Sunday, July 22, 2012

Homeschooling Week One


The first week of homeschool is over and it was fun!

 It's amazing how much Landon is actually enjoying school! He's always loved learning and reading, but he even asked for school on a Saturday! My plan was to start school by 9am every day and he's been asking around 8am if we are going to start yet. 
It's so sweet!
 I believe he's ahead in reading, because everything our Sonlight Curriculum wants him to read for the beginning part of First Grade, he already knows. So, we're just reviewing them and practicing them, a little. We just won't spend as much time on them as the curriculum suggests. 

I'm so glad I have child who loves reading! 


We made "Goo" this week, which the kids both loved! But, boy was it messy!!!

 

(1 cup liquid starch + cup clear glue + food coloring)
We added some white glue because we didn't have enough clear. Next time we'll try less starch as our mixture was too soupy.









 I found this fabulous version of Bingo to play with Landon over on this site here that is pretty awesome when your learning addition! There is also a subtraction version, completely free! Landon loved this game and we used fruit snacks as our markers, which he thought was pretty awesome!


We also learned about magnets and made observations in our Science Journals!


Answered fun questions in our daily journals!


Had fun with math!


And prepped next week's work load!


Oh yea! And Landon got glasses this week, he looks pretty darn cute, too. ;)


Next week we're making wax paintings like Batik fabric, playing some more with magnets, and making oatmeal raisin cookies! (Clean of course!)

This homeschooling stuff is pretty fun!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

First Day of Homeschooling!



We decided to start homeschooling today! It went great and Landon loved it! We started the day with a fun breakfast- French Toast Kabobs and bacon! I had planned to use strawberries instead of bananas but Michael used them in the juicer last night. Landon loved this surprised, though!

(I am not sure why the coloring is so off on this picture...)

Afterwards we got dressed and ready for school.


Landon's set up.


These little notes are all over Pinterest and most of them had no links to them, or were spam? So, I just made my own. Landon thought they were so fun!

 


I couldn't find a First Day of School Questionnaire I liked enough, so I just made my own. We also did a hand print craft that is drying and isn't completed yet. Both of these will go in our year book for the first day of school!


Here's our school calendar. For the calendar month and days I found a great printable here that I cut out and laminated. I believe I also got the address info card and 100 days of school card from the same site, she has tons of printables to check out!. The weather of the day and season cards I made myself.




She also had this great printable for PE cards!




 Proud of himself for doing so great in math today!

Reading his, "I Can Read It" book all by himself! So proud of him!


I am so glad we decided to homeschool! It's not as intimidating as I thought it was going to be. I loved being able to watch his face light up when the math just clicked in his head and how proud he is was of himself and how much extra time I get to spend with him because I am teaching him! I am so blessed!

For more information on our homeschool class room, check out my previous blog. We have since updated it, with the calendar and a word wall and a few other things, but I will post more about that, later!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Zucchini "Lasagna"


One of our favorite recipes is a Zucchini Lasagna I whipped up while trying to "Clean Eat!" I've shared it with a few friends who have made it for their family's and they all loved it! So, I figured you all might, too. I basically just took my regular pasta lasagna and used zucchini instead.

Ingredients:

Zucchini sliced thinly (will be used instead of pasta)
Onion
Garlic
Hamburger or ground turkey
Cheese
Tomato sauce- your favorite, or make your own. (I make my own)

Directions:

Prepare your sauce, if you make your own. Brown your meat (I add my onions and garlic, here) and then layer your pan, like you would a normal lasagna. I only put cheese on top, though. I put a small amount of tomato sauce on the bottom and top it with a layer of zucchini. Then add some meat mixture, followed by sauce. Repeat until you're at the top of your pan. I get about 3 completed layers. Add cheese.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and zucchini is tender.

Please note: Zucchini lets out a lot of water, so your dish may become watery, just drain it out the side of your pan and into your sink. Easy fix!


Enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

It's July!

Here's what I've been up to, lately; Dying in the heat, (aren't we all?), Kindergarten graduation, crafting, family visiting, wandering North Beach, exploring D.C., celebrated a birthday,  painting walls, celebrated our anniversary, roasting marshmallows, and watched fireworks. What about you all? Hope you had a great Fourth of July!

I don't have any finished projects to share with you today, just a bunch of on-going sneak peeks! 


I am the proud mother of a First Grader!!!

 

We celebrated Michael's birthday!



We had a fabulous day in North Beach, MD walking the boardwalk! We stopped for lunch, walked all over (where Emmelyn insisted on walking the entire time, and was the hit of the show with people passing), stopped at the farmer's market and finally for some ice cream before heading home! It was a beautiful day!

The following day we took Mom to D.C to see the White House and the monuments. Boy was it hot! It was near 100 this day, but the remainding days that she was in town were hotter! We were drenched by the time we got back to our car!


 My mom and kids at the Lincoln Monument! Landon was thrilled to see Lincoln, his favorite president. 



 
F is for Flag!
 I started working on some fabric letters for Emmelyn! (Great way to use up those fabric scraps!)
Found the tutorial, here!

We made Watermelon Slushies, which the kids LOVED!
Cut up your watermelon, freeze some of the chunks, blend it (might need to add some water) and then serve! A very nice cold treat for these hot days!

After my Mom headed home, I began working on my soon to be craft room. It was a pretty boring room with ugly carpet, plain walls, and a RED fireplace.


Eventually we want to get new carpet, but this carpet kinda works for a craft room, for now. Albeit, it's ugly!  So, here's what I've done so far, I white washed the fireplace and painted the walls a nice blue. I have my desk and shelving now, too, but they are not in their final stages. I will post pictures of that, later.



On July 1st, Michael and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary! We've been incredibly blessed with this beautiful loving family!


 13 fabrics-100's or squares-Beginning of a quilt

 I also began working on my quilt, finally! I bought this fabric last fall when I bought the fabric to make the kids and Michael each a quilt. Stuff for myself always get put on the back burner. That being said, it'll probably be a while before this is finished.

Lastly, we celebrated the Fourth of July!


I was able to put Emmelyn's hair into a few ponies! 



We roasted marshmallows!


 We watched fireworks in our driveway


We sweated.... a lot!

 Here is my favorite picture from this last month!
 Isn't she beautiful?

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