Monday, October 15, 2012

Catching up!

A lot has happened since I last blogged so, I'll do a quick update. Landon lost his first tooth at the end of August and his second one shortly into October! He was very excited!
Homeschool is going great we recently made a money lapbook which I plan to share, soon! Landon loved this one more than his food pyramid one. We recently started learning about money, so he was pretty excited.

Landon is now 6 years old! I can't believe it! He had a great birthday party! We went camping the weekend beforehand, our very first time! I realized.... I'm not too outdoorsy, but we still had fun. 

 Having a little snack while waiting for dinner!

 He was SO excited!

They had a great time!

Fist full of s'mores!

We made omelets in a baggie for breakfast! Yum, we also had a baked potato and strawberries on the side. Delish! (I prepared potatoes at home, before we left)

A few days later we celebrated Landon's birthday with an Avenger's cake and presents! We had a great day! He was thrilled about his cake, especially when we cut it open!

As usual, we did a little photo shoot for his birthday, as well!

We found this tiny frog in our back yard!

And this week went to the pumpkin patch! We found a decent one that was pretty similar to the one in Nebraska we went to yearly! That made me a little less home sick. :) 

This was her very first apple, that wasn't sauce! She was so excited and ate the whole thing! (Well, not the core.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Usborne Books Giveaway!

We’re having a contest! Send in your favorite picture of your children reading! Reading is such an important part of life and I want to see your children in action!

Here’s how to play:

1. Send in a picture of your children reading a book; preferably an Usborne book! Email pictures to me through FB or at

2. You will have until 9pm EST on September 14th, 2012 to submit photos.
3. I will create a photo album with everyone’s photos.
4. Voting will begin on September 15th, 2012.
5. Voting will end at 9pm EST on September 21st, 2012.
6. Voters must LIKE the page Usborne Books with Stephanie Black AND LIKE your picture for their vote to count.
7. The winner will be the picture with the most “likes.”

Feel free to invite your friends and family to become a fan of “Usborne Books with Stephanie Black” and ask them to “like” your picture to get more votes!

What do you win? The winner will receive a book of their choice with a value of up to $15!

Just one picture per person, please!

***Commenting is allowed but does not count towards votes. Votes are only counted as a “like.” ***

This contest is no way sponsored by Usborne Books and More!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homeschooling is going great!

We're now in week 7 of homeschool and it's going great! I do feel like homeschool is consuming my life at times and I find that my "free time" is now going towards it... but I am trying to find a balance and trying to remind myself that I need time to myself, as well.

In the last couple of weeks, I have discovered that even though Landon may not need a math manipulative to figure out a math problem, he sure does work faster with them! I hear a lot less of, "I don't know, I'm tired, I'm hungry, I'm bored, etc..." when I give him something to do with his hands. 

He's been learning to tell time!

Saved up our water bottle lids to make these manipulatives! 

Nothing like a math test with a Super Hero! 

We've been playing lots of math games lately! Every Friday it is scheduled in our planner, but I sometimes just use in on the days he's feeling restless or Emmelyn isn't exactly letting me teach. It's kind of freebie buffer day. But, he loves "Game Day" as I call it! 

I think Science is probably his favorite subject! We don't follow a set order for the day as far as our curriculum goes. I tell him what we need to do for the day and let him choose. He usually picks science or his "I Can Read It" books. He's fascinated by all the animals in our Usborne science book!

Last week we were learning about South America!

And this week, we're learning about North America!

To go along with our animal studies, we decided to check out a nearby little farm. We hope to make it to the DC National ZOO, soon, as well! This was Emmelyn's first time around animals and she was thrilled! 

Crazy looking chicken we found!

We played a little putt-putt, too!

She was SO very excited about the ducks!!


And we rode on a train!

Oh, to be a kid again! He's so free!

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