Letter Ii worksheets
2 Teaching Mommies - Bee worksheets
2 Teaching Mommies - Ice Cream worksheets
Homeschool Creations - Fall Fun Learning Pack